All Issues and News

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Population growth and sprawl in Oregon

NumbersUSA has just released a new report, Population Growth and Sprawl in Oregon, which details the expansion of population and how it has affected the environment here.

Top conclusions: 

What we found was that between 1982 and 2015, Oregon lost 419,000 acres (656 square miles) of open space as the state’s population grew by 1.3 million. …

Oregon has also been one of the leaders in anti-sprawl efforts, limiting the amount of sprawl per person. However, population growth has caused sprawl to continue as Oregon officials have failed to accommodate its growth...

Oregon’s U.S. Attorney speaks out against sanctuary policies

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon is Billy Williams.  He is one of a group of U.S. Attorneys appointed by the President to head up federal judicial districts in the U.S. ensuring that federal laws are faithfully executed.  As U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Williams is the chief federal law enforcement officer for our state.  He was appointed by Pres. Obama and reappointed by Pres. Trump.

Williams’ recent announcement of strong support for ending sanctuary jurisdictions is very welcome.  Here’s the news release:

Department of Justice -  U.S. Attorney...

House to Vote on a Union-Backed Bill that Rewards Illegal Immigration
Immigrationreform.com

Tomorrow the House will vote on a union-backed bill containing an ill-advised provision that enhances the primary motivator of illegal immigration – working in the United States. H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act upends federal labor law to reward illegal aliens while making it next to impossible for businesses to fire illegal aliens with union status. ...   

Bicameral Legislation Introduced to Stop Greenlighting Drivers’ Licenses for Illegal Aliens
FAIR

On Wednesday, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced legislation that would block grant funding from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to local law enforcement in sanctuary states with policies that permit illegal aliens to obtain drivers’ licenses. . .

What Saint Thomas Aquinas Says About Immigration
Return to Order

What Saint Thomas Aquinas Says About Immigration:

 

Legislators’ negligence on driver licenses backfires

OFIR has fought long and hard against issuing driver licenses to illegal aliens and in favor of Oregon becoming compliant with the Real ID Act.

“The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.  The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum...

Liberty Headlines: Supreme Court OKs Denial of Green Cards for Those Likely to Need Gov’t Aid
‘The U.S. Supreme Court is fed up with these national injunctions by judges who are trying to impose their policy preferences…‘
IRLI

(Liberty Headlines) The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents

New Oregon task force examines overlooked issue of labor trafficking
Awareness of sex trafficking has risen while labor trafficking crimes have gone unprosecuted. The attorney general's new task force seeks to change that.
Pamplin Media

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has launched a new task force intended to address the overlooked issue of forced labor. 

In 2007, lawmakers passed a bill creating the crime of involuntary servitude, where a person forces, threatens or coerces another person into performing labor or services for little or no pay. The law also made it illegal to traffic people with the aim of forcing them into labor. 

But despite the bill's passage, there have been no prosecutions of labor trafficking anywhere in the state, according to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.  ...

Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report December 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on December 1, 2019 that 124 of the 837 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter) — 14.81 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of criminal aliens incarcerated for homicidal crimes in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents killed by alien homicidal violence).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer...

Oregon Department of Corrections: Mexican National Crime Report December 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on December 1, 2019 that 675 of the 837 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were Mexican nationals — 80.65 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of Mexican nationals incarcerated in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by this specific group of criminal aliens).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal...

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