OFIR Alerts and Updates
Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR's President and the Authorized Agent and Statewide Campaign manager for the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses veto referendum campaign will speak Monday, April 28 to the Benton County Republican Women's group at the King Tin Restaurant, 1857 NW 9th Street, Corvallis.
Learn about the life of a referendum and what it takes to get it over the finish line and on to the ballot.
Come at 11:15 am if you plan to order lunch - or at 11:30 am if you don't.
Join us Friday, May 2nd from noon to 2:00pm to hear Maria Espinoza - co-founder of The Remembrance Project. Maria has been working with Congressmen, legislators, law enforcement and activists across the country to spread the word about the true and devastating cost of illegal immigration to American citizens.
Admission is free - so bring a friend and a brown bag lunch. We'll provide the coffee.
The event is hosted by OFIR and will be held in Salem at The Scottish Rite Temple: 4090 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) will host the 8th annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire Radio Row, tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, April 9 and 10, in Washington DC.
Oregon’s own Lars Larson, of the KXL talk show, will participate as he has done several times in the past. The event brings together radio hosts from all over the country, giving them the opportunity to interview Capitol Hill lawmakers, law enforcement officials, immigration experts and activists both days.
We are happy that he can be there for his daily broadcasts, and we ask you especially to call in on Wednesday and Thursday while he’s on the air. He may be interviewing someone important on Capitol Hill and you could have a chance to raise a question with that person.
Lars’ NW show runs from noon to 3 pm PT; then his National show continues from 3-6 PT. You can listen to the program live through his website at http://larslarson.com. His call-in line is 866-HEY-LARS or 866-439-5277 or (503) 417-9595.
After months of waiting and after a devious move by the Oregon Legislature to hi-jack the referendum ballot title, the Supreme Court has notified us that the ballot title and ballot summary language will remain just as the Attorney General submitted.
Read the full article here.
The House floor debate was moved to this Thursday - please plan to attend in the House of Representatives gallery.
In one of the most arrogant swipes at citizen activism, some in the Oregon Legislature have put forth an amendment to hijack the veto referendum ballot title and language issued by the Oregon Attorney General. The House of Representatives will hear the bill Thursday morning at 10:30am.
Read The Oregonian's opinion of their handiwork.
If you are able, please plan to join us at the Capitol and watch the debate. I know there are several Representatives repulsed by the actions of their peers.
Be certain to bring quarters - it costs .25 cents for every ten minutes of parking ($1.50 and hour).
Join Oregonians for Immigration Reform and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses at the Oregon State Capital as we gather to host the War Room.
If you have never heard of the War Room, if you have never spent time at the Capitol, if you are uncomfortable being in the Capitol when you are there, I encourage you to drop in and spend some time with us.
This is the place to be to learn about all things related to the Legislature. How a bill is written, moved through the Legislature, sent to Committee, debated and voted upon or killed. This session, there are no immigration bills being introduced, so it's the perfect opportunity to get comfortable being in the building and meeting and visiting with other activists that care about Oregon as much as you do.
The doors will be open from 8am – 5pm and you may arrive and depart at any time. We will be in Room 243 at the State Capitol. You can ask for directions at the kiosk in the lobby.
The parking meters are $1.50 per hour or you can purchase an all-day pass for $15.00.
Parking tickets are $30.00 so don't let your meter expire.
SPECIAL NOTE: We have arranged to meet with two of the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses Chief Petitioners so that we may thank them in person for their support of the veto referendum to overturn SB 833 – the new law granting state issued ID in the form of a driver privilege card to illegal aliens in Oregon.
If possible, plan to be there for one or both of these appointments:
Rep. Kim Thatcher - 9:45am & Rep Sal Esquivel – 12:30pm
If you know for certain you will be joining us – drop us a line. Otherwise just drop in anytime.
Saturday, March 15th - Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) will hold their quarterly meeting in Salem.
Protect Oregon Driver Licenses (PODL) will be kicking off the referendum election campaign at the meeting, as well. Bring your enthusiasm, your ideas and your friends!
Joining us will be Ben Pollack who is running for Rep. Kurt Schrader's seat in Congress. Come and meet this dynamic young man.
Mark your calendar now:
Saturday, March 15 at 2:00pm
Best Western Mill Creek Inn - Salem (just across from Costco)
Sorry: Due to circumstances beyond his control Rep. Esquivel will be unable to attend our meeting
Jim Ludwick, OFIR Communications Director, will debate Gil Carrasco, professor at Willamette College of Law and American Constitutional Society board member on the issue of Senate Bill 833 and the referendum to overturn the bill.
Congressman Kurt Schrader will be hosting Townhall meetings this week. If you are able, OFIR encourages you to attend. Invite a friend or neighbor along with you.
Speak up and express your views on the amnesty proposals in Congress that would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens while also vastly increasing legal immigration, at this time of widespread unemployment and underemployment among citizens.
Here are the locations and dates of the town halls:
SALEM TOWN HALL
Thursday, January 30th
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty Street SE, Salem OR 97301
LAKE OSWEGO TOWN HALL
Saturday, February 8th
Noon to 1:00 PM
Lake Oswego City Hall, Council Chambers, 380 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Here are some questions you might ask Congressman Schrader. If you’re able to question him or make comments to him, please tell OFIR how he responsed.
Consider asking one of these questions:
1. There have been 7 major amnesties passed by Congress from 1986 to 2000, each resulting in ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants. Now another huge amnesty is being pushed. We need enforcement of the immigration laws, not another amnesty. We need E-Verify mandated, to ensure that all employed persons are here legally. E-Verify is accurate and ready for expansion. Will you work to make E-Verify mandatory?
2. Unemployment persists as a major problem in Oregon and the U.S. Businesses can and do hire illegal aliens at substandard wages in construction, agriculture, hotels, restaurants. Why don’t you do more to stop the hiring of illegal aliens?
3. States that have E-Verify laws have seen a decline in the illegal alien population. This shows that many illegal aliens will leave if they cannot find jobs. There’s no need for mass deportations and no one is advocating that. There is no need for another amnesty. Simply require implementation of E-Verify and honest enforcement of other immigration laws. This would bring decreases in numbers of illegal aliens and also discourage others from attempting to enter illegally.
4. Giving benefits to illegal aliens such as driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, etc. legitimizes their presence here and rewards illegal behavior. Citizenship and the rule of law must be cherished and respected, or our nation is on a slippery slope into the culture of corruption from which many immigrants claim to be escaping. What are you doing to strengthen U.S. immigration law enforcement?
5. Did you know that between the Censuses of 2000 and 2010, 80% of population growth resulted from immigration (immigrants plus the children of immigrants). The U.S. is already overcrowded. After more than 4 decades of unprecedentedly high immigration, we need a pause, a moratorium on immigration, or we face a steep decline in the quality of life for everyone. Are you willing to say No to the lobbies constantly pushing for amnesties and more immigration?
While the US House of Representatives ponder their version of a mass amnesty (using different language, smoke and mirrors), it's certain they are aching to hear from you! Call, email and FAX them all week and tell them what you think about their plans to put our country on the path to ruination.