Welcome to the new OFIR blog!
OFIR invites you to pop in regularly and find out what's new, what's pressing and needing action and what other concerned citizens are doing in the fight to stop illegal immigration.
If you were unable to attend the Election Night celebration - we missed you! But, we took pictures for you!
Nervous energy quickly evaporated into high spirits as the results began to come in.
It's BIG WIN for the NO on 88 campaign with 68% of the vote - our opponents only 32%.
Campaigns are often won or lost based on slogans or a clever turn of a phrase. But, the cold hard facts are often hard to "market" to the casual voter.
Read here the David Cross article posted on OregonLive.com regarding the impact of illegal immigration on Oregon's unemployed and how Ballot Measure 88 compounds the problem.
Oregonians for Immigration Reform does not endorse candidates. We do our research and find out all we can about candidates and their views on immigration issues.
OFIR has provided for you, an overview of immigration specific information about most candidates running for office in the Nov. 4 general election. Please check it out and then be certain to fill out your ballot and send it in before the deadline. If you don't vote - we won't win!
If you find the information helpful, please send us a note telling us so. If there is something else we can do to help you, please let us know.
If you have information about a candidate that is not included, and should be, we would be happy to post that, as well.
Remember to Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88 - NO driver cards for people illegally in our country!
Being invited to speak at the Social Contract's - Writer's Workshop was quite an honor for someone like me.
On October 12, I was in Washington D.C. to share the story of how a fearless group of grassroots activists turned this blue state we call home, on it's ear.
Filing the Citizen's Veto Referendum was just the beginning. Follow along with my presentation as we remember all the twists and turns we have encountered on our trip to getting SB833 on the ballot. Against all odds, we did it!
Remember to Vote - and to Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88!
Rick LaMountain - OFIR member and Chief Petitioner for the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses Citizen's Veto Referendum, in his just published article in The Register Guard, makes the case against granting state issued ID - in the form of driver cards - for people illegally in our country.
American citizens are killed everyday on our roadways by illegal aliens driving drunk or on drugs. In Oregon alone heart-wrenching cases beg to be acknowledged for the grief they have caused the loved ones left behind. Often the perpetrators of such horrific accidents are repeat offenders.
I was shocked to read a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies examining the potential public safety impact of an executive action to benefit alien traffic offenders, one of the several directives reportedly being considered by the Obama administration.
Such a presidential directive would protect tens of thousands of illegal aliens from deportation each year. Since 2004, over 250,000 aliens whose most serious state or local conviction was a traffic offense were deported by ICE.
An amnesty for those “convicted exclusively of traffic crimes” would include those convicted of drunk or drugged driving, vehicular homicide, car-jacking, and joyriding.
The number of illegal aliens deported after drunk or drugged driving convictions (as their most serious offense) numbered 22,740 in 2013.
Clearly, this administration seems to find American lives of no value as they plot to completely unwind our immigration laws.
A standing room only crowd gathered to hear Border Patrol Council Union Vice President for the Western United States explain the connection between the recent border surge and the attraction of a state issued ID - in the form of a driver card - to people illegally in the United States. His presentation was compelling in urging a NO vote on ballot measure 88.
Representative Sal Esquivel - Chief Petitioner on the referendum, spoke of his disappointment in those lawmakers that support Legislation such as Ballot Measure 88, which is a clear violation of their oath of office.
Representative Kim Thatcher, also a Chief Petitioner on the referendum thanked everyone for their hard work.
After the meeting a FLASH RALLY was held out on the very busy Mission Street. The honks and waves of support were very encouraging as we waved our signs and flags!
Visit our photo gallery if you were unable to attend the meeting.
The Sheriff and State Advisor Border Summits were held consecutively on 11-12 and 12-13 September in El Paso, Texas.
State Representative Sal Esquivel, Morrow County Sheriff Ken Matlack and OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll represented Oregon at the conference.
Read a full report of the event.
Visit the OFIR photo gallery, as well.
