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.

2018-10-09

Please plan to attend the next OFIR membership meeting Saturday, October 20th from 2pm - 4pm at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn - across from Costco in Salem, OR.

Special guests will be Representative Greg Baretto - one of the three Stop Oregon Sanctuaries Cheif Petitioners and Oregon Republican Party Vice Chair, Chris Baretto

Learn what's new with the SOS campaign and what you can do to help the YES on 105 campaign over the finish line in the last few weeks before election day.

Our campaign has great ideas for getting the word out  - but, we need resources to do so.  Please make a donation to support the YES on 105 campaign.  Give generously - but, give only what you can afford.  For those that have contributed - a great big thank you!

It's time for all hands on deck - so plan to join us -  pick up a lawn sign and some campaign swag for you and your friends, too.

Questions?  Call 503.435.0141


 

2018-09-29

OFIR has posted a list of Governor and Legislative candidates who support Measure 105.  You can view the list here

The list is based primarily on the Comparison Chart on Immigration from the 2018 Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey questionnaire.  We have added some information from other sources.

Good news: numerous candidates are known to support Measure 105.  There are probably additional supportive candidates.  We’ll be glad to add them to the list if they identify themselves to Oregonians for Immigration Reform at ofir@oregonir.org.

2018-09-16

September 16, 2018

The Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project continues to add more information to its comparison chart on immigration issues.

Their Comparison Guide on Immigration covers candidates for Governor, Oregon Senate and Oregon House.

It now incorporates incumbents' votes in the 2017 Oregon Legislature on HB 3464.  HB 3464, granting “privacy” to illegal aliens, sheltering them from questions about their immigration status, passed on July 6, 2017, the next to last day of the session.  It had been rushed through the Legislature with only one public hearing, June 8.  

Please take a look at the current OAAVEP postings on immigration:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTl1YE1_y1T6t7R09aawmsBcOJ4Y0akcraDePs1S1D1F9yPecFVZNja4VNBgWjLgBt24QCnmemZat57/pubhtml

OFIR’s earlier summary of candidate positions contains some information not in the OAAVEP Comparison Guide.  See OFIR’s earlier summary here.

Regarding candidates for Governor, the OAAVEP Guide does not include candidate Buehler’s support for repealing ORS 181A.820 (Measure 105).  Knute Buehler announced publicly in July that he will vote for Measure 105. https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/07/republican_knute_buehler_says.html

During his two terms in the Oregon Legislature, he consistently voted against benefits to illegal aliens.

2018-09-14

Take a peek at our lawn and field signs for the YES on Measure 105 campaign and request yours today!

2018-09-05

We just learned from our attorneys that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the lawsuit against our victory in 2014 to overturn driver cards for illegal aliens - Measure 88.
 

Five self-identified, alleged illegal aliens filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Oregon for allowing the will of Oregon voters to overturn the bill giving an official Oregon driver card to illegal aliens. The bill that Measure 88 overturned was Senate Bill 833 which had passed both chambers of the State Legislature and was signed by Governor Kitzhaber with great fanfare on the steps of the Capitol before a large crowd on May Day, May 1. 2013.
 
The vast majority of voters understood the implications of giving an official state-issued, photo ID, in the form of a driver card to individuals who could not prove they are legally in the country, and they DEFEATED Measure 88, expressing their disapproval of Senate Bill 833.
 
For the record, Measure 88 was defeated by 66 percent of Oregon voters. Close to one million Oregonians voted against driver cards. Thirty-five of Oregon’s 36 counties voted it down. Eighteen counties voted by over 80 percent against it. Measure 88 lost in all five of Oregon’s congressional districts. A majority of Oregon Democrats, Republicans and independents voted against issuing driver cards to illegal aliens.
 
Our opponents outspent us roughly ten to one. One Hollywood TV star, gave a $50,000 donation to the pro driver card measure, almost as much money as our campaign had in total.
 
Measure 88 was debated in public forums, in newspapers, on the radio, in the voter’s pamphlet, and on TV. Voters had a clear understanding of the issue.  It’s not often we praise the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - but, this time they deserve iit!
 
Measure 88 was a Referendum calling for a no vote to rid citizens of a bad bill that had passed the Legislature but had not yet been put into effect. 

Measure 105 is an Initiative which must have a YES vote to REPEAL a bad law that’s been on the books for years.
 
Let’s make it two victories in a row.  Let’s overturn Oregon’s sanctuary law - Vote YES on Measure 105.  Talk to your friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow citizens - ask them to Vote YES on Measure 105, too!
 
YES on Measure 105 Lawn and field signs will be available this weekend - go to
and order YOUR signs today!

2018-08-21

The Oregon State Fair opens Friday, August 24th for its eleven day run of fun ending Sept. 3rd - Labor Day.  The Stop Oregon Sanctuaries campaign will be hosting a booth in the Jackman Long building (aka Shoppers Expo) - space #235.

While you're enjoying the fair, please stop by and say hello!  You can order your lawn or field sign while you're at the fair, too!  Or, order your signs online.

If you would like to help with the campaign in other ways, please visit our website.

If you are able and want to help - a donation would be greatly appreciated to use for our campaign. 

Thank you!  We'll se you at the FAIR!
 

2018-08-11

For several years now, in election seasons, OFIR has provided information on Oregon candidates’ positions on immigration issues.  See the Elections section in Immigration Topics.

For 2018, OFIR has posted an Overview of the General Election which includes pertinent information.

Collection of information on candidates’ immigration positions is becoming easier now since the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey has begun including several good questions on immigration policy in its compilations of candidate positions on a variety of current issues. 

