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9th Annual Burgers and Politics - Crooked River Ranch

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September 2, 2014
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For all of our Deschutes County and Central Oregon friends - please plan to attend the Burgers and Politics event at Crooked River Ranch this coming Saturday.  Protect Oregon Driver Licenses will be hosting a booth stocked with information about the NO on Ballot Measure 88 campaign. 

Our new campaign yard signs will be available at our booth for you to take home when you leave. 

Help us spread the word to every corner of the state - Vote NO on Ballot Measure 88 - Vote NO in NOvember!

Our $5,000 matching grant is almost fulfilled - will you be the one to put us over the top? A dollar for dollar matching grant will help us with our campaign expenses. Toss a buck or two in the box - PODL would really appreciate your help!

 

 

Rep. DeFazio to Host 20 Town Hall Meetings

Rep. Peter DeFazio has announced a series of town hall meetings to be held during the August recess of Congress. His news release says he "will travel the district to meet with constituents to discuss jobs and transportation legislation, the federal budget, Social Security, Medicare, port dredging and other issues relevant to Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District. The town hall meetings will also give constituents an opportunity to share their opinions and have Rep. DeFazio answer their questions about federal issues.

Meetings are open to members of the public as well as the media.  Remember - Representative Defazio works for you!

Please attend a meeting if possible and express your opinions about Rep. DeFazio’s August 1, 2014 vote to have President Obama continue his lawless course of amnesties for illegal aliens, motivating thousands more to come, while citizens struggle to find jobs and see wages declining due to competition from illegal aliens. Citizens also suffer from the consequences of excessive numbers of visas issued for foreign workers in both professional and non-professional occupations, and from fraud prevalent in the visa program.  If you do attend please let us know if immigration issues were discussed!

The schedule of public meetings follows.

Tuesday, August 12:
Reedsport - 10:30-11:30 AM
Community Building, Reedsport City Hall, 451 Winchester Ave.
 
Bandon - 3:30-4:30 PM
Bandon City Library, Sprague Room, 1204 11th St. SW
 
Gold Beach - 6:00-7:00 PM
Gold Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 29592 Ellensburg Ave.

Wednesday, August 13
 
Brookings - 10:00-11:00 AM
Chetco Activity Center, Rooms A&B, 550 Chetco Lane
 
Port Orford - 1:30-2:30 PM
Port Orford City Hall, 555 W. 20th St.
 
Coos Bay - 5:15-6:15PM
Coos Bay City Hall Council Chambers, 500 Central Ave.

Thursday, August 14
 
North Bend (Focused on Veterans Issues), 11:30-12:30PM
North Bend High School, Hall of Champions, 2323 Pacific St.
 
Springfield - 6:00-7:00PM
Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation, Ken Long Room, 250 S 32nd St.
 
Monday, August 18

Cottage Grove, 10:00-11:00AM
City Hall, 400 E Main St.
 
Grants Pass - 5:30-6:30PM
Anne Basker Auditorium, 604 NW 6th St.

Tuesday, August 19
 
Myrtle Creek - 1:00-2:00PM
South Umpqua High School Auditorium, 501 Chadwick Lane
 
Roseburg - 5:30-6:30PM
Roseburg City Hall, 900 SE Douglas Ave.
 
Wednesday, August 20
 
Lebanon - 12:00-1:00PM
Lebanon Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 55 Academy St.
 
Albany (Focused on Veterans Issues) - 2:30-3:30PM
American Legion Post 10, 1215 Pacific Blvd. SE
 
Corvallis - 5:15-6:15PM
Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.

Thursday, August 21
 
Florence - 11:00-12:00PM
Suislaw Public Library, 1460 9th St.
 
Veneta - 4:00-5:00PM
Veneta City Hall, 88184 8th St.

Monday, August 25
 
Eugene (Focused on Seniors Issues) - 1:30-2:30PM
Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen Rd.
 
Eugene - 6:30-7:30PM
Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St.
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OFIR members will surely have thoughts of their own to express and questions to ask. If you’d like suggestions, here are some issues for discussion with Rep. DeFazio.

1. There have been 7 major amnesties passed by Congress from 1986 to 2000, each resulting in ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants. Now another huge amnesty is being pushed. We need enforcement of the immigration laws, not another amnesty. We need E-Verify mandated, to ensure that all employed persons are here legally. E-Verify is accurate and ready for expansion. Will you work to make E-Verify mandatory?

2. Unemployment persists as a major problem in Oregon and U.S. businesses can and do hire illegal aliens at substandard wages in construction, agriculture, hotels, restaurants and more. Why don’t you do more to stop the hiring of illegal aliens?

