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.

2014-07-28
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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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...

 

2014-07-25
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.
2014-07-19

Join us Saturday 11am - 4pm on the Center St. bridge overpass in Salem to protest the lack of enforcement of our immigration laws.

Bring something to drink, wear sunscreen and a hat!  Signs will be available if you need one.

Be respectful AT ALL TIMES!  Obey all laws and do not interfere with traffic.

More information.
 

2014-07-18

Get a first hand update on the rising concerns for what's happening on our US border.  The situation has deteriorated and shows no sign of improvement.  Learn what that means for our country, our state and for you and your family!  Cynthia will also provide an update on the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses referendum campaign.  There will be time for questions, as well.

Time: Friday evening - doors open at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm

Location:  West End Building - 4101 Kruse Way - Lake Oswego  (Park in back lot and walk across bridge)

For more informaton:  www.oregon912project.org

Also on the agenda - Guest speaker Washington State Rep. Liz Pike will provide an overview of progress being made by the newly formed bipartisan Bi-State Bridge Coalition.

 

 

 

2014-07-18

Three national organizations have joined together in coordinating nationwide protests against the Obama-inspired illegal immigration surge on America's borders. The protests will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, 2014. More than 300 are now scheduled.

Protest Times and Locations for Friday-Saturday, July 18-19th, OREGON

Eugene, Harlow Road & I-5 overpass, Saturday, July 19, 11:00 am-4:00pm. The protest will take place on the Overpass.

Salem, The protest will take place on the Overpass at I-5 & Center St NE, Saturday, July 19 11:00 am -4:00pm.

Portland, Oregon, MEXICAN CONSULATE, 1305 SW 12TH AVE Friday July 18. 11:00 am -4:00pm.

Bend, Oregon. The protest will take place at the Empire Blvd and Hwy 97 Overpass. Friday, July 18, 11:00-4:00pm

Albany, Protest on the Overpass at 5 FWY & Santiam Hwy, Saturday July 19, 10AM - 4:00PM, There is a Denny's across the street and plenty of parking next to the Overpass.

Participants are encouraged to bring signs, flags, a folding chair, water, sunscreen.

We must caution people to remain civil - bring your own signs - but, remember that the press is watching every move we make. We must remain civil at all times.

Organizers describe the protests' purpose as:

"On July 18 and 19, 2014, the largest coordinated protest against all forms of amnesty, comprehensive immigration reform, and the government's failure to enforce immigration laws and secure our borders will begin, all across America. The protests are scheduled to be held at state capitols, Mexican consulates, and on streets and overpasses coast-to-coast, including Hawaii and Alaska."

Please take the time to stop by for an hour or two and show your support.

See more information and facebook event page

OFIR is not involved in organizing these protests. However, we are participating and recognize that they present an excellent opportunity for concerned Americans to make their concerns known to the public and especially to the media.

Please note the following guidelines / suggestions provided by CAIRCO (Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform):

Signs: Make your own. Lettering has to be very large - probably a foot high with heavy letters and with few words in upper case. Drivers will have at most a second or two to read your sign. Keep message focused. For example:

        SECURE OUR BORDER

DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS

NO ILLEGALS

OBAMA CLOSE THE BORDER

etc.

We would suggest not using inappropriate terminology such as undocumented immigrants and illegal immigrants - more info.

Media: If you are approached by the media, know what you are going to say before you speak. Have a list of two or three talking points and go back to them when a reporter tries to make you say something that can be used against you. For example:

         Reporter: Why are you here today?

A: To insist that President Obama secure our border against unauthorized entry of illegal aliens.

Reporter: So you don't like immigrant children?

A: I think all children should be cared for by their families in their home countries. If I sent my American children to travel unattended to a foreign country, I would be arrested for child neglect. We can solve that problem by securing our border.

Reporter: So you support Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

A: Absolutely not. I do not support amnesty for illegal aliens of any kind. We already have laws on the books which we can enforce to secure our border. Right now. Today.

Reporter: Isn't it racist to deny these children an opportunity in America?

A: This has nothing to do with race. I am concerned about the impact of mass immigration on Americans - of all races, creeds, and colors. We need to secure our border and deport those who have snuck into America.

The law: Obey all laws, including traffic and parking signs. If a police officer requests you to do something, and his request is within the law, please do it. You have the Constitutional right to free speech and free assembly. Do not become confrontational. Have your cell phone and/or video camera with you. Video recordings are important.

