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Join us Friday, May 2nd from noon to 2:00pm to hear Maria Espinoza - co-founder of The Remembrance Project.  Maria has been working with Congressmen, legislators, law enforcement and activists across the country to spread the word about the true and devastating cost of illegal immigration to American citizens.

Admission is free - so bring a friend and a brown bag lunch.  We'll provide the coffee.  

The event is hosted by OFIR and will be held in Salem at The Scottish Rite Temple: 4090 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302

Marion and Polk end jail holds on immigrants for ICE

Both the Marion County and Polk County jails will no longer hold foreign-born persons in jail based solely on formal requests from federal immigration officials, county sheriffs announced this week.

Officials at both jails now will require a warrant from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, in order to keep someone in custody. Inmates previously could be held solely on a formal request from the agency known as an immigration detainer.

The policy changes were triggered by a U.S. District Court of Oregon decision announced last Friday in the case of Maria Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County.

In that case, Miranda-Olivares was arrested for violating a domestic violence restraining order and subsequently booked into the Clackamas County jail. As is customary policy when someone of foreign birth is lodged into the jail, officials notified ICE, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security.

ICE issued a request to the jail, called an immigration detainer, that Miranda-Olivares be kept in custody up to 48 hours as ICE officials investigated her immigration status.

The trouble arose when, after Miranda-Olivares finished her court case and was supposed to be released from custody, the jail continued to keep her an additional 19 hours before she was released into the custody of Homeland Security agents.

The federal court ruled that the jail misinterpreted ICE’s request as mandatory, and violated Miranda-Olivares’s Fourth Amendment rights because keeping her at the jail essentially meant she was taken into custody a second time despite not having a new warrant for her arrest.

That decision has started a ripple effect among Oregon’s sheriffs, some of whom have swiftly acted to change their policies to comply with the law.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers sent out a statement Thursday saying that, effective Wednesday, the jail would no longer hold inmates based solely on immigration detainers. If ICE officials want the jail to keep someone in custody, they must issue a federal judicial warrant or court order.

“ICE may issue or forward a federal judicial warrant or order authorizing a suspected alien’s detention, and the jail will honor such warrants and orders,” the statement read. “Jail staff will continue to collect and submit information to ICE regarding foreign-born arrestees, but will not place holds upon such arrestees unless a judicial warrant or court order is received authorizing detention.”

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Chris Baldridge confirmed that little else is changing as a result.

“Basically, what the decision says is we can’t hold on their detainers anymore,” he explained. “We will continue to share information with ICE, but if they want us to hold their detainees for them, they will have to give us a judicial warrant.”

Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe confirmed Friday that the Polk County jail has taken the same position.

As of April 10, there were 36 inmates in the Marion County jail with ICE holds. The jail roster Thursday afternoon had wiped all record of ICE holds.

“All of those folks are being held on detainers and those detainers are no longer valid,” Baldridge said. “So in compliance with the new court decision, we’re not going to hold them anymore on those detainers.”

That doesn’t automatically mean all 36 go free, however. Almost all of the inmates are facing charges in Marion County and will continue to be prosecuted for those charges as normal.

Baldridge confirmed only one inmate was released as a direct result of the change in policy. Silvestre Hernandez-Hernandez had already served a sentence on a possession of methamphetamine charge and was being held solely on a detainer; he has since been released.

The sheriff’s offices in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties all announced Wednesday that they would also suspend the placement of immigration detainers in their jails.

“The Sheriffs are committed to remaining in compliance with all state and federal laws and the Constitution of the United States,” they announced in a joint statement. “As the pertinent law evolves through court decisions and/or legislation the sheriffs will adjust their policies accordingly.”

Baldridge emphasized that Marion County would do the same.

“We are going to comply with what the courts request of us,” he said. Read more about Marion and Polk end jail holds on immigrants for ICE

Republican base 'animated by racism,' Dem rep says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neither is Jeb.

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

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, which works to control immigration . He is not a member of any political party. Read more about On Jeb’s 'Act Of Love': Republicans Should Keep Looking For A Presidential Candidate

Driver card referendum: Oregon Supreme Court rules on ballot title fight

The Oregon Supreme Court has certified a ballot title for the driver card referendum on the November ballot that includes a controversial reference to "legal presence."

The title will read: Provides Oregon resident "driver card" without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.

...The titles are sometimes the only thing voters will read about a measure...

Supporters unsuccessfully pursued a legislative rewrite of the ballot title...