3. States that have E-Verify laws have seen a decline in the illegal alien population. This shows that many illegal aliens will leave if they cannot find jobs. There’s no need for mass deportations and no one is advocating that. There is no need for another amnesty. Simply require implementation of E-Verify and honest enforcement of other immigration laws. This would bring decreases in numbers of illegal aliens and also discourage others from attempting to enter illegally.

4. Giving benefits to illegal aliens such as driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, etc. legitimizes their presence here and rewards illegal behavior.  Citizenship and the rule of law must be cherished and respected, or our nation is on a slippery slope into the culture of corruption from which many immigrants claim to be escaping.  What are you doing to strengthen U.S. immigration law enforcement?

5. Did you know that between the Censuses of 2000 and 2010, 80% of population growth resulted from immigration (immigrants plus the children of immigrants). The U.S. is already overcrowded. After more than 4 decades of unprecedentedly high immigration, we need a pause, a moratorium on immigration, or we face a steep decline in the quality of life for everyone. Are you willing to say No to the lobbies constantly pushing for amnesties and more immigration?

 

Eric Cantor to surrender House GOP leadership post in July

WASHINGTON — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month...

Lawmakers in both parties said the majority leader’s defeat and the prospect of a change within the Republican high command probably signal the demise of immigration legislation along the lines President Barack Obama is seeking....

One Republican said he feared the effects of Cantor’s defeat could be debilitating for the party and the government.

Interviewed on MSNBC, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said he was worried that Cantor’s stunning loss may lead to even more congressional gridlock. Asked if he thought immigration legislation was dead, he replied, “I’m concerned that Ted Cruz supporters, Rand Paul supporters, are going to use this as an excuse” to shut down the government...

Brat campaigned as a foe of immigration legislation, and said Cantor was likely to help immigrants living in the United States illegally gain amnesty if given a new term in the House...

The impact of Cantor’s surprise loss on the fate of immigration legislation in the current Congress seemed clear. Conservatives will now be emboldened in their opposition to legislation to create a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, and party leaders who are sympathetic to such legislation will likely be less willing to try....

“The Republican Party has been completely swallowed by the tea party. I mean, any debate over whether the tea party controls the Republican Party has ended,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the Democratic national chair, said on MSNBC.

 

Rep. Bonamici to hold Town Halls, June 3-14

Alert date: 
June 1, 2014
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Rep. Bonamici will be holding several Town Halls in June, from June 3-14.

The news release announcing the town halls quotes her: “These town halls are an excellent opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about the issues that they value most. I encourage all my constituents to attend and participate.”

So let’s ask her why she supports “comprehensive immigration reform,” meaning amnesty for illegal aliens. She recently voted for H.R. 15, a House version of the notorious Senate-passed S.744, granting sweeping amnesties to illegal aliens and greatly increasing levels of legal immigration.

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Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s Town Hall schedule

 

Date & time

Location

June 3, 2014

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital Auditorium

1015 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR

June 4, 2014

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Hillsboro Main Library

2850 Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR

June 5, 2014

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Beaverton City Library

12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR

June 7, 2014

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Gearhart Elementary School

1002 Pacific Way Gearhart, OR

June 7, 2014

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Vernonia High School

1000 Missouri Ave., Vernonia, OR

June 8, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Chemeketa Community College

288 NE Norton Lane, McMinnville, OR

June 8, 2014

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

PCC Newberg Center

135 Werth Blvd., Newberg, OR

June 14, 2014

10:00 – 11:00 am.

Scappoose City Hall

33568 E Columbia Ave., Scappoose, OR

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Tell Rep. Bonamici NO AMNESTY, no increases in immigration. Too many citizens are already out of work or underemployed because of competition from illegal aliens and irresponsibly-issued visas for legal foreign workers.

Rep. Bonamici is graded D by NumbersUSA based on her voting record on immigration issues. See the record at http://www.numbersusa.com. Click Congress – Immigration Grade Cards.

If you need more ideas for questions to ask the Representative, you can find very good ones at http://cis.org/questions-for-lawmakers-on-immigration

The most effective action is to speak to Rep. Bonamici personally. If you cannot attend a Town Hall, you can contact Congresswoman Bonamici online. Please visit the Contact Me page (https://bonamici.house.gov/contact-me) to contact her electronically or click on the office location nearest you for details. There is a webform available for writing a message to her.

