Oregon

Oregon House Democrats declare for open borders

The Oregon House Democrats have now put it on record that they want completely open borders in the U.S.

Read the full news release here.  It includes these statements:

From Rep. Diego Hernandez:  “Here in Oregon, we believe in building an inclusive and welcoming state for everyone.”

 EVERYONE?  There are millions of aspiring migrants all over the world who would like to come and settle here.  Millions are already trying to sneak across the borders.

From Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon:   “We refuse to allow our community to continue living with this crippling fear and anxiety— we will continue to uphold our values of self-determination and resilience despite these intimidating threats and constant attacks by ICE. Oregon House Democrats will do everything in our power to push back against the Trump Administration’s politically motivated and inhumane practices in our state.”

There would not be “CRIPPLING FEAR AND ANXIETY” among illegal aliens if they had arrived here legally.  Apparently, the Representative thinks immigration laws should not exist and that anyone in the world is entitled to ignore them.

The official statement of the House Democratic Caucus: 

“We as House Democrats stand strong in our commitment to our values of equity and inclusion. We are proud of Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state, and it is something that we have fought to protect through legislation and at the ballot box over the years. We need to ensure local resources are protected and not diverted for an inhumane political agenda. This is not the Oregon Way.

“The Oregon House Democrats stand in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors. We must ensure all Oregonians are treated fairly, regardless of where they were born. We are committed to protecting our values as an inclusive state.”

This is a clear announcement of purpose: to trash federal laws limiting immigration, and set up completely open borders. 

Is Oregon ready to secede from the U.S.?

Do these Democrats ever want any kind of limits on immigration?

The Spring Primary election is coming up soon.  There will be opportunities to support candidates for the Legislature who care about the best interests of citizens and the future viability of our nation.  Watch this website which is compiling information on positions of candidates:  https://oregonabigailadams.wordpress.com/2020-primary-election/. The site has issued a questionnaire including questions on immigration issues, for candidates to return.  Quite a few candidates have already provided Answers.  You can scroll down the list to see which candidates have responded.

Know before you vote - ask the candidates specific questions and ask them to post their views on their campaign website, too.

When you find candidates who share your views, HELP THEM in any way you can.

ICE issues subpoenas to demand criminal alien information refused under Oregon sanctuary policies

ICE’s more aggressive stance on enforcement in states with sanctuary policies has reached Oregon now, and has already caused a break in the solid wall of resistance here. 

On February 18, Washington County responded to two subpoenas issued by ICE and is cooperating. Their news release announcing the change in policy says “Sheriff Garrett swore an oath to uphold state and federal law. The information commanded by the subpoenas is required by federal law, and may be provided as specifically allowed by ORS 180.805(1); therefore, the requested information will be shared.  …”

Read a detailed account about this development, including names of criminal aliens involved, at https://www.larslarson.com/criminal-alien-of-the-week-report-02-20-20-by-david-cross/
 

On Feb. 21, ICE announced issuance of subpoenas to more jurisdictions in Oregon:  

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) served five more immigration subpoenas today on the Hillsboro Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, seeking information on illegal aliens who were criminally arrested in their jurisdictions. These immigration subpoenas are necessary due to dangerous sanctuary laws that are forcing Oregon law enforcement agencies as well as state, county and local governments, to refuse ICE’s requests for information and cooperation. …”  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-serves-5-immigration-subpoenas-oregon-criminal-alien-information-local-law

 

Population growth and sprawl in Oregon

NumbersUSA has just released a new report, Population Growth and Sprawl in Oregon, which details the expansion of population and how it has affected the environment here.

