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Oregon’s Multnomah County Third in Foreign National Crime in August 2019

On August 1, 2019 Oregon’s Multnomah County had 166 of the 880 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was third in foreign national crime in the state with 18.86 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The following table reveals how Multnomah County residents were harmed or victimized by the 166 criminal aliens incarcerated on August 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ICE detainers.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Multnomah County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Multnomah County by Type of Crime

Homicide

33

19.88%

Sex Abuse

32

19.28%

Rape

24

14.46%

Drugs

17

10.24%

Robbery

16

9.64%

Sodomy

16

9.64%

Assault

14

8.43%

Kidnapping

8

4.82%

Theft

4

2.41%

Burglary

0

0.00%

Driving Offense

1

0.60%

Arson

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Vehicle Theft

0

0.00%

Other / Combination Crimes

1

0.60%

Total

166

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

This table reveals, using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from August 1st, the total number of criminal alien inmates incarcerated in the DOC prison system by type of crime from all Oregon counties, the total number of criminal alien inmates from Multnomah County in DOC prisons by type of crime and the percentage of those alien inmates who were from the county by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from all Oregon Counties by Type of Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Multnomah County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Multnomah County by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

180

32

17.78%

Rape

168

24

14.29%

Homicide

131

33

25.19%

Sodomy

102

16

15.69%

Assault

80

14

17.50%

Drugs

71

17

23.94%

Robbery

42

16

38.10%

Kidnapping

25

8

32.00%

Burglary

17

0

0.00%

Theft

15

4

26.67%

Driving Offense

4

1

25.00%

Vehicle Theft

1

0

0.00%

Arson

0

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

44

1

2.27%

Total

880

166

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

Criminal aliens from 27 identified countries have harmed or victimized Multnomah County residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 111 of 166 criminal aliens from Multnomah County incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 66.87 percent of the county’s alien inmates in the state’s prisons.

The following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the majority of the 166 criminal aliens with ICE detainers who have harmed or victimized the residents of Multnomah County in the DOC prison system.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers from Multnomah County by Country of Origin in DOC Prisons

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country of Origin from Multnomah County in DOC Prisons

Mexico

111

66.87%

Vietnam

10

6.02%

Cuba

9

5.42%

Guatemala

5

3.01%

Honduras

3

1.81%

Ukraine

3

1.81%

Egypt

2

1.20%

Federated States of Micronesia

2

1.20%

Laos

2

1.20%

Russia

2

1.20%

Other Countries

17

10.24%

Total

166

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is a crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Oregon’s Clackamas County Fourth in Foreign National Crime in August 2019

On August 1, 2019 Oregon’s Clackamas County had 70 of the 880 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was fourth in foreign national crime in the state with 7.95 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The following table reveals how Clackamas County residents were harmed or victimized by the 70 criminal aliens incarcerated on August 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ICE detainers.
 

                                              OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Clackamas County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Clackamas County by Type of Crime

Drugs

13

18.57%

Sex Abuse

10

14.29%

Rape

9

12.86%

Homicide

7

10.00%

Sodomy

6

8.57%

Theft

4

5.71%

Kidnapping

3

4.29%

Robbery

3

4.29%

Assault

2

2.86%

Arson

0

0.00%

Burglary

0

0.00%

Driving Offense

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Vehicle Theft

0

0.00%

Other / Combination Crimes

13

18.57%

Total

70

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

This table reveals, using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from August 1st, the total number of criminal alien inmates incarcerated in the DOC prison system by type of crime from all Oregon counties, the total number of criminal alien inmates from Clackamas County in DOC prisons by type of crime and the percentage of those alien inmates who were from the county by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from all Oregon Counties by Type of Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Clackamas County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Clackamas County by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

180

10

5.56%

Rape

168

9

5.36%

Homicide

131

7

5.34%

Sodomy

102

6

5.88%

Assault

80

2

2.50%

Drugs

71

13

18.31%

Robbery

42

3

7.14%

Kidnapping

25

3

12.00%

Burglary

17

0

0.00%

Theft

15

4

26.67%

Driving Offense

4

0

0.00%

Vehicle Theft

1

0

0.00%

Arson

0

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

44

13

29.55%

Total

880

70

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

Criminal aliens from 10 identified countries have harmed or victimized Clackamas County residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 56 of 70 criminal aliens from Clackamas County incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 80.00 percent of the county’s alien inmates in the state’s prisons.

