Monday, November 30, 2015

Only in America

SALEM — A group of Mexican immigrants is suing to reverse a decision by Oregon voters on a 2014 ballot measure that prevents undocumented immigrants from getting Oregon driver cards.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, the plaintiffs said the outcome of Measure 88 is unconstitutional because it "arbitrarily" denies driving privileges "to Plaintiffs and others based on their membership in a disfavored minority group."
The plaintiffs also say the referendum was "motivated in substantial part by animus toward persons from Mexico and Central America," and that it amounted to an attempt by the state to regulate federal immigration.
The lawsuit comes nearly a year after Oregon voters resoundingly defeated Measure 88, which would have directed the Oregon Department of Transportation to issue driver cards without asking for proof of U.S. citizenship. The measure failed in the Nov. 4 election with a two-thirds no vote.
"It was an overwhelming rejection of giving drivers' licenses to illegal aliens," said Jim Ludwick, communications director for Oregonians for Immigration Reform. "but somehow that doesn't apply to people who are here illegally and think the law doesn't apply to them."
The measure was a reaction to Senate Bill 833, which passed in the 2013 legislative session with support from Democrats and a few moderate and rural Republicans. Then-Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the bill at a May Day rally on the Capitol steps before a raucous crowd of 2,000 people.
But the law never took effect as opponents quickly organized a campaign to refer it to the ballot.
Since 2008, Oregon has required applicants for a driver's license or permit to provide proof of citizenship. Now, most of those licenses issued to undocumented immigrants have expired.
"It's reached a crisis point for families because they don't have a solution," said Andrea Miller, executive director of Causa Oregon, an immigrant rights group. "We are very excited by this legal strategy, mostly because we continue to see and continue to hear that the driver cards is a top priority and a top need."
The five Mexican immigrants, identified only by their initials in court documents, are joined by two Latino nonprofits, Familias En Acción and Los Niños Cuentan, as plaintiffs in the case. All of the immigrants say they can't apply for or renew their driver cards, according to court documents, hurting their work prospects and family life.


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  2. Yes Louman only in America. And you know what it is things like this that makes us exceptional. Yes exceptional. The only place in the world where everyone EVERYONE is afforded rights to due process, to petition the courts in a matter like this. They won't win unless they can push this all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States and then all bets are off because yes Lou this can legally be presented as discrimination against a minority group and that is a violation of the law of our country. It doesn't surprise me that this concept has finally been tried.

    1. What makes us exceptionally stupid os that Americans refuse to insist our politicians deal with the issue.

      But then again that would be called leadership.

      People breaking the law entering the US illegally. The same people working illegally want a drivers license to go to work illegally in the US.

      Makes perfect sense to a progressive.

    2. Boy you just don't get what makes us the best country on earth do you lou.