immigration

Tribute to Dr. John Tanton

John H. Tanton, M.D. - retired ophthalmologist and eye surgeon is recognized as the founder of the modern immigration immigration reform movement.  A video tribute to John H. Tanton, M.D. is now available.  Tanton is also publisher and former editor of The Social Contract.

As a strong conservationist and leading advocate for the environment, Dr. John Tanton founded the Petoskey, Michigan regional Audubon Society. He has been active in a number of environmental organizations, both locally and nationally. Dr. Tanton recognized that continued human population growth is a significant contributor to environmental problems and he therefore became involved with the Sierra Club Population Committee and became President and board member of Zero Population Growth.

As immigration became the driving force behind unending U.S. population growth, John Tanton founded FAIR - the Federation for American Immigration Reform. John Tanton is pro-immigrant and pro-legal immigration, but at reduced, sustainable numbers. He states:

"The stresses caused by population growth cannot be solved by international migration. They must be confronted by and within each individual nation. Fundamental to the concept of national rights and responsibilities is the duty of each nation to match its population with its political, social, and environmental resources, in both the short and the long term. No nation should exceed what the biologists call its 'carrying capacity.'"

This video is a tribute to the life and accomplishments of Dr. John Tanton. For more information, see:

The John Tanton website
http://johntanton.org/

The Social Contract
http://www.thesocialcontract.com/

Obama expanding refugee program for Central Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the United States....

... the administration will expand in-country refugee processing for families coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala...

The efforts are designed in part to combat the crush of tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally ...

...more than 51,100 people traveling as families and more than 43,000 unaccompanied children have been caught illegally crossing the Mexican border...

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Does a U.S. President have the right to exclude Muslims?

 
This is an important question today, after yet another atrocity, the murders of 49 innocent citizens in Orlando on June 12, and the serious wounding of many others.  Just last December, after the attacks in San Bernardino, the same issue arose: can the President exclude certain groups from immigrating to this country?
 
As a result of the accumulation of terrorist attacks in the U.S., the issue of excluding Muslims from immigration to this country is being debated now in the Presidential campaign.  Candidate Donald Trump has proposed banning Muslims from entering.
 
The well-qualified legal scholar, James R. Edwards, says that restoring meaningful ideological exclusion policies is long overdue.  The McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 allowed for the policy, but in following years the Act has been amended and changed.
 
In a January 2016 blog, Edwards calls radical political Islam today’s foremost external threat to America’s existence.  Earlier he had authored a 24-page research paper published by the Center for Immigration Studies, Keeping Extremists Out: The History of Ideological Exclusion and the Need for Its Revival.  A section of his paper discusses the history of the McCarran-Walter Act. 
 
A recent article in the Daily Caller by reporter Alex Pfeiffer lists results of a review of past Presidential orders showing that all of the last 6 Presidents, including Pres. Obama, have used executive authority to block entry of certain classes of people.
 
Pfeiffer lists 6 actions by Pres. Obama, also 6 each by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Pres. George H.S. Bush used the authority only once, Ronald Reagan 4 times, and Jimmy Carter once.  Pfeiffer describes the circumstances of use by each of these Presidents.
 
Law Professor Jan Ting of Temple University is quoted in the The Daily Caller article as saying  that “absolutely and without any doubt” existing law allows restricting immigration of certain nationalities or religious groups.
 
In a December 8, 2015 Daily Caller article by Christian Datok, lawyer and Power Line blogger John Hinderaker was interviewed.  He said categorically that a U.S. President has the right now to exclude certain groups. Citing Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, Hinderaker stated that Congress has specifically given the president the authority to block immigration from majority Muslim countries as early as today, if he wanted to.
 
Here is the complete legal reference copied from NumbersUSA’s blog on the subject:
Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) says that "Whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrant's or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate."
 
 

Gov. Brown should tell feds: no more Syrian refugees to Oregon

Will some of the Syrian refugees the Obama administration is hustling through a truncated vetting process make their way to Oregon?

In early April, the Associated Press’ Khetam Malkawi reported, “the first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up ‘surge operation’ for refugees left Jordan” for Kansas City, Mo. “While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months,” Malkawi wrote, “the surge operation will reduce the time to three months.” Its purpose? To help President Barack Obama meet his goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

Between the start of the fiscal year last October and April 1, the State Department reports, 17 Syrian refugees had been resettled in Oregon. Obama’s surge could increase that number suddenly and dramatically — to the detriment, as we’ll see, of many Oregonians. First, however, let’s look at what 10,000 Syrian refugees could mean for the nation as a whole.