NumbersUSA also collects information on Congressional candidates’ positions, and with its large database of incumbents’ voting records on immigration issues, NumbersUSA is a valuable source for voters to know about.  Their current listing for Oregon can be viewed here.

With immigration so much in the news today, it’s advisable to check the views of candidates in one’s voting district.  If you don’t find any public information on their views, that’s useful to know also, because candidates should be well-versed on immigration issues to serve their constituents adequately now.  A reluctance to state their positions publicly is a red caution flag for voters.

“Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation …”, according to a new Gallup poll.  

Voters can email their candidates and ask them, please, to reply to the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey questions on immigration which are posted here.  Email addresses for candidates are usually on the candidates’ websites, and the OAAVEP survey includes link to candidate websites in most cases.  If you have a problem contacting candidates in your voting districts, you can email OFIR and we’ll send you contact information.

If you wish, you can cite these references to your candidates:

1.  FAIR has issued a good report specifically about what states and local governments can do to help immigration enforcement; see it here.  The full report is a pdf document:  https://fairus.org/sites/default/files/2017-08/2016_State_and_Local_Agenda.pdf

2.  A CIS analyst presented testimony to Congress summing up current needs very well; view her report, “Restoring enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” here.  

3.  Informative discussions of what constitutes good immigration policy are available on the websites of NumbersUSAFederation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Center for Immigration Studies

2018-07-25
Please invite a friend and plan to join us!
 
Initiative Petition #22 - to REPEAL Oregon's Sanctuary Law, has qualified for the 2018 General Election ballot.  Thanks to all who collected signatures and contributed in so many wonderful ways on behalf of IP 22.  We are now waiting to find out what our official ballot measure number will be in the November election.  We will let you know as soon as the number is assigned.

Join us as we celebrate your hard work and success at the next OFIR meeting Saturday, August 4th at 2:00 pm at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn in Salem. 

Brainstorming about the upcoming initiative campaign will be one of our main topics. 

Representative Sal Esquivel, one of the three chief petitioners on IP 22, will be the featured speaker.  He has been a great friend to OFIR and we are sad to see him go as he will be retiring this year.  We want to give him the best possible send off.

Driving directions to Best Western Mill Creek Inn

Across the street from Costco

Best Western Mill Creek Inn
3125 Ryan Dr. SE.
Salem 97301

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.

 

2018-07-24

The Department of Homeland Security is hiring.  “The Department of Homeland Security’s compelling mission” they say, “draws candidates seeking to join a team that makes a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens.”

And the pay isn’t bad either! 

Take a look at current job openings here.  This link features jobs in the DHS and related salaries, but on the same website one can view other job openings and pay scales in the federal government also.

A description and general information about the particular jobs at DHS is on their main website at https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/hiring-event

Both ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (Customs and Border Protection), are components of the Department of Homeland Security, and they’re looking for good people.  They have a bigger budget than formerly, also new leadership that sincerely believes in immigration law enforcement, so cruise around on the websites linked here and see whether you’re interested for yourself or for someone you know.

https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?a=HSBB

https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/hiring-event

https://www.ice.gov/careers

https://www.cbp.gov/careers

 

2018-06-20
From NumbersUSA, June 20, 2018:

Last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan finally unveiled legislation that the House will vote on Thursday. The bill is sponsored by discharge petition ringleaders Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Carlos Curbleo (R-Fla.). And just to confuse the public, Reps. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) are also original cosponsors.

 
But make no mistake -- H.R. 6136, the Goodlatte-Denham-Ryan Amnesty bill is NOT the original Goodlatte bill, H.R. 4760, that NumbersUSA has supported since its introduction in January.
 
Just as we've been telling you since Friday, the Goodlatte-Denham-Ryan Amnesty bill could be the largest amnesty ever passed by Congress! It gives amnesty to at least 1.8 million illegal aliens with only promises for future enforcement.
 
Please call and tell your U.S. Representative to oppose H.R. 6136!
 
 
Why is the Goodlatte-Denham-Ryan Amnesty so bad?

Amnesty First, Enforcement Maybe Later -- H.R. 6136 repeats the same mistakes of past amnesties by immediately granting "contingent nonimmigration status" to an estimated 1.8-2.4 million illegal aliens with only promises of enforcement. The legalized status and work permits can never be taken away.

Special Path to Citizenship -- H.R. 6136 creates a special merit-based green card system for issuing green cards to amnestied illegal aliens. The special merit-based system would end in 25-30 years once every eligible illegal alien has received a green card.

No E-Verify -- H.R. 6136 lacks an E-Verify mandate, allowing employers to continue to hire illegal workers. Without an E-Verify mandate, illegal immigration will continue, and Congress will be pressured to pass future amnesties.

Partial end to Chain Migration -- H.R. 6136 only eliminates two chain migration categories, leaving the parents category in place. The parents category is the largest of the family-chain categories, issuing 173,854 green cards in 2016. By leaving this category in place, DACA-eligible illegal aliens who receive the amnesty would be able to reward their parents by eventually sponsoring them for green cards.

Border Security...maybe -- H.R. 6136 includes $25 billion for improving border security, however the funding could be rescinded by a future Congress or President. H.R. 6136 adds a "trigger" that would block illegal aliens from receiving green cards if the funding is rescinded, but they would keep their legal status and work permits forever.

The Goodlatte bill is the only proposal in Congress that would prevent future amnesties by requiring employers to use E-Verify and immediately reduce the number of green cards issued to foreign workers each year. 

But the Goodlatte-Denham-Ryan Amnesty is the more imminent threat! 
 
Please call and tell your U.S. Representative to oppose H.R. 6136!

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