illegal aliens

Zogby Poll Shows Oregon Voters Oppose Giving Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens, says FAIR

SALEM, Ore.,  /PRNewswire/ -- A new statewide poll of likely voters finds that Oregonians still overwhelmingly oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Voters also thoroughly reject efforts by the State Legislature to override the will of two-thirds - nearly a million Oregon voters - who prevented an earlier effort to grant licenses to illegal aliens, from going into effect. The Equal Access to the Roads Act of 2019 (HB 2015) would once again allow people living in the country illegally, to gain access to Oregon driver's licenses and official state photo identification.

Voters continue to oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens by a 63 percent to 30 percent margin, according to the March 18 and 19 poll conducted by Zogby Analytics. Voters even more emphatically reject a new effort by the Legislature and Gov. Kate Brownto override the will of the people who defeated Measure 88 in 2014. That ballot measure struck down a similar law enacted by the Legislature in 2013. Today, 68.4 percent of voters believe that the Legislature "must respect the decisions made by the voters through the ballot initiative process," compared with just 18.7 percent who think the Legislature has the right to enact laws "that have been previously overturned by the voters."

"The voters have spoken. The Legislature and the governor do not like what they had to say, so they are demonstrating their contempt for the people of Oregon with a blatant attempt to overrule the outcome of a fair and democratic election," charged Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR), the organization that promoted Measure 88 in 2014. "This sort of arrogance of power is the hallmark of authoritarian dictatorships, not the progressivism that Oregon likes to project to the world."

Adding to the arrogance, state leaders want HB 2015 to include an "emergency" clause, which would prevent opponents of the bill from blocking its implementation through a citizen's veto referendum. This despite the fact the bill will not be enacted until 2021. "Frankly, the voters shouldn't have to say no again. They already have – very loudly, very clearly, and not very long ago. Members of the Legislature don't have to like it. Gov. Brown doesn't have to like it. But, at the very least, they should respect the decision of the voters," said Kendoll.

The polling data includes a stark warning to elected officials in the state. A 63.5 percent majority of Oregon voters indicated that they would be "less likely" to vote for legislators who defy the will of the people on this issue, including 46.5 percent who said they would be "much less likely" to vote for such public officials. Only 11.8 percent said such action would make them more likely to vote for such legislators.

The full results of the statewide poll of Oregon voters can be found here.

Contact: Oregonians for Immigration Reform at 503.435.0141

SOURCE Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

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

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on February 1, 2019 that 458 of 913 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for three types of sex crimes — sex abuse, rape and sodomy — 50.16 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 458 criminal alien inmates incarcerated on February 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

190

41.58%

Rape

170

37.20%

Sodomy

98

21.44%

Total

458

100.00%

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

Criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one sex crime in 26 of 36 Oregon counties —72.22 percent of the counties in the state.

Seven Oregon counties, Marion (130 alien sex offenders), Washington (110 alien sex offenders), Multnomah (73 alien sex offenders), Lane (26 alien sex offenders), Clackamas (23 alien sex offenders), Jackson (18 alien sex offenders) and Yamhill (14 alien sex offenders) had 394 of 458 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons for sex crimes — 86.03 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 458 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

48

50

32

130

28.38%

Washington

45

45

20

110

24.02%

Multnomah

33

24

16

73

15.94%

Lane

7

13

6

26

5.68%

Clackamas

9

9

5

23

5.02%

Jackson

10

4

4

18

3.93%

Yamhill

3

6

5

14

3.06%

Linn

7

1

1

9

1.97%

Deschutes

4

2

2

8

1.75%

Benton

1

4

1

6

1.31%

Umatilla

3

1

2

6

1.31%

Malheur

3

2

0

5

1.09%

Polk

3

1

1

5

1.09%

Clatsop

2

1

0

3

0.66%

Coos

0

2

1

3

0.66%

Klamath

3

0

0

3

0.66%

Lincoln

2

1

0

3

0.66%

Jefferson

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Josephine

2

0

0

2

0.44%

Morrow

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Wasco

1

1

0

2

0.44%

Crook

0

0

1

1

0.22%

Douglas

0

0

1

1

0.22%

Hood River

0

1

0

1

0.22%

Tillamook

1

0

0

1

0.22%

Union

1

0

0

1

0.22%

Baker

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Columbia

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

190

170

98

458

100.00%

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

Criminal aliens from 37 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 381 of 458 criminal alien inmates incarcerated for sex crimes in the DOC prison system — 83.19 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 458 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