In regard to their country of origin, FBI counter-terrorist official Michael Steinbach told Congress last year, “We don’t have systems in place on the ground to collect information to vet ... The dataset, the police, the intel services that normally you would (consult) to seek information” about refugees don’t exist. Consequently, even under the more comprehensive pre-surge vetting, terrorists from Syria could and did slip through the cracks. One prominent example: Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, a Syrian admitted to the United States as a refugee in 2012, returned to his home country and fought for the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam in late 2013 and early 2014. Afterward, eluding State Department screening yet again, he returned to the United States. Under Obama’s dramatically-shortened vetting process, even more Al-Jayabs likely will be able to enter our country.

Granted, not all Syrian refugees would be terrorists. But to the communities in which they settle and to Americans as a whole, they would constitute a significant fiscal burden. “More than 90 percent of recent Mideast refugees draw food stamps and about 70 percent receive free health care and cash welfare,” noted Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Indeed, the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector estimates that the 10,000 Syrian refugees the administration aims to resettle here, over the course of their lifetimes, likely would cost U.S. taxpayers $6.5 billion.

And now, to Oregon.

Late last year, Gov. Kate Brown said our state “will ... open the doors of opportunity” to Syrian refugees. If she makes good on that, however, she may shut those same doors on some of our most vulnerable fellow citizens.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, some 200,000 Oregon residents are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated recently, more than 16 percent of Oregonians live in poverty. The city of Portland, OPB reported late last year, has a shortage of some 24,000 housing units “affordable to the lowest-income renters” (those available for $750 a month or less); the Washington County housing market, said the county’s Housing Services Department, has recently suffered “a shortage of affordable housing for extremely low-income and low-income households.” And Oregon’s $7.4 billion K-12 school fund for the 2015-17 biennium, a state legislative committee determined last year, was almost $1.8 billion short of the amount needed “to reach the state’s educational goals.” Clearly, some of Oregon’s youngest and poorest would be harmed by an influx of refugees who would compete against them for already-insufficient jobs, shelter and education dollars.

What then, should Brown do?

Federal law 8 U.S.C. 1522 states that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is charged with resettling refugees, “shall consult” with state governments “concerning ... the intended distribution of refugees among the states and localities before their placement.” Among the criteria for such placement: “the availability of (an area’s) employment opportunities, affordable housing, and public and private resources (including educational, health care, and mental health services.)” The law further directs HHS, “to the maximum extent possible,” to “take into account recommendations of the state(s).”

Citing this law, Brown should contact HHS and explain how an influx of Syrian refugees would harm some of her state’s most vulnerable residents. Coming from a Democrat friendly to the president’s overall agenda, her argument could sway the department’s chief refugee-resettlement officials.

Though the governor’s compassion toward refugees is laudable, it is to her fellow Oregonians — those she was elected to serve — that she owes her foremost responsibility. Immediately, she should contact HHS and say: For the sake of our own struggling people, send no more Syrian refugees to Oregon.

Cynthia Kendoll of Salem and Richard F. LaMountain of Cedar Mill are president and vice president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform

OFIR President attends American Principles Liberty Summit in Fresno, CA

Cynthia Kendoll, OFIR President was invited to attend the American Principles Liberty Summit Conference in Fresno, CA Saturday, May 21, 2016.  the conference was fast paced with over 40 speakers and as many vendors booths to visit.

Interesting, knowledgeable speakers covered topics ranging from 2nd and 5th amendment rights, radical Islam and terrorism, legal and illegal immigration, the upcoming general elections and much, much more.


 

Looking at results of the Primary

 
Several incumbents who supported good immigration-related bills in the Oregon Legislature won in their primaries and will be on the ballot again in November.  Some newcomers were primary winners also.
 
Congratulations to OFIR Board member Mike Nearman, re-elected in the Republican Primary for Oregon House.  He will face Jim Thompson in the November General Election.  Congratulations also to OFIR Board member Mark Callahan who is now the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, opposing 35-year incumbent Ron Wyden, graded D- by NumbersUSA based on Wyden’s many years of wrong voting on immigration issues.  In contrast, NumbersUSA rates Mark Callahan a True Immigration Reformer, based on his replies to their candidate questionnaire.
 
