Gov. Retread and his fellow Democratics crowed like demented roosters after the passage of S.B. 833 - and the gleeful signing of it into law. The new law gives illegal aliens "driver cards", and without all of the annoying documentation that you and I have to provide in order to receive or renew our ODLs. Yes, it's quite the victory - which is why a group has organized to champion an initiative to overturn the law.
There are a number of reasons why the law needs to be dumped. It encourages lawless activity while discouraging legal immigration. Even worse, it adds to the already troublesome economic misery index: these aren't "hard-working people who come here to do the jobs that Americans won't do"; proponents and apologists for illegal aliens frequently deride opponents with cracks like "Who's gonna pick your lettuce?" - when only 4% of the 120,000 illegals employed in our state work in agriculture.
By and large, they simply take jobs that ordinarily would go to unskilled teenagers and minorities. As this morning's "March For Jobs" in Washington, D.C. makes clear, opposition to the politicians' new "immigration reform" bill is strong because, like the new Oregon law, it effectively targets blacks and teens.
Besides, even if the illegals were suddenly to return to the fields, there's increasingly less need for field workers - mechanical harvesters have largely superceded manual harvesting for products destined for the food processing firms, and other tasks have fallen away as well: when I was young, I spent part of my summers riding a platform through the cornfields, detassling the plants at breakneck speed. Today, that's done mechanically.
And over the next decade, even fruits and vegetables destined for the fresh markets will be robotically tended and harvested; tests are already underway in the San Joaquin Valley in which strawberries are harvested and lettuce is thinned robotically. The "Star Wars" vision of the early 1980's, in which farms are largely run by 'droids, is well underway today.
So there's no benefit to Americans to be derived from accommodating the desires of the millions of illegal aliens that want this, that, or the other thing; quite the contrary: the illegals have not been screened for health issues (which likely explains the sudden resurgence of diseases such as tuberculosis). They're causing economic hardship, particularly among teens and unskilled blacks. And because they'll work "under the table", they reduce pay and benefits available to those lucky teens and unskilled blacks who may actually land a job.
For Americans in general, there's no upside.