166

138

77

381

83.19%

Guatemala

5

6

2

13

2.84%

El Salvador

1

2

5

8

1.75%

Russia

0

3

1

4

0.87%

Vietnam

0

3

1

4

0.87%

Ecuador

0

1

2

3

0.66%

Honduras

1

2

0

3

0.66%

Cuba

1

1

0

2

0.44%

England

1

0

1

2

0.44%

Fed. St. Micron.

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%

Sierra Leone

2

0

0

2

0.44%

Ukraine

0

1

1

2

0.44%

Wales

0

2

0

2

0.44%

Other Countries

10

10

4

24

5.24%

Total

190

170

98

458

100.00%

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

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is 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 past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Driver card bill nullifies voters’ mandate

Alert date: 
March 28, 2019
Alert body: 

Outstanding statement on HB 2015, the driver licenses for illegal aliens bill 

March 27, 2019

Writing in The Oregonian, OFIR’s former vice president, Richard F LaMountain, points out:

 “In November 2014 Oregonians overwhelmingly defeated a bill that if enacted would have given an official Oregon driver license to illegal aliens.  Thirty five out of Oregon’s 36 counties voted against it.  Eighteen Oregon counties voted NO by over 80%.  A majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents voted against it.  It was defeated in all five of Oregon’s congressional districts.

“So, what does the current Oregon legislature do?  They introduce House Bill 2015 to overturn what the voters overwhelmingly said.  …”

LaMountain was a chief sponsor of 2014's Ballot Measure 88. Read his full op-ed here. It explains well the reasons why the peoples’ verdict should stand.

Oregonians, call your state senator and house member and ask them to honor citizen voters, oppose HB 2015, and vote against it.

To identify your state legislators and get phone number/email address, click here:  https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html.  After entering your address in the format requested, see the legislative address card displayed.  Senate is shown first; click on House tab to change the display.

Read the full Op-Ed.

Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report February 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on February 1, 2019 that 132 of the 913 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter) —14.46 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of criminal aliens incarcerated for homicidal crimes in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents killed by alien homicidal violence).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on February 1st in the state’s prisons for homicidal crimes.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers for Homicidal Crimes

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers for Homicidal Crimes

February 1, 2019

913

132

14.46%

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

Criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one crime of homicidal violence in 22 of 36 Oregon counties — 66.11 percent of the counties in the state.

Seven Oregon counties, Multnomah (35 alien inmates convicted of homicidal crimes), Marion (22 alien inmates convicted of homicidal crimes), Washington (21 alien inmates convicted of homicidal crimes), Umatilla (9 alien inmates convicted of homicidal crimes), Clackamas (7 alien inmates convicted of homicidal crimes), Jackson (6 alien inmates convicted of homicidal crimes) and Lane (6 alien inmates convicted of homicidal crimes) had 106 of 132 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons for homicidal violence — 80.30 percent of the alien inmates in the state’s prisons for homicidal crimes.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien inmates incarcerated on February 1st that were sent to prison from the state’s 36 counties for homicidal crimes.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

