Senator Merkley to hold Eastern Oregon Townhall meetings

Alert date: 
May 25, 2012
Alert body: 

Merkley's NumbersUSA Immigration-Reduction Report Card shows a D- grade.  Plan to attend one of his Townhall meetings.  Bring a friend or neighbor and ask questions.  Dates, locations and question suggestions click here.

Senator Merkely holding 5 town halls in Eastern Oregon

OFIRP encourages members to attend Townhall meetings and ask questions. See below for suggested questions, if you don't have your own ideas.  Invite a friend or neighbor to join you.  Remember, Senator Merkley works for Oregon's citizens, but his Immigration-Reduction Report Card shows a D- grade.   

Ask Senator Merkley to explain why he isn't working for unemployed Oregonians.

Sherman County Town Hall
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
12:00 pm
Rufus Community Center
304 West 2nd
Rufus, OR 97050

Gilliam County Town Hall
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
2:30 pm
Arlington High School Gymnasium
1200 Main Street
Arlington, 97812

Morrow County Town Hall
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
5:30 pm
Ione School District
445 Spring Street
Ione, OR 97843

Wallowa County Town Hall
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
2:00 pm
South Fork Grange
Hwy 82 (Center of Lostine)
Lostine, OR 97857

Wheeler County Town Hall
Thursday, May 31, 2012
12:00 pm
Wheeler County Family Services Building
401 Fourth Street
Fossil, OR 97830

Below are a few examples of questions you could ask Senator Merkley:

Senator Merkley, mandatory E-Verify could get millions of Americans back to work and has support from people in every party. Why have you not worked with fellow Oregonian Representative DeFazio to get this mandate passed?

Senator Merkley, only illegal aliens and the big businesses that hire them are against E-Verify. 81% of Democrats support E-Verify. So why are you refusing to support this program? Who are you trying to protect?

Senator Merkley, there are 20 million Americans who are unemployed, jobless, or underemployed. If you were on the side of the American worker, you would support E-Verify. It could open up 7 million jobs, more than any bill being discussed in Congress right now! Will you please support mandatory E-Verify?

Chipotle Mexican food chain investigated for possible hiring practices violations

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. says federal prosecutors are investigating the company for possible criminal violations of securities laws related to its hiring practices.

The Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement unit is investigating the company for compliance with employee work authorization laws. The company said Friday that the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a subpoena related to the matter.

The company disclosed the latest probe, by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, in a SEC filing on Tuesday.

The Denver company says it is cooperating with the investigations.

In 2010, Chipotle fired about 450 Minnesota employees who couldn't prove they were eligible to work in the U.S. Federal officials then requested worker authorization documents for employees in Virginia and the nation's capital. That investigation continues.

The well known chain has numerous locations in Oregon.

CAPS Launches National TV Campaign Asking Why U.S. Admits Millions of Immigrant Workers When 1 in 3 Young Veterans is Jobless

CAPS has launched a national TV campaign calling attention to the fact that despite high veteran unemployment, President Obama and Congress continue to admit almost a million new legal immigrant workers a year to take American jobs. The ad is running throughout the Memorial holiday period as Americans reflect on the sacrifices our men and women in uniform made for the country. Networks airing the ads include military-oriented channels viewed by veterans.

"Our young Americans fought to enforce U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s time our government fought for them by reducing mass immigration and saving jobs for these young veterans," commented Marilyn DeYoung, Chairman of the Board of Californians for Population Stabilization.

To view this great and honest TV ad click here.

This Saturday: Ask Senator Wyden why he refuses to support E-Verify

Alert date: 
May 22, 2012
Alert body: 

Senator Ron Wyden, will be in our area this week hosting a town hall meeting. This is a great opportunity to ask Senator Wyden why he refuses to support E-Verify.

S.1196, the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act would mandate E-Verify nationwide.

E-Verify is an online 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 could open up for American workers and legal workers.

Senator Wyden's record on E-Verify is shameful. He has voted time and time against the American worker.

There are two groups that are benefiting from Senator Wyden's refusal to mandate E-Verify: the illegal aliens who are taking American's jobs and big business that still has the ability to hire illegal workers for pennies on the dollar.

So who's getting hurt by Senator Warner's decisions? The middle class, American worker.

View Senator Wyden's abysmal "report card" on immigration issues.

During this slow economic recovery, Americans are still struggling to find work. Mandating E-Verify is good economic policy and fair to the American worker. SATURDAY, MAY 26

TIME: 12:30 PM

WHERE: Camp Withycombe

15300 Southeast Industrial Way

Clackamas, OR 97015


TIME: 3:30 PM

WHERE: Gresham City Hall Conference Center

1333 Northwest Eastman Parkway

Gresham, OR 97030

Below are a few examples of questions you could ask Senator Wyden:

Senator Wyden, mandatory E-Verify could get millions of Americans back to work and has support from people in every party. Why have you not worked with fellow Oregonian Representative DeFazio to get this mandate passed?

