Letters and Op-Eds

Welcome to the OFIR Letters and Op-Eds section.  Here you can read Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds that have been published in various newspapers and news sources.

By:
Tim Fox
The Bulletin
2017-05-17

I recently was watching Fox News (Tucker Carlson to be precise); he was interviewing a guest, and she said something about immigration that I’ve heard time and time again. She basically said that Trump’s border wall shows he hates and has no tolerance toward immigration.

This feeling not only is wrong, but it makes me angry that many think this. Let me explain it.

Recall that Trump said the wall will have a door. That’s symbolic of legal immigration, similar to having a guest coming to your front door and using the doorbell or knocking. Politely coming to your abode — that’s doing it the correct way. But someone arriving and using the back door or breaking in uninvited is the impolite way of entry.

That’s an analogy for illegal immigration, and that’s what the wall is there to prevent. That’s what Trump and many (including me) hate. Trump doesn’t hate immigration; he hates illegal immigration.

Many don’t brand illegal immigrants with the term illegal. Instead, they choose the PC route to brand them with a term that basically calls a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist! Illegal is illegal! Like your leader Barack Obama said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig!”

By:
Jerry Ritter
The Register-Guard
2017-05-11

For two days in a row (May 9 and 10) The Register Guard’s editors have referred to “anti-immigrant sentiment” that supposedly propelled Donald Trump to the presidency. Why do the media, most of them left-leaning, insist on labeling as “anti-immigrant” those who want our nation’s laws enforced?

Unlike these media, most Americans get the difference between legal and illegal immigration. We saw this even in deep blue Oregon when voters, by a 2-to-1 margin in November 2014, overturned the Oregon Legislature’s ill-advised bill giving driver cards to illegal immigrants. But Oregonians in general can hardly be accused of being “anti-immigrant.”

What do you think would happen if Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state were put to a vote? The Legislature has a pretty good idea. That’s why every illegal immigrant support bill since the driver card fiasco has included a bogus “emergency” clause solely to prevent the voters from taking the same action.

I agree that “no human being is illegal.” However, some of them commit unlawful acts, including those who cross our borders illegally. Those of us who want our nation’s laws enforced are not “anti-immigrant” but are demonized by the left nonetheless.

By:
Nicky A. Sprauve
Blue Mountain EAGLE
2017-05-09

After seeing what happened in Portland with the May Day march, I believe the responsibility lies 100 percent with Gov. Brown. She has declared our state a “sanctuary state.” This gives every anarchist a license to destroy, pillage and burn the private and public property of our state. When the governor tells people that they do not need to obey the laws of our country, then you see the results of that action. It was on full display May 1.

I believe that any public official that declares their community a “sanctuary” community is not really working for the safety of that community. Portland was definitely not safe. I am appalled that our politicians are lumping immigrants and illegal immigrants in the same category. I believe the people of Oregon are for immigration, but they are not for illegal immigration. When the politicians say you can ignore the law when it comes to illegal immigration, then the anarchists believe they have a license to do just what we saw on May 1.

I believe that any public official that declares their community a “sanctuary” community, and that goes all the way to the governor, should resign, be recalled or voted out of office now.

By:
Jim Elvin
Statesman Journal
2017-05-08

It seems to me that the advice, “when you’re in a hole, you should stop digging,” should also apply to our budgets. An example is our school budgets that are so bad that the quality of education in our schools is in real trouble and getting worse. Yet we have a very high percentage of undocumented immigrant children in our schools who are costing us a fortune to educate and feed.

Then stupidity seems to take full control as our politicians (including Gov. Brown) shove “sanctuary state” down our throats.

The illegal immigrants seem to be outsmarting us in many ways. But I guess if we’re stupid enough to legalize marijuana for the taxes, we can’t expect much common sense to be very active in politics. So the illegal drug problems that will follow the legalization of marijuana will become a nightmare that will no doubt eat up more taxes than the legalization of marijuana brings in.

Our enemies don’t need to work at destroying us — we’re on the road to doing that ourselves.

Illegal drugs, illegal immigration and our politicians are out of control.


 

By:
Elizabeth Van Staaveren
News-Register
2017-04-28

With their bill to ban ICE agents from detaining illegal aliens at local courthouses, U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer show much more concern about the well-being of foreign citizens than of U.S. citizens.


They seem to think there's something morally wrong and evil about enforcing immigration laws. They obsess about the poor illegal aliens and ignore costs to citizenry and quality of life in the United States. They claim to support a healthful natural environment, but vote for amnesties and increases in immigration, even though excessive immigration is the reason the United States is overpopulated, causing environmental degradation.


Immigration laws exist to protect the safety and well-being of citizens, and if these laws are not respected and enforced, the United States could swiftly be subsumed by the nearly 700 million people around the world who would like to emigrate. Amnesties and benefits to illegal aliens are harmful to citizens and to the nation. Legislators who don't understand this or don't care should not be holding office.


Aspiring immigrants can work to improve their own countries instead of fleeing them. The United States has been giving generous financial aid and technical assistance to poor countries continuously for more than 50 years. They need to do more to help themselves.


The U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (headed by revered former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan) concluded in a 1994 report: "The credibility of immigration policy can be measured by a simple yardstick. People who should get in do get in. People who should not get in are kept out. And people who are judged deportable are required to leave."

 

By:
David Burns
East Oregonian
2017-04-26

In reference to my recent article on sanctuary cities, yes, I should have stated more clearly that Oregon is ­— sadly — a sanctuary state. I appreciate the editor pointing out that fact. Stating that, however, now gives me the opportunity to inform readers that there is a strong effort currently to reverse this status for our state.

