illegal immigration

OFIR President to speak to Lake Oswego - Oregon 912 group

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2014-07-18
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Get a first hand update on the rising concerns for what's happening on our US border.  The situation has deteriorated and shows no sign of improvement.  Learn what that means for our country, our state and for you and your family!  Cynthia will also provide an update on the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses referendum campaign.  There will be time for questions, as well.

Time: Friday evening - doors open at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm

Location:  West End Building - 4101 Kruse Way - Lake Oswego  (Park in back lot and walk across bridge)

For more informaton:  www.oregon912project.org

Also on the agenda - Guest speaker Washington State Rep. Liz Pike will provide an overview of progress being made by the newly formed bipartisan Bi-State Bridge Coalition.

 

 

 

Public protests to be held Fri. and Sat. + tips for protesters

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2014-07-18
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Three national organizations have joined together in coordinating nationwide protests against the Obama-inspired illegal immigration surge on America's borders. The protests will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, 2014. More than 300 are now scheduled.

Protest Times and Locations for Friday-Saturday, July 18-19th, OREGON

Eugene, Harlow Road & I-5 overpass, Saturday, July 19, 11:00 am-4:00pm. The protest will take place on the Overpass.

Salem, The protest will take place on the Overpass at I-5 & Center St NE, Saturday, July 19 11:00 am -4:00pm.

Portland, Oregon, MEXICAN CONSULATE, 1305 SW 12TH AVE Friday July 18. 11:00 am -4:00pm.

Bend, Oregon. The protest will take place at the Empire Blvd and Hwy 97 Overpass. Friday, July 18, 11:00-4:00pm

Albany, Protest on the Overpass at 5 FWY & Santiam Hwy, Saturday July 19, 10AM - 4:00PM, There is a Denny's across the street and plenty of parking next to the Overpass.

Participants are encouraged to bring signs, flags, a folding chair, water, sunscreen.

We must caution people to remain civil - bring your own signs - but, remember that the press is watching every move we make. We must remain civil at all times.

Organizers describe the protests' purpose as:

"On July 18 and 19, 2014, the largest coordinated protest against all forms of amnesty, comprehensive immigration reform, and the government's failure to enforce immigration laws and secure our borders will begin, all across America. The protests are scheduled to be held at state capitols, Mexican consulates, and on streets and overpasses coast-to-coast, including Hawaii and Alaska."

Please take the time to stop by for an hour or two and show your support.

See more information and facebook event page

OFIR is not involved in organizing these protests. However, we are participating and recognize that they present an excellent opportunity for concerned Americans to make their concerns known to the public and especially to the media.

Please note the following guidelines / suggestions provided by CAIRCO (Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform):

Signs: Make your own. Lettering has to be very large - probably a foot high with heavy letters and with few words in upper case. Drivers will have at most a second or two to read your sign. Keep message focused. For example:

        SECURE OUR BORDER

DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS

NO ILLEGALS

OBAMA CLOSE THE BORDER

etc.

We would suggest not using inappropriate terminology such as undocumented immigrants and illegal immigrants - more info.

Media: If you are approached by the media, know what you are going to say before you speak. Have a list of two or three talking points and go back to them when a reporter tries to make you say something that can be used against you. For example:

         Reporter: Why are you here today?

A: To insist that President Obama secure our border against unauthorized entry of illegal aliens.

Reporter: So you don't like immigrant children?

A: I think all children should be cared for by their families in their home countries. If I sent my American children to travel unattended to a foreign country, I would be arrested for child neglect. We can solve that problem by securing our border.

Reporter: So you support Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

A: Absolutely not. I do not support amnesty for illegal aliens of any kind. We already have laws on the books which we can enforce to secure our border. Right now. Today.

Reporter: Isn't it racist to deny these children an opportunity in America?

A: This has nothing to do with race. I am concerned about the impact of mass immigration on Americans - of all races, creeds, and colors. We need to secure our border and deport those who have snuck into America.

The law: Obey all laws, including traffic and parking signs. If a police officer requests you to do something, and his request is within the law, please do it. You have the Constitutional right to free speech and free assembly. Do not become confrontational. Have your cell phone and/or video camera with you. Video recordings are important.

Open borders goons: It is possible that anti-American open borders nutcases will be at the protests, possibly mingling with the crowd. Avoid physical conflict. Video recordings are important, especially to prevent confrontations and to document any that occur.