Washington, D.C. Office (http://bonamici.house.gov/office/washington-dc)

439 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0855
Fax: (202) 225-9497
Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM EST

Oregon Office (http://bonamici.house.gov/office/oregon-office)

12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 220
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: (503) 469-6010
Fax: (503) 469-6018
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM Toll Free: (800) 422-4003

Republican leaders to block US immigration measure

NOTE: While we can give a sigh of relief for now, we must not let our guard down - for even a moment.  We know that Congress is  likely plotting and planning something for the lame duck session!

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders intervened Friday to prevent a vote on U.S. immigration legislation, dealing a severe blow to election-year efforts to overhaul the widely denigrated system.

The move came after a Republican congressman announced plans to try to force a vote next week, over strong conservative opposition, on his measure creating a path to citizenship for immigrants who live here illegally yet serve in the military.

Rep. Jeff Denham labeled his bill the ENLIST Act and said he would seek a vote as an amendment to the popular annual defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

In response, Doug Heye, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said: "No proposed ENLIST amendments to NDAA will be made in order."

Heye said no stand-alone vote on the measure would be permitted, either.

It was the latest setback for President Barack Obama's efforts to move comprehensive immigration legislation through Congress to boost border security, remake legal worker programs and offer legal status to the estimated 11.5 million people now living here illegally. The Senate passed an immigration bill last year, but it's been stalled in the Republican-led House.

Children of immigrants look on as families, workers and supporters rally in front of the Federal bui …

Friday's developments seemed to all but rule out anything happening on the issue this year in the House, if even Denham's limited measure could not advance. Despite a wide coalition of business, labor, religious groups, farmers and others pushing for an immigration overhaul, many individual Republican House members who represent largely white districts have been unmoved.

Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders have insisted they want to advance immigration legislation, though they've rejected the Senate's comprehensive bill. Chances have always looked slim, but the White House and outside advocates saw a window for action over the next several months, before Congress' August recess and November midterm elections.

Denham's measure was widely popular and seen as perhaps the likeliest area for compromise.

But in recent weeks prominent conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation, announced their opposition. Heritage Action, the group's political arm, announced it would include the vote in its ratings on lawmakers and called Denham's legislation "deplorable."

Cantor himself faces a primary election challenge in the state of Virginia June 10 from a tea party opponent who has criticized the majority leader for not being conservative enough and accused him of supporting amnesty for immigrants living here illegally.

Protesters march to demand immigration reform in Los Angeles, Oct. 5, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, is a long-shot to unseat Cantor, but his campaign has won attention and support from conservative leaders such as radio host Laura Ingraham, partly because of his attacks against Cantor over immigration.

Denham's office had no immediate reaction to Cantor's announcement. But in an interview beforehand, Denham, who has a competitive race in his heavily Latino district in central California, said he would keep pushing his legislation regardless of what leadership did.

"I am prepared for a long-term fight on this," he said.

Denham's bill would allow immigrants who were brought to this country on or before Dec. 31, 2011, and were younger than 15 years old to become legal, permanent residents — the first step toward citizenship — through honorable service in the military.

It was co-sponsored by 50 House members, 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans, but an outspoken minority was opposed. Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican, had warned that "all hell will break loose" if Denham tried to promote the measure.

The Senate could still revive the issue if the Senate Armed Services Committee includes the ENLIST Act in its own version of the defense policy bill, something Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat, the panel chairman, has indicated was possible.

Capitol May Day rally draws a crowd

Hundreds gather in front of the Capitol for the annual May Day Rally & March, which seeks equality for all.

All ages, colors and species showed up for the May Day Rally and March at the Capitol today, demonstrating their support for the cause of equality for all.

Hundreds gathered in the street in front of the seat of state government, holding signs and wearing T-shirts seeking a spotlight for their cause.

There were groups seeking Driver's Cards for residents and urging them to vote for a referendum on the issue in November, while others sought a solid education for all children. Still other groups worked the crowd into a froth for immigration reform and better worker wage and safety protections.

Tim Stoelb, president of the Oregon School Employees Association, stood in front of a table laden with T-shirts and fliers. He and volunteers were there in support of immigration reform, having sent the membership, and anyone else who would listen, fliers and emails urging them to attend the rally and march.

"The issue is important to us because what's going on now is splitting families, which then has a significant impact on children and their ability to learn," Stoelb said. "It's hard for children to focus on their education when they are suffering the emotional trauma of having family members taken from them."

Stoelb said it's time for communities to understand that this an issue that affects more than people of color.

"One child's suffering hurts the entire class because it takes the teacher's time and attention away from the rest of the students," Stoelb said. "Children are impacted through no fault of their own. We want to reclaim the promise of education to help all children succeed."

