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Open borders, anyone?

by Elizabeth Van Staaveren

In Thomas Stewart’s opinion piece, “The influx of people has a long, rich history,” (Oregonian, 4/6), we hear the voice of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce loud and clear, a voice that is always calling for more and more cheap labor.  To sensible citizens, this sales talk for open borders falls flat.
First, the U.S. has not “always been a nation of immigrants.”  It was founded by colonists almost entirely from England and the British Isles at a time when “immigrant” was a word in little use.  They were colonists, not immigrants; there was no nation here in the usual sense of the word.  For many years after the U.S. became a nation, “immigration” was negligible. 
We’ve been blessed with many wonderful immigrants who have contributed much to advance the U.S.  In recent years, however, for each immigrant founder of a Fortune 500 company, there probably are a million or more other immigrants who simply add to the population.
Stewart argues for keeping immigrant Ph.D. holders, but why shouldn’t they return to their own countries and devote their talents to improving the quality of life of their fellow citizens?  That would be a good thing.  We should expect them to use their knowledge to help their own countries and in their own countries.
U.S. citizens don’t object to limited numbers of immigrants. and we welcome those who truly contribute unusual abilities not found here.  Nor do we object to giving safe harbor to a fair share of the world’s bona fide refugees.  We do object to huge numbers of unskilled immigrants.  This country already has more than enough people to do unskilled labor.  It’s a fact that recent high immigration levels have already depressed wages and income, especially among the most vulnerable populations of citizens who do unskilled labor.  Joblessness is shockingly high and many people have been out of work for more than a year. 
Our visa system is riddled with fraud, in all categories, but especially in the H-1B group.  It has allowed companies to fire citizens and replace them with foreign workers that are kept in a kind of indentured servitude, paid less than American wages, and made afraid to complain.
There has not been adequate immigration law enforcement for many decades.  At this point, the most humane step would be to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers, for both new hires and current work forces.  E-Verify, the federal program that now enables employers to check the legal status of new hires, is accurate, despite false accusations made against it.  It is ready for expansion.  Over half a million honest, patriotic employers use it voluntarily, like it, give it high marks.
We should have another amnesty, Mr. Stewart?  No!  Seven amnesties have been enacted in Congress beginning in 1986, each one only resulting in more waves of illegal immigration.  Any proposal giving legalization of any sort to illegal aliens is amnesty and is wrong morally, economically, and socially.
There is not, as Stewart blithely claims, an unlimited capacity of this or any other country to absorb immigrants.  The U.S. is overpopulated now.  Our natural environment is in tatters from too many people.  Based on Census figures, the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that 80.4% of population growth between 2000 and 2010 was due to immigration (immigrants and children of immigrants.)  We need to reduce population by setting a moratorium on immigration for an extended period.
No nation can retain sovereignty without controlling its territorial borders and immigration into the country – witness Ukraine.

Ask and you shall be deceived

Ask any of Oregon's Democrat Congressmen about the need to import more foreign workers.  The answers you get will not only surprise you - but will likely sicken you, as well. 

For decades, the Democratic Party has styled itself the champion of working Americans. Why then, with countless of our fellow citizens still unemployed, do congressional Democrats - including all of Oregon's - seek to import millions more foreign workers?

Read Jim Ludwick's well referenced Guest Opinion - published in the Oregonian.

Enthusiasm prevailed at OFIR's quarterly meeting

Several candidates from across the state addressed OFIR members at the quarterly meeting held in Salem on Saturday. Candidates were given the opportunity to answer questions from OFIR members. Visit the photo gallery.

The citizen's veto referendum and the Oregon Legislature's unprecedented move to hi-jack the ballot language were reviewed. Our success in defeating this arrogant move by the Legislature was celebrated by all in attendance!  The bill died in the Senate.


Dorchester Conference photos

OFIR - PODL participated in the Dorchester Conference.  We hosted a great informational booth and provided sponsorship funds, as well.

Cry me a river...

It is with a tear in my eye that I read the recent article in The Oregonian about re-uniting families.

Quotes like this, "I'm not going to wait until legislation tells me when I can reunite with my family," she said. "We're not playing around, so we're going to take justice and we're going to do what we feel is right"  tug at my heartstrings.

I have an idea.  If a person broke into the U.S. or overstayed a Visa and was later apprehended, deported and separated from their family then it is their fault.  It isn't my fault or my problem.

If they want to be together as a family, then return with the family member that was deported. 

I am repulsed by people who think that our laws don't apply to them.  And, worse, I am repulsed by law makers that repeatedly send that message.  We have immigration laws - enforce them!


What will it take to stop the arrogance?

Just when we think many of those in the Oregon Legislature can't get any more arrogant - they surprise us and play the "pathetic" trump card. 

Example:  HB 4054A - a new bill designed to re-write the ballot language of the veto refernedum on SB 833.

Read OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll's guest opinion published in the Oregonian.  We encourage you to post a comment, as well.

Population Growth, Immigration, and Amnesty

By Elizabeth Van Staaveren

Must the U.S. grow to one billion people or more?  We don’t have to, but unless present immigration policies are changed, we will.

Current U.S. population is well over 317 million, with one international migrant coming every 36 seconds and a net gain of one person every 15 seconds, according to the Census Bureau’s population clock.   

Birth rates among the native-born have been barely at replacement level for years.[i]  The huge increases in population are due to high levels of immigration,[ii] both legal and illegal.

Levels of immigration are set by Congress, supposedly acting in the public interest.  But various lobbies representing businesses, ethnic groups, and idealists who think national borders should not exist, have influenced the course of immigration over recent decades, pushing levels of immigration higher and higher. 

