Concern over refugee re-settlement widespread

Americans are the most compassionate people on earth.  Yet, who is looking out for the best interests of Americans?  Clearly, citizens across the country are growing ever more concerned and worried for the impact that thousands of immigrant refugees will have on our country, our culture, our jobs, our environment, and ultimately, our personal safety in our own country.

Letters from across the country paint a vivid picture of the worry folks are facing every day. 

If you are able, please write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper.  Be concise, be passionate and be accurate in your statements.  Let OFIR know if you get a letter published and we will add it to our OFIR website's letter section.



Man accused of taking 11-year-old 'girlfriend' to Mexico is extradited to U.S.

Back in 2007, a 19-year-old man was accused of taking an 11-year-old girl, who he called his 'girlfriend,' to Mexico. Ever since, Keizer police officials have been working to have him stand trial in Oregon.

After eight-and-a-half years of investigation, Raul Xalamihua-Espindola, now 28, has been extradited to the United States. He's facing four counts of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree custodial interference and one count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in Marion County Circuit Court.

The investigation began on April 6, 2007 when the Keizer Police Department received a report that an 11-year-old girl left a note for her parents saying she ran away with her boyfriend, identified by police as Xalamihua-Espindola.

The note said not to worry about the girl's well-being, but it didn't match her handwriting, according to an affidavit filed in August 2007.

Her mother had last seen her the day before.

The girl's friends told police she had a boyfriend name "Raul." Police determined a man of that name lived in the same apartment complex as the victim. Residents of the apartment listed as his address said he hadn't been there since April 5, according to court records.

Cell phone records showed that the suspect's phone had been used outside of Oregon following the girl's disappearance. The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children created a flier that was given to law enforcement agencies along the US-Mexican border.

The suspect's brother-in-law told police he spoke to the victim on the phone April 8. He told the suspect police were looking for the girl. The suspect replied he would return her within two hours, but did not, according to court records.

Within five days of the girl's disappearance, Xalamihua-Espindola was indicted on the custodial interference charge. On May 1, 2007, investigators confirmed both Xalamihua-Espindol and the girl were in Zongolica, Vera Cruz, Mexico, according to a press release.

Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation began working with the Mexican government to recover the victim and apprehend Xalamihua-Espindol.

On Aug. 13, 2007, Judge Tracy Pall granted the Marion County District Attorney's Office motion to give Keizer Police Department and the FBI temporary custody to retrieve the girl. Although the girl's parents were legally residing in the United States, their immigration status did not allow them to leave the country and legally return, according to court records.

Although the child was a Mexican national and didn't have a passport, then-Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer wrote in an affidavit that it appeared "responsible federal authorities" would authorize her return.

On Sept. 4, 2007, the victim was safely recovered. On Sept. 18, a Keizer police officer and FBI agent flew to Mexico City to take her into protective custody. She returned home to Keizer that same day, officials said.

Xalamihua-Espindol eluded capture until about two years ago.

Since then, Xalamihua-Espindola, a Mexican citizen, has been incarcerated in a Mexican prison while appeals were being litigated regarding his extradition to the United States to stand trial.

On Dec. 15, 2015, Xalamihua-Espindola was taken from Portland International Airport to the Keizer Police Department. He was interviewed and then taken to the Marion County jail.

He was arraigned before Senior Judge Rita Batz Cobb Dec. 16. He's being held without bail and is scheduled to appear before Judge Donald Abar at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Highway SE.

Throughout the course of the investigation, the following agencies worked together: Keizer Police Department, Mexican government, U.S. Department of Justice, the Portland office of the U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Marion County District Attorney's Office and Port of Portland Police Department.

Local deputy killed 6 years ago, suspect remains on the loose

MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - A Marion County deputy responding to an emergency was killed in a crash, leading to the death of a passenger in the other car six years ago.

The driver of that car remains on the loose today.

Deputy Kelly Fredinburg was hit and killed on Highway 99 E north of Gervais on Sunday, June 16, 2007. Fredinburg was 33 years old.

Investigators said Fredinburg was driving to an emergency call at 11:30 p.m. that night when his patrol car was hit head-on by a car driven by Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio.

Fredinburg's car caught fire and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Oscar Ascencio-Amaya, 19, was in the other car and he died the next day at the hospital. A second passenger received minor injuries.

De Jesus Ascencio turned 26 in January. He was treated for critical injuries at the time of the crash. Investigators later learned he fled the U.S. to Mexico around the time of his indictment for criminally negligent homicide in August 2007.

Investigators believe he remains in Mexico. He was last thought to be in the area of Puacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.

Last year, Fredinburg's family announced the Oregon Officer Reward Fund. Its purpose is to help find suspects wanted in connection with officer injuries or deaths in the line of duty. The reward in this case is $20,000.

Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

For more information about the Oregon Officer Reward Fund, go to www.oorf.info.

Secure Communities Program Is Now Statewide in Oregon

As of September 27 all Oregon counties are now signed up for the Secure Communities program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is a major milestone in the battle against illegal immigration.

What this means is that anyone booked into a county jail in Oregon will have their FBI fingerprints screened against the immigration data base of ICE.  Fake driver licenses and stolen Social Security numbers will no longer protect illegal aliens from being identified.

The following is ICE’s description of the Secure Communities program

Secure Communities is a simple and common sense way to carry out ICE's priorities. It uses an already-existing federal information-sharing partnership between ICE and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that helps to identify criminal aliens without imposing new or additional requirements on state and local law enforcement. For decades, local jurisdictions have shared the fingerprints of individuals who are booked into jails with the FBI to see if they have a criminal record.

Under Secure Communities, the FBI automatically sends the fingerprints to ICE to check against its immigration databases. If these checks reveal that an individual is unlawfully present in the United States or otherwise removable due to a criminal conviction, ICE takes enforcement action – prioritizing the removal of individuals who present the most significant threats to public safety as determined by the severity of their crime, their criminal history, and other factors – as well as those who have repeatedly violated immigration laws.

Secure Communities imposes no new or additional requirements on state and local law enforcement, and the federal government, not the state or local law enforcement agency, determines what immigration enforcement action, if any, is appropriate.

Last year ICE deported 395,000 illegal aliens.  About one-half, or 195,000 were criminal aliens. A criminal alien is defined as someone who has committed additional crimes beyond being in the United States illegally.  About one-third of the deported criminal aliens, about 66,000, had been convicted of murder, rape or major drug trafficking.

For more information, go to www.ice.gov/secure_communities.

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