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President is ignoring immigration laws
Special to Roll Call

In a recent interview, President Barack Obama said he can’t just “wave away the laws that Congress put in place” and that “the president doesn’t have the authority to simply ignore Congress and say, ‘We’re not going to enforce the laws that you’ve passed.’”

But that is exactly what the president has done — ignored our immigration laws. Throughout the three years of his administration, Obama has waived applying several of our immigration rules and has refused to enforce other immigration laws.

Last month, Obama administration officials at the Department of Homeland...

ICE arrests man involved in 2007 Oregon City killing
ICE News Releases

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 25-year-old Mexican national linked to the killing of a Texas teen five years ago is facing deportation following his arrest Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Gilberto Javier Arellano-Gamboa was turned over to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers following his release by the Oregon Department of Corrections. The custody transfer occurred after Arellano-Gamboa fulfilled a 50-month sentence imposed following his conviction for attempted first degree sexual abuse. Arellano-Bamboa will be held at the Northwest...

Two arrested in alleged heroin trafficking ring
Californians had more than a pound of heroin, half-pound of meth, guns, cash
Mail Tribune

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested two Californians Tuesday who have been linked to a heroin trafficking ring.

The arrests yielded more than a pound of heroin, a half-pound of methamphetamine, two firearms and more than $20,000 in cash, Medford police Lt. Brett Johnson said.

"These suspects are involved in a drug trafficking organization and have made several trips to Southern Oregon to deliver heroin," Johnson said.

MADGE officers, working on intelligence gathered during a lengthy investigation, stopped a vehicle Tuesday in the 700 block of...

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town halls in Polk and Yamhill counties
Plan to attend!

A townhall meeting is an excellent opportunity to ask your Senator a specific question about illegal immigration and his plan to fix the problem.  Sadly, for Oregonians, Senator Ron Wyden ranks very low on the NumbersUSA grade scale, rating only a "D" on this issue.  

Please, let OFIR know if you attend a townhall meeting and tell us what happens.  It's time to get involved! 

 

Polk County Town Hall Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Civic Center

555 South Main St.

Independence

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Does pandering pay off?
Not according to the Florida primary results
NumbersUSA

Offered a stark choice on the illegal immigration issue, Florida Latino Republicans today broke nearly 2-1 for the candidate with the firmest opposition to amnesty and the strongest support for enforcement.

Mitt Romney's margin of victory among Latinos was nearly double his margin of victory among Whites.

For those of you who supported other candidates, you have to at least feel some real satisfaction that on the issue of immigration, Mitt Romney the winner was painted as by-far the strongest opponent of amnesty. You may have preferred another candidate -- including the...

Our foot is in the door in the 2012 Legislative session
House Bill 4052 Requires all State Agencies To Use E-Verify

Outlined below are the the highlights of HB 4052.  Call your Legislator and politely ask that they support and pass this bill during the 2012 Oregon Legislature.  It is unconscienable to think that American citizens and legal workers must compete with illegal aliens for tax funded jobs.

 

State Representative Kim Thatcher - House District 25

House Bill 4052 - Require E-Verify for State Agencies

2012 Oregon Legislative Session

 

Require all state agencies in Oregon to use the federal E-verify employment screening program...

Police find nearly 6 lbs. of heroin in suspect's freezer
KATU.com News

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a Portland man on drug charges after discovering more than 5 pounds of heroin in his freezer.

Police said officers from the bureau’s drugs and vice division were following up on drug complaints in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Division Street on Jan. 13. Officers knocked on the door of 9230 SE Division and the person who answered granted them consent to search the home for drugs, police said.

Officers found 4.67 pounds of packaged heroin in the freezer, along with 1.1 pounds of individually packaged pieces of heroin.

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AZ Gov. Jan Brewer Talks About Heated Argument With Obama: ‘He Didn’t Feel I Had Treated Him Cordially’
The Blaze

Upon deplaning Air Force One for his fifth official visit to Arizona, President Barack Obama was greeted by Governor Jan Brewer.

According to KFYI, Brewer handed the president a handwritten letter, they spoke and at one point she pointed her finger at him. It seemed they were talking over each other, then Obama appeared to walk away from the governor while she was still talking.

“He was a little disturbed about my book, Scorpions for Breakfast,” Brewer told one reporter. ”I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president.”

“...

Previously Deported Alien Caught Transporting Methamphetamine Through Sherman County Sentenced to Serve 78 Months in Federal Prison
U.S Attorney's office - District of Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. – Guadalupe Navarro (a.k.a. “Mari Vasquez”), 50, of Tulare, California, was sentenced on January 20, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown to 78 months in prison, for methamphetamine trafficking and illegal re-entry after deportation.

On the evening of October 3, 2010, a Sherman County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped defendant’s vehicle for a traffic infraction. Defendant provided false identification, and deputies ultimately discovered her true identity and an outstanding warrant for her arrest. During a search of her vehicle, deputies seized one pound of...

Arrests shut down Gresham shoplifting rings
Thousands in stolen merchandise was sold through apartment 'storefronts'
PortlandTribune

Three Gresham residents are behind bars, accused of setting up stores in their apartments from which they sold thousands of dollars in stolen items at deep discounts.

The suspects, two of whom police arrested Thursday, face allegations of first-degree theft, money laundering, organized retail theft and first-degree aggravated theft. All three also are being held on U.S. immigration holds.

Gresham police seized nearly $47,000 worth of stolen merchandise from two apartments and a storage unit during their investigation, which began earlier this month in response to huge...

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