Rates of increase in immigration in recent years are astounding.  The immigrant population doubled from 1990 to 2000.  It has nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970.

Instead of reducing levels of immigration, as would be prudent for quality of life, or a healthy, sustainable environment, we see the various lobbies combining efforts in a push for vastly expanded immigration. 

S.744, the Senate’s so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, would double legal immigration and greatly increase guest worker programs for both low- and high-skilled foreign workers.  All 52 Democratic Senators including Oregon’s Wyden and Merkley, plus 14 Republicans, and 2 Independents voted for it.  The 32 No votes were all from Republican Senators.

The GOP’s recently released “Standards for Immigration Reform” are a deceptively worded version of  S.744, showing that the leadership of both parties wants amnesty for 11 million or more illegal aliens now, in spite of the fact that 7 amnesties have been passed in Congress from 1986 onward, and immigration law enforcement has been grossly inadequate for decades. 

Pending in the House is H.R. 15, which nearly mirrors S.744.  Four of Oregon’s five Representatives signed as sponsors: Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Peter DeFazio.  Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) didn’t sign, but amnesty advocates claim he supports them.

Although leadership in both major parties favors amnesty, and all Democrats in Congress appear to be solidly in favor, Republican members are far from unified on the issue.  Over half of the Republicans in the Senate voted against S.744.  Opposition to amnesty among most House Republicans has so far prevented amnesty bills from coming to the floor. 

Honest polls report majorities of voters nationwide want the immigration laws enforced.  It’s clear that our legislators and presidents are not listening – we need to find replacements who will put the interests of citizens first.  The purpose of immigration law is to protect the citizens of this country.

Common sense argues for a moratorium for an extended period.  With birth rates among the native-born holding steady or falling, the U.S. could then begin to balance population and environment, stop forcing citizens to compete with illegal aliens for jobs, reduce unemployment, and sustain an improved quality of life here.



[i] http://www.cis.org/sites/cis.org/files/articles/2001/forsaking/forsaking.pdf

Forsaking Fundamentals; The Environmental Establishment Abandons U.S. Population Stabilization, By Leon Kolankiewicz and Roy Beck.  Center for Immigration Studies, 2001.  See Executive Summary section on Dropping fertility. 

Also:  http://cis.org/articles/2001/forsaking/why.html.  Why the change? (Center paper 18, 2001)  page 1. 

Also:  http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/research-pub/BirthsPopandEcon_2013.pdf.  Birth rates, population growth, and the economy, by Jack Martin, FAIR, 2013. 

[ii] Table 6, p.19


Learn more about our path to third world status

Articles of shock and disbelief are popping up on news sites.  But, unless your Congressman hears your voice loud and clear, it's all likely to come true!

Read what the Republican leadership has in store for us.  Or, read even more here.

Do you hear it, too?

It's the sound of flushing our wonderful country going down the toilet. 

Every morning, I wake up and think I must have been having a nightmare - this can't be true.  And, every morning it's even worse.

Many states are under attack - just to name a few:

New Mexico continues to give driver licenses to illegal aliens - in spite of the increasing fraud and ID theft they have been struggling with for over 10 years.

Colorado now has dangerous drug cartels taking advantage of their new legalized marijuana laws.

Washington is on the brink of allowing illegal alien students (already granted an in state tuition benefit) to access grant money.

Oregon, is on the brink of granting driver privilege cards to illegal aliens, if PODL isn't successful in overturning the new law in November.

And now, the GOP leadership announces its plans and principles for immigration reform...

What the hell is going on here?  I keep asking myself this question - over and over again.

Are our elected officials so indebted to big business donors, are they so swayed by lobbying bands of charismatic illegal aliens and their smooth talking advocates, are they so corrupt, or heaven forbid - are they just so stupid they don't see the handwriting on the wall.  Do they stand on any principles whatsoever or do they even have any kind of moral compass?  It would appear the answer to those questions is NO!

Our country is being sucked down the crapper with the guiding hand of many of our elected officials from both sides of the aisle!  Our nation's sovereignty and everything our great nation stands for is at risk.  These politicians are willing to flush all the men and women who fought and died for our freedom, all the immigrants who followed the rules and came here the right way and all the hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizens are going down with it.

After the big flush - think about what will be left of our country.  That's where the nightmare really begins.

Every single one of you that reads this post must call your Congressman and tell them that if they don't do everything in their power to stop this train wreck of 'immigration reform', if they support it in any way, you will do everything in your power to see they never return to Washington for another term.

Let's stop this nightmare and shine a light on the politicians flushing our great country down the toilet!

Start calling today!

To find the information you need click here.

Also, please call:

  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) 202-225-0600 and
  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) 202-225-4000

Bloomberg advising the GOP?

Is the GOP so limp lipped that they need the advice of Michael Bloomberg and the Democrat Party to tell them how to proceed and be successful?  Perhaps Republicans should instead listen to their constituents regarding the mass amnesty scheme brewing in the House of Representatives. 

Read how Bloomberg advises things should be handled in Congress.

Rick LaMountain consistently and clearly makes the case against driver cards

OFIR and PODL are fortunate to have such a skilled writer explaining clearly and concisely why driver cards are wrong for Oregon.

Read Richard's commentary, which was just published in the Oregonian.

Looking for the path less travelled - where will true Republicans go?

Ira Mehlman explains the problems House Republicans are facing in Congress. Poor babies - is it so difficult to do what's right?

Read Mr. Mehlman's Townhall article and share it with your friends.