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

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

Multnomah

35

26.52%

Marion

22

16.67%

Washington

21

15.91%

Umatilla

9

6.82%

Clackamas

7

5.30%

Jackson

6

4.55%

Lane

6

4.55%

Klamath

3

2.27%

Linn

3

2.27%

Yamhill

3

2.27%

Benton

2

1.52%

Josephine

2

1.52%

Lincoln

2

1.52%

Polk

2

1.52%

Clatsop

1

0.76%

Deschutes

1

0.76%

Douglas

1

0.76%

Gilliam

1

0.76%

Hood River

1

0.76%

Jefferson

1

0.76%

Malheur

1

0.76%

OOS (Not a County)

1

0.76%

Tillamook

1

0.76%

Baker

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Coos

0

0.00%

Crook

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0.00%

Morrow

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wasco

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

132

100.00%

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

Criminal aliens from 19 different countries have committed homicidal violence against Oregon residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 102 of 132 criminal aliens convicted of homicidal crimes incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 77.27 percent of the alien inmates in the state’s prisons for homicidal crimes.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 132 criminal alien inmates by number and percentage incarcerated on February 1st in the state’s prisons for homicidal crimes.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

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

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

 

Mexico

102

77.27%

 

Cuba

4

3.03%

 

Canada

3

2.27%

 

Vietnam

3

2.27%

 

Cambodia

2

1.52%

 

El Salvador

2

1.52%

 

Guatemala

2

1.52%

 

Laos

2

1.52%

 

South Korea

2

1.52%

 

Costa Rica

1

0.76%

 

Honduras

1

0.76%

 

Japan

1

0.76%

 

Mariana Islands

1

0.76%

 

Marshall Islands

1

0.76%

 

Nicaragua

1

0.76%

 

Nigeria

1

0.76%

 

Peru

1

0.76%

 

South Africa

1

0.76%

 

Turkey

1

0.76%

 

Total

132

100.00%

 

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

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is 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 past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Oregon Department of Corrections: Mexican National Crime Report February 2019

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on February 1, 2019 that 730 of the 913 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were Mexican nationals — 79.96 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of Mexican nationals incarcerated in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by this specific group of criminal aliens).

Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on February 1st in the state’s prisons who declared themselves as being Mexican nationals.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates W/ICE Detainers

February 1, 2019

913

730

79.96%

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

Mexican (MEX) national criminals were sent to DOC prisons from 27 of 36 Oregon counties — 75.00 percent of the counties in the state.

Seven Oregon counties, Marion (195 MEX inmates), Washington (146 MEX inmates), Multnomah (114 MEX inmates), Clackamas (64 MEX inmates), Lane (33 MEX inmates), Jackson (31 MEX inmates) and Umatilla (24 MEX inmates) had 607 of the 730 Mexican national inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons — 83.15 percent of the MEX inmates.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated on February 1st that were sent  to prison from the state’s 36 counties.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by County W/ ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by County W/ICE Detainers

Marion

195

26.71%

Washington

146

20.00%

Multnomah

114

15.62%

Clackamas

64

8.77%

Lane

33

4.52%

Jackson

31

4.25%

Umatilla

24

3.29%

Yamhill

20

2.74%

Linn

16

2.19%

Polk

12

1.64%

Benton

10

1.37%

Klamath

10

1.37%

Deschutes

9

1.23%

Malheur

9

1.23%

Jefferson

6

0.82%

Douglas

4

0.55%

Lincoln

4

0.55%

Tillamook

4

0.55%

Wasco

4

0.55%

Clatsop

3

0.41%

Coos

3

0.41%

Hood River

3

0.41%

Josephine

2

0.27%

Crook

1

0.14%

Gilliam

1

0.14%

Lake

1

0.14%

Morrow

1

0.14%

Baker

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

730

100.00%

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

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 730 Mexican national criminals.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated on February 1st by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers

Sex Abuse

166

22.74%

Rape

138

18.90%

Homicide

102

13.97%

Sodomy

77

10.55%

Drugs

72

9.86%

Assault

57

7.81%

Robbery

28

3.84%

Kidnapping

18

2.47%

Burglary

14

1.92%

Theft

5

0.68%

Driving Offense

3

0.41%

Vehicle Theft

2

0.27%

Arson

1

0.14%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

47

6.44%

Total

730

100.00%

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

Using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from February 1st, the following table reveals the total number of criminal alien inmates incarcerated by type of crime, the number of Mexican national inmates incarcerated by type of crime and the percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated by type of crime.
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Total Number of Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ ICE Detainers

DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers

Sex Abuse

190

166

87.37%

Rape

170

138

81.18%

Homicide

132

102

77.27%

Sodomy

98

77

78.57%

Assault

79

57

72.15%

Drugs

77

72

93.51%

Robbery

43

28

65.12%

Kidnapping

27

18

66.67%

Burglary

22

14

63.64%

Theft

15

5

33.33%

Vehicle Theft

4

2

50.00%

Driving Offense

4

3

75.00%

Arson

1

1

100.00%

Escape

0

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

51

47

92.16%

Total

913

730

 

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

Beyond the DOC Mexican national incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per type of crime, criminal aliens from Mexico place a substantial economic burden on Oregonians.

An individual inmate incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($108.26) per day.

The DOC’s incarceration cost for 730 Mexican national inmates is approximately ($79,029.80) per day, ($553,208.60) per week, and ($28,845,877.00) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 730 Mexican national inmates includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography:

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated February 1, 2019.

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts IB-53, September 2018:
https://www.oregon.gov/doc/Documents/agency-quick-facts.pdf

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is 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 past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.
 

HB 2932, sanctuary for criminal aliens

Alert date: 
March 22, 2019
Alert body: 

A hearing on HB 2932 was held on Monday, March 18, by the House Judiciary Committee.  Several OFIR Board members attended and testified in opposition, submitting written testimony also.

OFIR has posted the testimonies at:  http://www.oregonir.org/immigration-topics/sanctuary-bill-2019-legislature.

A videotape of the Hearing can be viewed at: http://oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=26213

We encourage citizens to express their views of this bill to their state Representatives.  To identify your state Representative and get phone number/email address, click here:  https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html.  After entering your address in the format requested, see the address card and click the tab labelled House.

Supreme Court rules against immigrants in detention case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a group of immigrants in a case about the government’s power to detain them after they’ve committed crimes but finished their sentences.

The issue in the case before the justices had to do with the detention of noncitizens who have committed a broad range of crimes that make them deportable. Immigration law tells the government it must arrest those people when they are released from custody and then hold them while an immigration court decides whether they should be deported.

But those affected by the law aren’t always picked up immediately... In the case before the Supreme Court, a group of mostly green card holders argued that unless they’re picked up essentially within a day of being released, they should be entitled to a hearing...  If a judge were to agree, they would not have to remain in custody while their deportation case goes forward...

But the Supreme Court disagreed with the immigrants’ interpretation of federal law in a 5-4 ruling...  Looking at a statutory provision enacted by Congress in 1996, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that “neither the statute’s text nor its structure” supported the immigrants’ argument. The court’s conservative justices sided with the Trump administration. The administration argued, as the Obama administration did, that those affected by the law aren’t entitled to a hearing where they can argue for their release, regardless of whether they are arrested immediately after being released from custody or not.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the administration was “pleased with the decision.”

Justice Stephen Breyer, in a dissent he read aloud in court, said that the larger importance of the case has to do with the power his colleagues’ ruling gives the government.

“It is a power to detain persons who have committed a minor crime many years before. And it is a power to hold those persons, perhaps for many months, without any opportunity to obtain bail,” Breyer said.

He wrote that in his view the law requires immigrants who have committed crimes to be detained “within a reasonable time after their release” from custody, “presumptively no more than six months.” If the person is not detained within that time, they should get a hearing where they can argue for their release, Breyer wrote.

The American Civil Liberties Union represented the immigrants in the case before the Supreme Court. ACLU attorney Cecillia Wang, who argued the case, said after the decision that the ACLU will call on Congress to clarify the law and will continue to pursue options in court.