In its April 1 decision, the Oregon Supreme Court certified the ballot title written by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

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Public advocacy, victims, and skewed moral compasses

The House of Representatives has taken up a bill, the Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act, that would, among other things, once again require de-funding of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's alien ombudsman position. 
I say "again" because the position, occupied by Andrew Lorenzen Strait, a crony of former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano who was hand-picked for the job, was already de-funded once by a measure that took effect a year ago. The administration's typically cheeky response was to keep employing the man and simply rename the position — deputy assistant director of custody programs and community outreach.
This in turn led an outraged member of Congress, Diane Black of Tennessee, to accuse the administration of hoodwinking Congress and to put together the latest de-funding effort. 
Of course, the House move has led many alien advocacy organizations to react in dismay. Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum lamented, "Rather than signaling a desire to move forward, it entertains an effort to make our immigrant detention system more dysfunctional by cutting critical positions." 
I don't know how anyone can refer to the position as "critical" and I suspect that in Noorani's eyes any immigration detention system whatever is a sign of dysfunction. Apparently, so do members of the administration, given the position taken by Napolitano's replacement, Jeh Johnson, when he recently told Congress that the administration is inclined to see the legal mandate to keep 34,000 detention beds simply as "beds available" not necessarily beds filled. 
This is a curious position, akin to saying that speed limits are simply suggestions, not requirements. It's also an egregious waste of taxpayer money not to fill them, since they have to be paid for, full or empty. But it, and the ombudsman position itself, are part and parcel of the absurd ongoing narrative of illegal aliens as victims — of an unfair society and jack-booted government. The narrative has been fueled not just by advocacy groups, but the administration itself with its willingness to tolerate any and all flaunting of our immigration laws.
Witness, for instance, previously deported aliens recently gathering in large demonstrations at border checkpoints and then abusing our system by claiming asylum en masse. The administration's response to this, and the assertion that deportation "tears families apart", is apparently going to be to order immigration agents to look the other way and ignore previously deported aliens who illegally reenter the United States even though many of those aliens were deported in the first place because they were convicted of a criminal offense and about a quarter of all aliens arrested by both border and interior agents have previously been deported.
But who attends to the American citizens and lawful residents who are victimized by illegal alien criminals? Certainly not Andrew Lorenzen Strait, who was never an advocate for the public at large; his "public advocate" title sounds better than the more accurate "illegal alien advocate in the midst of a large agency supposedly dedicated to enforcing immigration laws". 
Sadly, the answer to the question "Who attends to American citizens and lawful residents who are victimized by illegal alien criminals?" appears to be "No one". The Center for Immigration Studies has documented, over a considerable period of time, any number of individuals killed, maimed, or otherwise harmed by illegal aliens, and the government's callousness and indifference to them and their surviving families.
As if we did not have enough such examples, now comes another. This one is so outrageous that the government appears to be willing to violate federal freedom of information and privacy laws in order to frustrate the attempts of the citizen victim to explore the legal avenues available. Here is a summary of the case prepared by Syracuse University's TRAC Freedom of Information Project:
Niche Knight was struck by a vehicle driven by Alfredo DeJesus Flores, an undocumented worker, which resulted in the amputation of both of Knight's legs. Knight filed a civil suit against Flores, who was temporarily incarcerated in the county jail and then removed to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In order to contact Flores for purposes of the civil suit, Knight asked ICE to provide his alien number and current address. ICE denied the request under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). Knight appealed the agency's decision, but the agency upheld its denial, indicating that it would not disclose information about Flores without his consent. Knight then filed suit.
News reports and other online sources reveal that DeJesus Flores was charged with driving under the influence when he struck Ms. Knight. 
The exemption cited by ICE is shockingly inappropriate. The federal Privacy Act is very clear: The only individuals who have privacy rights under the law are United States citizens and lawful permanent resident aliens. (See 5 U.S.C. 552a(a)(2).) 
So in its zeal to protect the nonexistent privacy interests of an illegal alien criminal who maimed a United States citizen — as the result of just another one of the "minor" traffic offenses alien advocacy groups are constantly going on about — a federal agency stymies the victim and forces her to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain information that its "public" advocate should have immediately made available, given the facts of the case.
The tale of immigration enforcement under this administration is one of skewed moral compasses and misplaced narratives. The real victims of the story are American citizens and lawful resident aliens, collectively and individually.