Open borders goons: It is possible that anti-American open borders nutcases will be at the protests, possibly mingling with the crowd. Avoid physical conflict. Video recordings are important, especially to prevent confrontations and to document any that occur.

Personal: Take water with you. Keep extra water in your car. Prepare for sun and heat. Casual dress - no uniforms, no camo. Have handi wipes with you and in your car. We do not condone violence. However, here is an article containing guidelines for passive resistance in Murrieta, CA.

Have fun! See you there!Additional information from the press release about the protests:

Overpasses for America, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), and the new group that initiated the protests Make Them Listen are pleased to announce that American citizens who are encouraged by the turning back of Obama's illegal immigrant filled buses in Murrieta, California, and Oracle, Arizona, are now joining protests of varied sizes at state capitals, Mexican Consulates, overpasses, intersections, and illegal immigrant drop off points and detention facilities.

To view the list of protests, please visit this link...

http://www.alipac.us/f8/protest-times-locations-july-18-19-national-protests-against-amnesty-307111/

"Our goal is to unify Americans of every race, political party, and walk of life against this Obama-inspired invasion of our American homeland!" said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "We want to harness the grass roots backlash forming out there and channel it into the remaining GOP primaries and general elections of 2014 to throw as many immigration reform amnesty supporters out of office as possible this year!"

"These protests are designed to raise public awareness and opposition to the Obama-inspired illegal immigration surge on our Southern border!" said Paul Arnold of Make them Listen. "Obama has become our 'Smuggler in Chief' and his illegal immigrant agenda is putting American jobs, taxpayer resources, and lives at risk."

Paul Arnold has launched a Facebook event page to create and organize the protests. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476471035921641/

"This border crisis is a result of Obama's dereliction of duty and his refusal to honor his oath of office, our laws, our borders, and the US Constitution that guarantees that 'all states shall be protected from invasion'" said James Neighbors of Overpasses for America. "We need to protest and elect new members of Congress who will stop Obama's abuses of power and this invasion. Obama is making it clear that he cares more about illegal immigrants than the American citizens of all races who elected him."

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The complete press release is viewable online at: http://www.alipac.us/hundreds-protests-against-illegal-immigration-nationwide-july-18-19-3202/

2014-07-14
Last month a very generous OFIR member offered a $5,000 matching grant challenge to help us raise funds for the driver license referendum campaign.
 
If we could raise $5,000 he would match it with his own $5,000. This week we reached our goal. The result is that we raised $10,000 for our November campaign to defeat driver cards to illegal aliens.
 
Thank you to all who donated to the campaign! And, a big thank you to our generous donor. Stay tuned - we will soon have even more exciting news about our fundraising efforts
 
Illegal immigration is front page news right now. The rush over our southern boarder by illegal aliens from Central America has proved once and for all that we have no border security. The fact is that the Mexican drug cartels, human smugglers and the Mexican government control our southern border.
 
Issuing official Oregon State ID - in the form of driver cards to illegal aliens would not only undermine our immigration laws but lure even more illegal aliens to Oregon.
 
We will need everyone’s help to defeat Senate Bill 833 in November.
 
Remember to Vote NO in NOvember - NO driver cards for illegal aliens!
 
We are taking orders for yard and field campaign field signs. Let us know if you can help by displaying a campaign sign!


 

2014-07-09

Protect Oregon Driver Licenses will be helping out the Marion County Republicans in their booth at the Marion County Fair. 

We hope to see you there this Thursday - Sunday. Drop by and say hello!
 

2014-07-01

OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll will be a guest on the David Webb show this evening at 7:05 PT.

Webb is host of The David Webb Show on SIRIUS XM Patriot (channel 125) which airs nightly from 9:00 p.m. until midnight ET.

Webb has worked for a variety of radio stations during his career including WILD-AM/Boston, WHTZ-FM/New York, KZFX-FM/Houston, KLOL-FM/Houston, KKTL-FM/Houston and KRLD-AM/Dallas.

Television: Webb has been featured on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, CNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC TV and more.

Claim to Fame: Webb is a co-founder of TeaParty365, "...a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy group for fiscal responsibility."

If you have access to Sirius radio, we hope you will tune in - and call in!

2014-06-20

The first week of June a very generous OFIR member offered a $5,000 matching grant.  I am happy to report that we have nearly fulfilled that grant.

If you have not yet contributed - get in on this action and DOUBLE your contribution.  That's right!  If you give just $10 - our donor will match that with $10 - so your contribution is now $20.  You can contribute safely online or by check.

Hurry - before the opportunity slips away!


 

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