Measure 88 supporting politicians disregarded unemployed Oregonians

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Measure 88-supporting politicians disregarded unemployed Oregonians

By docfnc OregonLive.com on December 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

By David Olen Cross

Oregon’s continued high unemployment numbers continue to show how Governor John Kitzhaber, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and members of the Oregon State Legislature who supported Ballot Measure 88 (formerly known as Senate Bill 833), legislation that would have required the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issue driver cards to illegal immigrants, foreign nationals illegally in the state, are politicians hopelessly disconnected from the plight of the unemployed in the state.

An evaluation of the seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, News Release from November 21, 2014 titled “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — October 2014” revealed the National unemployment rate at 5.8 percent — Oregon’s unemployment at 7.0 percent.

The State of Oregon Employment Department (OED) report from November 24, 2104 indicated there were 127,041 unemployed in October in the state.

Thirty-three of thirty-six counties (91.7 percent) in October had a higher unemployment rate than the national average of 5.8 percent.

According to the “February 1, 2011 Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010” there are an estimated 110,000 unauthorized workers employed in Oregon.

What follows below are complete lists of the names of Democrat and Republican elected officials currently in office who voted for, were sponsors of, or supporters of SB 833, along with the most current unemployment numbers and rates in the legislative districts (Oregon counties) these elected officials are supposed to represent.

Gov. John Kitzhaber supported and signed into law SB 833 — represents 36 Oregon counties’ 127,041 unemployed (UE) — 7.0 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (SAUR).

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian supported SB 833 — represents 36 counties’ 127,041 UE, 7.0 percent SAUR.

Democrat senators (Sen.) who voted for or were sponsors of SB 833 and the senate district (SD) they represent:

Sen. Alan Bates (SD-3) — represents a portion of Jackson’s 7,389 UE — 8.5 percent SAUR;

Sen. Lee Beyer (SD-6) — represents portions of Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR and Linn’s 4,258 UE —8.4 percent SAUR;

Sen. Ginny Burdick (SD-18) — represents portions of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Sen. Peter Courtney (SD-11) — represents a portion of Marion’s 10,431 UE — 7.4 percent SAUR;

Sen. Michael Dembrow (SD-23) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Sen. Richard Devlin (SD-19) — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Sen. Chris Edwards (SD-7) — represents a portion of Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR;

Sen. Mark Hass (SD-14) — represents a portion of Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (SD-25) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Sen. Rod Monroe (SD-24) — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Sen. Floyd Prozanski (SD-4) — represents portions of Douglas’ 3,863 UE — 9.7 percent SAUR and Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR;

Sen. Arnie Roblan (SD-5) sponsor of SB 833 — represents Lincoln’s 1,563 UE — 7.6 percent SAUR, portions of Coos’ 2,271 UE — 8.8 percent SAUR, Douglas’ 3,863 UE — 9.7 percent SAUR, Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR, Polk’s 2,239 UE — 6.4 percent SAUR, Tillamook’s 737 UE — 6.4 percent SAUR, and Yamhill’s 2,954 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR;

Sen. Diane Rosenbaum (SD-21) — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Sen. Chip Shields (SD-22) sponsor of SB 833 — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (SD-17) — represents portions of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR.

Republican senators who voted for or were sponsors of SB 833 and the senate district they represent:

Sen. Herman Baertschiger Jr. (SD-2) — represents portions of Jackson’s 7,389 UE — 8.5 percent SAUR and Josephine’s 2,989 UE — 9.6 percent SAUR;

Sen. Brain Boquist (SD-12) — represents portions of Benton’s 2,147 UE — 5.5 percent SAUR, Marion’s 10,431 UE — 7.4 percent SAUR, Polk’s 2,239 UE — 6.4 percent SAUR, Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR and Yamhill’s 2,954 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR;

Sen. Ted Ferrioli (SD-30) — represents Baker’s 501 UE — 8.3 percent SAUR, Grant’s 273 UE — 10.7 percent SAUR, Harney’s 260 UE — 10.1 percent SAUR, Jefferson’s 770 UE — 9.3 percent SAUR, Malheur’s 840 UE — 8.4 percent SAUR, Wheeler’s 43 UE — 7.4 percent SAUR, portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR, Deschutes’ 5,660 UE — 7.8 percent SAUR, Lake’s 298 UE — 9.1 percent SAUR, Marion’s 10,431 UE —7.4 percent SAUR and Wasco’s 837 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR;

Sen. Larry George (SD-13) — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR, Marion’s 10,431 UE —7.4 percent SAUR, Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR and Yamhill’s 2,954 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR;

Sen. Bill Hansell (SD-29) sponsor of SB 833 — represents Gilliam’s 56 UE — 6.1 percent SAUR, Morrow’s 324 UE — 7.5 percent SAUR, Sherman’s 62 UE — 6.7 percent SAUR, Umatilla’s 2,464 UE — 7.5 percent SAUR, Union’s 759 UE — 7.4 percent SAUR, Wallowa’s 262 UE — 9.0 percent SAUR and a portion of Wasco’s 837 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR;

Sen. Chuck Thomsen (SD-26) sponsor of SB 833 — represents Hood River’s 668 UE — 5.3 percent SAUR, portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR.

Democrat representatives (Rep.) who voted for or were sponsors of SB 833 and the house district (HD) they represent:

Rep. Jules Bailey (HD-42) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Jeff Barker (HD-28) — represents a portion of Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Rep. Phil Barnhart (HD-11) — represents portions of Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR and Linn’s 4,258 UE —8.4 percent SAUR;

Rep. Brent Barton (HD-40) — represents a portion of Clackamas’s 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Deborah Boone (HD-32) — represents Clatsop’s 1,123 UE — 6.0 percent SAUR, portions of Tillamook’s 737 UE — 6.4 percent SAUR, and Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Rep. Peter Buckley (HD-5) — represents a portion of Jackson’s 7,389 UE — 8.5 percent SAUR;

Rep. Brian Clem (HD-21) — represents a portion of Marion’s 10,431 UE —7.4 percent SAUR;

Rep. Margaret Doherty (HD-35) — represents portions of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SA;

Rep. Shemia Fagan (HD-51) — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Lew Fredrick (HD-43) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Joe Gallegos (HD-30) — represents a portion of Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Rep. Sara Gelser (HD-16) — represents a portion of Benton’s 2,147 UE — 5.5 percent SAUR;

Rep. David Gomberg (HD-10) — represents portions of Lincoln’s 1,563 UE — 7.6 percent SAUR, Polk’s 2,239 UE — 6.4 percent SAUR, Tillamook’s 737 UE — 6.4 percent SAUR and Yamhill’s 2,954 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR;

Rep. Chris Gorsek (HD-49) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Mitch Greenlick (HD33) — represents portions of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Rep. Chris Harker (HD-34) sponsor of SB 833 — represents a portion of Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Rep. Paul Holvey (HD-8) — represents a portion of Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR;

Rep. Val Hoyle (HD-14) — represents a portion of Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR;

Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (HD-46) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Betty Komp (HD-22) — represents a portion of Marion’s 10,431 UE —7.4 percent SAUR;

Rep. Tina Kotek (HD-44) ) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Greg Matthews (HD-50) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Caddy McKeown (HD-9) — represents portions of Coos’ 2,271 UE — 8.8 percent SAUR, Douglas’ 3,863 UE — 9.7 percent SAUR, Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR and Lincoln’s 1,563 UE — 7.6 percent SAUR;

Rep. Nancy Nathanson (HD-13) — represents a portion of Lane’s 11,416 UE — 6.9 percent SAUR; Rep. Tobias Read (HD-27) — represents a portion of Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Rep. Jeff Reardon (HD-48) — represents portions of Clackamas’s 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Carolyn Tomei (HD-41) — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Ben Unger (HD-29) — represents a portion of Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR;

Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (HD-47) sponsor of SB 833 — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Jennifer Williamson (HD-36) — represents a portion of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Brad Witt (HD-31) — represents Columbia’s 1,804 UE — 7.7 percent SAUR, portions of Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR.

Republican representatives who voted for or were sponsors of SB 833 and the house district they represent:

Rep. John Davis (HD-26) — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR, Washington’s 16,945 UE — 5.7 percent SAUR and Yamhill’s 2,954 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR;

Rep. Vic Gilliam (HD-18) sponsor of SB 833 — represents portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Marion’s 10,431 UE —7.4 percent SAUR;

Rep. Mark Johnson (HD-52) sponsor of SB 833 — represents Hood River’s 668 UE — 5.3 percent SAUR, portions of Clackamas’ 12,103 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR and Multnomah’s 24,676 UE — 6.2 percent SAUR;

Rep. Bob Jenson (HD-58) — represents Union’s 759 UE — 7.4 percent SAUR, Wallowa’s 262 UE — 9.0 percent SAUR and a portion of Umatilla’s 2,464 UE — 7.5 percent SAUR;

Rep. Greg Smith (HD-57) — represents Gilliam’s 56 UE — 6.1 percent SAUR, Morrow’s 324 UE — 7.5 percent SAUR, Sherman’s 62 UE — 6.7 percent SAUR, portions of Umatilla’s 2,464 UE — 7.5 percent SAUR, and Wasco’s 837 UE — 6.5 percent SAUR.

An indefensible argument given by proponents of driver cards for the foreign nationals illegally in the state, are illegal immigrants need to be able drive to work. A reminder for proponents of driver cards, foreign nationals illegally in the country cannot legally work in the state.

Another argument of proponents of driver cards is Oregon U.S. citizens will not work at the jobs illegal immigrants now occupy. This argument is at best a half-truth; Oregon U.S. citizens have historically been more than willing to work in construction, forestry, hotels, and restaurants.

Interesting facts can be derived from analyzing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDOA) unauthorized worker numbers and Pew Hispanic Center’s estimate of 110,000 unauthorized workers in the state.

Employment research done by USDOA estimates 48 percent of the 1.1 million farm workers in the country are unauthorized workers.

Translating this percentage to PEW’s Oregon unauthorized worker number of 110,000 it is reasonable to estimate there are up to 52,880 unauthorized agricultural workers in the state.

Subtract the 52,880 unauthorized agricultural workers in the state from the overall number of 110,000 unauthorized workers in the state and one ends up with 57,200 unauthorized workers employed in non-agricultural jobs.

Oregon voter’s defeat on November 4th of Ballot Measure 88 should help open up as many as 57,200 non-agricultural jobs to the state’s 127,041 unemployed.

Using the current OED October numbers, the state could have a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of just 3.8 percent if illegal immigrants are removed from the non-agricultural workforce.

Oregon’s 127,041 unemployed should contact their governor, labor commissioner and legislators and tell them in the future to reject the idea of any executive action or legislation that would require the DMV to grant a state issued identity in the form of a driver card to illegal immigrants — foreign nationals illegally in the state — that would allow them to legally drive to work.

Here is how Oregon’s’ unemployed can contact their governor, labor commissioner, and members of the state legislature (See links):

Governor: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/ShareYourOpinion.aspx

Labor commissioner: http://www.bradavakian.com/contact/

Find who represents me: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-search.html

State senators: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/senate/

State representatives: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/house/

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com.

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