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.

2014-08-30

Mike Nearman - candidate for Oregon House District 23 will be volunteering in the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses booth at the Oregon State Fair Sunday from 2 - 6pm.

Drop by and meet him the PODL booth is located in Columbia Hall - next to the Traeger Grill guys. 

This will be a great opportunity to ask Mike any questions you might have about Ballot Measure 88.  Remember to Vote NO in NOvember.  Vote NO on 88!


 

2014-08-26

Please plan to stop by the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses booth at the Oregon State fair and located in Columbia Hall.  Representative Kim Thatcher will be volunteering in our booth from 10am - 1:30pm. 

Representative Kim Thatcher jumped at the opportunity to help concerned citizens across the state when she agreed to be a Chief Petitioner on the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizen's veto referendum.  Her support - along with that of Representative Sal Esquivel and many others who have endorsed our referendum have been a great support to our efforts to overturn SB 833 - the new law granting state issued ID - in the form of a driver card - to those who can't prove legal presence in our country. 

Please take the time to thank her for all she has done and continues to do for Oregon!
 

2014-08-24

Candidate Greg Barreto, running for State representative - HD 58, will be volunteering in the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses booth at the State Fair this afternoon. Drop by and say hello to Greg and his wife Chris from 4 - 6pm. You'll find us in Columbia Hall.


 

2014-08-21

The Protect Oregon Driver Licenses campaign will host a booth at the Oregon State Fair which is opening Friday, August 22, and continuing through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).

 
We’ll be inside this year, in the Columbia Hall building, immediately adjacent to the 17th Street entrance to the Fairgrounds.  Please drop by the PODL booth (Booth #303), say hi and introduce yourselves. 

 
We'll have informational literature about the PODL campaign to distribute to visitors and will be happy to answer questions or discuss issues.

By Monday, we hope to have yard signs available, too.  You can pick one up for your yard as you head home from the Fair.

 
Hours:  Mon-Thur: 10:00 am 10:00 pm;  Sunday, August 24: 10:00 am 10:00 pm;  Fri-Sun (except August 24): 10:00 am 11:00 pm

 
Please visit the Fair’s website, http://oregonstatefair.org/, for general information about the Fair including a downloadable pdf map of Fairgrounds.  The website also contains driving and parking directions, admission fees, descriptions of educational exhibits and entertainment events. 

 
We'll see you at the Fair!
 

 

2014-08-14

Contributions to the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses matching grant offered by a generous donor are picking up.  If you have not yet made a contribution, we urge you to do so.  If you have already contributed - thank you.  Would you consider contributing again?  Remember - every dollar donated is matched dollar for dollar - up to $5,000 total!

Our campaign is up against BIG money, and a coalition of organizations that profit from the presence of illegal aliens in our state. 

The coalition has as of August 8, 2014 raised $102,526.93 from eleven different groups

- ACLU of Oregon contributed $2,500.00;
- Basic Rights Oregon contributed $10,000.00;
- CAUSA of Oregon contributed $22,134.00;
- Northwest Health Foundation contributed $10,000.00;
- ORLPAC (193) Restaurant, Lodging & Hospitality Industry contributed $2,500.00;
- Oregon Nurseries Political Action Committee (175) contributed $10,000.00;
- Oregon Voice contributed $18,569.00;
- PCUN Pineros Y. Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Inc contributed $2,500.00;
- SEIU 49 Committee on Political Education (4213) contributed $10,000.00;
- SEIU Local 503 contributed $10,000.00;
- The Bus Project contributed $4,323.93.

Total Contributions: $102,526.93

2014-08-10
For all our OFIR and PODL friends in the Bend and Redmond area - please plan to attend the upcoming Redmond Patriots meeting.  OFIR President and Authorized Agent of the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizens veto referendum Cynthia Kendoll will be the featured speaker of the evening.

