Immigration Reform Package Unveiled

NEWS RELEASE From Rep. Kim Thatcher, 2-9, 2007

Sensible Immigration Reform Legislative Package Kicks Off at Capitol Rally

(Salem) A package of 10 immigration reform bills was unveiled today on the steps of the State Capitol. “We decided to call this legislation the Sensible Immigration Reform Package because it offers common sense ways to preserve some of the core principles of our democracy: public safety, economic development and recognizing we are a nation of immigrants,” said State Representative Linda Flores (R-Clackamas) at a rally on the steps of the State Capitol today.

Representatives Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) and Flores have been drafting these bills for months and asked the House Speaker to form a special committee to take a serious look at these reforms. “But that didn’t happen so there’s a good chance these bills will be scattered into different committees and swept under the rug,” said Thatcher. “Don’t let that happen. We need your help to keep up the pressure. Let your legislators know immigration reform is important to you.”

Several other legislators attended the rally to show support. House Republican Leader Wayne Scott (R-Canby) told the crowd, “their package is a wake-up call to the Governor and many in the House and Senate who campaigned on this issue.” These bills are among several already circulating in the Capitol. They will have a first reading on Tuesday February 13th and be posted on the legislature’s web site the following day. www.leg.state.or.us

Sensible Immigration Reform Legislative Package

HB 2680 VOTER REGISTRATION – Requires prospective voter registrants to provide proof of citizenship.

HB 2681 STATE EMPLOYMENT FOR LEGAL RESIDENTS -Bars state from hiring or entering into contract with employer of illegal aliens

HB 2682 POLICE TOOLS – Gives law enforcement in Oregon more latitude by repealing ORS 181.850 to give police more flexibility to detain violators of federal immigration laws.

HB 2683 HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Creates crimes of slavery; & sexual slavery of a minor.

HB 2684 – ENGLISH LANGUAGE – Makes English official language of Oregon.

HB 2685 – STATE BENEFITS – Grants those here legally access to state benefits. Illegal immigrants would only be entitled to benefits currently allowed by federal law.

HB 2686 – REAL ID Brings Oregon into compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act. Proof of legal presence required for drivers’ license or ID card, as well as verification of identity, date of birth, address, and other related documents.

HJR 20 – AGRICULTURAL WORKERS – Directs State Employment Dept to participate in federal H2A Visa program for temporary agricultural employment.

HJM 8 – PRISON BEDS – Resolution requesting that the federal government fully reimburse the states for the cost of housing illegal immigrants in Oregon’s prison system.

(Pending)

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION – Memorial to urge federal government to utilize laws to curb illegal immigration, and commend the contributions of lawful immigrants.

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  • Congratulations to these great representatives of the Oregon people. There is no reason for any representative to say no to supporting the following of important laws such as Identity and Voting. If Illegal Immigrants are a Benefit then they don’t need OUR benefits.
    Hopefully thousands upon thousands of Oregonians that agree with these Bills will make their voices heard in that building and they will then all pass.

  • CRAWDUDE

    I couldn’t agree more with any of these bills! Hooray someone has the guts to stand up to people who shouldn’t even be in this country.

    Now all we need is a “Deport them as you find them law”. Our budgets problems would get a lot better in we didn’t have to feed, clothe, educate or jail the majority of the estimated 250, 000 illegal aliens in this state.

  • Captain_Anon

    I would hope these wouldn’t get swept under the rug. these are common sense and i would think easy to implement

  • Jerry

    Finally the Capt and I are in agreement on something. These are great bills and should be passed immediately.
    Please.

    • Erica W

      What do you mean, Republicans dont have the message? They’re ones who want to push this. Over 65% plus of oregon approves making English the official language, by polls. Many other states have already done it. Making English the official language does not say you have to give up your heritage or language, it just makes it easier on everyone: those who are trying to communicate and those who are trying to understand them, as well as cutting costs on printing too much paper. I love the melting pot we are, but we all need to communicate if we’re gonna melt together well. Besides, English is an international language, why not make it our main language in Oregon? What are we typing right now?…English. A rich diversity of culture is great, but you can’t speak English to someone who doesn’t know it and expect they’re going to understand. It will clear up a lot of confusion if people knew one main language so we could all understand eachother.
      In addition: why should someone obtain a piece of ID such as the ODL if they aren’t a citizen? They’re current Driver’s License from they’re country should work if they’re here temporarily. If they don’t have one, they should not be driving unless they take the ODL test and are a citizen of the country. Why obtain a LEGAL piece of ID if you are ILLEGALLY here? Doesn’t sound right.

