Oregon Legislator to Patrol US Border
Representative Jeff Kropf, a Republican legislator from Sublimity, Oregon (and who represents the 17th district, where I used to live!) is heading down to Arizona to help patrol the US border. Rep. Kropf, a member of the minutemen, will be using his own small plane to help the patrol. Kropf said "I’m trying to do what the government ought to be doing, and that’s securing that border". Well said.
I commend Rep. Kropf for what he is doing, and I hope other lawmakers from around the country show the same commitment, even if it is not to the same extent. We cannot have any immigration policy if we do not secure our borders. Kropf is up for reelection now, and has stated that his concerns for the 2007 legislative session includes banning state services for illegal aliens, and requiring proof for issuing Driver's licenses.
The Driver's license issue should be of large concern to Oregonians. Currently, all it takes to obtain an Oregon License is a Matricula Consular card; Daniel's blog has volumes about this issue and was the source of the picture at left. With the passage of the Real ID Act, Oregon and other states will be required to actually check that those applying for the license have a right to be in the country. Otherwise, the driver's license will not be acceptable for things like entering a courthouse or boarding a plane.
I have e-mailed Representative Kropf in order to show my appreciation, as well as to get a comment about his participation. I will publish any response I receive.