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Jeff Sessions to Oregon: State’s ‘sanctuary’ policies ‘endanger us all’
The Register-Guard

PORTLAND — In a speech to federal law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday urged Oregon politicians to reconsider the state’s “sanctuary” law.

Sessions pointed to a slew of high-profile crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants in Oregon and nationwide as he tried to make the case that the 1987 state law makes Oregonians less safe.

“The problem is that the (sanctuary) policies tie your hands,” he told the law enforcement officials and other federal workers. “Sanctuary policies endanger us all.”

Sessions’ 20-minute address at the U.S....

Attny.Gen. Jeff Sessions visits Portland, calls for proper cooperation in enforcing immigration law
  Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Portland on Tuesday, September 19, to speak to state and local law enforcement about the importance of better cooperation between state and federal authorities in controlling immigration.   Here are excerpts from Sessions’ remarks:    The fundamental duty of this government is to protect the safety and the rights of its citizens. President Trump is a law and order President. …   A key concern is that some jurisdictions have undertaken to undo our immigration laws through so-called “sanctuary policies.”   Such policies undermine the...
Illegal Aliens Crash Nancy Pelosi’s DACA Press Conference: ‘All of Us or None of Us!’

 A group of illegal aliens calling themselves the “Immigration Liberation Movement” crashed a press conference by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday, warning the Democratic Party not to “sell [us] out.”

The group shouted down Rep. Pelosi, who struggled to maintain control of the meeting, and unfurled a large banner calling for all illegal aliens to be legalized.

Others held up signs, including: “Fight 4 All 11 Million,” referring to the estimated total of all illegal aliens in the U.S.

In the “mic check” call-and-response style popularized by...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions coming to Portland to talk about sanctuary cities
OregonLive.com

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Portland on Tuesday to talk about sanctuary cities and immigration with federal law enforcement officials.

Sessions will make his remarks at 1 p.m. at the Portland field office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at 1455 N.W. Overton St.

Sessions is also expected to meet separately with Oregon sheriffs and police to discuss immigration, violent crime, drug enforcement and the opioid epidemic, among other things, an administration official said.

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish wrote on his Facebook page over...

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report August 2017

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) August 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,722 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on August 1st there were 984 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; approximately one in every fifteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.68 percent of the total prison population.

Some background information, all 984 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S....

Fight Over Oregon's 'Sanctuary Law' Brings Immigration Policy Battle To The NW
OPB

At a booth at the recent state fair in Salem, people waited in line at a booth for Oregonians for Immigration Reform to sign the group’s proposed ballot measure to repeal Oregon’s so-called “sanctuary law.”

Cynthia Kendoll, the group’s president, said this new measure is attracting more intense interest than its previous attempts to discourage illegal immigration.

“This is something that people are truly really concerned about,” said Kendoll, “and I have just been amazed here at the state fair that people walk up and say, ‘Just let me sign this. I am so sick of this.’”

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President’s actions could end with deportation of MHS grad
Keizertimes

As a middle school student, Hugo Nicolas made a vow to himself.

“I told myself that even if people reject me or deny me things, I will still do my best to uphold the values of this country. I would like to help this nation be better because it gave me so many opportunities and helped me see the world in a different way,” Nicolas said. “Right now, it’s hard because I love this country. It’s just so bittersweet. My emotions are mixed.”

In August 2012, two months after graduating from McNary High School, Nicolas enrolled in a then-new program, called Deferred Action for...

Jeff Sessions can't withhold grant money from sanctuary cities, judge rules
Fox News Politics

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't withhold public grant money from so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to follow federal immigration policies.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber made the ruling Friday, in which he granted Chicago's request for a temporary "nationwide" injunction.

The ruling means the Justice Department cannot deny grant money requests until Chicago's lawsuit against the agency is concluded. Leinenweber wrote that Chicago has shown a "likelihood of success" in its arguments that Sessions overstepped his...

Activist against illegal immigration takes aim at PCC's bond
Portland Community College in November seeks a bond renewal of $185 million for facility upgrades
PortlandTribune

A former vice president with Oregonians for Immigration Reform has shelled out $1,600 of his own money to file four Voters' Pamphlet statements attacking Portland Community College's $185 million bond renewal measure on the November ballot.

Rick LaMountain, a retired mail handler from Washington County who filed the opposition statements, says he wants to alert likeminded voters in the more conservative patches of PCC's service area to the community college's decision last December to designate itself a "sanctuary campus" for undocumented students. LaMountain also decries PCC's...

Leaf-pile driver gets favorable response from Oregon Supreme Court
Supreme justices: Appeals Court decision reversing Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros' conviction will stand
NewsTimes

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, denying state prosecutors' Petition to Review a May 3 Court of Appeals decision that threw out Garcia's highly publicized "hit-and-run" conviction of January 2014.

Both sides in the case agreed Garcia, a Forest Grove resident, didn't initially realize she'd accidentally driven over two young stepsisters — Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson, ages 6 and 11 — who were apparently lying or hiding in a huge leaf pile on Forest Grove's Main Street in October 2013.

Then 18, Garcia spent three months in...

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