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.

August 17, 2012

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici claims that getting Americans back to work and rebuilding the economy is her number one goal. But, why has she refused to co-sponsor the Legal Workforce Act or any other E-Verify bills? This bill would mandate E-Verify nationwide, opening up to 7 million jobs for Americans and legal workers.

In fact, this bill would would put more Americans back to work than any other policy being discussed in Congress today. Check out the chart. Show it to Rep. Bonamici.

If you look at Rep. Bonamici's grade card, Rep. Bonamici has voted for amnesty twice! Why is Rep. Bonamici for policies that will further increase competition in an already over-crowded job market? 20 million Americans cannot find full time work, they certainly do not need to have illegal aliens to compete with too!

There is still time for Rep. Bonamici to do the right thing this congress. Co-sponsoring the Legal Workforce Act is a big one. There are two bills introduced by fellow House Democrats that Rep. Bonamici could co-sponsor. She can also challenge the leadership of both parties who want to give out even more work permits than we already do each year.

Rep. Bonamici will be hosting town hall meetings around her district the next several days.

We are asking you to participate in the town hall and ask Rep. Bonamici about her immigration record.

Town hall event information:
Monday, August 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Hillsboro Senior Center, 750 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
St. Helens Senior Center, 375 S. 15th Street, St. Helens, OR

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans Street, McMinnville, OR

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Boulevard, Beaverton, OR

Friday, August 24, 2012, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Astoria Senior Center, 1111 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR

Some talking points:

Congresswoman Bonamici, there are 20 million Americans who cannot find full time work while millions of illegal aliens are working in non-agricultural jobs. This isn't fair to American workers! Fellow House Democrat Rep. DeFazio has sponsored an E-Verify bill, please co-sponsor his bill and prove to me your number one priority is getting Oregonians back to work!

Rep. Bonamici, Washington gives out over 1 million work permits every year for new immigrants. With millions of Americans and recent immigrants already unemployed, why are we bringing one million more workers here every year? Do you support lowering this number?

If you cannot attend an event, drop off Rep. Bonamici's grade card at her local offices or give her a call.

Oregon Office
620 SW Main, Suite 606
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 326-2901

Phone: (202) 225-0855

 If you do attend a town hall or make an office visit, please let us know how it goes. Your feedback is vital.

August 9, 2012

On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration usurped Congressional authority by unilaterally amending federal immigration policy to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal aliens meeting criteria similar to that of the failed DREAM Act. This broad usurpation of Congressional power came not in the form of an executive order or regulation, but by a mere policy memorandum authored by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

Under the Secretary's directive, illegal aliens up to the age of 30 who meet certain criteria can affirmatively apply for what's called "deferred action," which allows them to remain in the country for a period of two years in spite of their unlawful status. The memorandum also allows illegal aliens to simultaneously apply for work authorization, adding an estimated 1.8 million to the workforce at time of record unemployment.

Nonetheless, Congress, which rejected the DREAM Act as recently as December 2010, has stood idly by while the Administration has enacted such policies and systematically dismantled enforcement of U.S. immigration law-the June 15 memorandum serving as the capstone to a presidential tenure filled with immigration policy created and manipulated by executive fiat.

As President Obama even admitted himself, it is Congress' job to pass the law and the executive branch's job to enforce the law. If Congress wants to gain the confidence of voters in this country, they MUST take immediate action! Although the Administration has stated it will begin accepting applications August 15, over 1,000 illegal aliens have already been granted a reprieve under this policy.

So far Congress-including leaders in both the House and the Senate-have sat on the sidelines instead of acting as the checks and balances instituted in the Constitution to this egregious usurpation of their power.

We need you to make phone calls to our Congressional "Leaders" each and every day until this affront on the rule of law stops.

Demand that they take the necessary steps to restore law and order to America's immigration laws. Tell them:

  • Halt the Obama amnesty! Congress has the power to stop the Administration's circumvention of U.S. immigration law-it must exercise it.
  • Granting amnesty is an affront to all law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants.
  • Especially at times of high unemployment, Americans need immigration laws enforced, not another amnesty.

CALL: John Boehner, Speaker of the House (202) 225-0600
Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader (202) 225-2815
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader (202) 225-4965
Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (202) 224-3542
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader (202) 224-2541

August 1, 2012

After months of repeated attempts to find out more about the "Governor's Driver License Task Force" announced at the May Day rally.  And, after using every method available to us gather information, the Statesman newspaper finally picked up the story.  OFIR provided the Statesman with numerous documents proving that such a group did exist.  Please let your elected officials know that driver privilege cards or driver licenses for illegal aliens will attract criminal aliens to our state.  Tell them NOT to support any such Legislation!  Click here to find your Legislator.

