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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.

Once again, LaMountain nails the argument against driver cards

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 lives traded for Obama's sickening agenda

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. 

 

Vote NO on 88 fall campaign kick-off meeting a big success

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.

Sheriff and State Advisor Border Summits

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.

Members of law enforcement community oppose driver card measure

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.

 


 

Could we please stop the insanity?

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!

OFIR President participates in Border Summit

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.

 

Law enforcement encourages a NO vote on 88

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.

 

At what cost? OFIR endorser challenges the President to visit his sons grave

A U.S. citizen, a husband and a grief stricken father demands the President of the United States visit his son's grave in hopes the President will finally see the consequences of his horrific immigration policies.  Read the entire article.

Photos tell the story - OFIR and PODL thank our fantastic volunteers

Protect Oregon Driver Licenses would like to thank our fantastic friends and volunteers that spent time answering questions about Ballot Measure 88 in our booth at the Oregon State Fair.

It was hot, the days were long, the floor was hard - but there they were - our volunteers!  Cheerful, respectful and happy to answer questions and hand out pens, pencils, information and fans to help keep folks cool in the heat.

Monday, Labor Day, is the last day of the Fair.  We have been overwhelmed by the kind words of support and encouragement for what we are doing and from people of all ages and from every corner of the state.  Remember to Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88.

Visit our photo gallery and check out our booth!
 

Thank you for "making" our argument

The Oregonian's August 23, 2014 Guest Opinion, 'Oregonians should support driver card measure'  by Juan Carlos Valle clearly spelled out every reason Oregonians should not support the ballot measure and Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88.

Take a moment to read some of the 130+ comments and you'll discover that Mr. Valle didn't make a very convincing case.

Let me address just a few of the key points of the piece:

"Driving to work in order to feed your family is a privilege" - by reading through the comments, one quickly realizes that Oregonians don't think people who pick and choose which of our laws to obey and which to break, should be given even more privileges - like a driver card.

"We risk our lives by driving to a place of employment" - again, Mr. Valle points out that illegal aliens choose to break two laws at the same time.  It's against the law for those illegally in our country to also work in our country and it is illegal for them to drive to those jobs, or anywhere else.  Yet, they do both. 

 "...(SB 833) gave hope to hundreds of individuals across Oregon" - I think this must be a typo because thousands will likely apply for driver cards if Ballot Measure 88 is not defeated.

"...this measure could generate revenue of $5.3 million in 2013-15 and $2.7 million in 2015-17 to the state DMV" - If only hundreds are applying, as Mr. Valle indicates, how will the DMV generate millions of dollars?  Should our laws be for sale to the highest revenue generator?

"We cannot continue to deny driver licenses to individuals who might be here without proper documentation" - Yes, we can. Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88. Vote NO in November!

A few sidenotes:

1.)  New Mexico, under extreme pressure from special interest groups (just like here in Oregon) and suffering with one of the highest uninsured driver rates in the country, in 2003 passed a law granting driver licenses to illegal aliens.  Eleven years and 80,000 driver licenses to illegal aliens later, they still suffer with one of the highest uninsured driver rates in the country. The argument that insurance will now be purchased is the straw man for putting a state issued ID in the hands of people in our country illegally.

2.)  Find out who is really behind the driver card bill.  Since when has the SEIU, ACLU, Oregon Association of Nurseries and others been so concerned about your public safety?  Only when their illegal workforce is inconvenienced with not being able to get a driver card.
 

How to make a profit in the illegal alien business

From Vdare.com:   Memo From Middle America | Refugee Industry Profiteering So Gross Even TIME Magazine Has Noticed

There’s more than one way to skin the American people. Illegal immigration isn’t just about cheap labor, growing the welfare state, and strengthening the ethnic lobbies. The so-called charities and nonprofits are also part of the scam.

They don’t just want your moral praise—they want your tax dollars. Indeed, without the government, few would even exist.

You might think that a government-supported charity is a contradiction in terms. After all, the whole point of charity is that it’s voluntary. But in the eyes of the Main Stream Media, those sanctimonious social workers and religious hypocrites whose salaries you pay aren’t greedy capitalists but “humanitarians.”

Good work if you can get it.

Catholic Charities U.S.A. has been at this for a long time. As VDARE.com’s Brenda Walker reported recently:

“…Catholic Charities gets billions of taxpayer dollars for refugee resettlement and general immigration services, which puts it into the category of a smallish government agency. For example, in 2010, 62 percent of Catholic Charities’ budget was funded by the unwilling taxpayer. The feds and the Catholic bishops are partners.”

