Opponents seek statewide vote on immigrant driver's card law

Opponents seek statewide vote on immigrant driver's card law
This is an example of what the proposed short-term licenses for people who can't prove they are legal residents of the United States could look like. The words "short term" would be printed in the lower right-hand corner.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two Republican state representatives want voters to decide whether to overturn a new law that allows immigrants living in Oregon without legal permission to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Kim Thatcher, Rep. Sal Esquivel and a Portland activist are sponsors of a referendum submitted to the Secretary of State's Office Wednesday.

To qualify for the November 2014 ballot, they'll have to gather just over 58,000 signatures within 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

The law is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, but it would be put on hold until after the election if referendum proponents successfully force a vote.

Opponents of the law say it rewards illegal behavior. Supporters say it will make Oregon's roads safer by allowing immigrants to obtain car insurance rather than driving without a license or insurance.

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