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Pres. Obama's Administrative Amnesty

President Obama’s administrative amnesty for illegal aliens has never been adequately covered in the mainstream media.  It’s only on the internet and talk radio that the public learns much about the numerous sweeping actions he's taking to enable illegal aliens to stay in the U.S.

FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies continue to issue updates on the various actions.  Also OFIR members who have signed up with NumbersUSA for alerts receive updates with opportunities for free faxing to Congress urging action to stop the...

Suggestions for a Term to Replace "Illegal Immigrant"
Center for Immigration Studies

According to Fox News Latino:

The Drop the I-Word campaign began two years ago by the online magazine Colorlines. Their efforts have targeted politicians and the media and urged them to stop using the term "illegal immigrant" and use "undocumented worker" or "undocumented immigrant" instead.

That might make sense if all people who are unlawfully in the United States were really undocumented, but that is simply not the case.

As I pointed out in "Illegal, but Not Undocumented: Identity...

In Oregon: What Immigration Enforcement Would Look Like With H.R. 2885 Enacted
NumbersUSA

The Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885), sponsored by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith proposes a national mandatory E-Verify.  NumbersUSA has prepared a chart showing how the bill will impact each state.  You can clearly see that Oregon would benefit greatly if such a bill were to pass.

Go to:  https://www.numbersusa.com/content/oregon-everify.html

Call your Congressmen today, tell them you are a constituent and that you support Lamar Smith's legislation.  Tell them you think Oregon would benefit greatly from the passage of HR 2885 and you are counting on...

15 arrested in drug trafficking investigation
Corvallis Gazette Times

Fifteen people in the mid-Willamette Valley were arrested Tuesday in connection with a major drug trafficking investigation led by the state Department of Justice. Eleven of the 15 are being held in the Benton County Jail on charges that include racketeering, money laundering and other related drug charges.

Authorities said that the organization distributed as much as four pounds of meth and two pounds of heroin throughout the mid-valley on any given week.

“This is an organization that lived and survived and profited from these dangerous drugs,” Corvallis police Capt. Jon...

Justice Department files objection to Texas voter ID law
FoxNews.com - Executive Branch - Politics

The Justice Department is objecting to a new photo ID law in Texas for voters, saying the state has failed to demonstrate that the the law is not discriminatory by design against Hispanic voters.

The department's head of the civil rights division, Tom Perez, wrote a a six-page letter to Texas' director of elections saying that Texas has not "sustained its burden" under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to show that the new law will not have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. About 11 percent of Hispanic voters reportedly lack state-issued identification.

Perez...

Senate to Take Action on Bill to Grant 10,500 Additional Work Visas BEFORE St. Paddy’s Day!
Call your Senators and tell them the U.S. does not need more guest workers!
Federation for American Immigration Reform

In a pre-St. Patrick’s Day gift to the Irish, the latest news from Capitol Hill is that Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Scott Brown (R-MA) are trying to get legislation to the Senate floor this week that would add at least 10,500 annual guest worker visas for Irish nationals. The legislation could come in the form of either an amended version of S.1983 by Sen. Schumer or S.2005 by Sen. Brown, and would double the number of E-3 visa holders to the U.S. each year. The number of workers brought into the country could grow exponentially once an unlimited number of visas are handed out to the...

DHS Uses Social Media to Monitor Backdoor Amnesty Blowback
FAIR

A recently released 2011 reference guide for analysts working for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Media Monitoring Capability program reveals its mission includes keeping an eye on those who disagree with the Administration’s backdoor amnesty initiatives. (NY Times, Feb. 22, 2012) According to the guide, DHS is directing its analysts to identify and monitor “media reports that reflect adversely on DHS,” and track reports on the Administration’s “policy changes” in immigration and the term “illegal immigration” in particular. (Id.; see also 2011 DHS Manual, pp. 5-6)

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Keeping Track (Feb. 26)
Linn adds E-Verify
democratherald.com

The story: In December, Salem resident David Cross asked the board of commissioners whether Linn County participated in the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify data, which can help employers determine whether someone has legal residency status in the U.S. The commissioners thought they had been using E-Verify, but were actually making in-depth background checks through the Social Security Administration database.

The latest: According to county administrator Ralph Wyatt, staff recently completed training with the E-Verify system and the county is now registered to use the...

Illegal Alien Crime and Consequences to Citizens

The large numbers of criminal aliens in Oregon state prisons reflect the level of crimes committed by illegal aliens. This should be a major concern to the Governor and the State Legislature, at a time when budgets for vital services to citizens are being cut severely, and police and prison workers’ jobs are threatened.

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections Inmate Population Profile dated January 1, 2012, there were 13,937 prisoners incarcerated in Oregon state’s 14 prisons.

Not included in...

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici to hold Town Halls

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has announced that she will soon hold a series of town hall meetings across Oregon’s First Congressional District.

A town hall meeting is an excellent opportunity to ask a specific question about illegal immigration and plans to fix the problem.

Here is the schedule of Rep. Bonamici’s Town Halls. If you have questions about them, call 503-326-2901, her Portland OR office number.

Some background on Rep. Bonamici’s record is included below the...

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