The following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the majority of the 70 criminal aliens with ICE detainers who have harmed or victimized the residents of Clackamas County in the DOC prison system.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers from Clackamas County by Country of Origin in DOC Prisons

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country of Origin from Clackamas County in DOC Prisons

Mexico

56

80.00%

China

3

4.29%

Cuba

2

2.86%

Honduras

2

2.86%

Other Countries

7

10.00%

Total

70

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is a crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Oregon’s Washington County Second in Foreign National Crime in August 2019

On August 1, 2019 Oregon’s Washington County had 188 of the 880 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was second in foreign national crime in the state with 21.36 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 188 criminal aliens incarcerated on August 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ICE detainers.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Washington County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Washington County by Type of Crime

Rape

46

24.47%

Sex Abuse

44

23.40%

Assault

22

11.70%

Sodomy

22

11.70%

Homicide

21

11.17%

Drugs

11

5.85%

Robbery

9

4.79%

Burglary

5

2.66%

Theft

3

1.60%

Driving Offense

1

0.53%

Kidnapping

1

0.53%

Arson

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Vehicle Theft

0

0.00%

Other / Combination Crimes

3

1.60%

Total

188

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

This table reveals, using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from August 1st, the total number of criminal alien inmates incarcerated in the DOC prison system by type of crime from all Oregon counties, the total number of criminal alien inmates from Washington County in DOC prisons by type of crime and the percentage of those alien inmates who were from the county by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from all Oregon Counties by Type of Crime

Total number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Washington County by Type of Crime

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers in DOC Prisons from Washington County by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

180

44

24.44%

Rape

168

46

27.38%

Homicide

131

21

16.03%

Sodomy

102

22

21.57%

Assault

80

22

27.50%

Drugs

71

11

15.49%

Robbery

42

9

21.43%

Kidnapping

25

1

4.00%

Burglary

17

5

29.41%

Theft

15

3

20.00%

Driving Offense

4

1

25.00%

Vehicle Theft

1

0

0.00%

Arson

0

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

44

3

6.82%

Total

880

188

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

Criminal aliens from 23 identified countries have harmed or victimized Washington County residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 149 of 188 criminal aliens from Washington County incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 79.26 percent of the county’s alien inmates in the state’s prisons.

The following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the majority of the 188 criminal aliens with ICE detainers who have harmed or victimized the residents of Washington County in the DOC prison system.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

Total Inmates W/ ICE Detainers from Washington County by Country of Origin in DOC Prisons

Percentage of Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country of Origin from Washington County in DOC Prisons

Mexico

149

79.26%

Guatemala

9

4.79%

EL Salvador

5

2.66%

Cuba

4

2.13%

Honduras

3

1.60%

Other Countries

18

9.57%

Total

188

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is a crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Sex Crime Report August 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on August 1, 2019 that 450 of 880 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for three types of sex crimes — sex abuse, rape and sodomy — 51.14 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of criminal aliens incarcerated for sex crimes in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by alien sex abuse, rape and sodomy.).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table is a numerical breakdown by number and percentage of the 450 criminal alien inmates incarcerated on August 1st in the state’s prisons for the crimes of sex abuse, rape and sodomy.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers Incarcerated by Type of Sex Crime

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated by Type of Sex Crime

Sex Abuse

180

40.00%

Rape

168

37.33%

Sodomy

102

22.67%

Total

450

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

Criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one sex crime in 25 of 36 Oregon counties — 69.44 percent of the counties in the state.

Seven Oregon counties, Marion (121 alien sex offenders), Washington (112 alien sex offenders), Multnomah (72 alien sex offenders), Clackamas (25 alien sex offenders), Lane (25 alien sex offenders), Jackson (15 alien sex offenders) and Yamhill (14 alien sex offenders) had 384of 450 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons for sex crimes — 85.33 percent of the alien sex offenders incarcerated in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table indicates the location by county of where the 450 criminal alien inmates were sent to serve time in the state’s prison system for sex crimes; furthermore, the table is a numerical breakdown by county of the type of sex crimes alien inmates committed that got them sent to the state’s prison system; finally, the table gives the total number and percentage of alien inmates by county incarcerated for sex crimes in the state’s prison system.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Sex Abuse