  • Richard of Portland

    I guess Republicans haven got the message; YOU lost with immigration and you are no longer in power. . It is delusional to think the democrats would give away the advantage handed to the by the restrictions. If this keeps up the Democrats will have a super majority.
    HB 2680,HJR 20 and H2683 are sensible reforms. I have mixed feelings about and The Real Id and Hb 2684 should be defeated, Shame on you. Frankly, real id act is a step in the wrong direction. We need smaller government not larger. The only purpose of a driver’s license is to certify one can operate a motor vehicle not a citizenship exam. In addition, government has not right to dictate what language a person speaks.

    • Erica W

      What do you mean, Republicans dont have the message? They’re ones who want to push this. Over 65% plus of oregon approves making English the official language, by polls. Many other states have already done it. Making English the official language does not say you have to give up your heritage or language, it just makes it easier on everyone: those who are trying to communicate and those who are trying to understand them, as well as cutting costs on printing too much paper. I love the melting pot we are, but we all need to communicate if we’re gonna melt together well. Besides, English is an international language, why not make it our main language in Oregon? What are we typing right now?…English. A rich diversity of culture is great, but you can’t speak English to someone who doesn’t know it and expect they’re going to understand. It will clear up a lot of confusion if people knew one main language so we could all understand eachother.
      In addition: why should someone obtain a piece of ID such as the ODL if they aren’t a citizen? They’re current Driver’s License from they’re country should work if they’re here temporarily. If they don’t have one, they should not be driving unless they take the ODL test and are a citizen of the country. Why obtain a LEGAL piece of ID if you are ILLEGALLY here? Doesn’t sound right.

  • Richard-Gov’t would not waste OUR money printing/communicating etc. anything in another language, this would help immigrants understand the importance of assimilating with language so we all understand each other and LEGAL immigrants to gain citizenship, need to know it anyhow.
    You can speak any language you want, even Klingon.

    Drivers’ License has become defacto Photo ID for everything, such as boarding a commercial Airplane, it no longer is just for driving. Terrorists used License to Board planes instead of expired Visa from Middle East. I would hope you would want that to be more of a challenge for bad guys in the future.

    Republicans did lose on Immigration, they did NOTHING, watch what happens next time if the Democrats make the same mistake.

  • Marlene McMillan

    Finally someone in the legislature has come up with ideas that will help solve our immigration problem. I was beginning to think no one cared or recognized the huge problem that it is. Tax payers can no longer afford to support the illegals. I do hope the message gets through to those who are in a postion to do something about it. Thank you, thank you Linda Flores and Kim Thatcher.

  • J Johns

    Please take a moment to contact your State Representative and State Senator and tell them how you feel about these measures. They here from Illegals marching on the Capitol and from pro-Illegal lobbyists standing in there doorways. We’re all too busy working and feeding our families to hang out in Salem raising hell.

    Everyone needs to understand, we have a bigger problem than most other states. We are one of very few that openly offer drivers licenses to illegals and it has made Oregon a magnet for illegal aliens.

    Anyone can find their state legislators by going to the Oregon State Legislature website at:

    http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/

    http://www.oregoncatalyst.com/index.php?/archives/326-Oregon-Driver-Licenses-and-Illegal-Aliens.html

    If you don’t believe we have problems associated with illegal immigration, ask any cop, ER Nurse, jailer or public school teacher. Spread the word, contact your legislator.

  • Saveourepublic

    Wow !  Trying to pass legislation that actually benefits AMERICAN CITIZENS instead of Illegal aliens !!!   I am In shock !!!!   🙂

  • Susan

    Looks like Oregon is going in the right direction when it comes to protecting their legal citizens!

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