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.
FAIR sends this urgent Action Alert about a bill to be voted on soon in Congress with a section allowing illegal aliens who are DACA recipients to join the military, at a time when the military is downsizing and citizens' applications to join are being turned down.
Worse still, the language used implies Congressional approval of amnesty. An amendment by Rep. Mel Brooks would strip out this offensive section.
Please read FAIR's description of the problem and make the call to your U.S. Representative.
Contact information for Oregon's U.S. Representatives is on the OFIR website at: http://www.oregonir.org/how-contact-oregon-congressional-delegation. or you can call the Capital switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative.
Sometimes it seems that nothing we do works in stopping elected officials from moving in the wrong direction. But, this time it worked. You and your calls and emails stopped it. Read all about it - then pat yourself on the back!
If you quit - you lose for certain. If you stay and fight, you may lose...but, you just might win!
The Senate is scheduled to vote on TPP on Tuesday. It is very important that it NOT be given fast track.
OFIR members: Here are direct-dial numbers for Oregon Senators.
Capitol Switchboard -- (202) 224-3121 or direct dial numbers below.
When you call - you could say:
I urge you to oppose S.955, the bill that would grant fast-track trade authority to Pres. Obama. I believe Congress should retain its power to review and amend any trade agreement that the United States enters into, and by granting Pres. Obama fast-track authority, Congress would be giving up that power.
As Sen. Jeff Sessions from Alabama pointed out in his 5-page memo, free trade agreements have been used by past administrations to bypass Congress and make changes to existing immigration laws. Given this president's track record on immigration, I don't understand why you would want to give him such broad authority. Please tell the Senator to read Sen. Sessions' memo and oppose TPA.
Senator Ron Wyden – 202-224-5244
Sen. Wyden is a major supporter of the trade bill. Please call him first.
***Senator Jeff Merkley – 202-224-3753
Sen. Merkley recently sent a letter to constituents critical of the fast-track trade bill. The letter included this statement: “The Senate Finance Committee recently considered a bill that would provide fast-track trade negotiating authority, and it is expected to be debated by the full Senate in the near future. The current bill does not meet the standards I have described, and I will oppose it in its current form.”
Please thank him for his position and urge him to stand firm in opposition to the fast-track trade bill.
Should both chambers of Congress pass "fast-track" legislation, Pres. Obama, and future presidents, can ram through international trade agreements that expand guest worker programs without any public debate.
For further understanding - please read:
There are numerous serious, significant consequences to passing the TPP. One is that it can open immigration floodgates. And unlike other trade agreements, a future president may unilaterally change the terms of the agreement as she sees fit.
Furthermore, ceding such powers to Barack Obama guts the constitutional objection to Barack Obama's Executive Amnesty. After all, if Congress doesn't feel itself capable of reviewing legislation on something as important on trade, why should it have any input on immigration?...
What's worse, only two Republican Senators (Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Mike Lee of Utah) have confirmed that they bothered to read the trade deal they will be voting on this week...and have declared they will vote against it....
Please take action this week to convince Representative Bonamici that Fast Track is a bad deal for Oregon. Legislation to enact Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may head to the House floor next week. But our opponents don't yet have the votes to pass Fast Track, and they're scared of the immense public opposition they’ve seen from folks like you. That’s why they’re pulling out all the stops.
This Thursday, the President is flying all the way to Portland to woo Oregon’s Members of Congress at a fundraiser and try to gain their support for Fast Track and the TPP. He will continue his Fast Track and TPP promotional tour on Friday when he visits Nike headquarters. But the President and multinational corporations are not Rep. Bonamici’s constituents -- it’s up to us to make sure she knows that the people who she was elected to represent adamantly oppose Fast Track. The “Drop-In Hang-Out” lobby day is designed to do just that!
Here's the drill: Go into the office and ask to speak to the Representative; if she is unavailable, share your concerns about Fast Track with the staff and give them our Fast Track opposition letter to hand to Rep. Bonamici (see below); and then just hang out until the hour is up (or as long as you can). This is a peaceful demonstration designed to keep the consequences of a vote for Fast Track in the forefront of Rep. Bonamici’s mind all day!
** Rep. Bonamici seems to be leaning toward supporting this year's Fast Track legislation. But with enough pressure we can get her to oppose it, just as we did last year! **
(~1 hr. shifts)
“Drop-in Hang-out” Lobby Day at Bonamici’s office
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 220, Beaverton
Click here for the Fast Track opposition letter to leave behind with the staff.
The letter is pretty thorough, but if you want more info to prepare for your visit, Click here for the latest talking points on the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track bill. You can also Click here for a few quick common rebuttals to Fast Track proponents.
If you have any questions, please contact ORFTC Trade Justice Organizer Robyn Gottlieb at email@example.com.
OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll will address the Polk County Republican Women Wednesday, April 8th at 11:30am at the Oak Knoll Golf Course on Hwy. 22.
One of the true heroes in the fight against illegal immigration on our southern border is former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. We are so fortunate to have her traveling to Oregon to speak at the Lane County Lincoln Day dinner (more info. below). OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll has been invited as a special guest.
OFIR encourages you to attend this very special event! Read more about Governor Brewer.
Lane County Republican Party is honored to host keynote speaker, former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer during our 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner, Thursday, April 9th. It will be held at Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene.
For decades, the federal government has failed to fulfill its constitutional and statutory duties to secure the border and restore integrity to our immigration system. In response, Governor Brewer crafted state-level solutions, such as SB1070, aimed at protecting the people of Arizona from illegal activities. When the Obama Administration challenged SB 1070 in court, the Governor stood up for their state's rights and Arizona's responsibility to keep its people safe. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona's hotly disputed part of SB 1070 and Governor Brewer. Additionally, she repeatedly urged President Obama and Congress to utilize the National Guard, Border Patrol and technology to secure the U.S. southern border.
We are privileged to welcome Governor Brewer's political courage and strength of character to Eugene.
As we have discovered, elections have consequences. This event will help us prepare for the 2016 election to provide Republican candidates with the best tools, volunteers and resources for success in 2016. Help us help them, and see Governor Jan Brewer in person.
State Representative Sal Esquivel has introduced HB 3078, an official language bill in the Oregon House of Representatives. This bill would require that all official business of Oregon be conducted in English. Rep. Esquivel is a strong supporter of assimilation and understands how knowing English is the key to success in this country.
"There are at least 138 languages spoken in the State of Oregon," Esquivel said. "The State should dedicate itself to assisting people in attaining fluency in English, rather than attempting to learn and do business in the language of individual immigrants.”
Robert Vandervoort, Executive Director of ProEnglish, said "Making English the official language of Oregon will help the taxpayer and promote assimilation."
Contact your Oregon State Representative today. Tell your Representative to support HB 3078 and vote YES when the bill goes to the House floor.
ProEnglish is a self –governing project of U.S., Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and the nation’s leading advocate of official English.
We work through the courts and in the court of public opinion to defend English’s historic role as America’s common, unifying language, and to persuade lawmakers to adopt English as the official language at all levels of government.
Learn more about ProEnglish.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.