Personal: Take water with you. Keep extra water in your car. Prepare for sun and heat. Casual dress - no uniforms, no camo. Have handi wipes with you and in your car. We do not condone violence. However, here is an article containing guidelines for passive resistance in Murrieta, CA.

Have fun! See you there!Additional information from the press release about the protests:

Overpasses for America, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), and the new group that initiated the protests Make Them Listen are pleased to announce that American citizens who are encouraged by the turning back of Obama's illegal immigrant filled buses in Murrieta, California, and Oracle, Arizona, are now joining protests of varied sizes at state capitals, Mexican Consulates, overpasses, intersections, and illegal immigrant drop off points and detention facilities.

To view the list of protests, please visit this link...

http://www.alipac.us/f8/protest-times-locations-july-18-19-national-protests-against-amnesty-307111/

"Our goal is to unify Americans of every race, political party, and walk of life against this Obama-inspired invasion of our American homeland!" said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "We want to harness the grass roots backlash forming out there and channel it into the remaining GOP primaries and general elections of 2014 to throw as many immigration reform amnesty supporters out of office as possible this year!"

"These protests are designed to raise public awareness and opposition to the Obama-inspired illegal immigration surge on our Southern border!" said Paul Arnold of Make them Listen. "Obama has become our 'Smuggler in Chief' and his illegal immigrant agenda is putting American jobs, taxpayer resources, and lives at risk."

Paul Arnold has launched a Facebook event page to create and organize the protests. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476471035921641/

"This border crisis is a result of Obama's dereliction of duty and his refusal to honor his oath of office, our laws, our borders, and the US Constitution that guarantees that 'all states shall be protected from invasion'" said James Neighbors of Overpasses for America. "We need to protest and elect new members of Congress who will stop Obama's abuses of power and this invasion. Obama is making it clear that he cares more about illegal immigrants than the American citizens of all races who elected him."

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The complete press release is viewable online at: http://www.alipac.us/hundreds-protests-against-illegal-immigration-nationwide-july-18-19-3202/

Call and oppose the flawed border bill

Alert date: 
2014-07-28
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Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Washington DC
FAIR ACTION ALERT, July 28, 2014
 
House Leadership to Send Flawed Border Bill to Floor
Call Your Representatives NOW and Urge Them to Vote No!
 
Sources all over Capitol Hill are reporting that House Speaker John Boehner plans to send a flawed border bill to the floor this week. The bill will be a response to President Obama's request for Congress to provide government agencies an extra $3.7 billion to speed up the processing of and provide care for illegal alien minors flooding the border and resettle them all across the country. 
 
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW AND URGE THEM TO VOTE NO!
 
1. President Obama has caused this crisis. 
 
Under the guise of "prosecutorial discretion," President Obama has blatantly refused to enforce our immigration laws, ordering immigration agents to essentially ignore all illegal aliens who have not been convicted of violent crimes. Removals of illegal alien minors have dropped nearly 80 percent during his Administration. Even President Obama's former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unapologetically declared that the chances of the average illegal being deported are "close to zero." 
 
To make matters worse, President Obama has circumvented Congress and adopted administrative amnesty programs, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), that shield illegal aliens from deportation. These policies have sent a clear message around the world: if you come, you can stay. 
 
2. Policy changes will either fail in the Senate or become a vehicle for amnesty. 
 
As Congress has debated how to respond to the President's request for $3.7 billion in extra funding, House leaders have insisted that policy changes must accompany the money. They have focused specifically on changing the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 to allow minors from Central America to be processed and deported quickly like minors from Mexico.
 
While this is a laudable goal, the Senate has vowed to block any changes to the 2008 Act. And, if policy changes are sent to the Senate, any legislation that returns to the House is likely to contain some sort of amnesty or other bad policy changes. This would set up a dangerous scenario for a conference committee or action in a lame-duck session of Congress. 
 
3. If policy changes pass Congress, they will be rendered meaningless by the Obama Administration. 
 
President Obama has made it clear that he does not care whether Congress amends the 2008 Act to speed up the removal of minors from Central America. Just last Thursday, the White House confirmed that it is considering a plan to admit even MORE Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran minors by giving them refugee status -an act that requires outright ignoring the legal definition of a refugee. Granting refugee status to these minors would nullify any legislation Congress passes to speed up the processing and deportation of illegal alien minors crossing the border.
 
More importantly, the Obama Administration has vowed that by the end of August, it will unilaterally grant some sort of administrative amnesty to illegal aliens already in the U.S. By some accounts the plan may shield millions of illegal aliens from deportation! (See, e.g., The New York Times, June 30, 2014)
 
4. The legislation being proposed by House Leadership will not improve the situation.  In fact, it will make matters worse! 
 
