Petition Against Drivers Licenses For Undocumented

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, October 4 2013 at 11:18 PM, Updated: Fri, October 4 2013 at 11:31 PM

Republican Representative Sal Esquivel says he's collected  70,000 signatures with the republican group "Protect Oregon Drivers Licenses."

It takes aim against the new law that would give illegal immigrants the opportunity to apply for drivers licenses, or what's also being called a driver's card starting January 2014.

"When you come to this country we hold out our hand to all immigrants but they come here in a legal manner people that are not here on a legal matter should not be given the same rights as citizens of the United States," says Esquivel.

Esquivel says in this case those right's shouldn't be up to law makers instead he says the people should decide some say even then the people would vote for licensing the undocumented.

The bill would allow undocumented Oregonians who have lived in the state for at least a year to apply for a 4-year license.

"I'm completely for people having the documents they need to get their jobs done to get their jobs done our country depends on the labor of people who are not necessarily documented."

 But Representative Sal Esquivel voted against the bill and is now hoping the 70,000 signatures will be approved by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

"This is a country of laws and this is a country of borders. we need to adhere to our borders and we need to adhere to our laws. If we take an out of office to uphold the constitution and the laws of the United States and the state of Oregon then we should do so. otherwise we shouldn't be in office," says Esquivel.



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