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.

2012-02-11
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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.

 

2012-01-23

Please take the time to read the excellent op-ed article titled "Rethinking deportation: New immigration rule would erode law, harm families", that appears in today’s Oregonian. 

It was written by Rick LaMountain. (Rick is OFIR Vice President).  Rick writes how the Obama administration is undermining immigration laws by administrative rule making.

In his article Rick quotes author Thomas Sowell as saying; “The purpose of immigration laws and policies is to serve the national interest of this country.” It certainly is not in the best interest of our country to reward and encourage lawlessness.

By undermining existing immigration law and rewarding individuals who openly break those laws, President Obama is debasing the American concept of the Rule of Law.

Click here to read the op-ed or visit our website's letters section:  http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/01/rethinking_deportation_new_imm.html

2012-01-18
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(Illegal) Immigrant Action Day 2012
Saturday January 21, 2012

Chemeketa Community College Building 2, Salem, Oregon

The focus of this year’s (Illegal) Immigrant Action Day will include the following topics:

  • Restoring driver’s licenses for all in Oregon
  • Stopping local law enforcement collaboration with ICE
  • How to get involved with our children’s education
  • Getting your voice heard in the elections
  • Equality for all members of our community

Lunch and childcare will be provided to those attending the event.

 Please NOTE:

Only foreign nationals in our country illegally would be facing these problems.

A U.S. citizen can get an Oregon driver's license, they can register to vote and can be involved in their child's education.

A U.S. citizen has no reason to fear law enforcement or ICE. 

 

 

2012-01-17

Ballots have been mailed for Congressional District 1 special election to replace democrat David Wu, who resigned in disgrace last year.  OFIR members and friends, please read the letter below and then fill out your ballot and mail it in.  The only way Rob Cornilles will win this election is if you vote and get your neighbors to vote, as well.

News-Register
Letters to the Editor - January 14, 2012

LETTER FROM ELIZABETH VAN STAAVEREN

Jan 14, 2012

Look at immigration votes

In the race for Congress in Oregon’s 1st District, voters need to know Suzanne Bonamici’s troubling legislative history on issues related to illegal immigration during her tenure in the Oregon Legislature.

During the 2008 legislative session, in spite of the role drivers licenses played in the 9/11 tragedy, she voted to continue giving Oregon driver licenses to illegal aliens when she voted against Senate Bill 1080, which required proof of legal status to obtain a driver license.

In the Oregon Senate’s 2011 session, she voted for Senate Bill 742, legislation granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens in perpetuity with little fact-checking.

A vote for Suzanne Bonamici for Congress, taking into account her tenure in the state legislature, and statements supportive of amnesty which she has made in recent debates, is a vote for lax-to-no enforcement of our country’s immigration laws and for enticing more illegal immigration.

In contrast, Ron Cornilles opposes amnesty. His website has a section on border security, in which he points out the dangers of uncontrolled immigration and shows strong support for better border security. He discusses how Oregon businesses which have the technology to secure the borders could help both locally to boost our economy and nationally to stop illegal immigration. These businesses, he said in a recent debate, now feel they are not being heard in Congress, and he would be a voice for them.

For an immigration policy in the best interests of citizens, not illegal aliens, Rob Cornilles is our best choice for Congress.

Elizabeth Van Staaveren
McMinnville

2012-01-13

This is the season for our elected officials to hear from you!  As both Oregon's Senators travel the state explaining what they have accomplished and trying to drum up future support, it is critical that OFIR members attend these Townhall meetings and ask what they have done specifically to stop illegal immigration. 

If you have the opportunity to ask a question, please let OFIR know about it!  Be polite, be specific.

Ask either Senator why they won't support Representative Lamar Smith's nationwide, mandatory E-Verify bill that would ensure any newly created jobs would go only to citizens or those authorized to work in the US. Do not let them get away with the standby answer that E-Verify has too many problems. It is nearly 99% accurate. It's free to businesses that sign up and it's easy to use.  American citizens need jobs.  Veterans and teens need jobs.  They should NOT have to compete with illegal aliens for jobs.
 

Senator Ron Wyden's schedule

Topic: General
Official: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
When: 01/19/2012
Starts: 01:30 PM
Where: Sorptimist Senior Center
180 Northeast Belknap Street
Prineville, OR

Topic: General
Official: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
When: 01/19/2012
Starts: 04:30 PM
Where: Jefferson County Senior Center
860 Southwest Madison Street
Madras, OR

Topic: General
Official: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
When: 01/20/2012
Starts: 06:30 PM
Where: Oregon Institute of Technology
College Union Auditorium
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR

Topic: General
Official: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
When: 01/21/2012
Starts: 11:00 AM
Where: Lake County Senior Center
11 North G Street
Lakeview, OR

Topic: General
Official: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
When: 01/20/2012
Starts: 09:30 AM
Where: Bend Elks Lodge
63120 Boyd Acres Road
Bend, OR 
 

Ask Senator Merkley why he doesn't support Representative Lamar Smith's nationwide, mandatory E-Verify bill that would ensure any newly created jobs would go only to citizens or those authorized to work in the US. Do NOT let him get away with his standby answer that E-Verify has too many problems. It is over 99% accurate. It's free to businesses that sign up and it's easy to use.  Over 2,200 businesses in Oregon have signed up already.

