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Opponents Seek Vote On Immigrant Driver's Card Law

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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.

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