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

Marion

43

46

32

121

26.89%

Washington

44

46

22

112

24.89%

Multnomah

32

24

16

72

16.00%

Clackamas

10

9

6

25

5.56%

Lane

7

11

7

25

5.56%

Jackson

7

4

4

15

3.33%

Yamhill

3

6

5

14

3.11%

Deschutes

5

2

1

8

1.78%

Linn

5

1

1

7

1.56%

Umatilla

3

2

2

7

1.56%

Benton

1

4

1

6

1.33%

Malheur

3

2

0

5

1.11%

Polk

3

1

1

5

1.11%

Klamath

3

0

1

4

0.89%

Coos

0

2

1

3

0.67%

Josephine

3

0

0

3

0.67%

Lincoln

2

1

0

3

0.67%

Wasco

1

2

0

3

0.67%

Clatsop

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Hood River

0

2

0

2

0.44%

Jefferson

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Morrow

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Tillamook

1

0

1

2

0.44%

Douglas

0

0

1

1

0.22%

Union

1

0

0

1

0.22%

Baker

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Crook

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Gilliam

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0

0

0

0.00%

OOS

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Total

180

168

102

450

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

Criminal aliens from 36 identified countries were incarcerated in DOC prisons for sex crimes in the State of Oregon.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 376 of 450 criminal alien inmates incarcerated for sex crimes in the DOC prison system — 83.56 percent of the alien sex offenders in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table indicates the self-declared countries of origin of the 450 criminal alien inmates that were sent to serve time in the state’s prison system for sex crimes; furthermore, the table is a numerical breakdown by country of the type of sex crimes alien inmates committed that got them sent to the state’s prison system; finally, the table gives the total number and percentage of alien inmates by country incarcerated for sex crimes in the state’s prison system.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Sex Abuse

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Sodomy

DOC Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for Sex Crimes

Mexico

158

136

82

376

83.56%

Guatemala

5

6

2

13

2.89%

El Salvador

1

2

5

8

1.78%

Russia

0

3

1

4

0.89%

Vietnam

0

3

1

4

0.89%

Ecuador

0

1

2

3

0.67%

Honduras

1

2

0

3

0.67%

Cuba

1

1

0

2

0.44%

England

1

0

1

2

0.44%

Laos

0

1

1

2

0.44%

Peru

2

0

0

2

0.44%

Philippines

0

0

2

2

0.44%

Thailand

1

0

1

2

0.44%

Ukraine

0

1

1

2

0.44%

Wales

0

2

0

2

0.44%

Other Countries

10

10

3

23

5.11%

Total

180

168

102

450

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 19.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is a crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to federal, state, county and city elected and non elected governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the United States of America. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Clues looking for detectives – where are you?

So many questions arise from reports in the media about immigrants charged with offenses, but follow-up information is often lacking. 

In his new blog, Dan Cadman of the Center for Immigration Studies focuses on a particular case and points out avenues for investigation that have been neglected, which, if pursued, could cast an entirely different light illuminating related issues.

Here’s a road map for enterprising journalists!

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Journalistic Horse Blinders Keep Key Facts from the Public; Isn't finding and reporting facts the reason for the media's existence?  By Dan Cadman on September 9, 2019

On September 6, American Airlines (AA) mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested and charged in federal district court in Miami with sabotage of a commercial aircraft. Video footage revealed he was the reason behind a "mechanical" difficulty that forced cancellation of a flight from Miami to the Bahamas back in mid-July. (See here and here.)

He has been charged with, and allegedly confessed to, spraying foam glue into a tube used for navigation instruments. This is no small matter — those instruments are particularly necessary in hazardous or turbulent weather conditions.

Very few of the media articles I've examined spoke to the man's background — a curious, but all too typical horse-blinders approach many journalists take these days whenever a case might depict immigrants in a bad light. (The same thing happened recently in a case involving several illegal alien MS-13 gang members arrested and accused of murder in Baltimore County, Md. There was at first a cone of silence that descended over the arrest of these "Maryland men".)

