Oregon Issues and News

Same-sex marriage: Portland immigrant support group denied grant from Catholic charity
OregonLive.com

A local nonprofit that works on behalf of immigrant workers said Tuesday it refused to cut ties to another Latino group that supports same-sex marriage, cost it a $75,000 grant from a Roman Catholic organization.

The Voz Workers' Rights Education Project, a Northeast Portland group that connects Latino immigrants with jobs, said it was a finalist for a top grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. But last month, the group said, the conference told it to sever ties with the National Council of La Raza, one of the nation's leading Latino rights groups, because the...

'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally
KATU News

SALEM, Ore. -- It's exactly 1,050 miles from the Northeast Center St. overpass along Interstate 5 in Salem to the Mexican border.

About two-dozen people lined the overpass with American flags and signs on Saturday afternoon for Salem's slice of the big national movement this weekend against illegal immigration.

"We have compassion for the people coming here. But it's important they know they can't stay," said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, the group that helped organize Salem's event. "They need to return to their home countries."

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Oregonians for Immigration Reform to protest this weekend
Statesman Journal

Oregonians for Immigration Reform is participating in a nationwide protest against the border immigration surge in five different locations July 18 and 19.

Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform wrote in a press release that the objective is to alert citizens of the dangers of uncontrolled illegal immigration occurring at the Mexican-American border.

The protest will be held in Salem at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., July 19 on the overpass at Interstate 5 and Center Street NE.

Protests will also be held at the following places and times:

Portland, 11 a.m. - 4...

Cartel-affiliated groups likely to expand heroin, meth trafficking in Oregon, report concludes
OregonLive.com

Drug trafficking organizations based in Mexico will continue to dominate Oregon's drug underworld, pumping increasing quantities of heroin into the state, according to a new state report.

"Heroin use and trafficking has increased in Oregon...

The assessment was produced by Oregon HIDTA,...

The trends reported in drug use and trafficking aren't good news for Oregon.

The state ranks fourth in the country in the percentage of residents using illegal drugs...

The report warned that "the number of young users will likely grow...

Mexican...

Food stamp fraud defendants flood the court
Herald and News

Many of the suspects arrested in the food stamp fraud bust known as Operation Gold Card appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. Future dates were set, but the cases did not advance much behind scheduling the next steps in the sprawling legal proceeding.

As of Tuesday, 49 suspects had been arrested for allegedly trading their state benefits for cash. Sixty-five suspects were identified in the investigation, which means 16 people are still being sought by the authorities.

Operation Gold Card was launched last spring in the wake of the multi-agency drug bust known as Operation...

Sit-in protesters arrested at Walden's Bend office
KTVZ.COM

BEND, Ore. - As about a dozen supporters rallied outside, a man and woman protesting Republicans' inaction on immigration reform staged a sit-in at Rep. Greg Walden's Bend office Wednesday, saying they won't leave until they are arrested -- and they were.

After police were called to the Bond Street office of the congressman, Greg Delgado and Ann Havill still refused to leave, were cited for criminal trespass and released, said Officer Rob Emerson.

Here's the news release issued earlier by Causa, a statewide Latino immigrant rights organization:

It’s been nearly a year...

May Day: Oregonians rally to support driver cards, immigration reform, civil rights
OregonLive.com

 About 500 people gathered at the Capitol on Thursday for the annual May Day rally and march in support of driver cards, comprehensive immigration reform, civil rights, same-sex marriage and workers rights...

...Comprehensive immigration reform has stalled in the U.S. House. In Oregon, voters in November will decide whether to grant driving privileges to Oregonians who can't prove they're in the state (country) legally...

Thursday's crowd was about a quarter of the size of last year's rally, when Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the driver cards bill into law in front of a...

Capitol May Day rally draws a crowd
Statesman Journal

Hundreds gather in front of the Capitol for the annual May Day Rally & March, which seeks equality for all.

All ages, colors and species showed up for the May Day Rally and March at the Capitol today, demonstrating their support for the cause of equality for all.

Hundreds gathered in the street in front of the seat of state government, holding signs and wearing T-shirts seeking a spotlight for their cause.

There were groups seeking Driver's Cards for residents and urging them to vote for a referendum on the issue in November, while others sought a solid education...

Oregon drug deaths: More people dying from meth use, cocaine-related deaths at a low
OregonLive.com

There was one less drug-related death in Oregon last year, compared to 2012.

What stood out: The fewest number of people died as a result of cocaine use in more than a decade, but the greatest number of people lost their lives as a result of methamphetamine use since 2000...

...123 methamphetamine-related deaths did not result from overdoses of the drug, but the result of other traumatic incidents, such as a drowning or a car crash. Methamphetamine use is also linked to seizures and sudden elevation in blood pressure, which can cause strokes or a heart attack.
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ICE Policy Change on Detainers Fuels Lawsuits to Obstruct Enforcement
Center for Immigration Studies

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that local law enforcement agencies must not comply with ICE detainers, a key tool used by ICE to take custody of criminal aliens for investigation and possible removal. As a result, nine sheriffs in Oregon announced that they would cease honoring detainers and begin releasing any arrested aliens who complete their sentence or bond out of jail before ICE has a chance to charge them.

Judge Janice Stewart's ruling is one product of a years-long campaign waged by legal activists with the support of Obama administration officials. The central issue...

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