Date: Monday, August 11  Time: 6pm

Location: Highland Baptist Church, 3100 SW Highland Ave., Redmond OR            
 

 

2014-08-05

From the Salem 9-12 meeting announcement:

With the recent crisis on the border, with thousands of unaccompanied minors coming over in floods, with our government turning a blind eye and literally hiding their actions from public scrutiny, it's more important than ever for us to not turn a blind eye ourselves. We need to be aware of how Illegal Immigration is being addressed here in Oregon.

Salem 912 Project
Friday August 8 - 6:30 pm
Scottish Rite Center
4090 Commercial St SE
Salem, Oregon

Our guest speaker will be Cynthia Kendoll, from Oregonians for Immigration Reform. She will speak to us about the upcoming Ballot Measure 88 - Protect Oregon Driver Licenses referendum, as well as the recent nation-wide invasions and what we can do here in Oregon. If we don't stand up here, we might as well sit and turn that blind eye.

Cynthia Kendoll is President of Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR), Authorized Agent and Statewide Campaign manager for the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses (PODL) citizen's veto referendum and an Advisory Board member of Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIRCO).

Ongoing efforts to stay up-to-date with what's happening regarding immigration issues takes Cynthia to our southern border for the third time this September to attend National Sheriffs Border School and often to Washington DC to lobby Congress and meet with National immigration group leaders. In October, she will be a keynote speaker at a conference in DC.

For the past 14 months, Cynthia spearheaded the efforts to overturn SB 833 - the bill granting state issued ID - in the form of driver cards - to illegal aliens. Running a successful citizens veto referendum and now working toward the upcoming election campaign fills all of Cynthia's time.

Cynthia Kendoll

Authorized Agent and Statewide Campaign Manager - Protect Oregon Driver Licenses http :// www.protectoregondl.org/

President - Oregonians for Immigration Reform http://www.oregonir.org/

Advisory Board - Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform - http://www.cairco.org/

2014-08-01

On Saturday, August 2nd at 9:00am, Cynthia Kendoll will be the featured guest on the Oregon PCP News Tele-Town Hall.

Join the conversation and learn why Oregon voters should VOTE NO on Ballot Measure 88 to reject the new law granting state issued ID in the form of driver cards, to illegal aliens.

Cynthia, OFIR President and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses Authorized Agent and Statewide Campaign Manager, will answer your questions about the myriad of issues surrounding the issuance of driver cards to those who can't prove they are legally present in the country. Find out who is behind the push to attract even more illegal aliens to Oregon, as well.

To participate in the tele-town hall, you must pre-register. Please join us, learn more and get your questions answered, too.

You must pre-register to participate.

Citizen activists and educated voters will be the deciding factor in our success in November! Remember to Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88.  Pass it on...

 

2014-07-28
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Washington DC
FAIR ACTION ALERT, July 28, 2014
 
House Leadership to Send Flawed Border Bill to Floor
Call Your Representatives NOW and Urge Them to Vote No!
 
Sources all over Capitol Hill are reporting that House Speaker John Boehner plans to send a flawed border bill to the floor this week. The bill will be a response to President Obama's request for Congress to provide government agencies an extra $3.7 billion to speed up the processing of and provide care for illegal alien minors flooding the border and resettle them all across the country. 
 
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW AND URGE THEM TO VOTE NO!
 
1. President Obama has caused this crisis. 
 
Under the guise of "prosecutorial discretion," President Obama has blatantly refused to enforce our immigration laws, ordering immigration agents to essentially ignore all illegal aliens who have not been convicted of violent crimes. Removals of illegal alien minors have dropped nearly 80 percent during his Administration. Even President Obama's former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unapologetically declared that the chances of the average illegal being deported are "close to zero." 
 
To make matters worse, President Obama has circumvented Congress and adopted administrative amnesty programs, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), that shield illegal aliens from deportation. These policies have sent a clear message around the world: if you come, you can stay. 
 
2. Policy changes will either fail in the Senate or become a vehicle for amnesty. 
 
As Congress has debated how to respond to the President's request for $3.7 billion in extra funding, House leaders have insisted that policy changes must accompany the money. They have focused specifically on changing the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 to allow minors from Central America to be processed and deported quickly like minors from Mexico.
 