David Cross writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. In his recently published opinion piece in the Bend Bulletin, he weaves together the layers of law enforcement support that Ballot Measure 88 has attracted. Local, state and national law enforcement officers know that giving state issued ID to people in the country illegally is just plain wrong - it's as simple as that!
Derek Hernandez will be the special guest speaker at the Saturday, Sept. 27 meeting campaign kick-off meeting.
Just when I think another illegal immigration insanity story won't surprise me, a news report like this is published.
I'll walk through this article and touch on the painful, high pitched points for those that may not "get it" at a glance. Here goes:
Francisco Aguirre (an illegal alien), from El Salvador, took refuge Friday in a Northeast Portland church after he said federal immigration agents went to his home to detain him...
"I've been a leader in this community for so many years," Aguirre said. "I'm part of this community, and this is where I belong (no - he belongs in El Salvador). This is where I want to stay" (too bad).
Aguirre was deported to El Salvador in 2000 after a conviction for drug trafficking offenses.... (a real LEADER in this community - a drug dealer?),
Aguirre came to the agency's attention again in August after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (again, a real swell guy) in Clackamas County, ICE said.
Aguirre said he applied earlier this year for a U Visa ... The visa provides legal status to victims of certain crimes who help authorities investigate crimes (does that include the crimes HE commits?), according the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Office.
He acknowledged that he was deported 14 years ago...(and he should be deported AGAIN after serving time in prison for re-entering the country illegally)
Aguirre was involved in the Workers' Organizing Committee that went on to found Voz Workers' Rights Education Project, nonprofit organization that mostly helps male Latino (illegal?) immigrants find work in Portland (So, he helps other illegal? immigrants find work in Portland - it's against the law for an illegal alien to work in the US). He currently serves as the MLK Jr. Worker Center coordinator for the group.
Churches elsewhere in the country have been offering sanctuary (is this the intended use of your tithe contributions?) to illegal immigrants after President Barack Obama announced that he wouldn't take any executive action on immigration legislation until after the November election.
ICE agents do not make arrests in sensitive locations such as schools and churches (how handy), said Andrew S. Muñoz, a public affairs officer for ICE.
Aguirre, a father of three, said he plans to stay at the church for as "long as it takes."
"We all make mistakes," he said. "We all have the right to fix those mistakes."
(Let's review - Aguirre entered the country illegally, trafficked drugs, was deported, re-entered the country illegally, helps illegal aliens work illegally, is arrested on suspicion of DUI and claims "we all make mistakes and have the right to fix those mistakes." When is he going to start? Is he fixing them now - while hiding out in a church because he won't face up to the mistakes he has made already?)
Wow - what a guy - a real pillar of the community. Let's keep him! Better yet - let's CROWN him King! I'm certain he thinks he's entitled to the title!
Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR President, just returned from an intensive weekend at The Border Summit. A written summary of her visit to the border will be posted soon.
The conference was hosted by The Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in El Paso, Texas the weekend of Sept. 12 - 14. Law enforcement officers and activists from across the country gathered to learn more about what's happening on our southern border.
Please visit the OFIR photo gallery.
Protect Oregon Driver Licenses has garnered not only the attention, but the endorsement of law enforcement officers across the state - and the country!
Michael Cutler - INS Senior Special agent (retired) - well known, frequently published and a popular guest on numerous radio and TV shows, has stepped forward not only with his endorsement, but with a well penned Voter Pamphlet Statement, as well.
Derek Hernandez - Border Patrol Council Union Vice President for the Western United States has also endorsed our efforts to overturn SB 833. His Voter Pamphlet Statement references the threats we all face by putting a state-issued ID into the hands of the those in the country illegally.
Learn more about all of our endorsers.
SPECIAL NOTE: OFIR - PODL will welcome Derek Hernandez as our guest speaker at our big campaign kick-off meeting next Saturday, September 27 at 2:00pm. We will get together at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn across from Costco in Salem.
If you have any questions, please call 503.435.0141 for more information.