Tuesday’s ruling was based on the text of the statute, and Wang said the ACLU will argue that the statute, as interpreted by the justices, is unconstitutional. Wang also called the decision an “extreme waste of taxpayer money,” saying it locks up individuals who are not a danger to the community.

The case before the justices involved a class-action lawsuit brought by noncitizens in California and a similar class-action lawsuit brought in the state of Washington. In those cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with the immigrants, but other appeals courts had sided with the government in similar cases.

One of the lead plaintiffs involved in the California case, Mony Preap, has been a lawful permanent resident of the United States since 1981 and has two convictions for possession of marijuana. He was released from prison in 2006 but was not taken into immigration custody until 2013. Preap has since won his deportation case, allowing him to remain in the country.

The case is 16-1363 Nielsen v. Preap.
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U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report February 2019

The United States having a significant foreign national population residing within the nations boundaries, be they legally or illegally present in the country, unfortunately includes those who commit crimes.

The extent and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is clearly revealed by a simple search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship.

Here are the countries of origin, moreover, the number and percentage of those countries citizens recently incarcerated in the U.S. BOP prison system (Note: The most recent BOP crime numbers available were from February 23, 2019.).

Inmate Citizenship:

- México 21,744 inmates, 12.1 percent;
- Colombia 1,638 inmates, 0.9 percent;
- Dominican Republic 1,444 inmates, 0.8 percent;
- Cuba 1,175 inmates, 0.7 percent;
- Other / unknown countries 8,911 inmates, 4.9 percent;
- United States 145,005 inmates, 80.6 percent;

Total Inmates: 179,917 inmates.

To explain the meaning of these preceding criminal alien inmate numbers and percentages, I will translate them into words:

Combining February 23rd BOP criminal alien inmate numbers, there were 34,912 criminal aliens in the BOP prison system. Alien inmates were 19.4 percent of the federal prison population.

With 21,744 Mexican nationals being incarcerated in the BOP prison system, at 62.3 percent, they were the vast majority of criminal aliens in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses. One of the top five offenses, the reason inmates are serving time in federal prisons is for immigration crimes. There were 10,874 inmates in the BOP prison system incarcerated for immigration crimes; they were 6.5 percent of the federal prison population.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is 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 past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees

The Southern Poverty Law Center fired Morris Dees, the nonprofit civil rights organization's co-founder and former chief litigator.

SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement Dees' dismissal over his misconduct was effective on Wednesday, March 13....

"As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world," Cohen said in the emailed statement. "When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action."

Dees, 82, co-founded the Montgomery-based organization in 1971. 

"It was not my decision, what they did," Dees said when reached by phone. "I wish the center the absolute best. Whatever reasons they had of theirs, I don't know."...

Dees' termination is one of several steps taken by the organization this week, Cohen said. 

"Today we announced a number of immediate, concrete next steps we’re taking, including bringing in an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve — one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected," Cohen said. 

What the SPLC wants the "next steps" to address or correct remains unclear. An SPLC spokesperson said the organization was "in the process of hiring" the firm for the workplace climate assessment, and no other leadership changes had been announced. 

A message seeking further comment was left on Cohen’s cell phone Thursday afternoon.

"I’ve read the statement they issued," Dees said when asked if he knew why he was fired. "I feel like some of the things in the statement were unfortunate. But I refuse to say anything negative about the center or its employees. I’ll let my life’s work and reputation speak for itself."

When asked if he was offered the chance to resign or retire, the 82-year-old said, "I've told you all I can tell you."

Dees' biography appeared scrubbed from the SPLC's website as news broke of his termination on Thursday afternoon. 

Morris Dees, SPLC funding and civil rights cases

A Montgomery native, Dees attended Sidney Lanier High School. He burnished his marketing chops by managing a direct sale book publishing company while attending the University of Alabama, where he also earned a law degree. 

