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.
If you haven't paid a visit to the annual Oregon State Fair, Monday will be your last chance! The weather is supposed to be perfect!
Plan to stop by the OFIR booth, located in the Jackman Long building. We've hosted some very special guests!
We hope to see you there!
OFIR will once again host a booth at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The Fair opens Friday, August 26th and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.
Be sure to stop by the OFIR booth which will be located in Columbia Hall. OFIR will be highlighting candidates that are strong on the enforcement of our immigration laws. Many of the candidates will be volunteering in our booth so, you might have the opportunity to meet them.
We hope to see you there!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - BONUS summer meeting Saturday, August 13th at 2:00pm
OFIR appreciates how busy everyone is with family vacations, visiting relatives, camping trips and BBQ's!
But - you won't want to miss our BONUS summer meeting when we host a very special guest speaker that will answer the questions you have about refugee resettlement
Paul Nachman of Montanans for Immigration Law Enforcement will provide the information we need to understand the refugee resettlement that is happening in Oregon and across the country. The issue of the resettlement of thousands of Syrian refugees at a time when it is impossible to vet them should trouble everyone.
Jacob Daniels, Donald Trumps Oregon campaign manager will be dropping by to share the candidate's immigration platform with us, as well.
Please join us - bring a friend along with you - Saturday, August 13 at 2:00pm at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn, 3125 Ryan Dr. SE, Salem, just across from the Salem Costco.
The upcoming election is too important - we must get educated before we vote. Please plan to attend. Call if you have questions 503.435.0141
Please forward this invitation to a friend.
NOTE: OFIR will be hosting a booth at the Oregon State Fair - please stop by and say hello!
Rep. Bonamici to hold Town Halls in August
For Congressional District 1 residents
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici announces Town Hall meetings in several towns. She says: "Town Hall meetings provide an opportunity for the Congresswoman to discuss issues, answer questions, and gather ideas."
Please attend one of these events near you if possible. Below the list of Town Halls is a link to suggested subjects for questions and comments to her. You can also, if you wish, print out her report card from NumbersUSA and give it to her.
Here is the schedule, taken from her website announcement.
Rainier Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Rainier Senior Center, 48 W 7th Street, Rainier, OR 97048
Seaside Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Clatsop Community College, South County Campus, Rooms 2 and 3 – 1455 N Roosevelt Drive, Seaside, OR 97138
Portland Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Friendly House, Keeston Room 1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OOR 97210
Tigard Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, August 4, 2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tigard Public Works Building, Auditorium 8777 SW Burnham St.., Tigard, OR 97223
Hillsboro Town Hall Meeting
Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00 PM to 7 PM
Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123
Dundee Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, August 11, 2016
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dundee Woman's Club, Community Center, 1026 N. Highway 99W, Dundee, OR 97115
Perhaps you have your own questions and comments already. Helpful, in addition, are the excellent Town Hall talking points on important immigration issues available from Numbers USA. These cover H-2B visas, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Criminal justice reform, Refugees/Asylees, and Sanctuary cities.
Also NumbersUSA includes a list of Town Hall Do’s and Dont’s, advising on best conduct for achieving our purposes. Scroll down to the bottom of the page link above to see the Do’s and Dont’s.
Please invite a friend or neighbor to attend with you and show up at one of these Townhall meetings. Always be respectful, but also remember - she works for YOU!
Re-elect Sal Esquivel for State Representative – District 6
Please join us for dinner - Thursday, July 28, 2016
Special guests Mike McLane, Dennis Richardson and Sal Esquivel
Learn the latest in Oregon politics and where we stand in the upcoming election.
A prior opponent has filed so now we have ourselves a race!
Representative Esquivel is a tremendous asset to
Oregonians for Immigration Reform and supports their efforts
to STOP illegal immigration.
He enthusiastically supported the successful Measure 88 referendum
and volunteered to serve as Chief Petitioner
No host cocktails at the Rogue Valley Country Club
Delicious dinner is served
Cost per person - $100
Table Sponsors - (10 seats per table) $1,000
Team Captains - fill your table at $100 per person
We appreciate your support for Sal and look forward to seeing you!
