OFIR Alerts and Updates
Welcome to the "what's hot" news and alerts section. This section includes important OFIR action alerts and informational updates that have been sent out in the recent past, as well as hot news items.
Mark your calendar for our upcoming OFIR meeting - Saturday, February 28th at 2:00pm at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn in Salem. (Driving instructions below.)
Once again, we have a very special guest speaker, Mr. Don Rosenberg, from San Francisco. Mr. Rosenberg is one of Protect Oregon Driver Licenses’ proud endorsers. Read his endorsement statement at http://www.protectoregondl.org/endorsers/don-rosenberg-endorser
He will be sharing with us his personal story and how he put his grief, confusion and anger to work. He has been a tireless champion for getting unlicensed drivers off the road and embodies just exactly what a grassroots activist is.
We also will be discussing what is happening in the current legislative session in Salem and how you can make a difference. To that end OFIR along with several other groups will be hosting a display on the main floor of the Capitol building all day Wednesday, March 11. It will be a great opportunity for citizens to meet with their state senator and representative. If you would like someone to go with you to visit your Legislator or to give you a tour of the Capitol, or just walk you through the building - just ask when you arrive.
Please join us and be inspired to jump in and get involved in saving our communities, our state and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 pm. Please bring a friend along!
WHERE: Best Western Inn in Salem, 3125 Ryan Dr SE, just west of I-5 Exit 253, across from Costco.
If you have questions please call OFIR at (503) 435-0141 or send an email to email@example.com.
Driving directions to Best Western Mill Creek Inn:
From I-5, take exit 253, which is the intersection of I-5 and State roads 22 and Business 99E. Go West on 22 (Mission St.) a short distance to Hawthorne Ave. Turn R on Hawthorne Ave. to the first left, which is Ryan Drive. Turn left on Ryan Drive, by Denny’s Restaurant, and proceed to Mill Creek Inn just beyond.
From downtown Salem: Go east on Mission St. (State Rd. 22). Follow 22 just past the Airport and turn left on Hawthorne Ave. Then take the first left (almost an immediate left) into Ryan Drive; you will see the Inn directly ahead.
Senator Wyden will hold Town Halls on Feb. 20 in Clatsop County, and on Feb 21 in Jefferson and Crook Counties. Please attend if possible and ask questions or make comments on immigration issues. We include some suggestions below.
Clatsop County Town Hall »
Friday, Feb 20 2015 10:30AM
Astoria High School
1001 West Marine Drive, Astoria, OR
Jefferson County Town Hall »
Saturday, Feb 21 2015 11:30AM
Madras City Hall
71 Southeast D St, Madras, OR
Crook County Town Hall »
Saturday, Feb 21 2015 3:30PM
Central Oregon Community College’s Crook County Open Campus Building
510 SE Lynn Blvd, Prineville, OR
OFIR members, here are some suggestions for questions or comments to Sen. Wyden:
Ask Sen. Wyden to vote yes on H.R. 240 which funds the Department of Homeland Security, but excludes funding for Obama's unconstitutional amnesties.
If the bill doesn't pass, the Democrats in the Senate will have defunded the DHS at a time when the threat of terrorism is growing all over the world.
The choice before you is whether to support President Obama’s massive amnesties by blocking the House-passed DHS funding bill (H.R. 240), or to allow debate on the bill. It’s hard to see how any patriot would put amnesty for illegal aliens ahead of protection for citizens and our country especially at this time when international terrorists threaten us.
I am disappointed that you’re defending President Obama's unconstitutional executive orders that grant amnesty to millions of people and provide them work permits when 18 million Americans cannot find a full time job.
Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 16 in Aurora. His website announcement says: "Senator Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America."
When: February 16, 2015 @ 4:00 PM
Where: Willamette Aviation Education Hangar, 23115 Airport Rd. NE, Aurora, OR 97002
Here are some suggestions for questions or comments to Sen. Merkley:
Ask Sen. Merkley to vote yes on H.R. 240 which funds the Department of Homeland Security, but excludes funding for Obama's unconstitutional amnesties.
If the bill doesn't pass, the Democrats in the Senate will have de-funded the DHS at a time when the threat of terrorism is growing all over the world.
***The choice before you is whether to support President Obama’s massive amnesties by blocking the House-passed DHS funding bill (H.R. 240), or to allow debate on the bill. It’s hard to see how any patriot would put amnesty for illegal aliens ahead of protection for citizens and our country especially at this time when international terrorists threaten us.
***I am disappointed that you’re defending President Obama's unconstitutional executive orders that grant amnesty to millions of people and provide them work permits when 18 million Americans cannot find a full time job.
The Senate will cast its first vote TUESDAY on the House-passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that de-funds President Obama's executive amnesties. Tuesday's vote at 2:30 pm is a procedural vote - called a motion to proceed to debate the bill - and it simply determines whether the Senate moves forward to debating and amending the bill.
Tomorrow's vote is critical because it takes 60 votes to defeat a filibuster. Importantly, there are at least seven Democratic Senators who voiced opposition to the executive amnesty after voters overwhelmingly rejected President Obama's immigration policies in the November elections. If they uphold their word by voting YES, the DHS funding bill will advance to floor debate.
There is no time to waste! Call your Senators NOW!
FAIR is calling on our members, activists, and supporters to take action NOW to ensure the Senate de-funds President Obama's executive amnesty. There is no time to waste!!! President Obama is already taking steps to implement his new amnesty programs. The Senate must approve the House-passed bill and send it to the President's desk. Then, President Obama will have to decide what is more important to him: funding the Department of Homeland Security or protecting illegal aliens.
Supporting President Obama's executive amnesty is unacceptable; hard-working, taxpaying Americans deserve better than another amnesty and the dismantling of immigration enforcement!
Call your Senators NOW!