Government dependence has only increased since 2010. As of November of 2013, the group’s total revenue was $4.39 billion. Of that total, more than 66%—$ 2.916 billion—came from the government.

Government agencies that have contracts with Catholic Charities include: the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Homeland Security. [President’s Budget Proposal 2014, Catholic Charities]

So much for passing around the collection plate.

Needless to say, Catholic Charities is hardly a neutral observer in the immigration debate. Not surprisingly considering its financial self-interest, the group supports amnesty.

But don’t worry—treason is ecumenical. Protestant groups aren’t letting the Catholics get all the government funding.

For example, Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) sounds like a Red State charity out of Richard Dawkins’s fever dreams, but it’s actually the government contractor that snagged a $50 million deal to purchase the Palm Aire Resort hotel in Texas. BCFS was to make it into a resort hotel for illegal alien minors. [Feds to Open $50 million resort for illegal children – complete with tennis courts, sauna & pools (updated), by Kristinn Taylor, Gateway Pundit, July 16, 2014]

After the story was posted on the Drudge Report, BCFS withdrew its bid because of the negative attention. But don’t worry—it has plenty more government contracts where that came from. [UPDATE on BCFS: Using the word “Baptist” in the Government organization title doesn’t make it a Church, by Mara Zebest, Gateway Pundit, July 17, 2014]

As Time Magazine reports,

“…This obscure charity has emerged as one of the biggest players in the federal government’s response to the influx of more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who have trudged across the southern border so far this year. It runs two of the largest facilities for temporarily housing immigrant children, as well as six permanent shelters in California and Texas. Since December, BCFS has received more than $280 million in federal grants to operate these shelters, according to government records. On July 7, two days before [BCFS president Kevin] Dinnin met Obama in Dallas, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded BCFS $190,707,505 in a single grant.

[This Baptist Charity Is Being Paid Hundreds of Millions to Shelter Child Migrants by Alex Altman and Elisabeth Dias, Time, August 4, 2014]

In fact, BCFS is garnering obscene revenue from the “refugee crisis.” According to Time, BCFS is

the largest recipient of money disbursed to contractors to temporarily house unaccompanied children until they can reunited with family members or placed in foster care.

While the BCFS is getting 40% of the grant money for “sheltering unaccompanied children,” other “charitable” groups getting money include Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

kevindinninIn the end, your tax dollars go into the pockets of people like Kevin Dinnin [pictured right] President and CEO of Baptist Child and Family Services Emergency Management Division (email him). He receives a salary of at least $477,799 annually. The organization’s entire payroll amounted to $33 million.

This isn’t unusual. Time’s Altman and Dias report:

The median salary for the CEOs of nonprofit organizations like BCFS was about $285,000 in 2011, according to a 2013 survey by Charity Navigator.

Altman and Dias also explain why the government is so secretive about all this:

To shield vulnerable kids from angry opponents of immigration and the media spotlight, the government declines to disclose the locations and activities of many of the facilities operated by BCFS and similar organizations.

But while the Left says it aims to “shield vulnerable kids,” it is really protecting profiteers like Dinnin.

Needless to say, secular groups are also getting in on the action. An outfit called Wolverine Human Services received federal funds to dump illegal aliens on the small town of Vassar, Michigan. [Wolverine Human Services on housing refugee teens in Vassar: ‘We can’t make everyone happy,” by Lindsay Knake, Michigan Live, July 9, 2014]

As these groups have learned, illegal immigration isn’t just government policy. It’s a moneymaking scam that eliminates the distinction between charities and business.

As Brenda Walker reported, one “deluxe detention center for illegal aliens” in Texas is run by The GEO Group, a private prison company. However, this “private” company relies on the same government sources for funding as supposed “charities” and religious groups.

Perhaps some of the people involved in these groups have good intentions. But the U.S. government does not exist to cater to their pathological altruism. And the government should certainly not be redistributing our tax dollars to these people and calling it “charity.”

In the face of this massive conflict of interest, what we need in dealing with these multimillion dollar “nonprofits” and their millionaire “charitable” executives is more cynicism.

These alleged charities are indistinguishable from the self-interested plutocrats of the Cheap Labor lobby—what VDARE.com calls the “Slave Power.”

Above all, these privileged recipients of state largesse have no business lecturing Americans, who provide their ill-gotten gains, about morality.

American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan`s wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.

 

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