After returning home to establish a law practice in 1960, Dees won a series of civil rights cases before establishing the SPLC with lawyer Joseph J. Levin Jr. and civil rights activist Julian Bond a decade later.

Southern Poverty Law Center President Emeritus Julian Bond, left, and founder Morris Dees at the SPLC's 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday April 30, 2011 at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala.(Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh) (Photo: Montgomery Advertiser)

The legal partnership netted significant civil rights triumphs. Dees challenged systemic discrimination and segregation in Alabama state trooper ranks in a case won in the U.S. Supreme Court. SPLC litigation challenging Alabama's legislative districts forced the state to redraw its districts in the early 1970s, leading to the election of more than a dozen black legislators in 1974.

Morris Dees is a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery.

Early SPLC lawsuits also fought for better conditions for cotton mill workers in Kentucky, women in the workplace and poor defendants on death row. The organization bankrupted a Ku Klux Klan Organization, the United Klans of America, in a 1987 civil case. 

Dees has been a fixture in politics since the group's ascension, though his organization has faced scrutiny in the past.

A 1994 Montgomery Advertiser series provided a deep look into the organization controlled by the multimillionaire Dees, illustrating his near-singular control over the organization and its mammoth budget.

The series, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, revealed a figure seen as heroic by some and single-minded by others. Dees' critics said he was more concerned with fundraising than litigating. 

The series also alleged discriminatory treatment of black employees within the advocacy group, despite its outward efforts to improve the treatment of minorities in the country. Staffers at the time “accused Morris Dees, the center’s driving force, of being a racist and black employees have ‘felt threatened and banded together.’” The organization denied the accusations raised in the series.

"I would hope the IRS and the Justice Department would take this as [an] opportunity to come in and take a close look at The Center, it's finances and it's day-to-day operations," said Jim Tharpe, managing editor of the Advertiser in the mid-1990s, who oversaw the Advertiser series. "It's long overdue."

Dees' central role in the organization has also led to numerous threats against him, and the Advertiser previously reported that he has 24-hour protection at his home.

SPLC a war chest of funds that dwarfs over NAACP and Equal Justice Initiative

Over the years, the SPLC has continued to amass massive funds from donors amid differing levels of scrutiny. The nonprofit has hundreds of employees and offices in four states. The organization had nearly $450 million in net assets, according to publicly available tax documents filed for 2017.

That figure easily dwarfs other civil rights groups — such as the Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP — during the same time frame. The Montgomery-based EJI had about $57 million in net assets at that time and the NAACP had about $3.8 million.

SPLC still fell behind other groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, which pulled in more than $526 million between its main nonprofit and foundation in 2017 filings, with several local groups collecting additional millions of dollars not included in that figure.

In recent years, the organization has become nationally known and scrutinized for its Hatewatch work tracking the rise of hate groups, particularly white supremacists.

It produces research and advocacy work on a variety of topics, including payday lending, civil asset forfeiture and immigration rights. The SPLC also continues day-to-day civil rights litigation, including an ongoing lawsuit to address prison conditions in Alabama.

“The SPLC is deeply committed to having a workplace that reflects the values it espouses — truth, justice, equity and inclusion, and we believe the steps we have taken today reaffirm that commitment," Cohen said.

Brian Lyman contributed to this report.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Melissa Brown at 334-240-0132 or mabrown@gannett.com.

 

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report February 2019

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) February 1, 2019 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,756 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on February 1st there were 913 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; criminal aliens were 6.19 percent of the total prison population.

Some background information, all the criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and have ICE detainers placed on them.