While this is a laudable goal, the Senate has vowed to block any changes to the 2008 Act. And, if policy changes are sent to the Senate, any legislation that returns to the House is likely to contain some sort of amnesty or other bad policy changes. This would set up a dangerous scenario for a conference committee or action in a lame-duck session of Congress. 
 
3. If policy changes pass Congress, they will be rendered meaningless by the Obama Administration. 
 
President Obama has made it clear that he does not care whether Congress amends the 2008 Act to speed up the removal of minors from Central America. Just last Thursday, the White House confirmed that it is considering a plan to admit even MORE Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran minors by giving them refugee status -an act that requires outright ignoring the legal definition of a refugee. Granting refugee status to these minors would nullify any legislation Congress passes to speed up the processing and deportation of illegal alien minors crossing the border.
 
More importantly, the Obama Administration has vowed that by the end of August, it will unilaterally grant some sort of administrative amnesty to illegal aliens already in the U.S. By some accounts the plan may shield millions of illegal aliens from deportation! (See, e.g., The New York Times, June 30, 2014)
 
4. The legislation being proposed by House Leadership will not improve the situation.  In fact, it will make matters worse! 
 
In particular, the House Leadership bill is damaging because it includes the Cornyn-Cuellar bill. This bill actually further complicates the process of removing illegal alien minors by giving them an additional hearing before an immigration judge to attempt to establish they have a legitimate claim to stay in the U.S.  In addition, the Cornyn-Cuellar bill allows illegal alien minors who have received final deportation orders in the past 18 months to get those orders expunged and re-apply for admission to the U.S.!! (To learn more, read FAIR's summary of the Cornyn-Cuellar bill.) 
 
Finally, the House Leadership bill does nothing to address the real cause of the crisis. It does not attempt to stop President Obama's non-enforcement policies or his administrative amnesty programs. And it does nothing to impede President Obama from fulfilling his promise to grant administrative amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. by the end of this summer! 
 
Act NOW!  FAIR is asking all of its members, supporters, and activists to call their Representatives and urge them to vote NO on the House Leadership supplemental spending bill.  Tell your Representative:
 
• You oppose new legislation that will only complicate the deportation of illegal alien minors;
 
• You demand that House leaders address the TRUE cause of this border crisis: the President's non-enforcement policies and administrative amnesty programs. House leaders should support legislation that significantly restricts the President's ability to abuse various forms of relief such as deferred action, humanitarian parole, parole-in-place, temporary protected status, etc. This includes supporting legislation authored by Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Marsha Blackburn that would end DACA; and
 
• You demand that House leaders immediately take action to stop the President from fulfilling his promise to grant administrative amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.S.
 
House leaders plan to vote on their bill THIS WEEK! Call your Representatives NOW! 
 
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Find numbers for your U.S. Senators and Representatives from Oregon at: http://www.oregonir.org/how-contact-oregon-congressional-delegation
2014-07-25
Representative Kurt Schrader will hold a “tele-town hall” on July 28 at 6 pm. This is an opportunity to tell him how important it is to stop the current surge of illegal immigration at the southern border. Pres. Obama is not enforcing immigration law; on the contrary he is accommodating the illegal alien surge, claiming most are unaccompanied children, and spending large sums of public funds to care for the illegal entrants. This is outrageous, especially at a time when so many citizens are in need of jobs and living wages.
 
Tell Rep. Schrader that Border Patrol statistics found buried on a government website confirm that most of the Central American illegal aliens apprehended in the recent surge are not unaccompanied children, but are family units. Less than one-fourth (22 percent) of all those apprehended are unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from Central America.
 
These “children” are not being trafficked; they are being smuggled. Claiming that the anti-trafficking law necessitates our treating them differently is wrong.
 
Our country desperately needs true immigration law enforcement. Otherwise, we will be overwhelmed by illegal immigrants from all over the world. We are in danger of losing our sovereignty and our nation.

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