In particular, the House Leadership bill is damaging because it includes the Cornyn-Cuellar bill. This bill actually further complicates the process of removing illegal alien minors by giving them an additional hearing before an immigration judge to attempt to establish they have a legitimate claim to stay in the U.S.  In addition, the Cornyn-Cuellar bill allows illegal alien minors who have received final deportation orders in the past 18 months to get those orders expunged and re-apply for admission to the U.S.!! (To learn more, read FAIR's summary of the Cornyn-Cuellar bill.) 
 
Finally, the House Leadership bill does nothing to address the real cause of the crisis. It does not attempt to stop President Obama's non-enforcement policies or his administrative amnesty programs. And it does nothing to impede President Obama from fulfilling his promise to grant administrative amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. by the end of this summer! 
 
Act NOW!  FAIR is asking all of its members, supporters, and activists to call their Representatives and urge them to vote NO on the House Leadership supplemental spending bill.  Tell your Representative:
 
• You oppose new legislation that will only complicate the deportation of illegal alien minors;
 
• You demand that House leaders address the TRUE cause of this border crisis: the President's non-enforcement policies and administrative amnesty programs. House leaders should support legislation that significantly restricts the President's ability to abuse various forms of relief such as deferred action, humanitarian parole, parole-in-place, temporary protected status, etc. This includes supporting legislation authored by Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Marsha Blackburn that would end DACA; and
 
• You demand that House leaders immediately take action to stop the President from fulfilling his promise to grant administrative amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.S.
 
House leaders plan to vote on their bill THIS WEEK! Call your Representatives NOW! 
 
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Find numbers for your U.S. Senators and Representatives from Oregon at: http://www.oregonir.org/how-contact-oregon-congressional-delegation
 
 

US Schools Brace for Flood of Central American Immigrant Students

At least 30,000 migrant Central American students are heading to classrooms across the country this fall, bring low levels of education that will bring down classroom averages, and overwhelm already struggling school districts, educators are warning.

The Obama administration announced earlier this month that some 30,340 foreign youths and children had been distributed, with the bulk, 4,280, remaining near where they crossed the southern border in Texas, reports The Daily Caller.

Other high numbers of students headed to Virginia, which received 2,234 youths, Maryland, with 2,205, North Carolina, with 1,191, and New Jersey, getting 1,504.

Even more students may be showing up in the classrooms, with more than 100,000 migrants being distributed nationwide.

In many cases, such students have "very, very limited amounts of education [and] in some cases, they cannot count to 10,” Caroline Woodason, assistant director for student support at the public schools in Dalton, Ga., told The Dalton Daily Citizen. "They can’t turn on a computer. They’ve never even seen a computer. Also, they, in most cases, cannot speak English or Spanish."

The students instead speak Mam or another language that is specific to their home regions, and Woodason said there is no way they can participate in U.S. history, biology, or other high school courses without special preparation.

By law, high school students may remain in school until they are 22 years old. Dalton officials have formed a "Newcomer Academy" at one school to help deal with the Central American students' challenges. To qualify, students must prove to be non-proficient in English and three years behind academically.

Education specialist Robin Hambly in Fairfax, Va., told The Washington Post "teachers [are] dealing with children not just learning English but years below expected grade/achievement level." Early this year, her school district had 5,192 Central American students, up 22 percent since 2011.

And many of the students are facing more than just academic challenges, said Hamby.

The youths are escaping harrowing journeys to come north to escape lives filled with gang violence and poverty in their home countries, and are struggling.

"These kids were homesick and heartbroken," said Hamby.

"There's no way a [foreign] child is going to be able to come to school ready and able to learn if we don’t address some of the other issues they’re facing,” Debra Duardo, executive director for human services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, told the Chicago Tribune.

But educators are finding that the foreign-born students are, in most cases, appreciative of their opportunity to learn and find a safe haven in America's classrooms.

"I haven't learned much here, but know with the school I will learn," Marlon, a 16-year-old Honduran who arrived in February, told the Tribune. The boy's name was withheld because of his age, and he now lives with relatives in the New Orleans area.