For more Information - Contact Jan at 541.621.7175
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Kate Steinle by a five-times deported illegal alien who was set free by San Francisco authorities despite a hold request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the year since, Congress has failed to take meaningful action against jurisdictions like San Francisco that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.
That may change next week when the Senate could vote on two bills dealing with immigration enforcement. The first, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, would strengthen the federal definition of a sanctuary city and withhold public works and community development funds from any jurisdiction that fits the new definition. The second bill, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, would increase penalties for criminal aliens and repeat illegal border crossers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on both bills earlier this week. That means the Senate vote could happen sometime after their return from the holiday weekend on Wednesday.
Despite popular and bipartisan support for ending sanctuary policies, the road ahead won't be easy. First, 60 votes for are needed to bring each bill to the Senate floor for debate. Then, another vote with a 60-vote threshold is needed to end debate and proceed to final passage.
However, polling indicates the American people are on Sens. Cruz and Toomey's side. Poll after poll since last year's shooting in San Francisco has showed mass support for ending sanctuary policies. Even San Francisco voters showed their disgust with the region's own sanctuary policies when it ousted Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who implemented the city's policies, last November.
Please ask your Senators this weekend on behalf of all the Americans who have fallen victim to crimes at the hands sanctuary policies, to end sanctuary city policies. Your Senator needs to hear from you!
The super-majority party in the Oregon Legislature has used the Emergency Clause as a weapon to pass controversial legislation and shut out citizens' constitutional right to challenge that legislation by slapping an Emergency Clause on 70% of the bills passed this last session. That is ridiculous!
If you have not yet signed initiative petition #49 to STOP abuse of the Emergency Clause, OFIR urges you to do so ASAP. Ask your friends, neighbors and relatives to do so, as well.
Ballot Measure 88 was a fluke in that, for some unknown reason, the majority party did not place an Emergency Clause on Senate Bill 833 - issuing driver cards to illegal aliens - in 2013.
Because there was no Emergency Clause, citizen's were allowed to exercise their constitutional right to a veto referendum to challenge the bad legislation to the 2014 General election ballot.
The bad bill was defeated with a 66% NO vote! The citizen's prevailed.
Go now and sign the initiative petition - ask your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers to do so, as well. Print out the single signer petition, SIGN and DATE and mail it today!
We must do everything we can to maintain our constitutional right to a voice in the Oregon Legislature.
Over six months ago, in an effort to overturn the resounding defeat of Measure 88 in the 2014 general election, a merit less and frivolous lawsuit was filed by five alleged illegal aliens, identified only by their initials and two small illegal alien special interest groups.
The US District Court in Eugene, where the lawsuit was filed, announced yesterday the case was dismissed.
UPDATE: The five unnamed alleged illegal aliens that filed the lawsuit, that was ultimately dismissed, to overturn the defeat of Measure 88, have now filed an appeal. OFIR will keep you posted.
On the radio the other day, I heard Michael Medved touting to his audience that only a tiny portion of the American public is actually concerned about illegal immigration. I disagree with him! Often, if given a choice about concerns that voters have, illegal immigration will not be the first words out of their mouths.
But, voters will say they are concerned about terrorism, national security, JOBS, stagnant wages, over-crowded schools, high taxes, drugs, gangs, crime, the culture of corruption, the environmental impact on our environment of increased population and on and on. Every one of their concerns is directly impacted by - hold on to your hat - illegal immigration and excessive legal immigration.
This election cycle, it's more important than ever before, to fully understand your candidate's position on the issue of illegal immigration and excessive legal immigration. If you aren't asking, you may be surprised - and disappointed.
OFIR encourages our members to visit a candidate's website and discover if a detailed statement is posted about immigration, If there is not, please contact that candidate and ask them to make a public statement on their website. If, after a few pokes and reminders, there is still nothing posted, that might give you a clue as to their commitment to solving the problem.
OFIR has prepared, and now updated, information about Presidential candidates that may be useful to you. Information about candidates in state-wide races may be helpful to you in approaching those candidates at upcoming events. If you have more, credible information that can be substantiated, please share with OFIR. As always, OFIR strives to be as accurate as possible in any information that we provide.
Another source of information is the Abigail Adams Candidate Comparison Guide
OFIR encourages you to learn more about the candidates from many sources. OFIR invites candidates to let us know if there is anything they would like to add in our postings.