Senator Ron Wyden - Phone: (202) 224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley - Phone: (202) 224-3753
- You oppose President Obama's executive amnesty
- You expect them to vote YES on the motion to proceed
- You want Congress to stop the President's abuse of power, now and in the future
- You demand that Congress act NOW to rein in President Obama's abuse of power and restore respect for our immigration laws.
The Oregon State legislature will open Monday, February 2nd and run until early summer.
Please make an effort to contact your Legislator in person, by email or with a phone message and thank them for their service. If you have suggestions or ideas, they would appreciate hearing from you. Always be respectful, to the point and give an example of the issue to which you are referring. Thank them for their time.
The Capitol is the people's house - own it. Get involved, be a part of the process and work for toward solutions!
If possible, please attend and express your views on President Obama’s unilateral, unconstitutional executive amnesty. Senator Wyden recently voted in favor of funding it.
Read about the dangers and unknown variables in the President’s amnesty plan here: http://cis.org/much-of-obamas-lawless-immigration-scheme-still-unknown. Earlier, in 2013, Sen. Wyden voted in favor of S.744, the bill giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens while also vastly increasing legal immigration, at this time of widespread unemployment and underemployment among citizens.
Jan 17 2015 10:00AM
Rogue Auditorium, Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass, OR
Jan 17 2015 3:30PM
OIT College Union Building
3200 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR
Jan 18 2015 1:00PM
the Commons at Oregon Coast Community College
400 SE College Way
The following are some questions you might ask Sen. Wyden. If you’re able to question him or make comments to him, please tell OFIR what his response was.
1. Our immigration system is not “broken;” enforcement of the immigration laws is what is broken! That is the reason we have millions of illegal immigrants. Citizenship and the rule of law must be cherished and respected by all, or our nation is on a slippery slope into the culture of corruption from which many immigrants try to escape. Administration claims of good enforcement are false. Senator, what are you doing to strengthen U.S. immigration law enforcement?
2. There have been 7 major amnesties passed by Congress from 1986 to 2000, each resulting in ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants. Now another huge amnesty is being pushed. We need enforcement of the immigration laws, not another amnesty.
3. Unemployment and underemployment persist as major problems in Oregon and the U.S. Businesses can and do hire illegal aliens at substandard wages in construction, agriculture, hotels, restaurants. Why don’t you do more to stop the hiring of illegal aliens? Why don’t you work to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers?
4. Did you know that between the Censuses of 2000 and 2010, 80% of population growth resulted from immigration (immigrants plus the children of immigrants). The U.S. is already overcrowded. After more than 4 decades of unprecedentedly high immigration, we need a pause, a moratorium on immigration, or we face a steep decline in the quality of life for everyone. If you are truly concerned about our environment, you should work for major reductions in immigration.
5. Your 25-year voting record in Congress on immigration issues is F as shown by NumbersUSA. This grade is based on official tallies of votes on bills. Whose interests do you think should come first in U.S. immigration policy? Those of immigrants or those of citizens? The record says you favor the interests of immigrants and their employers.
We have all fought hard to stop President Obama's scheme to give social security cards and work permits to millions of illegal aliens. Don't stop! Keep the pressure on and demand that Congress de-fund his plans.
Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will be voting on two very important amendments. If the amendments succeed, it will be the first step to ending Obama's executive actions on immigration.
We need all activists on social media tweeting and using Facebook to pressure GOP Members to vote with the American worker and against amnesty for illegal aliens.
Throughout the evening keep the pressure on Republican Representatives.
Next week all Legislators will be at the Capitol building and conducting meetings Monday (12th), Tuesday (13th) and Wednesday (14th) and new Legislators will be sworn in, too. They're gearing up for the upcoming 2015 Legislative session beginning February 2, 2015.
OFIR encourages you to visit your Capitol Building if you have not yet done so. Walk the halls, sit in on a posted hearing, drop by your Legislators office and introduce yourself. If they are newly elected, welcome them!
Always be respectful to everyone in the Capitol building. Often Legislators are hurrying to meetings and don't have the time to chat. Say hello to their office staff.
The Capitol building is yours and the people inside work for you. You should feel comfortable in the building you own!
Remember to bring quarters for the meter. Meters are strictly enforced!
Get involved, speak up and get busy!
If not you - then who?
If not now - when?
I'll see you at the Capitol!
Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR President
Plan to attend one of these meetings in early January.
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings
Jan 2 2015 10:00AM
Deschutes County Services Building – Barnes/Sawyer Rooms
1300 NW Wall
Jan 3 2015 11:00AM
15300 SE Minuteman Way
Jan 3 2015 2:30PM
PCC Southeast Campus
2305 SE 82nd and Division
Jan 4 2015 1:00PM
Marion County Courthouse
555 Court St. NE
Jan 4 2015 4:00PM
Beaverton City Library (Main Branch) – Auditorium
12375 SW 5th St
Jan 5 2015 10:00AM
Philomath High School – Auditorium
2054 Applegate St
Jan 5 2015 2:00PM
Sheldon High School – Auditorium
2455 Willakenzie Rd
Last night, Congressional Leaders unveiled a $1 trillion spending bill (a.k.a. "CRomnibus") that they hope to pass before the end of the week. As currently written, the bill will fully fund Pres. Obama's executive amnesty and work permits for 5 million illegal aliens.
The powerful House Rules Committee will set the rules for debate for the bill later today, setting up a likely floor vote in the House of Representatives tomorrow.
We need your urgent phone calls to your U.S. Representative Schrader - telling him to executive actions.oppose the CRomnibus unless it defunds Pres. Obama's
Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask for Rep. Schrader at 202-224-3121 or call his regional offices here in Oregon - Salem office: T (503) 588-9100 or the Oregon City office: T (503) 557-1324.