I wasn’t allowed to testify against the in-state tuition bill (HB 2787) at the Feb. 13 legislative hearing, although I arrived early and signed the first sheet. The fix was already in.

No one wants to punish students brought here by law-breaking parents, but citizens should know that illegal immigrants who qualify for in-state college tuition may also achieve protected minority status, giving them an affirmative action advantage for jobs against equally innocent American students.

Employers who can’t think past cheap labor are fueling the planned representational irrelevance of citizens as illegal immigration expands.

When I asked Democratic Rep. Michael Dembrow if he’d sponsor a state e-verify bill to stop drawing illegal labor to Oregon, he dismissed it as a federal issue and walked away. How’s that for compassion?

Lyneil Vandermolen

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