There were plenty of children with their parents and other adults at the rally. There also were plenty of leashed dogs enjoying the sunshine and constant petting. Children clung to pant legs, scampered across the Capitol steps, and inched curiously toward an incense burner displayed in front of the Titlakawan group. The Aztecs, in full regalia, danced and played drums to lend their support to the idea of equality for all.

The polite crowd used crosswalks, and waved their protest signs in front of Oregon passing motorists until city of Salem public works staff and the Mobile Response Team -- Salem police officers on bicycles -- closed off Court Street NE in front of the Capitol. Also on hand to help with crowd control were Salem Police Department motorcycle officers.

Amid the frenzied crowd, there was much cheering while volunteer signature gathers seized the opportunity to register folks to vote. The Aztec drum group kept a steady beat.

The weather, which in years past has not cooperated, was textbook perfect with plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze. The crowd continued to swell approaching the noon hour, and the start of the march.
 

Republican base 'animated by racism,' Dem rep says

...Rep. Steve Israel of New York said Sunday that not all Republicans are motivated by racism but many in the GOP oppose a bipartisan immigration bill on those grounds...

...Nancy Pelosi blamed racial issues for the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation.

Oregon's Rep. Greg Walden, who heads Republicans' efforts to elect House members, said Pelosi's comment was "both wrong and unfortunate."

Israel and Walden spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."

 

On Jeb’s 'Act Of Love': Republicans Should Keep Looking For A Presidential Candidate

Call it the Jeb Bush, establishment-Republican variation on “they are just looking for a better life” cliché. And let’s just call him “Jeb.”

Apparently American families – of all descriptions – are not a priority for Jeb when it comes to the politics of dutifully providing the business bosses with “cheap” labor. (D.A. King)

In what should be the last words of a viable presidential campaign probe, Jeb defends the victims of borders who illegally enter the remnants of the Republic and take American jobs with the unforgettable words "yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family.”

Is Jeb saying that anyone in the world with a commitment to their family should be allowed to live and work in the U.S. as long as they don't plan on felonious activity? If so, it could get very crowded. We already take in more than a million legal job-seekers every year.

Not many Americans should have much trouble closing their eyes and imagining Jeb’s mindless, pandering proclamations coming out of the mouth of any screaming SEIU street protestor carrying a “not one more deportation” placard.

If not a careful explanation of why Marco Rubio took a painful – and likely permanent – nosedive in the presidential polls, somebody may want to forward the current unemployment numbers to the Bush compound. And maybe send along the United States Code regarding identity fraud and theft of Social Security numbers. Or the fact that coming back to the USA after deportation is a felony.

Jeb floated his “so be it” ramblings while at least 20 million Americans who are committed to their families are out of work or underemployed. The day after Jeb’s remarks, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a bill to again extend unemployment payments for Americans who have been out of work for at least six months.

Apparently American families – of all descriptions – are not a priority for Jeb when it comes to the politics of dutifully providing the business bosses with “cheap” labor.

Call it an exploratory expedition. In publicly supporting the 2013 Gang of Eight amnesty/immigration expansion scam that will never see the president’s desk and putting forth his Chuck Schumer-esqe “it’s an act of love” notion, Jeb set out to gauge the progress of the tireless propaganda work of the amnesty-again coalition. Somebody had to venture out to see if Big Business, Big Religion, “Big Raza”, many in Big Media, the Democrats and the Republican establishment bosses have convinced the GOP’s conservative base that it is time for another amnesty. “Do you believe us yet?” they wonder, “this time, we are really going to secure the borders. But later. Trust us.”

It was big of Jeb to allude to “the rule of law” in his remarks. And to the possibility that the 40 percent or so of the illegal aliens present in the U.S. who are visa overstayers may be “politely” asked to leave. What next, a Jeb suggestion that the “secure the homeland” laws put in place after 9/11 requiring biometric monitoring of temporary visa holder’s departures actually be funded and politely enforced?

Many Americans who love their families suspect that if there were any real intent to secure American borders and enforce our immigration laws, it would have begun on September 12, 2001.

Using information recently released by DHS, Jessica Vaughan at the Center for Immigration Studies notes “ICE released 68,000 criminal aliens in 2013, or 35 percent of the criminal aliens encountered by officers. The vast majority of these releases occurred because of the Obama administration’s prosecutorial discretion policies.”

“The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed. Even those with criminal convictions are being released. DHS is a department in crisis” says Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

One can only imagine a Jeb-run immigration enforcement apparatus.

Somebody tell Jeb: According to news reports, in an annual report released this month, "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America," the National Urban League noted that the underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, 18.4 percent for Hispanic workers and 11.8 percent for white workers.

