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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.

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.

 

Poke the Bear

Americans are the most generous, compassionate and welcoming people on earth.  Yet, with the recent surge on the border and the President's unwillingness to even address the issue in any meaningful way, citizens are beginning to look up from their busy lives and realize we have a really serious problem on our hands.

Citizen's patience with the President and Congress and the lack of enforcement of our existing immigration laws has worn thin and immigration has now moved to the top of the list of issues that concern voters - finally!  There is nothing more powerful or more effective in correcting the course of our nation than citizen activism and involvement.

Letters to the editor (LTE) are an effective way to reach folks in your community and to educate them about the devastating, tax funded, job stealing, health risking, environment destroying, culture altering situations we will all be facing in the very near future if the situation, not only on the border, but, all across the country is not resolved soon.

Be certain to be factually accurate and to the point when you write a LTE.

Please read the excellent letters submitted from citizens all over the state and then write one of your own. Consider submitting your letter not only to the larger newspapers, but to your local community paper, as well.  It's time to speak up!


 

PODL endorser Michael Cutler on Immigration "Reform": Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable. Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities...

Before we consider the words many politicians use, we would be wise to consider two important quotes from George Orwell, the author of “1984” and other significant literary works.

“Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Having been forewarned let us now consider the definition of “equality.”...

In short, equality has taken on the cloak of being, as the saying goes, “As American as apple pie.” Simply uttering the word “equality” evokes the emotional image of an American flag billowing in a gentle breeze with a clear blue sky serving as a backdrop.

Obviously if “equality” is good, “inequality” is bad. In most situations this is certainly true.

...when Obama and other politicians, as well as talk show hosts, bring up wage inequality, they don’t ever discuss whose salaries will be used as the baseline against which paychecks should be compared as efforts are made to eliminate or reduce wage inequality...

... the true goal of reducing wage inequality, the engineered destruction of America’s middle class.

The American Dream is inextricably linked to a vibrant and upwardly mobile middle class. The incentives for the creation of the middle class are created by an element of wage inequality. If this is confusing, consider that it is expected that generally, more highly skilled or educated workers should expect to earn more money than their lesser educated or skilled counterparts in the workforce.

This makes perfect sense and has, for generations, provided a strong incentive for American students, spurring them on to remain in school to obtain college degrees and even graduate degrees. This is why most people think of the money, time and effort expended in pursuit of advanced degrees or enhanced skills as an important investment in their futures. You could say that this is a case of “learn more to earn more.”...

On May 15, 2007 a four-minute infuriating video was aired on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN. It features an immigration lawyer’s conference in which lawyers were being coached to not find qualified U.S. workers!” The lecturer is identified in the video as being Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby.

The Winter 2014 edition of the quarterly journal, “The Social Contract” published my extensive article on the devastating impact that Comprehensive Immigration Reform would have on the middle class and on the economy of the United States. My article was entitled: “American Dream Being Sold at Auction – America’s Middle Class to Be Put on Endangered Species List”

...While it is obvious that employers who hire illegal aliens or who game the system to bring in foreign workers with visas that enable them to work in the United States for wages that are far lower than those Americans would be paid, there are others whose ability to profit financially and/or acquire political power might not be so readily apparent.

The list of these profiteers includes banks and money remitters who become the silent partner of every person who moves money from the United States to foreign countries. It includes immigration attorneys who not only represent aliens but employers who seek to hire foreign workers. Labor unions looking for more members, which translates into more union dues and more political leverage, are certainly on board with this concept, as are the National Chamber of Commerce and many but not all local Chambers of Commerce. Schools are eager to bring in foreign students and at present the GAO estimates that there are some 10,000 schools that are authorized to file the appropriate applications to enable foreign students to come to the United States.

The list goes on — but I think you get the point.

Facilitating the entry of still more foreign workers and more foreign students would create still more devastation for American workers and their families but would greatly increase the wealth of the super wealthy who are at the absolute top of the economic food chain in America...

The infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks said simply, “That’s where the money is!” Today CEO’s seek to find employees oversees in Third World countries because that where the cheap labor is...

Most people equate Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a massive amnesty for unknown millions of illegal aliens who have violated America’s borders and immigration laws that are supposed to protect American lives and the jobs of American workers, thereby creating a national security nightmare.

What is generally not known is that among the provisions of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the legislative betrayal of American citizens, is that it would provide for a huge increase in the number of H-1B visas for high tech workers and a provision that would, for the very first time, permit the spouses and adult children of H-1B visa holders to be granted Employment Authorization Documents (EAD’s) that would give these nonimmigrant family members as much right to any job as an American worker.

Greenspan said that American workers should no longer be shielded from foreign competition. This is a key area of “reform” that this legislation would deliver. Under the current immigration laws, Title 8 U.S. Code § 1182: (Inadmissible Aliens) enumerates various categories of aliens who are to be prevented from entering the U.S. The list of excludible classes of aliens includes aliens who suffer dangerous communicable diseases, severe mental illness, fugitives from justice, aliens who are convicted felons, spies, terrorists, war criminals, human rights violators, and others whose presence would undermine national security and/or public safety...

The Daily Caller’s article, “Zuckerberg’s lobby group announces hackathon with illegal immigrants,” focused on a unique program created by Zuckerberg and his Silicon Valley cohorts to provide opportunities expressly for illegal aliens....

Why could not this incredible opportunity have been provided to American children — perhaps especially those living in poverty? It is reported that some 25% of all American children now live below the poverty line. Many of these children are members of America’s minority communities.