In this instance, an interesting smattering of facts have come out in the days following Alani's arrest: He originally came to the United States from Iraq as the spouse of a U.S. citizen who petitioned for him; he subsequently naturalized, in 1992; when he was arraigned, his English was so poor that the judge ordered an Arabic interpreter; and at least one news outlet says that he was at one point a mechanic at both American and Alaska Airlines, but Alaska fired him for "mistakes" and irregularities of some kind (not further explained), as well as for submitting fraudulent time sheets. Subsequent to being terminated, he filed a discrimination complaint — one might guess unsuccessfully, given that the firing was not reversed.

There are so many things to chew on in that smorgasbord of factoids.

I can't help but wonder about his marriage. Was it arranged, and/or was there a vast disparity in age? Are they still wed, or was it a marriage of convenience?

What about his naturalization? How is it that he passed the examinations (27 years ago!), which are supposed to require competent English language skills before one can assume the mantle of citizenship? It sure seems like those responsible for immigration and naturalization matters at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have ample reason to go back and do a thorough post-audit of Alani's file. Want to beef up your vetting? Take the time to look at how your mistakes are made, and learn from them.

And if his command of English is so poor that the judge called for an interpreter, how could he possibly be working as a competent mechanic, all of whose manuals, instruction guides, tutorials, and courses would be in English? How could he have interacted with pilots, other mechanics, and the host of others involved in airplane maintenance? What does American Airlines have to say about this? So far, it would appear no one in the media has asked, even though post-arrest, American immediately issued a press release saying in pertinent part:

At American, we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members and we are taking this matter very seriously. At the time of the incident, the aircraft was taken out of service, maintenance was performed and after an inspection to ensure it was safe the aircraft was returned to service. American immediately notified federal law enforcement who took over the investigation with our full cooperation.

Then there's that Alaska Airlines firing in 2008: In light of this most recent criminal malfeasance, it sure seems like somebody needs to go back and carefully reexamine those past mechanical mistakes at Alaska, or that an enterprising investigative journalist might want to dig a little further even if officialdom and the corporate world don't.

Also puzzling: American Airlines had to know about Alani being terminated from Alaska Airlines; it became a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation at one point (though why isn't clear). What's more, part of the basis for his firing was that he claimed to be on the clock at both airlines at the same time so that he could double-dip. So why did American Airlines keep him on? The question begs to be asked, especially in light of American's public statement.

In fact, why did the FAA or Transportation Security Administration continue to credential him to work in an environment as sensitive as an airport in this post-9/11 world after his 2008 firing? Were one and all more afraid of a discrimination complaint than they were the safety of passengers?

https://cis.org/Cadman/Journalistic-Horse-Blinders-Keep-Key-Facts-Public

Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019: Four decades of peanuts for workers, courtesy of Congress

Enormous levels of immigration over recent decades have caused wages for all U.S. workers to fall behind. Large numbers of citizens’ wages are now so low that they live from payday to payday and cannot save anything for emergencies or for a comfortable retirement. We see widespread homelessness due partly to rents beyond the reach of many low-paid workers.

Who’s responsible for these developments?  Congress sets the immigration laws, including numbers of immigrants.  Oregon’s Congressional delegation has consistently voted for increases in immigration, lax-to-no enforcement of immigration law, and expensive benefits to illegal aliens, enticing further illegal immigration.

To see the Oregon delegations’ grades over their entire careers, click here.
Here are their grades based on their recent voting records in Congress, as documented by NumbersUSA:

F- :  Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Ron Wyden, Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader

B  :  Representative Greg Walden

Senator Merkley is up for reelection next year, as are all of Oregon’s 5 Representatives.

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Labor Day: Four Decades of Dramatic CEO Income Growth; Peanuts for Workers

By Joe Guzzardi, Progressives for Immigration Reform,  August 29, 2019

Excerpts:

A recent Economic Policy Institute Study titled “CEO Compensation Has Grown 940% since 1978” is a Labor Day lament for American workers whose wages during the same period have only increased a meager 12%. EPI’s analysis found that this exorbitant, unconscionable earnings differential is the major income inequality contributor, and has persisted through equally indifferent Democrat and Republican administrations. …

CEOs have unquestionably taken full advantage of their power to enrich themselves, and suppress lower-echelon employee wages. But another variable that contributes to 40 years of flat wages for hourly workers is the executive suite’s addiction to cheap, foreign labor. With what has been an unbroken inflow of illegal immigrant and legal guest workers, between 750,000 and 1 million annually, corporations have no incentive to increase domestic workers’ salaries – and they haven’t. …

That immigration grows the economy is the age-old, half-truth argument. Sure, more people and more workers create a bigger economy. But immigration does not help the per capita income. Immigration’s benefits accrue to the immigrants and to their employers, and not the general public. The traditional solution to filling job openings is to offer higher wages, not import more cheap labor. With more than 6.1 million people unemployed, that pool should be tapped first.