Using DOC Inmate Population Profiles and ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number inmates, the number of domestic and criminal alien inmates along with the percentage of inmates with ICE detainers incarcerated on February 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number Inmates

DOC Total Number Domestic Inmates

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers

February 1, 2019

14,756

13,843

913

6.19%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 February 19 and Inmate Population Profile 01 February 19.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on February 1st that were sent  to prison from the state’s 36 counties.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by County

Marion

226

24.75%

Washington

189

20.70%

Multnomah

171

18.73%

Clackamas

78

8.54%

Lane

41

4.49%

Jackson

36

3.94%

Umatilla

26

2.85%

Yamhill

21

2.30%

Linn

18

1.97%

Polk

13

1.42%

Benton

12

1.31%

Deschutes

12

1.31%

Klamath

11

1.20%

Malheur

9

0.99%

Jefferson

7

0.77%

Lincoln

7

0.77%

Clatsop

4

0.44%

Douglas

4

0.44%

Josephine

4

0.44%

Tillamook

4

0.44%

Wasco

4

0.44%

Coos

3

0.33%

Hood River

3

0.33%

Columbia

2

0.22%

Morrow

2

0.22%

Union

2

0.22%

Crook

1

0.11%

Gilliam

1

0.11%

Lake

1

0.11%

OOS (Not a County)

1

0.11%

Baker

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

913

100.00%

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

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 913 criminal aliens.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on February 1st by type of crime.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

190

20.81%

Rape

170

18.62%

Homicide

132

14.46%

Sodomy

98

10.73%

Assault

79

8.65%

Drugs

77

8.43%

Robbery

43

4.71%

Kidnapping

27

2.96%

Burglary

22

2.41%

Theft

15

1.64%

Vehicle Theft

4

0.44%

Driving Offense

4

0.44%

Arson

1

0.11%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

51

5.59%

Total

913

100.00%

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

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE detainer numbers from February 1st, the following table reveals the total number inmates by crime type, the number of domestic and criminal alien prisoners incarcerated by type of crime and the percentage of those crimes committed by criminal aliens.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Crime

DOC Total Number Inmates by Type of Crime

DOC Total Number Domestic Inmates by Type of Crime

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Type of Crime

DOC Inmates W/ICE Detainers as a Percent of Total Inmates by Type of Crime

Sex Abuse

1,775

1,585

190

10.70%

Rape

982

812

170

17.31%

Homicide

1,786

1,654

132

7.39%

Sodomy

1,045

947

98

9.38%

Assault

2,026

1,947

79

3.90%

Drugs

903

826

77

8.53%

Robbery

1,452

1,409

43

2.96%

Kidnapping

270

243

27

10.00%

Burglary

1,266

1,244

22

1.74%

Theft

968

953

15

1.55%

Vehicle Theft

547

543

4

0.73%

Driving Offense

250

246

4

1.60%

Arson

85

84

1

1.18%

Escape

39

39

0

0.00%

Forgery

46

46

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

1,316

1,265

51

3.88%

Total

14,756

13,843

913

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 February 19 and Inmate Population Profile 01 February 19.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 913 criminal alien prisoners by number and percentage incarcerated on February 1st in the state’s prisons.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin

DOC Percent Inmates W/ICE Detainers by Self-Declared Country of Origin

Mexico

730

79.96%

Guatemala

23

2.52%

Cuba

14

1.53%

El Salvador

13

1.42%

Vietnam

13

1.42%

Honduras

11

1.20%

Laos

8

0.88%

Federated States of Micronesia

6

0.66%

Russia

6

0.66%

Ukraine

6

0.66%

Canada

5

0.55%

Cambodia

4

0.44%

China

3

0.33%

Ecuador

3

0.33%

Marshall Islands

3

0.33%

Peru

3

0.33%

South Korea

3

0.33%

Other / Unknown Countries

59

6.46%

Total

913

100.00%

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

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per crime type, or even country of origin, criminal aliens place a substantial economic burden on Oregonians.

An individual prisoner incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($108.26) per day.

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 913 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($98,841.38) per day, ($691,889.66) per week, and ($36,077,103.70) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 913 criminal aliens includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

Bibliography:

Oregon Department of Corrections Inmate Population Profile February 1, 2019:

Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated February 1, 2019.

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts IB-53, September 2018:
https://www.oregon.gov/doc/Documents/agency-quick-facts.pdf

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is 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 past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

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