"Many Americans are being left behind, and that includes African-Americans and Latinos who are being disproportionately left behind by the job creation that we see," National Urban League President Marc Morial said. We won’t hear it from the “party-of-the-working man” Democrats, but another amnesty and doubling immigration is not the solution to this shameful crisis.

Neither is Jeb.

Republicans with a commitment to inclusion and victory should keep looking for a presidential candidate. As an act of love.

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, which works to control immigration . He is not a member of any political party.

Hold Their Feet to the Fire Radio Row Event this week

Alert date: 
April 8, 2014
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The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) will host the 8th annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire Radio Row, tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, April 9 and 10, in Washington DC.

Oregon’s own Lars Larson, of the KXL talk show, will participate as he has done several times in the past. The event brings together radio hosts from all over the country, giving them the opportunity to interview Capitol Hill lawmakers, law enforcement officials, immigration experts and activists both days.

We are happy that he can be there for his daily broadcasts, and we ask you especially to call in on Wednesday and Thursday while he’s on the air. He may be interviewing someone important on Capitol Hill and you could have a chance to raise a question with that person.

Lars’ NW show runs from noon to 3 pm PT; then his National show continues from 3-6 PT. You can listen to the program live through his website at http://larslarson.com. His call-in line is 866-HEY-LARS or 866-439-5277 or (503) 417-9595.


 

Population Growth, Immigration, and Amnesty

By Elizabeth Van Staaveren

Must the U.S. grow to one billion people or more?  We don’t have to, but unless present immigration policies are changed, we will.

Current U.S. population is well over 317 million, with one international migrant coming every 36 seconds and a net gain of one person every 15 seconds, according to the Census Bureau’s population clock.   

Birth rates among the native-born have been barely at replacement level for years.[i]  The huge increases in population are due to high levels of immigration,[ii] both legal and illegal.

Levels of immigration are set by Congress, supposedly acting in the public interest.  But various lobbies representing businesses, ethnic groups, and idealists who think national borders should not exist, have influenced the course of immigration over recent decades, pushing levels of immigration higher and higher. 

Rates of increase in immigration in recent years are astounding.  The immigrant population doubled from 1990 to 2000.  It has nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970.

Instead of reducing levels of immigration, as would be prudent for quality of life, or a healthy, sustainable environment, we see the various lobbies combining efforts in a push for vastly expanded immigration. 

S.744, the Senate’s so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, would double legal immigration and greatly increase guest worker programs for both low- and high-skilled foreign workers.  All 52 Democratic Senators including Oregon’s Wyden and Merkley, plus 14 Republicans, and 2 Independents voted for it.  The 32 No votes were all from Republican Senators.

The GOP’s recently released “Standards for Immigration Reform” are a deceptively worded version of  S.744, showing that the leadership of both parties wants amnesty for 11 million or more illegal aliens now, in spite of the fact that 7 amnesties have been passed in Congress from 1986 onward, and immigration law enforcement has been grossly inadequate for decades. 

Pending in the House is H.R. 15, which nearly mirrors S.744.  Four of Oregon’s five Representatives signed as sponsors: Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Peter DeFazio.  Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) didn’t sign, but amnesty advocates claim he supports them.

Although leadership in both major parties favors amnesty, and all Democrats in Congress appear to be solidly in favor, Republican members are far from unified on the issue.  Over half of the Republicans in the Senate voted against S.744.  Opposition to amnesty among most House Republicans has so far prevented amnesty bills from coming to the floor. 

Honest polls report majorities of voters nationwide want the immigration laws enforced.  It’s clear that our legislators and presidents are not listening – we need to find replacements who will put the interests of citizens first.  The purpose of immigration law is to protect the citizens of this country.

Common sense argues for a moratorium for an extended period.  With birth rates among the native-born holding steady or falling, the U.S. could then begin to balance population and environment, stop forcing citizens to compete with illegal aliens for jobs, reduce unemployment, and sustain an improved quality of life here.

 


References

[i] http://www.cis.org/sites/cis.org/files/articles/2001/forsaking/forsaking.pdf

Forsaking Fundamentals; The Environmental Establishment Abandons U.S. Population Stabilization, By Leon Kolankiewicz and Roy Beck.  Center for Immigration Studies, 2001.  See Executive Summary section on Dropping fertility. 

Also:  http://cis.org/articles/2001/forsaking/why.html.  Why the change? (Center paper 18, 2001)  page 1. 

Also:  http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/research-pub/BirthsPopandEcon_2013.pdf.  Birth rates, population growth, and the economy, by Jack Martin, FAIR, 2013. 

[ii] Table 6, p.19

 

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