I have been waiting for six months now to write an immigration related story about Oregon.
I haven’t heard of anything out of this state. This always struck me as quite odd because I check the news several times daily.
If something related to restrictionist immigration reform was going on in Oregon, I certainly would have heard about it by now and would have made a point to mention it on this website.
I finally have some news to report.
Unfortunately, it is not good news. This is another demoralizing testament to the theoretical chaos and disorganization of the movement in the Pacific Northwest.
Illegal aliens have been busy in Oregon.
They have formed an “immigrant rights organization” called Causa Oregon to advance their interests there. This Hispanic racial advocacy group works to “defend and advance immigrant rights” in the Pacific Northwest.
Causa Oregon volunteers have been working for months on a signature drive to build support for two bills being introduced in the Oregon state legislature.
(1) The first bill would restore access to driver’s licenses for illegal aliens in Oregon.
(2) The second bill is an Oregon version of the DREAM Act which would allow illegal aliens to attend Oregon state universities with in-state tuition rates.
Last night, Causa Oregon held in a meeting in Eugene. They drew a crowd of about 800 supporters.
This Hispanic advocacy group has a broad platform and has built alliances with other leftist groups like the “LGBT community” to advance a common progressive agenda.
I made an interesting discovery while browsing through their website.
Causa Oregon is organizing resistance to five proposed restrictionist immigration laws which have been introduced in the Oregon House by Republican state legislators.
I briefly mentioned Oregon’s version of the Arizona-style immigration law in my post about the 80,000 illegal aliens which have recently settled in Oregon and Washington.
HB 2802 Prohibits restrictions on public body’s ability to enforce immigration law to extent permitted by federal law. Authorizes legal resident to bring civil action against public body that violates prohibition.
HB 2803 Requires county to verify immigration status of person incarcerated in county correctional facility.
HB 2804 Requires evidence of citizenship for persons registering to vote for first time in this state.
HB 2805 Prohibits state agencies from providing employment, products, services or licenses to persons who are not lawfully present in United States.
HB 2806 Limits deductibility of expenses related to employment of workers hired on or after January 1, 2012 to workers whose eligibility for employment in United States has been verified through federal E-Verify employment verification system.
Listen to this:
We must take immediate action to ensure that none of these extreme bills have a chance of becoming law. In addition to creating a divisive climate, they also represent an economic burden for our state and local governments, businesses, and local law enforcement agencies—something our state can’t afford.
Please call our newly inaugurated Co-Speakers of the House, Senate President, and Governor at the phone numbers below.
Co-Speaker of the House Bruce Hanna – (R-Roseburg) 503-986-1200
Co-Speaker of the House Arnie Roblan – (D-Coos Bay) 503-986-1300
Senate President Peter Courtney– (D-Salem) 503-986-1600
Governor John Kitzhaber 503-378-4582
Tell them that Oregon is not Arizona. Let them know that we don’t want Representative Kim Thatcher or others to create a divisive political climate in Oregon. Explain that we do not want our state officials to take the role of federal agents. We want common-sense solutions to our economic problems and not extremist legislation.