Oregon, like most other states do not allow illegal aliens to legally obtaine a state driver’s license. Whenever a police officer pulls over a driver and determines that they are an illegal alien, they would issue them a citation and then send them on their merry way.
I’ve always questioned such a policy and wondered why the illegals are not arrested, jailed and then deported. Giving them a citation and releasing them is rather stupid in my book. Why would anyone expect someone who is here illegally believe they would follow legal procedures by showing up in court and paying their fine? If they were going to do things legally, they would have entered the country legally to begin with.
In a move that typifies the Democratic Party’s disdain for federal immigration laws or for their lax attitude in border security, Oregon’s Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber has issued an order to police to accept the Mexican government issued ID cards. Known as Matricula Consular or Consular Registration cards, they are nothing more than a Mexican identification card and have nothing to do with the ability to drive a motor vehicle. But Kitzhaber’s instructions to police is that if they pull over an illegal alien who shows a Matricula Consular card, the officer is to just let them go on their merry way.
This has raised the concern of some people such as Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said that the Mexican government admits that the Matricula Consular cards are not the most secure or accurate documentation. He responded to Kitzhaber’s announcement by saying,
“It should be the obligation of police officers in Oregon to keep the roads safe. If somebody doesn’t have a driver’s license, it should be more than just a fine that’s never going to get paid and sending the guy on his way. The Matricula Consular card doesn’t tell Oregon anything other than who you are. It’s going to be very, very difficult for them to collect on it. And even more important, they should be taking steps to ensure that that person doesn’t go back out on the road and that that person is removed from the country.”
As a US citizen, if I were caught driving in Oregon without a valid driver’s license, it wouldn’t matter what other identification I had on me, I would be cited for driving without a license and either released or detained. But if an illegal Mexican is stopped by police and they produce a Matricula Consular card, they won’t be cited for driving without a license.
This is so typical of the Democratic Party to give more benefits and privileges to people who enter our country illegally than it does to our own law abiding citizens. Democrats like Kitzhaber, Obama and Holder are more of a danger to US citizens than most people realize and they all need to be voted out of office as quickly as possible.