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October 7, 2002
(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA.) -- While publicly praising the veto of a controversial drivers license bill, state Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) knocked his election opponent, Tom Harman, for supporting legislation to give preferential tuition to undocumented immigrants.
"Tom Harman voted for Assembly Bill 540, which grants preferential tuition to undocumented immigrants attending UC, CSU and California community colleges," Orton told councilmembers and the audience.
Orton criticized Harman's yes vote on the tuition bill as inconsistent with the Assemblyman's harsh rhetoric. "No amount of flip-floppy double talk can hide that vote."
Harman, who has made it a point to state he is against benefits for undocumented immigrants, supported the tuition bill when the bill came up for a final vote last year, just three days after the September 11th attacks.
"Richard Nixon was right," Orton told councilmembers. "If you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing."
A replica of the license was projected onto a screen behind him, under the headline, "In Europe, you must prove legal residency to get a drivers license."
The overhead transparency indicated that in order to get a Danish license, Orton had to first surrender his valid California license and to show proof of legal residency before authorities would issue the drivers license.
Before Governor Gray Davis vetoed the controversial drivers license bill, Orton traveled across the 67th Assembly district, urging a veto in speeches to city councils, residents and in the press.
Orton laid out his position on the immigrant issue in a 650-word opinion that appeared in the Los Alamitos News Enterprise.
Orton is including his immigration position and the voting record of his opponent in thousands of letters being mailed to voters cross the district.
For more information, write an email message directly to Bill.