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Illicit drug deaths up 20 percent in state
Statesman Journal

Oregon State Police had the most drug seizures in the agency’s history last year. But deaths caused by illicit drugs spiked during the same period, killing 240 people statewide.

The 2011 death toll from heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or a combination of them was up from 200 the year before, according to state statistics.

The dramatic increase in deaths tied to illegal drugs was reported Thursday by the state medical examiner, the same day state police reported a record-setting number of drug confiscations.

“The sharp rise in illicit drug deaths in just one year is...

Oregon Attorney General on Wrong Side

Last year Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the U.S., filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for their passage of SB 1070, the tough but fair, anti-illegal alien bill. A federal appeals court ruled against Arizona. However Arizona filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court and fortunately the Court has agreed to hear their appeal of the lower court ruling. It will be heard on April 25.

A number of government jurisdictions across the U.S. have filed amicus briefs, some supporting Arizona and some in opposition. Unbelievable...

Senator Merkley's Town Halls

Attend Senator Merkley's Town Hall and ask about E-Verify!

Senator Jeff Merkley will be at home next week and will be hosting four town halls. This is a perfect opportunity to ask Senator Merkley why he hasn't signed on to any E-Verify legislation during this Congress.

E-Verify is a program that ensures businesses only hire legal workers. If mandatory E-Verify legislation passes, it could get more Americans back to work than any other bill being discussed in Congress right now. Up to 7 MILLION jobs...

Criminal Aliens in OR State Prisons, Feb. 1, 2012

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Inmate Population Profile dated February 1, 2012 DOC indicated there were 13,999 prisoners incarcerated in DOC’s 14 prisons.

Not included in DOC’s February 1st Inmate Population Profile was DOC data indicating there were 1,176 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in its prison system.

All 1,176 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st by DOC had United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detainers. The U.S. DHS–ICE is responsible for...

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...

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