Oregon legislators Reps. Sal Esquivel and Mike Nearman introduced HB 2921 that would require Oregon’s cities and counties to comply with federal immigration detainer requests and repeal the 1987 state law that prevents law enforcement from using resources to find or arrest illegal aliens in Oregon. This bill would also prevent cities and counties from adopting ordinances that prevent cooperation with federal immigration officials.

In essence, passage of this bill would eliminate Oregon as a sanctuary state. These two legislators tried unsuccessfully to put this bill on the last ballot but hope it will be successful for the ballot in 2018.

The Pendleton City Council should also be congratulated for soundly defeating a recent effort to make Pendleton a sanctuary city as well.

Two other bills readers may want to support include HB 2923, which would make English the official language of Oregon. If passed state agencies would only be allowed to provide services and information in English, thus saving the state a lot of money from having to print everything in Spanish. Isn’t it sad that through all these years, since the birth of the United States, the U.S. Congress has never been able to pass legislation making English our official language?

The second is HB2917, which would require state agencies and the contractors they hire to be allowed to check the status of immigrant workers to make sure they are legal U.S. citizens. As a former board member of The League of Oregon Cities, I tried to get that body to pass a similar motion that would require the league to hire only firms and businesses owned by U.S. citizens.

My motion was soundly defeated, and I received a lot of criticism for even daring to offer it. However, I still believe it was the right thing to do. As a former Oregon contractor, I have seen first hand the illegal businesses that work here in Oregon without liability insurance and legal contractor status who are able to undercut legitimate business who play by the rules.

By:
Dan Reid
Statesman Journal
2017-04-25

Salem recently declared itself a sanctuary city and police were told to ignore relevant federal law. Why, then, should taxpayers approve a new facility for police who cannot enforce the law?

The city’s response is that immigration law enforcement falls under an Oregon statute, as though this excuses compliance under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. Has the city sought a change in this Oregon statute? And what compelled the council to make its declaration? Obviously, the city’s excuse is merely a red herring.

Police need a new facility. But by voting against the bond, I am exercising the only real influence I have on the ability of police to enforce everybody’s law.

If a law is objectionable, work within our democratic system to change the law. In the meantime, everybody (government especially) is obligated to obey the law. Salem’s disregard for federal law is both arbitrary, arrogant and sets the poorest kind of example.


 

By:
Jim Kolousek
Statesman Journal
2017-04-20

Recently I attended a meeting of the Oregonians for Immigration Reform in Salem and, as usual, the protesters were out en masse with their silly signs and meaningless chants. They attempted to block the entrance to the facility where we met.

When we started the meeting, we were advised not to confront or interact with the protesters. We want to respectfully honor their right to protest, and we did so. However, there were police and a hired private security guard there to protect our right to have a peaceful meeting. At one point, the security guard had to prevent the protesters from entering the facility conference room and disrupting our meeting.

I don’t get it. How can these protesters — who demand freedom of speech, tolerance and acceptance — be so willing to violate our rights of free assembly and freedom of speech by attempting to shut down our peaceful meeting? We were doing nothing wrong or illegal. We were not advocating violating the laws to accomplish an evil purpose. We were simply sharing information and discussing ideas of working within the existing laws to accomplish change.

What was so wrong about our meeting that these protesters find it acceptable to not practice what they preach?
 

By:
Larry Crompton
Statesman Journal
2017-04-20

It is time for Oregonians to wake up and take a stand. The laws that are being pushed by our governor and senators are not only bad, they are dangerous to all of us.

  • To push for legalized marijuana is insane. Not once is anything said about the dangers of pot. It is 100 times more dangerous than cigarettes. Any politician backing this is doing it for one of two reasons: to be able to smoke it legally or to draw in the millions in taxes to spend on crazy plans.
  • Sanctuary cities or states are dangerous and should be illegal. Any politician pushing and voting for this and forbidding our law enforcement officers to help the feds should understand that they are aiding and abetting serious crime and when it occurs (and it will), should be charged and sued by the victims.
  • The fine for driving in the fast lane, except to pass, is another insane law. People having to change lanes that often will cause as many accidents and injuries as the legal pot. Of course, look at the money each of these laws brings in to those in office. 

God, please bless Oregon. Our politicians won’t.


 

By:
Jim Kolousek
Woodburn Independent
2017-04-19

Recently I attended a meeting of the Oregonians for Immigration Reform in Salem, and as usual the protestors were out en masse with their silly signs and meaningless chants.

They attempted to block the entrance to the motel where we met. Most people drove through them (not over them) but I drove around back and parked quietly. As I usually notice, their message was so compelling that virtually no one was willingly standing around listening to them.

When we started the meeting we were advised not to confront or interact with the protestors. We want to respectfully honor their right to protest, and we did so. However there were police and a hired private security guard there to protect our right to have a peaceful meeting. At one point the security guard had to prevent the protestors from entering the motel conference room and disrupting our meeting.

I don't get it. How can these protestors, who demand freedom of speech, tolerance and acceptance, be so willing to violate our rights of free assembly and freedom of speech by attempting to shut down our peaceful meeting? We were doing nothing wrong or illegal. We were not advocating violating the laws to accomplish an evil purpose. We were simply sharing information and discussing ideas of working within the existing laws to accomplish change. What was so wrong about our meeting that these protestors find it acceptable to not practice what they preach?
 

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