Congress will soon reconvene, but as it has been for too many legislative sessions, creating a fairer immigration system that protects instead of harms American workers isn’t on the agenda.

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Read the complete article here.

Special Guest Maria Espinoza at the Oregon State Fair

Alert date: 
2019-08-21
Alert body: 

Thi year, OFIR will be hosting a very special guest in our booth at the Oregon Sate Fair. 

Maria Espinoza, co-founder of The Remembrance Project will be travelling from Washington DC to volunteer in the OFIR booth!  If you will be visitng the Oregon State Fair Monday or Tuesday morning (Aug. 25 and 27) from 10am - 2pm, please plan to stop by and say hello!  You will find the OFIR booth in the Jackman Long building - booth #235.

To learn more about The Remembrance Project, please visit their website.

We'll see you at the Fair!

Governor Brown and AG Rosenbaum push for open borders

Governor Brown and Attorney General Rosenbaum show their true colors again, and they’re not red, white, and blue. 

Both Brown and Rosenbaum exalt the interests of migrants over the interests of U.S. citizens, and have done so repeatedly during their time in office.  See here and here.  Their actions in advancing unlimited immigration have harmed this state. 

Rosenbaum will be up for reelection in 2020. She already has a campaign website requesting donations and listing her recent edicts.  Gov. Brown’s term of office extends through 2022.

Here’s the latest evidence that their first loyalties are with international migrants, not U.S. citizens:  Oregon Challenges Trump Administration’s “Public Charge Rule.”

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Oregon Governor Kate Brown today joined four other states in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “Public Charge Rule”.

Rosenbaum has also sued previously, usually with Brown’s enthusiastic approval, to stop several other actions by Pres. Trump that would control immigration.

The necessity of a public charge rule is obvious if we are to avoid inundation by all the poor of the world and the collapse of our nation.  Such a policy existed here even in colonial days before the U.S. became an independent nation, and was enacted into law long ago. 

In his article in The National Review, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies gives a concise history of the policy and explains why it’s important.

Excerpt:

The newly finalized rule about immigrant welfare use is 837 pages long, but it boils down to two things: Foreigners who can’t pay their bills shouldn’t be allowed to move here, and “welfare” doesn’t just mean cash benefits.

As to the first: The first comprehensive immigration law at the federal level was the 1882 Immigration Act, which, among other things, excluded anyone who was “unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” That principle — the “public-charge doctrine,” as it’s called — has been included in all subsequent immigration legislation, including the 1996 immigration and welfare-reform laws.

But the exclusion of “public charges” didn’t start in the 19th century, but well before that, when immigration law was handled by the states. In fact, preventing the immigration of people who couldn’t support themselves was the subject of the very first immigration law ever passed in the colonies, in Massachusetts Bay in 1645. It’s not too much to say that the public-charge doctrine is the founding principle of American immigration policy. …

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, in an interview with Fox News, gives many interesting details about the new rule and why it’s needed.  He said that the rule “is entirely in line with the president keeping his promises to make the immigration system work better for America.”  Read Cuccinelli’s comments here.

To Increase Wages, Mandate E-Verify, Shrink Labor Market

Democratic presidential candidates have unanimously embraced the $15 federal minimum wage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw her support behind the wage hike that would more than double the current $7.25 rate. Pelosi claims that not only would the wage increase give Americans more money in their paycheck, but would also boost the gross domestic product. When people have more purchasing power, they’ll spend more, and, predicted Pelosi, the GDP will therefore rise.

But a far more credible economic source than Pelosi made the opposite calculation. The Congressional Budget Office calculated that overall the $15 hourly wage would “would reduce the nation’s output slightly.” The CBO found that as many as 27 million workers, assuming they remained employed, could benefit. On the other hand, up to 3.7 million workers might lose their jobs as employers respond to higher overhead. Goods and services costs to consumers would inevitably rise.

