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.

2017-01-21

Likely Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio will be prosecuted in Mexico

By Brent Weisberg and KOIN 6 News staff   January 21, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – After nearly 10 years of being on the lam, authorities in Mexico arrested the man accused of killing a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office during a two-vehicle crash in June 2007.

And it’s likely Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio will be prosecuted in Mexico because he can’t be extradited to Oregon.

The case began June 16, 2007 when Marion County Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg died while responding to back up another agency.

With his lights and sirens on, Fredinburg was headed south on Highway 99E when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and collided with his patrol car, which caught fire. Fredinburg died at the scene.

De Jesus Ascencio, who was 20 at the time, was identified as the driver of the car that hit Fredinburg’s patrol car. A passenger in De Jesus Ascencio’s car, Oscar Amaya of Woodburn, also died. On August 3, 2007, he was charged with 2 counts of criminally negligent homicide.

Another passenger suffered minor injuries, and De Jesus Ascencio himself was seriously hurt. He was taken to the hospital and then later released. Officials believe he fled to Mexico before the grand jury indictment and the subsequent warrant could be filed.

Detectives with OSP learned De Jesus Ascencio was last known to be seen in Woodburn around August 9, 2007. Once he made it out of the country De Jesus Ascencio began living in Puacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico, officials said.

Under an agreement between the US and Mexico, the crimes for which De Jesus Ascencio was indicted in Oregon are not eligible for extradition from Mexico. It’s unlikely De Jesus Ascencio will ever be criminally prosecuted in Marion County for the 2007 crash.

But the Marion County District Attorney’s Office worked with the US Attorney’s Office in Oregon and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and determined the DA’s Office would pursue the Mexican Federal Penal Code – “Article 4 prosecution.”

An Article 4 prosecution allows Mexican citizens who commit crimes in foreign territories to be prosecuted in Mexico.

Officials told KOIN 6 News the decision was made in 2009 “after it became apparent the only way prosecution would occur in Oregon is if the defendant voluntarily came back into the United States.”

In a statement, Oregon State Police said, “On January 20, 2017, Interpol confirmed the arrest to the FBI. He is currently being held in custody while the Article 4 process continues.”

On Saturday, officials acknowledged Senator Ron Wyden and his staff, the US Department of Justice, the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico, California Department of Justice Foreign Prosecution Unit and local investigators for their efforts to locate and capture De Jesus Ascencio.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said through a statement:

“It has been nearly 10 years since the tragic loss of Deputy Kelly Fredinburg. While no one has ever given up hope that the individual responsible for this tragedy would be apprehended, it has been an emotional, trying and difficult journey to reach this point. I would like to thank the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and the Oregon State Police for their tenacity with this investigation. I also express my heartfelt condolences to the Fredinburg family, as this capture may bring relief, but also a renewed sense of loss. My sincere hope is for justice and healing as this case proceeds ahead.”

Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio, left, is wanted on charges of criminally negligent homicide for the crash that killed Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Fredinburg in June 2007.
 

2017-01-19

State Representative

Duane Stark

House District 4

 


State Representative

Sal Esquivel

House District 6

News Release:  January 19, 2015

Contact:
Dawn Phillips-Rep Stark’s Office: 503.750.1764

Southern Oregon Legislators Host Town Hall January 25th in Eagle Point

(Salem)  Two Southern Oregon lawmakers will hold a Legislative Town Hall Wednesday January 25th in Eagle Point to preview some of the issues expected to be debated during the upcoming 2017 Session at the State Capitol in Salem.

The Town Hall starts at 6 pm on January 25th and is co-sponsored by State Representative Duane Stark (R-Grants Pass) and State Representative Sal Esquivel (R-Medford). Local residents are invited to attend the event which will be held at Eagle Point City Hall, 17 South Buchanan Avenue in Eagle Point.


“It’s important for us to touch bases with citizens in Southern Oregon before the legislative session gets underway this year,” said Representative Stark. “I wish we could host events like this in every corner of both of our legislative districts. Given the time constraints, we selected a location between both districts so we could have an opportunity to talk to people about the things that matter most in their lives.”

 

“There will be some significant challenges this time around,” said Representative Esquivel. “The state budget is going to mean some tough choices on critical issues such as human services, public safety, education, and others. There simply aren’t enough funds to go around for every program that folks want to see funded.”

 

For those who can’t make it to the Town Hall they can reach the legislators using the contact information below:

 

State Representative Duane Stark:

Rep.DuaneStark@oregonlegislature.gov
503.986.1404

 

State Representative Sal Esquivel
Rep.SalEsquivel@oregonlegislature.gov

503.986.1406

 

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900 Court Street NE Salem, OR 97301   ¨   www.oregonlegislature.gov  

 

 


 

2017-01-08

Alot has happened since OFIR's last meeting.  We have reason to be optimistic for what the future may hold regarding enforcement of our immigration laws.

Plan to attend OFIR"s meeting this Saturday, January 14 at from 2 - 4pm. 

