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.

2012-06-19

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:

2012-06-19

US News and World Report published the following op-ed from NumbersUSA CEO and Founder Roy Beck.

Congress approved seven amnesties for illegal aliens between 1986 and 2000. Focusing on compassion for those who broke the law without taking away the jobs magnet only led to more illegal immigration. Every Congress since 2000 has rejected the reward of amnesty.

Now in a constitutionally questionable move, President Barack Obama has decided just to ignore Congress and return to the bad old days of treating symptoms and not the jobs causes of illegal immigration.

The president says he was moved to act out of compassion for the illegal aliens under age 30 who were brought here illegally at a young age and who may not have much connection any longer to their home country because they have been here so long. But he has shown no recognition that the reason these illegal aliens are in this predicament is that the federal government allowed their parents to illegally take jobs from U.S. workers for five, 10, and 15 years.

Neither President Obama nor the congressional Republican leadership will press for a mandatory E-Verify bill to finally prevent illegal aliens from holding payroll jobs. So with the new Obama policy, parents world-round know they can continue to break into our country and steal jobs for long periods, building up compelling stories for the news media to report about their children in hopes of similar amnesties in the future.

Polls suggest that most Americans are sympathetic to suspending deportations of the young illegal aliens. But polling thus far has not asked how voters feel about the president offering work permits for 1-2 million illegal aliens to compete with the 20 million American workers who want a full-time job and can't find one.

Dramatically increasing the supply of legal workers victimizes the most vulnerable members of our national community who also have compelling stories that never seem to show up in the colorful human interest immigration stories filling the media.

Congress has acted three times to reject the DREAM Act-type of amnesty that the president has unilaterally created. If Mr. Obama thinks he can make a case for adding the illegal aliens to the workforce, then he ought to make his case to Congress along with offering offsets that would reduce the number of green cards (permanent work permits) given out each year to other foreign workers, thus reducing job competition for Americans.

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Thank you!

2012-06-15

President Obama is going to issue an executive order today enacting the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is an amnesty for a segment of the illegal alien population. Bear in mind that the DREAM Act has failed in Congress on numerous times. President Obama has no respect for the Congressional process, the Constitution, the Rule of Law or American citizenship.

It is rumored that in addition to amnesty, the illegal aliens under Obama’s decree would get work permits. With over 20 million Americans and 200,000 Oregonians out of work, why do we need to allow illegal aliens to jump the line and get jobs?

The DREAM Act is a slap in the face to everyone who has immigrated legally into our country, and those currently going through the process, as well.

Unfortunately we in Oregon have our own special problem – self appointed King John Kitzhaber. 

Kitzhaber, just like Obama has secretly empowered a cabal to meet in behind closed doors to work on a plan that would allow illegal aliens to receive Oregon driver licenses. Frank Garcia, the Governor’s Director of Diversity, is working on the plan. It is rumored that some of the meetings may have been taking place behind closed doors at the Mexican Consular office! Garcia and the Governor’s office refuse to release the names of participants, the location of the meetings and their recommendations.

In today’s Oregonian, Rick LaMountain has an excellent Op-Ed about the impact of giving driver licenses to illegal aliens.  To read Rick's article, click here.

Governor Kitzhaber and President Obama two of kind – citizens need not apply. 

It seems the will of the people (i.e. LEGAL citizens) does not matter to either one of them.

2012-06-14
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Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has alerted us to some valuable information.  It's time to let your voice be heard. Please call the numbers below and express your disappointment in these Republican leaders.  Be polite and respectful, but please call!

Washington inside sources have confirmed that Senators Kyl (R-AZ) and Hutchison (R-TX) are helping Rubio with his DREAM Act. This is a huge problem for us as both of these senior Senators – Senators from border states – are retiring and really don’t seem to give a hoot about what their constituents want. We NEED to get their attention. We don’t know if they can be shamed into retreating but it is worth a try, please email everyone you know and have them make calls to the District Offices of Kyl and Hutchinson. Florida leaders need to continue to pound Rubio on this issue!

Rubio’s chief of staff is now indicating the text is done and is setting up meetings with a few key Republican members. We haven’t been able to get the text yet, but will keep you all posted.

Senator Kyl Phoenix Office

(602) 840 1891 PHONE

(602) 957 6838 FAX

Senator Hutchison Dallas Office (214) 361-3500 PHONE 

(214) 361-3500 PHONE 

Senator Rubio Miami Office

(305) 418 8553 PHONE

(305) 594 4014 FAX

 

Call today!

 

 

 

2012-06-12

There are only two states, New Mexico and the state of Washington, that openly allow illegal aliens to receive the same driver license as citizens. New Mexico’s Governor, Susana Martinez, has tried without success to end her state's driver license policy. The result is that New Mexico has become a magnet for fraud.

Governor Martinez is quoted as saying, "This fraud ring only confirms what New Mexicans already know - the only way to put an end to this criminal activity is to repeal the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.”

The New Mexico director of motor vehicles, Demesia Padilla, has warned for years that giving driver licenses to illegal aliens encourages crime and corruption. Padilla said her concern is that the stories about van loads of undocumented immigrants being brought to New Mexico from as far as Florida and Illinois for driver's licenses will continue until the state Legislature takes action.

Unfortunately for Oregon, our governor is John Kitzhaber and not Susana Martinez. 

Governor Kitzhaber wants Oregon to give driver licenses to illegal aliens.

Please contact Representatives Arnie Roblan and Bruce Hanna, Co-speakers of the Oregon House, and tell them about New Mexico’s crime and corruption due to the issuance of driver licenses to illegal aliens. Tell them that we do not need to entice criminals to come to Oregon.

Representative Bruce Hanna. (503) 966-1200
 
Representative Arnie Roblan (503) 986-1300
 
Read the full article about what New Mexico is dealing with on our National News page, or click here

 

2012-06-04
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In Governor Kitzhaber’s Executive Order of May 11, "Reconvening the Governor's Commission on Public Safety," he said:

"According to FBI statistics, crime rates have decreased across the United States over the past 30 years and Oregon is no exception. Both violent crime and property crimes have fallen. Oregon also has been recognized for its efforts to reduce recidivism and for its support of evidence-based practices.”

What Kitzhaber ignores is the fact that while crime rates have fallen in Oregon we have seen a 21 percent increase in the number of inmates with ICE holds at the Oregon State Penitentiary over the past 4 years! The governor purposely ignores the criminal activity by illegal aliens.

Comparing DOC illegal alien incarceration numbers from March 1, 2008 (1,061 criminal aliens) to March 1, 2012 (1,285 criminal aliens), there has been a 21% increase over the 4 years (See table).

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE detainers

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers # Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers % Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

March 1, 2008

1,061
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March 1, 2009

1,165
104
9.80%

March 1, 2010

1,238
73
6.27%

March 1, 2011

1,261
23
1.86%

March 1, 2012

1,285
24
1.90%
Total
224
21.11%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 MARCH 08rtf – 01 MARCH 12.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 MARCH 08 – 01 MARCH 12.

Not waiting for the Commission on Public Safety to consider the matter, Governor Kitzhaber has ordered Oregon State Police to accept the Mexican matricular card as a valid ID. Expect crimes by illegal aliens to continue to rise.

We encourage you to call your state senator and house member and tell them you oppose the governor’s order.

Click here to find the phone number for your state senator and house member.

If you haven’t called the governor’s office in protest of his misguided order please do.

Governor John Kitzhaber
Webform for e-mail  click here.
Phone number: (503) 378-4582; Fax: 503-378-6827
Mailing address:

160 State Capitol, 900 Court St., Salem OR 97301-4047

You can see the Executive Order reconvening the Commission on Public Safety by visiting

and clicking on 2012 pdf files . It is Exec. Order 12-08, first on the list. Its language is very general, leaving open a wide field for discussion.

You can see the Governor’s speech to the May Day crowd by logging on to:

Governor's public promise to the May Day rally .

In it he says he wants to change the driver's license laws to remove the requirement for proof of citizenship or legal presence.

The general public did not get a chance to read the full text of his letter to the May Day crowd; it is publicly available only through a posting by a reporter on The Oregonian’s website. So, instead of transparency in government, the highest state official is managing the news sub rosa. This May Day message on consular IDs should have been posted on the Governor’s website for all to see.

2012-05-25

Merkley's NumbersUSA Immigration-Reduction Report Card shows a D- grade.  Plan to attend one of his Townhall meetings.  Bring a friend or neighbor and ask questions.  Dates, locations and question suggestions click here.

2012-05-22
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Senator Ron Wyden, will be in our area this week hosting a town hall meeting. This is a great opportunity to ask Senator Wyden why he refuses to support E-Verify.

S.1196, the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act would mandate E-Verify nationwide.

E-Verify is an online program that ensures businesses only hire legal workers. If mandatory E-Verify legislation passes, it could get more Americans back to work than any other bill being discussed in Congress right now. Up to 7 MILLION jobs could open up for American workers and legal workers.

Senator Wyden's record on E-Verify is shameful. He has voted time and time against the American worker.

There are two groups that are benefiting from Senator Wyden's refusal to mandate E-Verify: the illegal aliens who are taking American's jobs and big business that still has the ability to hire illegal workers for pennies on the dollar.

So who's getting hurt by Senator Warner's decisions? The middle class, American worker.

View Senator Wyden's abysmal "report card" on immigration issues.

During this slow economic recovery, Americans are still struggling to find work. Mandating E-Verify is good economic policy and fair to the American worker. SATURDAY, MAY 26

TIME: 12:30 PM

WHERE: Camp Withycombe

15300 Southeast Industrial Way

Clackamas, OR 97015

SATURDAY, MAY 26

TIME: 3:30 PM

WHERE: Gresham City Hall Conference Center

1333 Northwest Eastman Parkway

Gresham, OR 97030

Below are a few examples of questions you could ask Senator Wyden:

Senator Wyden, mandatory E-Verify could get millions of Americans back to work and has support from people in every party. Why have you not worked with fellow Oregonian Representative DeFazio to get this mandate passed?

Senator Wyden, only illegal aliens and the big businesses that hire them are against E-Verify. 81% of Democrats support E-Verify. So why are you refusing to support this program? Who are you trying to protect?

Senator Wyden, there are 20 million Americans who are unemployed, jobless, or underemployed. If you were on the side of the American worker, you would support E-Verify. It could open up 7 million jobs, more than any bill being discussed in Congress right now!  Will you please support mandatory E-Verify?

2012-05-17

Tell Congress to pass HALT Act! 

Recent reports that illegal immigration from Mexico has slowed have led some open-border advocates to say that the immigration crisis is over and now we should proceed with a "comprehensive immigration reform" amnesty. However, immigration enforcement officers are dubious and think that the Obama administration is cooking the books to defuse immigration as a political issue.
 
Estimates of illegal immigration are based in part on the number of apprehensions, but T.J. Bonner, the former president of the National Border Patrol Council, said numerous restrictions hinder efforts to enforce the law. Moreover, Bonner noted, remittances to the Bank of Mexico are up substantially this year, an anomaly that is difficult to explain if, as the Pew Hispanic Center asserts, the number of Mexicans living in the U. S. has stabilized or declined.

The HALT Act by House Judiciary Chair, Lamar Smith (R-TX), would assert the authority of Congress over immigration policy. HR 2497 would temporarily prevent the Obama Administration from waiving the inadmissibility of illegal aliens and from cancelling their removal orders or adjusting their status. Ask the House to pass this enforcement measure.

ACTION IS NEEDED

Call or write and tell your Representative to pass the HALT Act and prevent the Administration from impeding enforcement of our immigration laws.


 

2012-05-16

In the past, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (505-476-2200) has opposed licenses for illegal aliens even though her state is one of the final two states to still give these to illegals.

Unfortunately, today the Washington Post is reporting that she is bashing Mitt Romney's support for ALIPAC's platform which points out that most illegal immigrants will "self deport" if we simply adequately enforce our existing immigration laws. We know this is true from examples in American history and from more recent examples where illegals have fled entire states in response to the mere announcement of future enforcement.

Read the full article here.

Please, take a moment and call her.  Be polite, respectful and firm.  Examples of what you might say are listed below:

"I'm calling to oppose Governor Martinez's support for Comprehensive Amnesty for illegal aliens. I find her attacks on immigration enforcement hypocritical after her efforts to stop illegals from receiving licenses. I now know that Governor Martinez wants to give both Amnesty and driver licenses to illegal aliens, both of which I oppose. Governor Martinez needs to change her stance, support immigration enforcement and self deportation for illegals and reject Comprehensive and Dream Act Amnesty."

or

"I'm calling to tell Governor Martinez that I support Mitt Romney and his promise to get more illegal immigrants to self deport from America by enforcing our immigration laws. Many illegal aliens are already self deporting from brave states like Arizona that are cracking down. Many illegal aliens self deported from America when the federal government cracked down in the 1930's and 1950's. Governor Martinez needs to learn more about American history and the recent self deportation of illegals before making a fool of herself in the national media."

or

"I'm calling to tell Governor Martinez I support her efforts to stop illegal immigrants from getting licenses but I strongly oppose her support for Comprehensive Amnesty for illegal aliens. She should support Mitt Romney's pledge to get more illegal aliens SELF DEPORTING"

She needs to hear from thousands of respectful but firm citizens calling from around the country and going directly to her offices this week!

 

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