Catholic Sentinel photos by Clarice Keating
Wendy Tacuba, St. Andrew parishioner, laughs as Archbishop Alexander Sample calls for audience members to prepare their "elevator speech" on Measure 88.
Catholic Sentinel photos by Clarice Keating

Wendy Tacuba, St. Andrew parishioner, laughs as Archbishop Alexander Sample calls for audience members to prepare their "elevator speech" on Measure 88.

Archbishop Alexander Sample spoke at a Safe Roads Assembly tonight at St. Andrew Church in support of Measure 88, which would allow immigrants without documents to drive after meeting all other requirements.

“I’m with you,” he said to the packed crowd. “Let’s get Measure 88 passed in Oregon.”

He advised attendees to get their “elevator speech ready.” It’s important that people get the facts and get out and spread the word, he said.

Measure 88, on Oregon’s November ballot, has won the support of many religious groups, including the Oregon Catholic Conference. The measure would affirm a law put in place by the Oregon Legislature in 2013.

“How many of you drove here tonight?” said Bob Brown, from Havurah Shalom. “Imagine how your lives would be different if you were excluded from the privilege of driving.”

In addition to Archbishop Sample, other speakers in support of the measure were Jason León, political director for Governor Kitzhaber, and Ron Louie, former chief of police in Hillsboro.

During the rally, organized by the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, people impacted by Oregon’s driver’s license laws shared their stories. Many of the tearful accounts detailed experiences of fear and families torn apart.

The primary group supporting Measure 88 highlights safety. Safe Roads Yes on 88 calls the measure a common sense way to make sure more drivers are well trained.  

To get a card, immigrants must pass written and behind-the-wheel tests and prove they have lived in Oregon for more than a year. They must provide proof of identity and date of birth. The card, which has a four-year term before it would need to be renewed, can’t be used for air travel, entry to federal buildings, to register to vote, or to gain benefits that require proof of citizenship.

MACG is recruiting volunteers for door-to-door canvassing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 11. Those interested in volunteering for the “Yes on 88” campaign should meet at St. Andrew Parish, 806 NE Alberta St.

Gov. John Kitzhaber is working with the “Yes on 88” campaign. He will kick off a week of action at noon, Monday, Oct. 13, at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1011 SW 12th Ave.