Speaking Spanish, Marlon said that so far, he hasn't "learned much here, but know with the school I will learn. I think it's good to learn English here. If the judge allows me to stay, I can get a job if I speak English, and opportunity." Read more about US Schools Brace for Flood of Central American Immigrant Students

Northern sheriffs get close-up look at border crisis

The tens of thousands unaccompanied immigrant children who have been caught this year at the border are being bused and flown to facilities across the country where they will be housed and cared for in make-shift camps until they are released to family. As a result, many officials in northern states are taking a sudden interest in this crisis and are demanding to know what is being done to deter future waves of children from coming to America illegally.

Last week six sheriffs from across the country were given the opportunity to take a ride on two of the Texas Highway Patrol speed and gun boats that have been patrolling the Rio Grande south of Mission since this crisis began.

Susan Tully, as the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR’s) National Field director, helped organize the tour. Tully said FAIR is a nonprofit public policy organization out of Washington, D.C., that has been in place 35 years. Supporters of FAIR believe immigration policies should benefit America and Americans first and foremost, she said.

“What we’re doing down here in the Rio Grande Valley is all about public education of our law enforcement officials so that they can see exactly what is going on along the border,” Tully said. “The true story is not being told by most of the media so we felt it was important for these sheriffs to see the situation down here first-hand.”

She said sheriffs were strategically picked from across the country so they can in turn go back and share what they learned with their colleagues.

While public education was one of the objectives of the northern sheriffs’ visit to the Valley last week, Tully said FAIR’s ultimate goal is to change the nation’s current immigration laws.

“One of the reasons we came down here was to talk to the people who are having to deal with this crisis on a daily basis,” said Tully. “Without fai,l they all agree that the first thing we need to do is to change the 2008 law that requires them to treat minors from other countries differently than they do those from Mexico. That we need to change that legislation because between that and the (Obama) administration granting DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) telling children and young people that if they show up here we’re going to legalize them somehow is a perfect storm for what’s going on down here.”

The six sheriffs that toured the Rio Grande on the Texas Highway Department boats last week were Lewis Evangelidis (Worchester County, Massachusetts), Charles Jenkins (Fredericks County, Maryland), Sam Page (Rockingham County, North Carolina), Tony Childress (Livingston County, Illinois), Ken Matlack (Morrow County, Oregon) and Thomas Hodgson (Bristol County, Massachusetts).

As the six sheriffs stood on the boat dock at Anzalduas Park shortly after their ride-along with state troopers, Hodgson said the group met with Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra as well as Border Patrol personnel.

“Seeing as how a number of us are having to deal with individuals who are being sent from here to our home states, we need to know what kind of problems they’re dealing with along the border because with the movement of these individuals all over the country we’re all becoming border states,” Hodgson said.

“We’re going to be mobilizing sheriffs across this country to demand that Congress, as well as the president, act to secure these borders once and for all. We’ve been asking for it for decades and while a lot of people are referring to this as a humanitarian crisis, those of us who have our boots on the ground and have been working to get our federal government to secure our border over these years see it as a leadership crisis. Therein lays our problem.”

According to Customs and Border Protection reports, CBP has apprehended 57,525 unaccompanied alien children along the Southwest Border between October 2013 and June 2014 -- a 106 percent increase over the same period a year ago. During the same period CBP also apprehended 55,420 family units crossing the border illegally -- a 493 percent increase over last year.

In the Rio Grande Sector there have been 42,164 unaccompanied alien children and 42,358 family unit apprehensions since last October. These represent increases of 189 percent and over 500 percent, respectively.

Other than Mexican apprehensions reported from October through June were 154,606 for the Rio Grande Sector and 202,951 for the Southwest Border. Read more about Northern sheriffs get close-up look at border crisis

'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally

SALEM, Ore. -- It's exactly 1,050 miles from the Northeast Center St. overpass along Interstate 5 in Salem to the Mexican border.

About two-dozen people lined the overpass with American flags and signs on Saturday afternoon for Salem's slice of the big national movement this weekend against illegal immigration.

"We have compassion for the people coming here. But it's important they know they can't stay," said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, the group that helped organize Salem's event. "They need to return to their home countries."

Most of the protesters trying to get drivers to pay attention were white and American-born, except for a man named Ryan Trasad.

Trasad is an immigrant himself who came to the United States 40 years ago from the Fiji Islands, closer to New Zealand than America.

"I don't think anybody I've talked to is against immigrants," said Trasad. "We're a land of immigrants. We know that."

Trasad probably did not talk much with a woman named Laura Cole, who was at the same protest on the overpass with her husband and 4-year-old son.

"I want to keep Oregon the way it is, the people that make up this town" said Cole.