Why not provide such opportunities to returning battle-weary and/or wounded members of the U.S. military?...

With all of the frustration so many Americans now justifiably feel about their representation (or lack thereof) by the administration and by Congress, it is essential to note that one of the implacable stalwart champions and defenders of American workers and their families is Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama...

I would argue that all of America’s national debt could be eliminated by effective immigration law enforcement coupled with “going back to the future” by making certain that American Citizens be provided with a world class education and preference in the workforce. This is how the “Greatest Generation” built America’s Middle Class and with it, the American Dream.

Read the full article for the more complete picture and many more sources and references.

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Michael Cutler is a retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) whose career spanned some 30 years. He served as an Immigration Inspector, Immigration Adjudications Officer and spent 26 years as an agent who rotated through all of the squads within the Investigations Branch. For half of his career he was assigned to the Drug Task Force. He has testified before well over a dozen congressional hearings, provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission as well as state legislative hearings around the United States and at trials where immigration is at issue. He hosts his radio show, “The Michael Cutler Hour,” on Friday evenings on BlogTalk Radio. His personal website is http://michaelcutler.net/.

Protest rally in Salem, Oregon attracts a great crowd!

Folks from several different groups joined together on the Center St. overpass in Salem, Oregon to protest the dangerous and escalating situation on our southern border.  We were all amazed and encouraged by the continuous honks, waves of support!  Thank you to all who participated!

 

Citizens speak out about border surge

As the situation on the border continues unresolved, it becomes clear that other motives are clearly in play.  If our government really wanted to stop the border surge it could be accomplished within just a few days.  But, they continue to bus thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens to locations throughout the country for processing and release into the community with a scheduled hearing date somewhere in the distant future and for which they will likely never return.

I don't think it's much of a jump to speculate that our President and other key players are frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass sweeping "immigration reform" and they're looking for an end run around the rules to populate our country with throngs of illegal aliens from countries of unknown origin, with unknown criminal histories and with very low skill levels.  Often they are illiterate, sick and carrying previously eradicated diseases. 

The very essence of our country is at risk.  We are a nation of laws with a unique culture, language and specific borders, all of which need rigorous protection.

Citizens must speak up and speak out in protest - and continue to do so until the issue is resolved, the border secure and these invaders have been returned to their home country.

Letters to the editor are an excellent way to educate folks on the issues at hand.  Submit them not only to large circulation newspapers, but consider submitting your letters to your small, local newspaper, too.  Being respectful, precise and to the point in your letter will give you the greatest likelihood of being published..

If your letter is published, please forward it to us and we will post it on our website. 

How immigration became a big problem in the U.S.

 
by Elizabeth Van Staaveren
 
Many people who never thought much about immigration before are beginning to ask, how did our country get into the current situation, and why is it so hard to manage the out-of-control burgeoning of illegal and legal immigration.
 
The steady increase in volume of immigration began after a new law was passed in 1965, sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy, which greatly expanded the rules, making it much easier for persons anywhere in the world, to immigrate here.
 
To understand what has happened since then, interested persons can learn much from the books listed below.  These are landmark books on the issue.  They’re arranged by date to show the progression of thinking and writing on the issue.
 
Landmark books on immigration issues
 
Auster, Lawrence, 1949-2013.    The path to national suicide; an essay on immigration and multiculturalism,    Monterey VA, American Immigration Control Foundation, 1990.    90 p.
       The text of this small book can now be viewed or downloaded as a pdf document on this website: http://jtl.org/auster/.  It describes the development of the 1965 law and its course through Congress.
 
Brimelow, Peter.    Alien nation; common sense about America’s immigration disaster.    New York, Random House, 1995.    327 p.
       This book became a national best seller, and Peter Brimelow went on to found the website, VDARE, which he still manages, at http://www.vdare.com/.
 
Beck, Roy.    The case against immigration; the moral, economic, social, and environmental reasons for reducing U.S. immigration back to traditional levels.    New York, W.W. Norton, 1996.    287 p.
       Just after the book was published Roy Beck created and still leads NumbersUSA, a website and organization, which now has over 2 million members.  See http://www.numbersusa.com.
 
Malkin, Michelle.    Invasion; how America still welcomes terrorists, criminals, and other foreign menaces to our shores.    Washington, Regnery Publishing, 2002.    332 p.
       She is a syndicated columnist and maintains a website at:  http://michellemalkin.com/
 
Graham, Otis L., Jr.    Unguarded gates; a history of America’s immigration crisis.    Lanham, Md., Roman & Littlefield,  2004.    242 p.
       Graham is a professor emeritus of history at the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.  He has served on the Board of Advisors of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) for many years.  See http://www.fairus.org/
 
Tancredo, Tom.    In mortal danger; the battle for America’s border and security.    Nashville, Tenn., WND Books, 2006.    224 p.
       Tancredo served in Congress as a Representative from Colorado from 1999-2009.  While there he formed the House Immigration Reform Caucus, an active group during his tenure.
 
Krikorian, Mark.    The new case against immigration.    New York, Sentinel, 2008.    294 p.   
       Krikorian is Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Washington DC.
       Contents.-Assimilation: the cracked melting pot.-Mass immigration versus American sovereignty.-National security: safety in lower numbers.-Economy: Cheap labor versus modern America.-Government spending.-Population.-What is to be done?
 
 

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