We will talk about the 2016 election results and how they will impact us nationally and here in Oregon.

The Oregon Legislature will open their 2017 session next month.  We'll talk about the new legislation OFIR is proposing and also the likely oppositions  legislation we will be tracking.

OFIR President, Cynthia Kendoll will share photos and experiences about her week long exploration of the northeast US / Canadian border with Center for Immigration Studies.

We have a packed agenda!  Invite a friend and learn what you can do to get involved in 2017!

Attendance is free and there is plenty of free parking!


 

2016-12-10

On Election Day, American immigration patriots won a remarkable victory.

And thanks to our state's generous political tax credit -- explained below -- you can help amplify that victory right here in Oregon.

First, though, consider what we've achieved. For the first time in years, we will have a friend rather than a foe in the White House -- a presidential administration whose immigration policies will put the interests of Americans, and not illegal aliens, first.

President-elect Trump has pledged to secure our border and end the disastrous "catch and release" policy that has unleashed criminal aliens inside our country.

He has vowed to reverse the Obama executive orders that have given de facto amnesties to millions of illegal aliens.

And he'll work to push through Congress a law that will require employers, via E-Verify, to vet their new hires for proof of legal U.S. presence.

In short, he has pledged to take the actions that we at OFIR have urged on our leaders for years -- and worked hard to achieve at the state and local levels.

With your help, OFIR will continue that work -- to, among other things, repeal Oregon's illegal-alien sanctuary law, keep driver licenses out of the hands of illegal aliens, and assure that only U.S. citizens in Oregon register to vote.

But to pursue these goals, we need your financial help. And Oregon tax law gives you an easy way to provide that help without it costing you a dime if you owe Oregon income tax.

In Oregon, when filing their tax returns, taxpayers may contribute a certain portion of their state tax payment to an Oregon political action committee (PAC) -- $50 for those filing an individual return and $100 for those filing a joint return. In other words, you may elect to give money to a political action committee (PAC) that otherwise would go to the state government -- where it would be controlled by Kate Brown and the amnesty-supporting majority in the state legislature.

But here's the catch: To take that state tax credit, you must make the contribution by the end of that tax year -- no later than Dec. 31, 2016.  So before then, we hope you'll write a check or make an online contribution to OFIR PAC.  If contributing by check, please write the check to OFIR PAC.  Contributions to OFIR are not tax-deductible.  Mail checks to OFIR PAC, PO Box 7354, Salem OR 97303.  Thank you!

Two years ago, by spearheading the successful charge against illegal-alien driver cards, OFIR helped set in motion the great patriotic wave that culminated on Nov. 8.  We believe we've earned your trust -- and your ongoing support.  During this historic time -- this new dawn for America -- help us continue our efforts with your donation today.

2016-11-13

The map below shows state and county voting results for the 2016 election (as of November 11, 2016):


 

Map of 2016 election results by county

 

The above map is available as an interactive map showing US presidential election results by county, 1952-2016 - see the article A country divided by counties, The Economist, November 11, 2016.

 

Key states in the 2016 election (as of November 10, 2016):

Key states in the 2016 election as of November 10, 2016

The above chart is from the New York Times - see the article Live Presidential Forecast, New York Times.

 

2016-11-05

NOTE:  It's too late to MAIL your ballot.  You must deliver it to an authorized, secure dropsite.

If you have not yet voted, read this one article before casting your vote:

It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!, by Tom Tancredo, Breitbart.
 
Read the full article. Here are some excerpts:
 
In the early days of Bill Clinton's campaign to oust President George Herbert Walker Bush from the White House in 1992, his campaign strategists concocted a slogan that defined Bush as a failure and set the guardrails for the Democrats' entire campaign: "It's the economy, stupid."
 
It stuck, and as they say, the rest is history.
 
... I, Tom Tancredo, the man who has championed border controls and immigration enforcement more than any other national figure, say: no big deal. It's the Supreme Court, stupid!
 
... what I care about most - and what all patriots and constitutionalists should tattoo on their eyelids - is that Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, must make the next Supreme Court appointments.
 
Yes, I know: There is no way to guarantee that Donald Trump will make the same appointments to the Supreme Court that Ted Cruz or Tom Tancredo would make.
 
Republican President Richard Nixon gave us the author of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, and George H.W. Bush gave us David Souter. But what is guaranteed is that Trump's appointments to federal courts will be 1,000 percent better than Hillary Clinton's. (Can you spell Associate Justice B-a-r-a-c-k -O-b-a-m-a?)
 
Constitutional conservatives understand that our immigration laws are meaningless if they are not enforced. It will mean nothing if President Trump orders a wall built from Brownsville to San Diego if a lawsuit brought by a dozen leftist groups results in a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down that order as contrary to the Constitution.
 
The same is true for every single important issue you can name, from education choice to refugee admissions, from criminal justice reform to repeal of Obamacare. If Hillary Clinton is allowed to remake the entire Supreme Court for a generation in the image of Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor, our Constitution is dead and salt poured on the gravesite.
 
