Immigrants living in Oregon are part of our families, communities, workplaces, and places of worship. Like many of our families, immigrants join the long American tradition of coming here in search of a better life and the freedom and opportunity we offer.

House Bill 2015 would allow all Oregonians who can pass a written safety exam and driver’s test and provide proof of identity and insurance the opportunity to attain a license to drive - regardless of immigration status. It would make all of us safer and would be great for our economy. As a tax preparer, I know just how much people and businesses contribute to our communities and believe we should allow everyone to participate in our economy to their maximum potential.

We might disagree on how to solve our complex and broken federal immigration, but we can agree that immigrant Oregonians should not be separated from their families over a traffic stop. We should allow them to contribute to our communities even more than they already do. In 2018, over 58% of Columbia County’s residents voted to protect our immigrant neighbors by rejecting Measure 105 and we must do the same now. As a longtime business owner, I urge our legislators to support House Bill 2015.

 

Eloise Bates

St. Helens

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becal19

Thank you for sharing this very insightful letter. I think it is imperative that we listen to our local business owners and community members. Access to drivers licenses can ensure that all Oregonians are able to provide for their families.

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