That’s the thing about the $15 minimum wage hype – only one side of the story is told. A wage increase won’t be effective if employers don’t hire or if they dramatically reduce their hourly payrolls to adjust for the steep bump.

Moreover, the $15 wage is an artificial solution to increasing Americans’ paychecks. The lasting correction is to tighten the labor pool. The federal government can tighten the employment market in two ways: first, reduce the 1 million-plus legal immigrants who, as employment-authorized lawful permanent residents, enter the labor force annually.

Further, the government could reduce the roughly 750,000 temporary guest workers that come to the U.S. to perform an assortment of jobs that, for the most part, Americans would do, assuming a fair wage. The second tightening variable, and more immediate way to drive up wages, is to use E-Verify, the online program that ensures only legally authorized workers hold U.S. jobs.

To analyze how large influxes of immigrant workers, in this case, construction workers, impact the market, the Los Angeles Times studied the Southern California building trade. The Times wrote that over a few decades, construction workers went from being majority union, and majority U.S.-born, to majority immigrant. In the article conclusion, journalist Natalie Kitroeff wrote, “Nonunion shops made aggressive inroads into home building with workers who had less experience. The result: Today slightly more than 1 in 10 construction workers are in a union, compared with 4 in 10 in the 1970s….an influx of immigrants who would work for less made it easier for builders to quickly shift to a nonunion labor force…” A footnote: in a relatively short time, immigration played a leading role in eliminating solid, blue-collar United Brotherhood of Carpenters jobs that paid middle-class wages, offered health care, paid vacations and pensions.

But since major immigration reductions are not in the immediate future, the government could help by passing mandatory E-Verify. If passed, the program that would prevent unscrupulous employers from hiring illegal aliens and slow the flow of unlawful job-seeking foreign nationals, once the word was out. A tighter labor market results in an increase in wages for U.S. workers.

E-Verify has the overwhelming support of Americans and of companies like Costco that have used it for years. Early this year, a Houston Chronicle editorial made the interesting point that E-Verify would not only help legally present workers keep jobs, but also would protect exploited illegal immigrant workers from low pay and harsh conditions that, because of deportation fears, they’re afraid to report. With E-Verify, the onus is on employers to hire only legal workers.

For all the ballyhoo about the $15 minimum wage, nothing is ever said about tightening the labor market through lower immigration or mandating E-Verify, two solutions that would help the U.S. pay rate, still stuck at 1970 levels, to increase through normal market functions.

After ICE Raids, US Citizens Flock To Jobs

Less than one week after ICE raided 7 food processing facilities in Mississippi apprehending nearly 700 illegal workers, American citizens are rushing to freshly-available jobs.

Koch Foods is headquartered in Chicago but maintains a chicken processing facility in Mississippi that employed 243 of the 680 undocumented Latino workers arrested in the raids last Thursday. Koch has since collaborated with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), holding a job fair to recruit new, legal, workers, according to the Associated Press.

The fair raked in 200 applications before noon, according to local media. The company says it will require applicants to present two forms of identification before being hired, according to CNN. MDES will also vet all Mississippi workers for legality using the state’s E-Verify system, according to USA Today.

A Koch spokesman did not directly correlate the job fair with the raids. Instead he told the AP that holding job fairs is routine for the chicken processing plant, especially given America’s strong current economy. (RELATED: CNN’s Tapper: Is Trump Not Getting Enough Credit For The Economy?)

Job fairs “are part of normal efforts to employ,” Gilliand told AP. “In this environment of relative full employment, most businesses are looking for qualified applicants; Koch is no different.”

Dianne Bell of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security was involved in coordinating the job fair. She says that the immigration raid and Koch’s interest in recruitment of new legal workers went hand in hand.

“They reached out to us the very same day [as the raids],” Bell told USA Today, speaking on the collaborative recruitment effort between Koch and the MDES.

Those who are now seeking employment in the raided facilities cite high wages and frequent pay as reasons to take the exhausting job of a food processing worker, according to USA Today.

Last week’s ICE raids are “believed to be the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history,” says to US Attorney for the Southern District Mike Hurst, according to CNN.

Many media outlets and commentators are attributing the raids to the Trump Administration or a racist agenda. However, acting ICE director Matt Albence maintained that immigration laws “are not new laws, nor is the enforcement of them new,” according to CNN.

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