Obama preparing to stop ICE from targeting immigration offenders

On Friday, a DHS official leaked to the Los Angeles Times hints of two policy changes in the works to further reduce deportations. If implemented, we can expect deportations to drop by tens of thousands per year, and the communities where they are released can expect them to renew the criminal activity that caused them to be referred to ICE in the first place. 
The first change apparently being considered would be to stop deporting illegal aliens whose "only" convictions have been for immigration offenses. 
Some immigration violations are quite serious, although anti-enforcement groups like to give the impression that they are the equivalent of jaywalking. For example, alien smuggling is an immigration offense, as is international child abduction, and immigration fraud. 
But perhaps most important to the anti-enforcement grievance groups, this policy change would stop ICE from removing illegal aliens who have been deported before. ICE agents would be forced to look the other way at illegal aliens committing a federal felony offense that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, depending on the circumstances. Similarly, agents would have to ignore illegal aliens who abscond from immigration court hearings. 
The proposed policy could prevent ICE from removing war criminals and terrorists, not to mention suspected sex offenders, gang members, and cartel operatives who for whatever reason have not been prosecuted or convicted of crimes, but who have immigration violations that enable ICE to kick them out.
It is an immigration violation for an illegal alien to possess a gun. Presumably that would cease to be a basis for removal under this policy, and one less tool for ICE agents to use against violent gangs.
The second change being considered would apparently limit the number of illegal aliens who could be detained after coming to ICE's attention after a local arrest. 
These are not small changes. Their effect would be to allow illegal aliens who are detected after committing crimes to remain at large, potentially continuing criminal activity and putting the public at risk. Illegal aliens who commit offenses that are rarely prosecuted or are dismissed, such as identity theft and traffic offenses, would suffer no consequences. These changes would welcome back all those who the U.S. government has already taken the time, effort, due process, and expense to process before, and invite still more to skip immigration hearings in further contempt of the law. 
Immigration enforcement, especially in the interior, has already deteriorated to the point where perhaps 90 percent of the illegal aliens in the country now face no threat of deportation, thanks to the administration's "prosecutorial discretion" policies.
The number of aliens deported from the interior has dropped 40 percent since 2011, despite the fact that ICE agents are encountering more criminal aliens than ever before, as a result of better information sharing with local police and jails. 
If the first proposed change barring ICE from removing non-criminal immigration violators were to be implemented, ICE would end up removing significantly fewer illegal aliens. In 2013, ICE removed 23,436 who fell into this category, representing 17 percent of interior removals. These included 10,358 repeat immigration violators, 10,336 first-time immigration violators, and 2,742 immigration fugitives. It is worth repeating that the vast majority of these individuals were referred to ICE because of a local arrest.
It is unclear how the second proposed change, limiting detention of arrested illegal aliens, would affect operations. Already less than 2 percent of ICE's caseload is detained (less than 33,000 aliens out of 1.8 million). More than three-fourths of current immigration detentions are mandated by statute — such as cases of violent felons who re-enter after deportation. ICE already releases and/or declines to process more than 70 percent of the aliens encountered by officers, even though most are discovered as a result of the alien's involvement in criminal activity, and most are deportable. 
This is all political fun and games for the White House, designed to mollify the anti-enforcement grievance groups who are demanding an end to all deportations — until someone gets killed. And that's not hyperbole. A 2012 study initiated by the House Judiciary committee with subpoenaed data from ICE found that 59 murders were committed over a 2.5 year period by illegal aliens who had been referred to ICE but were released instead of charged. 
Prosecution of immigration violators — regardless of criminal convictions — is important not only for public safety reasons, but because it helps maintain the integrity of our immigration system. To ignore repeated violations simply invites more lawbreaking, and is profoundly unfair to those trying to navigate our legal immigration system. 

Illinois issues 14,000 drivers licenses to undocumented foreigners in 2 mo.

The state of Illinois issued 14,000 temporary drivers licenses to undocumented foreigners in two months, which, if that rate of demand is maintained, could double the number of licenses expected to be handed out during the first year of the law that allowed it...

"The numbers are impressive. We've attended to 24,000 people and granted 14,000 licenses, most of them at the 23 offices operating in Chicago and its metropolitan area," he said...

...authorities are concerned with the high percentage of rejections due to lack of documentation, of people who have unresolved cases for traffic offenses or who have driven with false licenses...

When the law was approved in January 2013, it was calculated that there were some 250,000 people driving without licenses in Illinois, of whom 90 percent were of Mexican origin.

However, the Office of the Secretary of State prepared itself to attend to some 500,000 people who could request the document...

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Ruling pending after immigration hearing for Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, convicted in Forest Grove fatal crash

A decision remains to be made in immigration court for Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, the driver convicted of felony hit-and-run in the Oct. 20 crash that killed two young Forest Grove stepsisters.

Garcia-Cisneros, 19, attended a bond hearing Wednesday morning, March 5 at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The ruling will determine whether she must remain in custody while her immigration case is pending. She was sentenced in January to three years of probation and 250 hours of community service....

The judge is expected to release a decision in writing after reviewing the documents, Cooke said. The judge did not give a time frame...

Garcia-Cisneros, brought to the United States as a young child, had temporary permission to be in the country under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program is available to undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before turning 16...

Carter said in January the conviction renders Garcia-Cisneros ineligible for deferred action. Read more about Ruling pending after immigration hearing for Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, convicted in Forest Grove fatal crash

College student who got rid of machete -- reportedly used in brutal murder -- pleads guilty

A man who got rid of a machete that authorities say was used to brutally hack a 25-year-old Southwest Portland man to death pleaded guilty Friday to hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence....

Ahmad Nofal Alkalali, 28, was charged...

...Alkalali was at a party on March 31 and told an eyewitness to the crime that “I was the dude who took care of the weapon.” The witness, who had seen his friend Weber brutally hacked with the machete 22 days earlier, reported Alkalali’s admission to police...

...The native of Saudi Arabia has lived in the United States since 2004...

...he could face deportation if he’s not an American citizen.

Three of the four men charged in the killing face aggravated murder charges: Clifton Albert Carey, 21, of Vancouver; Hussein Ali Haidar, 22, of Lake Oswego; and Mahmoud Mohsen Moustafa, 21, of Southwest Portland. Omar Mohamed Ibrahim, 19, of Southwest Portland is charged with murder. Their trial is scheduled for October...


ICE HOLDS:  Moustafa and Ibrahim

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