What is most important - and most important by a factor of one hundred - is that the Scalia vacancy and every other vacancy that occurs be filled by a judge who respects the Constitution as a restraint on Congress and the President, not a blank slate for creating a socialist utopia of "transformative justice."
 
Yes, immigration policy is one of the two most important challenges that will confront the president sworn in on January 20, 2017. The other is Islamist terrorism. I hope Donald Trump spells out ambitious, sensible and effective plans for meeting those two challenges.
 
... What I care about very much and what I know for a 100 percent certainty is that those decisions and proposals by President Donald Trump will be one thousand percent more consistent with my constitutional principles than the decisions made by President Hillary Clinton.
 
What is not in the spotlight of media coverage of the campaign is this truth: Even if Trump and Congress deadlock on new immigration policies, all President Trump has to do to change direction radically is to order the robust enforcement of our current immigration laws. Bingo!
 
... After eight years of Obama's government by executive decree, not only in immigration but across a broad spectrum of government programs, our Constitution is in tatters.
 
If we invite four more years of this lawlessness with a Supreme Court clearing the way for every new insult to American sovereignty and the rule of law, there will be no possibility of returning to the constitutional government we inherited from ten generations of patriots.
 
... What we need most is the conscientious enforcement of existing immigration laws that have been subverted and castrated by Obama.
 
After a housecleaning and restaffing the upper echelons of the Department of Homeland Security, a simple order from President Trump to the 25,000 officers of the US Border Patrol would be sufficient to halt 95 percent of the illegal traffic across our border. That order would be only ten words: Do your job, and call me if you need anything.
 
The really good news is that such simple policies - the actual enforcement of existing immigration laws - do not require new legislation. They do not require cutting a deal with Senator Chuck Schumer or the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. What the enforcement of immigration laws does require is a Supreme Court that respects the Constitution and the President's oath to take care that laws be faithfully executed.
 
If Clinton's Supreme Court reverses the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court ruling that invalidated Obama's "executive amnesty," then new immigration laws will be meaningless because they will mean whatever President Hillary Clinton wants them to mean.
 
In 2016, we have come to a day or reckoning in American politics. Patriots must take sides, and also must take up arms. In politics, our arms are our votes. Those votes will not be cast for mythical perfect candidates, for better candidates that should have won or might have won, but didn't. We have to vote for one of two candidates who have a chance to take that oath of office on a cold day in January.
 
For myself, when I cast my ballot, I will not be asking whether Donald Trump's immigration policies are 100 percent in tune with my own. It is enough that whatever policies he finally adopts, my country has a 1,000 percent better chance of survival than if Hillary Clinton is making Supreme Court appointments designed to complete Obama's dream of remaking America into something the patriots who died in battle at Bunker Hill, Omaha Beach and Fallujah would not recognize.

 

2016-10-27

The media takes great pride in claiming to be unbiased, all the while very obviously omitting valuable coverage of pertinent campaign information. 

Breitbart chose to include the video of candidate Donald Trump's powerful speech last week in historic Gettysburg.  Mainstream media had no wide spread coverage of the event.

Watch this before you mark your ballot: 
 

2016-10-17

To activate and educate Oregon's undecided voters in this pivotal election, OFIR has placed a billboard on a busy street somewhere in Oregon! 

Can you identify the location?  Go to OFIR"s Facebook page and post your idea on where the billboard is located.

To learn more about the policies of candidates regarding immigration - in races from President, Governor and Secretary of State to Congress, State Representatives and Attorney General and everything in between, visit OFIR"s Immigration Topics page -  "General election 2016"

Don't forget to vote your entire ballot.  Many good, well qualified candidates need your vote to win!
 

2016-10-14

Join us this Saturday, October 15th for OFIR's annual Pizza and Politics event.  Meet many of Oregon's best candidates that have been invited to participate in this popular event.

All candidates are welcome to attend.  Candidates that would like to speak to the group, must confirm their attendance with OFIR prior to the meeting by calling 503.435.0141.

Candidates, please bring campaign literature, lawn signs, bumper stickers etc. for distribution to interested OFIR members.

We look forward to seeing you at Pizza and Politics - Saturday, October 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn - across from Costco in Salem, OR.

Invite a friend to come along and join us for slice of Pizza and Politics!


 

2016-10-08

Cynthia Kendoll, President of Oregonians for Immigration Reform will be the featured speaker at an upcoming meeting  of the South West Corridor GOP in King City, OR, Wednesday evening, October 12th. 

The upcoming elections are looming and decisions that will impact the future of our state and our country hang in the balance.  Never before has immigration played such a pivotal role in an election.

Plan to attend and learn how Oregon's and our nation's immigration policies will impact you - and your children's future.

Several candidates will also attend - and you'll learn more about upcoming ballot measures, too.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the King City Civic Association Club House, 15245 SW 116th Street, King City, OR

Come at 6:30pm to enjoy sandwiches and cookies.  The meeting starts at 7:00pm


 

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