OFIR Alerts and Updates

April 20, 2012

Senator Merkley will hold town hall meetings next week.  He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC, answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.  Senator Merkley is currently rated a D- by NumbersUSA on issues of illegal immigration.  

This is your opportunity to tell the Senator to support mandatory E-Verify.  He is woefully uninformed about E-Verify and uses the same tired line from years ago about the problems of E-Verify (which have since been fixed).  This would be a great opportunity to let the Senator know that Oregon taxpayers spend over $700 million dollars a year supporting illegal aliens and we want him to work much harder to solve this problem.

If you are able to attend, please share your experience with OFIR.

Crook County Town Hall
Sunday, April 29, 2012
1:30 pm
COCC Crook County Open Campus Building
510 SE Lynn Blvd
Prineville, Oregon 97754

Deschutes County Town Hall
Sunday, April 29, 2012
4:30 pm
Bend Senior Center
1600 SE Reed Market Road
Bend, Oregon 97702

Jefferson County Town Hall
Monday, April 30, 2012
2:00 pm
Jefferson County Senior Center
860 SW Madison
Madras, OR 97741

Wasco County Town Hall
Monday, April 30, 2012
6:00 pm
The Dalles Veterans Home
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058

Columbia County Town Hall
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
4:00 pm
Clatskanie Middle/High School
Norm Makela Commons
471 NW Bel Air Drive
Clatskanie, OR 97016



April 18, 2012

Senator Rubio calls his evolving legislation a conservative alternative to the DREAM Act — the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors measure. That Democratic-backed bill, which is overwhelmingly popular with Hispanics, would provide a pathway to citizenship to children in the United States illegally if they attend college or join the military. The measure came close to passage in December 2010 but has languished since then.

"We have to come up with an immigration system that honors both our legacy as a nation of laws and also our legacy as a nation of immigrants," Rubio told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Please call Senator Rubio and let him know what you think of his misguided leadership! Let Romney know what is in store for him if he thinks he will support the Dream Act! Tell Speaker John Boehner, it is time for real leadership on this issue, NO DREAM ACT!

Senator Rubio 202 224-3041

Mitt Romney Campaign 857 288-3500

House Speaker John Boehner 202 225-0600 If you get a response when you call, please let OFIR know!

April 17, 2012

FAIR needs you to act NOW to stop the IRS from giving tax credits to illegal aliens. Last year, the Inspector General for the U.S. Treasury Department released a report revealing that illegal aliens annually receive $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits, primarily through the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). Tomorrow morning, the House Ways and Means Committee will be considering whether to include language as part of a budget reconciliation package that would stop this injustice to American taxpayers. The provision under consideration — similar to bills introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) — would close this tax credit loophole by requiring that individuals who claim the ACTC provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN). Currently, the IRS only requires applicants for the ACTC to provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indiscriminately hands out to illegal aliens.

Call the Ways and Means Committee Members TODAY and tell them:

  • Congress should not force American taxpayers to subsidize illegal immigration, especially by doling out billions in tax credits to illegal aliens; and
  • Fraud in our tax system must be stopped — only those with valid Social Security Numbers, not illegal aliens, should receive refundable tax credits!

To find the contact information for Members go to:




April 2, 2012

OFIR is offering two scholarships ($1,000 and $750) for college bound seniors and currently enrolled college undergraduate students.  The deadline for applications to be received by OFIR is April 15th.  Please tell the college bound students you know about this opportunity.

April 1, 2012

Great News! U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is now posting the list of E-Verify employers and federal contractors on the USCIS E-Verify website. The list is so large it’s divided into 6 databases alphabetically arranged by State. It includes employers and federal contractors who have self-reported that their company has 5 or more employees. It does not include employers of less than 5 employees.

USCIS reports that over 345,000 employers are now enrolled in the E-Verify program nationwide.

The lists on the E-Verify website are on spreadsheets in the Excel computer program, needing either the Microsoft Excel program or the free Microsoft Excel Viewer program to enable viewing. You can download the Excel Viewer program at no cost.

The lists of E-Verify employers are current as of March 15, 2012. They show business name (the name which was used during registration with E-Verify), whether the employer is a federal contractor or not, employer’s city, state and zip code used at time of registration, and workforce size. Lists are to be updated quarterly.

Read more about the list, then click on the NM-SC section, and check out Oregon’s participating employers!

March 14, 2012

If you haven't seen today's Statesman newspaper, check out the front page...above the fold.

Capi Lynn did a great job relaying my tour of the border story for Statesman readers.

Check it out at:  http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120314/NEWS/303140009/Border-tour-an-eye-opener-leader-immigration-reform-group?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home

March 1, 2012

OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll toured the Arizona - Mexico border.  Visit the OFIR photo gallery to get a better idea of the problems faced on our southern border:   http://www.oregonir.org/photo-gallery

March 1, 2012

For the first time in OFIR's 11 year history, two scholarships for the most outstanding essays regarding illegal immigration will be awarded to college bound seniors and undergraduate students enrolled in college.  Scholarship awards of $1,000 for a first place winner and $750 for a 2nd place winner will be awarded Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Salem.  

OFIR's goal in offering these scholarships is to get young people to seriously examine the consequences of unfettered illegal immigration and excessive legal immigration and how that might impact their future. If you know of an Oregon resident student that is a US citizen, please let them know about this opportunity.  

Visit "Immigration Topics" for the complete application

Applications are due April 15, 2012.


February 26, 2012

Please plan to attend OFIR's upcoming meeting Saturday, March 10th at 2:00pm.

Guest speaker Oregon Senator Alan Olsen will discuss immigration issues and the Oregon Legislature.

OFIR's President Cynthia Kendoll will share Part 1 of her experiences on the US/Mexico border.  Cynthia just returned from an intensive, week long tour of the border from Yuma to Tucson, Arizona.  The trip was hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington DC.

Invite a friend or relative to join you as you learn about immigration issues in our state and on our border.  The meeting is at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn, across from Costco, in Salem, OR.

February 24, 2012

Clatsop, Coos, Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties now require that all new hires be run through the E-Verify program.

If your county is not on the list, please call or email your county commissioners and ask them to require that when your county hires a new employee, that new employee will be either a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.

The Federal E-Verify program is a voluntary, free, internet-based application that allows employers to verify the work eligibility of new employees. Administered by the Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS-USCIS), E-Verify compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.

Currently the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),states that over 300,000 companies nationwide have voluntarily signed up for the E-Verify program at over 1 million work sites.

Over 3000 employers in Oregon have voluntarily signed up for E-Verify. Among the companies are Jeld-Wen, Nike, Precision Castparts and the Hilton Hotels. Numerous Oregon School districts use E-Verify. All contractors doing business with the federal government are now required to use the program.

The E-Verify system is very accurate and employers like it. A recent report showed that 98.3percent of employees are automatically confirmed as authorized to work either instantly or within 24 hours, requiring no employee or employer action; 1.7 percent of employees receive initial system mismatches, and of those mismatches, after the employee has been given opportunity to correct any erroneous record, 1.43 percent are not found work authorized.

Oregon counties not currently using E-Verify are: Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler.

County Commissioners are usually listed in local telephone books in the Government pages. Alternatively, you can make a search on the internet. For example, enter as search term: Clackamas County, or Union County Oregon if the county name is not unique. The top one or two search results will usually be the county government’s website, from which you can find link to names of County Commissioners and how to contact them by phone, email, or postal mail.

With over 200,000 Oregonians out of work how can anyone be opposed to requiring that all newly hired individuals be American citizens or legal immigrants? ******