Lincoln County Town Hall
Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 5:00 pm
Toledo Fire Department
285 NE Burgess Rd
Toledo, OR 97391

For Senator Merkley's full Townhall schedule, visit our OFIR Oregon section:

 

2012-01-09
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US Senator Jeff Merkley Townhall schedule

Date: Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Time: 4:30 P.M.
Location: American Legion Hall
605 Main St
Monroe

2011-12-21

OFIR members and supporters:

On Tuesday Arizona law enforcement and federal agents arrested 203 Mexican drug dealers tied to the Sinaloa drug cartel. The agents seized assault rifles, 650 pounds of marijuana, 123 pounds of cocaine and 4.5 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $12.5 million. The Sinaloa drug cartel is one of the most ruthless organizations in the world. That they exist in large numbers in Arizona should surprise no one who follows the issue of illegal immigration.
 
Don’t bother trying to find the story in The Oregonian. Illegal aliens, the drug cartels, and illicit drugs are not part of The Oregonian's illegal alien narrative. Their spin is that illegal aliens are good people who through no fault of their own find themselves in Oregon, and that we should welcome them. The Oregonian continues to opine against the tough Arizona illegal immigration law while totally ignoring the increasing crime committed by illegal aliens, as well as the $113+ billion annual cost to U.S. taxpayers for services to the illegal alien population, and the various other ill-effects of uncontrolled immigration.
 
By turning a blind eye to illegal immigration, our government continues to encourage the Mexican drug cartels' ability to spread their influence across the U.S., and Oregon will increasingly feel the effects. We need a President who will enforce the immigration laws in the interior of the U.S. as well as at the borders, and state officials who will cooperate in that enforcement.
 
Read the full article in OFIR National Issues or at the Arizona Daily Star: Major drug ring busted in Arizona.
2011-12-13

OFIR members and supporters: 

The Supreme Court accepted Arizona's appeal of the case despite pressure from the Obama administration not to.

Last year Arizona passed SB 1070 because the federal government has been derelict in enforcing federal immigration laws. Arizona stepped into the void with SB 1070 and a number of states have joined with them by passing similar laws.

The Obama administration has tried to block the Arizona law from being enforced. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton supported the Obama administration when she blocked parts of the Arizona law from taking effect. Subsequently the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld her decision on a 2-1 vote.
 
The Supreme Court’s eventual ruling will likely have a bearing on the fate of similar immigration laws adopted in the past year by Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah.
 
Fortunately for citizens, Justice Elena Kagan will recuse herself from the case.This opens the possibility of a 4-4 tie which would leave the 9th Circuit Court ruling standing, but the case would create no Supreme Court precedent and other circuit courts would not be bound by the 9th Circuit's ruling.
 
Lets hope that the Supreme Court rules in favor of Arizona’s right to defend its citizens.
 
2011-12-12

OFIR members and supporters:

The abuse of visas for foreign workers is found in various occupations. Forestry workers, computer workers, even school teachers are being hired from other countries through federal visa programs that lack sufficient oversight. Especially in this time of widespread unemployment among citizens, there should be better policing of the visa programs. Some in Congress are attempting to address the problem, and if you have signed up with NumbersUSA (http://www.numbersusa.com) to receive their alerts and to access their free fax service, you will receive an email when calls and faxes to Congress and the Administration can have the greatest impact.

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Public Schools Import Foreign Teachers
In Education Reporter, November 2011
http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/2011/nov11/foreign-teachers.html

Since the late 1990s there has been a growing trend to import teachers from foreign countries to educate American students. During the 2010 fiscal year, the Department of Labor certified 13,157 foreign workers to teach grades K-12 in American schools.

Schools have been hiring these teachers on temporary work visas such as the H-1B visa and the J-1 visa to teach a diverse array of classes including math, science, foreign language, special education, and physical education.
According to a memorandum by the Center for Immigration Studies, these visas deprive U.S. citizens of thousands of jobs every year in favor of foreign workers from countries such as Philippines, Mexico, India, Columbia, and Canada.

The H-1B visa is a renewable three-year work permit. According to the Department of Labor's website, the visa was intended "to help employers who cannot otherwise obtain needed business skills and abilities from the U.S. workforce." Schools violate the intent of the H-1B and J-1 visas when they hire foreign teachers instead of qualified U.S. citizens.

Some schools have found that international recruitment is cheaper, especially if they fail to pay visa fees on behalf of the foreign teachers.

Maryland's massive Prince George's County Public School System, employing 1,044 foreign teachers, did just that. Under the H-1B program, the Maryland schools were legally responsible for over $4 million in fees. In an investigation earlier this year, the Department of Labor found that "Instead of paying these fees, [Maryland schools] required the foreign teachers to pay them. As a result, the teachers' earnings were reduced below the amount legally required to be paid."

The spokesman for the district, Briant Coleman said, "We hired temporary foreign national employees at a time when school systems across the country were facing shortages of highly qualified instructors in hard-to-fill subject areas such as math, science and special education, as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act."

Now the district will be required to pay back millions in visa fees and will also be banned from participating in the H-1B program for two years as a penalty for the violation. Maryland County teachers who have not obtained a green card will lose their jobs when their current visas run out.

Schools in seven other states have also been found to be in "willful violation" of the H-1B program.

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