All of the U.S. Senate candidates were profiled in the candidates section of the OFIR website, as well as candidates for numerous other offices also.
 
Four initiatives are described in the Elections section of the OFIR website, one of which is still actively collecting signatures.  This is Initiative Petition no. 49No more fake emergencies.  This initiative is very important because legislators are routinely attaching emergency clauses to almost every bill.  The emergency clause is being abused to prevent voters from exercising their Constitutional right to hold a referendum on the bill.  If you haven’t signed this petition, please do. Oregon citizens registered to vote can sign this petition online at: http://nofakeemergencies.com/ until June 22. See the petition website for further details.
 
OFIR also advocated these 3 initiatives:  IP 40, English will be the official language in Oregon; IP 51, Voters must prove citizenship to vote, and IP 52, Oregon employment protection act.
 
IP 52, the Oregon employment protection act, would have required use of the free federal E-Verify program for new hires by Oregon employers. Information about all of these initiatives is available on the OFIR website here.
  
Citizen activists face many problems in mounting initiatives on subjects that are out of favor with current government leadership.  One candidate for Secretary of State who will be on the November ballot, Dennis Richardson, said clearly on his campaign website: “Dennis believes citizens have the right to petition their government. He’ll work to make the initiative process more transparent and citizen friendly. He’ll advocate for fair and non-partisan ballot titling by proposing a citizen’s commission on ballot titling, which would remove the process from partisan hands.”
 
If you’re curious to know who the winners were in each primary election race and how many votes they got, you can check the state’s election report here: http://oregonvotes.gov/results/2016P/index.html
 

'Refugee' ruse: An illegals pipeline

Since the surge of “children” — primarily male teens — from Central America in 2014, the Obama administration has tried various ways to open the floodgates to this segment of illegal aliens. The latest attempt, billed as “family reunification,”...

Except most of them are not refugees, according to a Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis.

To better manage the “crisis,” a new refugee-resettlement program set up in Central America coordinates with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees....

Trouble is, most of these children who leave their homes in Central America “do not do so for fear of persecution” and, by the U.N.’s definition, are not refugees, writes Nayla Rush for CIS. “Wouldn’t it make more sense to provide them with the care they need away from danger but in their own country or close to it?”...

Once established in the U.S., these “refugees” can obtain legal status and sponsor their illegal relatives living the U.S.

This is nothing more than a means to an end, focused not on what’s best for the children but on illegals’ amnesty.

Islamic attacks spreading

News of the terrorist attacks in Brussels is alarming.

Our friends at Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform have collected several pertinent references on the problem of radical Islamic terrorism.   Thanks to Fred Elbel for sharing his list, which is reproduced below.
 
Please consider contacting our Congressional delegation and tell them -- do not open up America to the Islamic terrorists.  Click here to get contact information for Oregon's delegation. 
 
From the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform:
 
Here are some recent articles reflecting on current international events:
 
 
 
This is the most succinct and readable synopsis of islam that I have come across: Mohammed, Islamic History, and the Bloody Future of the West, Alex Charles, Real Facts Media
 
Another good synopsis: Essential Islam, by Dr. Brad Lyles, Canada Free Press
 
 
 
 

You're invited! Senator Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Washington County Saturday, March 12

Alert date: 
2016-03-09
Alert body: 

Senator Merkley will hold a Town Hall for Washington County constituents on Saturday, March 12, in Tualatin. Please attend, if possible, and ask questions or make comments concerning immigration issues.

In his announcement, he says: "I invite all residents to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation."  This is a great opportunity for you to attend and ask specific immigration related questions.

What: Washington County Town Hall

When:  Saturday, March 12, 2016, 3:00 PM

Where: Tualatin High School, 22300 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin, OR 97062

NumbersUSA gives Sen. Merkley a grade of F for recent years 2013-2016.  We recommend that you view and print out a copy of his voting report to give to him:

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/print/my/congress/1341/printreportcard//

If you are able to attend the meeting and speak or ask a question, please share the information with OFIR at ofir@oregonir.org.

Concern over refugee re-settlement widespread

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

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

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

 

 

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