Read the full story in the Oregon section of our website, or click here.

July 27, 2012

For a chilling inside look from the people who know, watch this video today. 

July 20, 2012

OFIR could send out a report nearly every week about the arrest of another illegal alien bringing illicit drugs into Oregon. Most often the arrest is of a Mexican national driving up I-5 into Oregon from California with illegal drugs, likely for one of the Mexican drug cartels.

If you click onto the link to the map in the story here  you will find that Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford and Klamath Falls are Oregon cities that have been infiltrated by the Mexican drug cartels.

The most important document a drug distributor can possess is a valid U.S. driver license. It is their “passport” that enables them to drive up and down I-5 and sell meth, cocaine and heroin. The fact that our Governor, John Kitzhaber, is on record advocating giving Oregon driver licenses to illegal aliens should send chills up everyone’s back.

July 9, 2012

FAIR has just confirmed from reliable sources that nine border patrol stations – north of the border but in heavily traveled corridors of illegal activity - are being shut down and the personnel reassigned. Six of those stations are in Texas - one in Amarillo and another in Lubbock. The closures leave local officials with no federal resources to assist them in identifying and detaining illegal aliens, drug smugglers and human traffickers.

Potter County (Amarillo) Sheriff Brian Thomas said, If we pull over illegal aliens (now), we can call border patrol agents who can detain them. We won't have those resources to check them."

FAIR has obtained a memo from the USBP delivered to local law enforcement officials in Texas. In it, Robert Green, Resident Agent in Charge, details the changes and says that when the stations close, there will be no active plan for ICE assets to assist local authorities in this area when alien smuggling or alien transportation situations are encountered by your personnel.

The memo then takes an unusual tone of urgent appeal when Green says, I would encourage you, if you have found USBP assistance valuable in the past, to contact your political representatives and voice your concerns.”

The remark is stark evidence that the men and women of the U.S Border Patrol who are struggling to protect our borders are under siege as much by their own government as by illegal entrants.

Interior border patrol stations represent a much needed second line of defense against illegal aliens who make it past the border and continue moving north through heavily traveled corridors. On such major "feeder area" is Riverside, California, another border patrol station being shut down.

The full list of stations and cities which will soon have no federal border authorities to detain and remove illegal aliens, smugglers and traffickers include: Lubbock, TX; Amarillo TX; Dallas, TX; San Angelo, TX; Abilene, TX; San Antonio, TX; Billings, MT; Twin Falls, ID, and Riverside, CA.


July 1, 2012

Read the intelligent analysis and summary of the Supreme Court's decision about Arizona's immigration law in the Statesman's Guest Opinion section dated 6/28/2102.  Or click here to read it in OFIR's letter section.

June 27, 2012
This is a perfect opportunity for people in these districts to attend these events and ask these Legislators about the Governors plan to find a way to get Oregon driver licenses back in the hands of illegal aliens so they can "come out of the shadows and contribute to Oregon's economic recovery".  Oregon has an 8.4% unemployment rate.  Do we really need to try to make life easier for those who are already breaking multiple laws by being in the country and holding jobs (often using fraudulent ID).  Tell your representative that you do NOT support this move by the governor to undo the Oregon Driver License Law SB1080 and you expect them to represent you and not foreign nationals illegally in our state.  Always be polite and respectful, but insist on an answer to this troubling move by Oregon's leadership.
Town Hall with Representatives Jules Bailey, Carolyn Tomei and Senator Diane Rosenbaum
THURSDAY JUNE 28, 6:30-8:00 PM
Please join me, Representative Tomei and Senator Rosenbaum at the Sellwood SMILE Station on June 28 at 6:30 pm. We are excited to update you on what we are working on and to hear feedback on the issues you are most concerned about.
Town Hall with Representatives Jules Bailey, Carolyn Tomei and Senator Diane Rosenbaum
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sellwood SMILE Station
8210 SE 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202


June 25, 2012

For those of you that can't quite figure out where to stand on the recent proclamation by President Obama, read a great letter posted in the OFIR website "letters" section.  Charles Krauthammer's letter to the Editor was printed in the Oregonian last Friday.  

June 19, 2012

The Center for Immigration Studies is one of the most respected research centers in the nation. Jon Feere’s paper  exposes point by point the misconceptions, falsehoods and flaws in President Obama’s DREAM Act order.

Please forward this paper on to your friends, neighbors and relatives.

Call members of Congress today and all week long to express your opposition to this chicanery.

Click here for a link that will show you your members of Congress and gives all contact information for them: