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.

2012-03-14

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
 

2012-03-01

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

2012-03-01

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.

 

2012-02-26

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.

2012-02-24

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? ******
 

 

2012-02-23

OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll is on the Mexican border on a trip arranged with the Center for Immigration Studies.   

At the next OFIR meeting on Saturday, March 10, in Salem, Cynthia will recap her trip.  It should be very interesting. 

Capi Lynn, a reporter for the Statesman Journal is chronicling Cynthia’s trip on Lynn’s online blog, "Forward This."  Read the latest update, posted on Feb. 22. 

Also, Lars Larson invited Cynthia to call in to his radio program with reports. She was on the air today with Lars, Feb. 23.

 

2012-02-17

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is hosting OFIR's President and six others from around the country for a private, guided tour of the Arizona - Mexico border between Yuma and Tucson.  Experts from many organizations will travel with the group as they learn about key issues related to border security, drug smuggling, human trafficking, environmental impact and much more.  Check back regularly for updates as the trip unfolds next week.

Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdc-kv7nzaU for an introduction.  This video has been verified for authenticity.

 

2012-02-15
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 Governor Kitzhaber has proposed de-funding a very important law enforcement tool here in Oregon: The Oregon High Intensity Trafficking Area program, (HIDTA).

We have often reported on the arrests of Mexican drug cartel members who are trying to bring cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana into Oregon. There were three huge arrests just last week. Often times it is Oregon State Police, working under the framework of the HIDTA, who make the arrest.

The goals of the HIDTA program are to disrupt the market for illegal drugs by disrupting or dismantling drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. It is estimated that for every dollar invested in the program the government saves $515.

We encourage you to contact the following members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety and ask them to save the 25 Oregon State Police Detective Jobs that Dismantle Drug Trafficking Organizations. The last thing this state needs is more illicit drugs that can be marketed to our children. 

 

Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety.

Sen. Jackie Winters, Co-Chair, 503-986-1710; sen.jackiewinters@state.or.us

Rep. Jeff Barker, Co-Vice Chair 503-986-1428; rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us

Rep. Mary Nolan, Co-Chair, 503-986-1436; rep.marynolan@state.or.us

Rep. Greg Smith, Co-Chair, 503-986-1457; rep.gregsmith@state.or.us

Rep. Wally Hicks, Co-Vice Chair 503-986-1403; rep.wallyhicks@state.or.us

Sen. Rod Monroe 503-986-1724; sen.rodmonroe@state.or.us

Sen. Joanne Verger 503-986-1705; sen.joanneverger@state.or.us

Ask these State Senators not to make any cuts to the Oregon State Police (OSP) Detectives (25 positions) that work with regional drug task forces to dismantle international drug trafficking organizations.

Oregon State Police Detectives along with county and law enforcement are at the forefront of battling international drug trafficking organizations, particularly in rural Oregon. In rural Oregon, OSP Detectives are the core and foundation of regional drug task forces.

For example, on June 15, 2011 OSP Officers working with the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team took down the largest marijuana grow (91-thousand plants) ever discovered in Oregon.

Only when state, county, and local law enforcement have the economic resources and personnel that allow them work together can Oregonians feel safe from international drug trafficking organizations taking over our federal and state forests.

Ask these Senators to “vote no” on any elimination of Oregon State Police Detective jobs that protect Oregonians from international drug trafficking organizations.

Read the AP article in the Oregon issues section of our website:
 

2012-02-11
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Despite the failure to advance HB 4052, people in legislature are aware of the fact that the vast majority of citizens want the State of Oregon to hire only people who are legally able to work in the U.S. Citizens who expect common sense bills to be passed by their legislators flooded the capitol with phone calls, emails and visitors requesting a hearing for HB 4052.
 
Because there is an even split between Republicans and Democrats in the House, they have two co-speakers, one Democrat, (Arnie Roblan) and one Republican, (Bruce Hanna). If either of the two co-chairs objects to a bill it will die.
Rep. Roblan is opposed to E-Verify and HB 4052 did not advance in the 2012 session.
 
However, the two co-speakers refer bills to committees. In the case of HB 4052 it was referred to the Judiciary Committee which also has two co-chairs.
Both of the Judiciary Co-Chairs - Rep. Jeff Barker (D) and Rep. Wayne Krieger (R), are in favor of HB 4052. Barker was even a co-signer of the bill.
However they don't have the final call on whether a bill will get a hearing. The leadership of both parties must agree on a bill in order for it to be scheduled for a hearing. The leadership of the Democrat Party is opposed to HB 4052 and it died in this session.
 

The House Leadership made the call not to give HB 4052 a Hearing. Although Co-Speaker Arnie Roblan told inquirers that the decision was up to the two Co-Chairs of the Judiciary Committee, that is not credible because we know Co-Chair Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) supported the bill, and the other Co-Chair, Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) actually was a sponsor of the bill. The Leadership of the House, as shown at http://www.leg.state.or.us/house/consists of the following people. Of those listed we believe Co-Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Andy Olson was in favor of the bill, but the other persons listed, so far as we know, have not given a clear-cut statement of their positions, except for Roblan who did make his opposition known.

 

House of Representatives Leadership:
Co-Speaker of the House Bruce Hanna - (R-Roseburg)
Co-Speaker of the House Arnie Roblan - (D-Coos Bay)

Co-Speaker Pro Tempore Representative Peter Buckley - (D-Ashland)
Co-Speaker Pro Tempore Representative Andy Olson - (R-Albany)

House Republican Leader Representative Kevin Cameron - (R-Salem)
House Democratic Leader Representative Tina Kotek- (D-N/NE Portland)

House Democratic Caucus | House Republican Caucus

 


 

2012-02-01

Please call your legislator and politely ask them to support Representative Kim Thatcher's E-Verify bill (HB 4052).  Oregon government entities will be required to use E-Verify, making certain that newly created jobs go only to citizens and legal workers. Tax payers should not have to pay the wages of illegal aliens working in government jobs.  The bill has been sent to the judiciary committee for review.  The members of that committee should be encouraged to allow a hearing. Judiciary members are:  Representatives Alan Olson, Jeff Barker, Wayne Krieger, Gene Whisnett, Mike Schaufler, Matt Wand, Carolyn Tomei, Wally Hicks and Chris Garrett.

If you don't know who your legislator is, please, go to this link and find out:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/home.htm

The sponsors for HB 4052 are Representatives. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer; Jeff Barker, D-Aloha; Vicki Berger, R-Salem; Katie Eyre Brewer, R-Hillsboro; Sal Esquivel, R-Medford; Tim Freeman, R-Roseburg; Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio; Jim Thompson, R-Dallas; Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver; and Matt Wingard,R-Wilsonville.

 

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