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MPI Estimates 93% of DACA Enrollees Eligible for Renewal Have Re-Applied; New Brief Offers Latest U.S., State & County Estimates
Migration Policy Institute

WASHINGTON - Ninety-three percent of the unauthorized immigrants participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who are eligible to apply for renewal have done so, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reports in a new issue brief that examines the deferred action program as its fourth anniversary nears.

Since its launch on August 15, 2012, the DACA program has provided temporary relief from deportation and eligibility for work authorization to more than 728,000 young unauthorized immigrants, representing around half-if not more-of the he population MPI...

Oregon man's story propels sanctuary movement among Lutheran churches
OregonLive.com

The knock came at 7:30 a.m., just as Francisco Aguirre was about to take a shower.

His 18-year-old son was the one who opened the door and saw the uniformed immigration officers standing on the front porch...

On some level, Aguirre had known this could happen, given his recent arrest for drunk driving. He pulled out his cell phone and made a call.

Soon, about 15 church volunteers appeared on his front lawn, got Aguirre into a car and rushed him to Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland...

He was an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador. He had...

Illegal aliens who murder the residents of Oregon

The shooting deaths of three Oregon residents, a woman and two men on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Oregon’s Marion County draws attention to the number of criminal aliens now incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system for crime of homicide.

Late last month, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, age 29, a resident of Woodburn, Oregon, made his first appearance in a Marion County Circuit Court where he was charged with three counts of aggravated murder in a shooting deaths of Katie Gildersleeve, age 30, a resident of Lincoln County,...

Obama expanding refugee program for Central Americans
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the United States....

... the administration will expand in-country refugee processing for families coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala...

The efforts are designed in part to combat the crush of tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally ...

...more than 51,100 people traveling as families and more than 43,000 unaccompanied children have been caught illegally...

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report June 2016
OregonLive.com

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) June 2016 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,709 inmates incarcerated in the DOC's 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on June 1st there were 954 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state's prison system; more than one in every sixteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.48 percent of the total prison population.

Some background information, all 954 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and...

Murder suspect indicted as details of his past emerge
Woodburn Independent

Second charge of attempted aggravated murder added regarding June 27 shooting

Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez has now been charged with a second count of attempted aggravated murder in addition to three aggravated murder charges for a fatal shooting last month east of Woodburn.

On July 8, a grand jury indicted Oseguera-Gonzalez on the attempted aggravated murder charge for “intentionally attempting to cause the death” of witness Jesus Zavaleta-Bahena. This is in addition to three counts of aggravated murder and another count of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm.

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Woodburn Shooter Deported Six Times Since 2003
KXL

Woodburn, Ore — The man accused of shooting and killing three people and injuring a fourth on a blueberry farm outside of Woodburn, has been deported from the U.S. six times since 2003.  The U.S. Immigration and Customes Enforcement spokeswoman says in a written statement:

“After conducting a comprehensive review of Mr. Oseguera’s immigration and criminal history, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has designated this as a federal interest case.  To that end, the agency filed a notice of action with the Marion County Jail asking to be alerted if or when Mr. Oseguera...

UAMs and Family Unit Border Surge Continues Undeterred
FAIR

New statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal that the surge of unaccompanied alien minors (UAMs) and family units crossing the southwest border is continuing undeterred. (See CBP Apprehension Statistics) The statistics, released last week, show that 5,669 UAMs — many coming from Central America — were apprehended crossing the southwest border in May. (MRC, June 17, 2016)

Additionally, some 6,788 family units were apprehended during the same time period. (Id.) Overall, the total number of all illegal alien apprehensions at the southwest border so far in FY...

Supreme Court blocks Obama immigration plan
FOX News

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Obama’s immigration executive actions, in a tie decision that delivers a win to states challenging his plan to give a deportation reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants. 

The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.

The 4-4 tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4 million immigrants...

Americans First — National Think-Tank Briefs Media on Immigration's Impact on America
BREITBART TEXAS

WASHINGTON, D.C.– A media briefing by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) highlighted the issues of illegal aliens, legal immigration, and the economic, job, social, cultural, and political costs caused to average Americans. These factors have made these issues national topics of discussion during this presidential election.

...to attend a one-day seminar hosted by CIS. On the night before the seminar, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) spoke at a reception for the attendees at the National Press Club. He addressed re-shaping immigration policy so that it serves the interest of...

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