When asked what she meant by that, Cole answered she wants to "keep Mexicans in Mexico. Keep European-Americans here, where we are, in our homeland... I think it's OK for us to be proud that this is our territory."

Officially, the protest was only supposed to be objecting to illegal immigration, not all kinds of immigration.

It only took a few minutes for word to spread among the protesters about Cole's comments during our recorded television interview.

Cynthia Kendoll, the group's organizer, approached our crew to distance herself from Cole's opinions.

"I heard through multiple other people that a woman made a remark that the United States should remain white, and other people should go back to their home countries," said Kendoll. "The message of our organization is if you want to come to the United States, there are legal channels to do so."

Kendoll knows fringe messages of intolerance can seep in awfully easily.

For example, after drivers passed below the official protest on I-5, they approached another group of people with an even larger sign on the next overpass.

The large banner said, "Diversity is code-word for white genocide," which represents a group opposing all forms of diversity.

"A small element of it does shade what we're trying to do," said Kendoll. "We are a nation of people who have immigrated here to build our country." Read more about 'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally

Protest rally in Salem, Oregon attracts a great crowd!

Folks from several different groups joined together on the Center St. overpass in Salem, Oregon to protest the dangerous and escalating situation on our southern border.  We were all amazed and encouraged by the continuous honks, waves of support!  Thank you to all who participated!

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Oregonians for Immigration Reform to protest this weekend

Oregonians for Immigration Reform is participating in a nationwide protest against the border immigration surge in five different locations July 18 and 19.

Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform wrote in a press release that the objective is to alert citizens of the dangers of uncontrolled illegal immigration occurring at the Mexican-American border.

The protest will be held in Salem at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., July 19 on the overpass at Interstate 5 and Center Street NE.

Protests will also be held at the following places and times:

Portland, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 18 at the Mexican Consulate, 1305 SW 12th Ave

Eugene, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 19 at the I-5 overpass at Harlow Road

Albany, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 19 at the overpass at 5 FWY and Santiam Highway

Bend, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 18 at the Empire Boulevard and Highway 97 overpass

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Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas—An illegal immigrant who was released by U.S. authorities with a Notice to Appear has been arrested for the alleged murder of a woman and kidnapping of children on U.S. soil. The alleged crimes occurred after the man was released.

The man, Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, entered the U.S. illegally with children and turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents. He was processed and released, as are all illegal immigrants who come as unaccompanied minors or incomplete family units from Central America. The alien is from Honduras.

The arrest was first reported by the Associated Press (AP), but Breitbart Texas has exclusively confirmed that the man was part of the Obama Administration’s catch and release policy for family groups from Central America.

A U.S. Border Patrol source who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity provided Breitbart Texas with the alien registration number for the man, and the event number for the man’s apprehension. He was processed in the McAllen station of the U.S. Border Patrol. The alien’s registration number is 202027386. The event number for his apprehension is MCS14061487. The “MCS” designates the McAllen station, the “1406” designates that the man was apprehended in June of 2014. A separate Border Patrol source confirmed that the man was apprehended on June 26, 2014 with two children he claimed were his own. He told U.S. authorities he had family in Metairie, Louisiana.

The AP identified the illegal alien as a “suburban New Orleans man” who faces a second-degree murder charge after his girlfriend was found bludgeoned to death in a bathtub in Louisiana. The man was arrested in a Katy, Texas trailer park with three children. It is unclear if they are his or if they are the same children he used to get U.S. authorities to release him with a Notice to Appear.

The AP did not inform their readers that the man was an illegal alien.

Follow Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby on Twitter: @brandondarby.

A typo regarding dates has been corrected in this article. Read more about Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas

Mexico & Guatemala announce agreement to make illegal passage to U.S. easier

Earlier this week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference to formally announce a new program that will allow Guatemalan citizens to legally travel through Mexico in their effort to enter the United States illegally. Guatemala is one of three sending countries accounting for most of the illegal aliens coming across the U.S.-Mexico border during the ongoing surge. The agreement grants Guatemalans 72 hours of legal status while they make their journey to the U.S.

The "Southern Border Program to Improve Passage" will increase the number of border checkpoints along the Mexico-Guatemala border, provide medical care, and offer Guatemalans a Regional Visitor's Card. The card grants Guatemalans enough time to make the trek to Mexico's northern border.

The program will also offer protection and financial assistance for unaccompanied minors who attempt to make the journey.

For more information, see the Examiner and El Universal.

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