Senator Wyden, only illegal aliens and the big businesses that hire them are against E-Verify. 81% of Democrats support E-Verify. So why are you refusing to support this program? Who are you trying to protect?

Senator Wyden, there are 20 million Americans who are unemployed, jobless, or underemployed. If you were on the side of the American worker, you would support E-Verify. It could open up 7 million jobs, more than any bill being discussed in Congress right now!  Will you please support mandatory E-Verify?

Illegal immigrant worked 20 years at airport security

NEWARK, N.J. - An illegal immigrant worked undetected at Newark Liberty International Airport for 20 years, and used a dead man's identity to acquire a top position in airport security, officials said.

The man was known to co-workers as Jerry Thomas, and for nearly 20 years he has guarded some of the most secure areas of one of the nation's busiest airports.

He was arrested Monday after authorities discovered he is really an illegal Nigerian immigrant by the name of Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole (among other aliases) who entered the country in 1989, officials said.

CBS Station WCBS reports Oyewole, 54, allegedly assumed the identity of a dead man to get a top security job at the airport. He was arrested at his Elizabeth, N.J., home following an anonymous tip, officials said.

"In this case, the defendant utilized an elaborate and complex scheme of identity theft to defraud his employer, the State of New Jersey, the federal government and the Port Authority," Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Inspector General Robert Van Etten said.

The revelation came the same day that the Inspector General's Office of the Transportation Security Administration released a report saying that TSA officials at Newark Liberty took corrective actions in fewer than half (42 percent) of the security breaches shown in its records.

The OIG also said TSA does not have a comprehensive oversight program in order to collate information on security breaches and, consequently, cannot monitor trends or make improvements to security.

WCBS correspondent Marcia Kramer reports that Oyewole somehow obtained the birth certificate and Social Security number of a man murdered in Queens in 1992. He used that identity to obtain a New Jersey driver's license, a state security guard license, airport identification and even credit cards, officials said.

"Jerry Thomas" worked security at Newark, and had access to the tarmac and passenger planes without ever being detected, officials said. At the time of his arrest he supervised 30 other guards, Kramer reported.

Authorities want to know how he got the ID made and whether he was involved in the man's death. The NYPD is checking his fingerprints to see if they match those at the scene of the still-unsolved murder.

Authorities are also investigating if the Nigerian, who used the alias "Bimbo" among others, was involved in criminal activity at the airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the area's main airports and other transit hubs, said Oyewole entered the United States illegally in 1989 and had worked under several contractors at the airport, most recently FJC Security Services. The agency said its investigation found no indication that he used the fake identity for any reason other than to live in the United States.

Agency spokesman Steve Coleman said the Port Authority had spoken with FJC officials about re-checking their security personnel on a regular basis.

FJC Security, which obtained an airport contract in 2003, said it conducted a background check on the guard, as had New Jersey State Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and that in all cases Oyewole had passed the background checks. "During his time with FJC, he had nothing in his record or his performance to indicate a cause for concern or a reason to question the state police and federal government's background checks," said FJC spokesman Michael McKeon.



Welfare Costs for Children of Illegal Aliens Exceeds $646 Millon

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Year-end closing 2011 figures from the Department of Public Social Services reported that over $646 million in welfare and food stamp benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

The $646.2 million consisted of $258 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $388 million in Food Stamps) — a $21 million increase over the previous year.

“With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich. “These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars for education.”

This tragedy could have been prevented

An illegal alien, hired to be a foster parent by the State of Oregon in 2007, shook his two year old foster daughter so violently he caused irreversible brain damage.  The settlement the state will pay for that horrible abuse will be $3.85 million dollars.

His wife lied on their application about either of them having a very questionable record.

The man was sent to prison in 2009, were he died from an allergic reaction of a preventative medication for TB.  He apparently had repeatedly asked for help and was ignored which resulted in his death. The settlement for his death while in prison, is $2.1 million dollars.

So, a young life altered forever and the death of an illegal alien child abuser results in nearly SIX million dollars paid out in settlements from the state.

If E-Verify had been used at the time, this could likely have been prevented.  A 2010 department policy addresses that issue: It bars applicants who are illegal immigrants from becoming foster parents.  ( The questions is:  HOW?)  An exception can be made for illegal immigrants who are taking in a relative's child.

The 2012 Oregon Legislature would not even schedule a hearing for a bill that would require all state agencies to use E-Verify.  A tragic event could have been stopped and young girl could have had a happy life if they had taken this one simple, FREE, step.  

What a tragedy.  Those in the Oregon Legislature responsible for killing the many E-Verify bills offered up each session, should be held accountable.

Read the full article at: http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2012/05/state_makes_record_375_million.html

Three convicted of Linn murder

The three men accused in the killing of Jose Felipe Hernandez-Leiva were found guilty of murder Tuesday afternoon in Linn Circuit Judge Carol Bispham’s courtroom.

Edgar Hernandez-Mendoza, 25, Abiu Antonio Padilla, 38, and Jose Juarez-Alvarez, 30, beat Leiva to death during a drunken argument April 30, 2011, at an apartment within a warehouse in Harrisburg where they all lived while working together picking salal.

The jury began its deliberations about 2:30 Monday afternoon and recessed at 6 that night. It met at 9 a.m. Tuesday and returned with its decision about 3:30 p.m.

Bispham polled each juror asking if a verdict had been reached for each defendant and if the juror agreed with that verdict for each defendant.

All agreed and a verdict of guilty of murder was read aloud.

The verdict was translated simultaneously into Spanish using an interpreter. The defendants showed no emotion upon hearing it.

“I know it’s been a long case,” Bispham said to the jury. “It’s been a difficult case for you, I can see it in your faces as you are listening.”

“It’s not easy and it’s not always pleasant,” she continued. “But it’s what makes our system work.”

The judge said she would be in the jury room to thank each juror personally.

Sentencing was set for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, in courtroom 1. The mandatory sentence for murder in Oregon is life in prison.

According to trial testimony by material witness Luis Martinez-Jimenez, Leiva was still moaning when he implored the other men to not hit Leiva so hard. He testified he told the men to stop or they were going to kill Leiva. He then went to bed.

When he got up the next day, he said he saw Leiva’s lifeless body outside.

The three men then put the body in a sleeping bag, wrapped it with twine and dumped it in some brush nearby — between Interstate 5 and the warehouse on Belts Drive.

Three weeks later, a man out searching for a pet cat discovered the body.

On May 25, 2011, Hernandez-Mendoza and Juarez-Alvarez were arrested on the job at Stahlbush Island Farms near Corvallis. Martinez-Jimenez was also arrested at that time for the lesser charge of hindering prosecution.

Padilla was arrested June 16 at an apartment in Marion County.

The men were being lodged at the Linn County Jail.

George Eder and Douglas Marteeny prosecuted.

Hernandez-Mendoza was represented by Nicolas Ortiz of Corvallis, Padilla was represented by Randall Vogt of Portland and Juarez-Alvarez was represented by John Rich of Corvallis.



New Report Combats Claim that Ending Birthright Citizenship would Cost Taxpayers Billions of Dollars

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies repudiates claims made by a high-immigration group that ending Birthright Citizenship would cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars per year. Earlier this year, the National Foundation for American Policy released a new report alleging that ending Birthright Citizenship would create a new "baby tax" for all U.S. citizens, create a second-class society, decrease income tax revenues for the federal government, and cause children born to illegal aliens to become stateless.

Jon Feere, a legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, challenges every point set forth by the National Foundation for American Policy's report and says, "supporters of the status quo understand that history is not on their side and have resorted to scare tactics to discourage discussion about the subject."

The following is a summary of the claims made by the National Foundation for American Policy followed by comments from Feere. To read the full report, visit the Center for Immigration Studies' website.

CLAIM: Not granting automatic citizenship to anyone and everyone born on U.S. soil "will cost new parents in the United States approximately $600 in government fees to prove the citizenship status of each baby and likely an additional $600 to $1,000 in legal fees."

Feere says that this estimate is based on the average cost to a U.S. citizen who gives birth overseas and must show their own proof of citizenship to get citizenship for their newborn. But just because this cost is incurred by U.S. parents who give birth overseas doesn't automatically translate to every parent who gives birth in the United States.

Feere argues that when parents complete a request for a birth certificate in U.S. hospitals, they are not required to provide their own Social Security number on the form. If it were made mandatory that parents need to include their Social Security number, then a quick check by the hospital with the Social Security Administration to ensure the number matches the name of the parent and that the parent is either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident would ensure that citizenship is only given to newborns who qualify. The state's vital statistics office could issue two types of birth certificates - one denoting U.S. citizenship and not denoting U.S. citizenship.

Feere also notes that it is universally accepted that children born in the U.S. to foreign diplomats DO NOT receive U.S. citizenship, but because Social Security numbers could currently be requested for all children born in the U.S., there can be some future confusion when it comes to citizenship status for those individuals.

CLAIM: Not granting citizenship to children born to illegal aliens would contribute to a growing population of illegal aliens.

Feere argues that if immigration laws are enforced and illegal aliens are deported, they won't give birth to children in the United States. The fact that this happens in the first place has nothing to do with our birthright citizenship law, but rather lack of enforcement at the federal level.

CLAIM: Newborns born to illegal-alien parents will be stateless.

Feere says this claim from the National Foundation for American Policy is flat-out false. Children born to illegal-alien parents in the United States are citizens of their parents' home country. A child born to parents from Mexico will receive Mexican citizenship.

CLAIM: Children of illegal-alien parents will work in an underground economy.

Feere says the United States can prevent illegal-alien children from entering an underground economy in two ways. First, the federal government can enforce immigration laws and deport illegal aliens, and second, Congress can pass an E-Verify law, requiring all employers to use E-Verify and imposing heavy fines on companies that participate in an underground economy.

Feere responds to several other claims made by the National Foundation for American Policy and also discusses the foundations and individuals that helped put the report together. For his full report, visit the Center for Immigration Studies' website.



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