Top conclusions: 

What we found was that between 1982 and 2015, Oregon lost 419,000 acres (656 square miles) of open space as the state’s population grew by 1.3 million. …

Oregon has also been one of the leaders in anti-sprawl efforts, limiting the amount of sprawl per person. However, population growth has caused sprawl to continue as Oregon officials have failed to accommodate its growth population within exiting urbanized area. On average, 0.311 acre of land was developed to accommodate each new resident during the 33-year period covered in the study. …

The majority of Oregon’s recent population growth has come through migration from other U.S. states and international migration (immigration) from abroad. From 2000 to 2015 just 38% of Oregon’s population growth was due to natural increase. The rest (62%) came from in-migration from other states (32%) and immigration (30%). …

Losing open space isn’t the same as filling up empty space. What Oregon is losing to urban sprawl are croplands, forestlands, wetlands, and wildlife habitats, all vital to a healthy ecosystem. There are also physiological and psychological benefits of open space.

Being able to enjoy natural areas is important to 85% of Oregonians polled as part of the sprawl study. Oregon’s natural beauty and opportunity for outdoor recreation is what draws so many people to the state, and it is Oregon’s growing population which threatens these landscapes.

Oregon residents express a clear preference for slower growth, and a plurality are open to cuts in immigration, while very few favor increases. There is a lot that Oregonians can do to stop sprawl in their state, but as long as the U.S. population continues to grow at its current rate, millions more will likely move to the state. Oregon’s government has projected that the state’s population will reach 5.6 million by 2050, almost 1.5 million more than its current population. …

While immigration is not responsible for most population growth in Oregon, it is a significant contributor, and it likely factors into the decision of many who move to Oregon from out-of-state. Consider that California is by far the more recent state of residence for those who move to Oregon, followed by Washington, Illinois, New York, and Texas. These are all states that have seen significant increases in their population, driven in large-part by immigration. Of those who moved to Oregon as an adult from another state, 44% said they did so “seeking a better quality of life.” …

Oregonians strongly prefer to preserve open spaces in their state, yet the policies put in place to do so have proven ineffective. Like most Americans, residents of Oregon must make a choice:

Take adequate steps to prevent urban sprawl, which must include slowing population growth, or accept the continuing disappearance of the state's habitat and farmland and unspoiled natural areas.

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See the announcement here.  See the complete 160-page report at: https://www.numbersusa.org/sites/default/files/public/assets/resources/files/Oregon_Sprawl.pdf

This report is a clear warning that applies to all states:  Oregon and the entire U.S.  must immediately stop illegal immigration and greatly reduce the excessive levels of legal immigration. Population numbers in the U.S. and worldwide must be in balance with basic environmental resources.  Otherwise, we are rushing into environmental and social disaster.

OFIR has worked since its founding in 2000 to educate Oregon citizens and voters regarding the need to reduce immigration levels.  From our statement of goals:  “For the first 200 years of our nation we averaged about 236,000 immigrants per year, and we grew into the most successful nation in history.  Current immigration levels of over 1.5 million a year are unsustainable for us environmentally, socially, fiscally and politically.  Immigration at that level dissuades assimilation of new immigrants into becoming Americans.  …”

A better way to help refugees

Governor Brown recently signed a letter to President Trump’s administration saying in effect that Oregon will welcome refugees assigned here in any numbers.

It’s apparent that the issue of refugee resettlement needs to be more fully discussed.

What is true compassion for the millions of citizens of other countries who risk their lives to get into the U.S. and Europe claiming to be refugees?

There are millions of refugees around the world today.  We cannot take them all, and we are not really helping when we bring certain ones to admit into the U.S. or into Oregon.  This only makes it possible for some in the U.S. to feel virtuous, and for the agencies here that process the refugees to enrich themselves.

These nonprofit agencies are overwhelmingly financed by the federal government, making tax-paying citizens bear the ultimate, huge cost.  The agencies have become self-perpetuating bureaucracies with a vested interest in serving large numbers of clients.

Furthermore, it has been documented that a high percentage of applications by persons seeking refugee status are fraudulent.

We should not encourage refugees and faux-refugees to come here by issuing blanket welcome statements.  For the same amount spent on assistance to refugees in the U.S., we could be helping millions of others who’ve been left behind. The U.S. already works with other countries and the United Nations to maintain safe centers for refugees in places near their home countries, with the aim of making it possible for most of them to return to their home countries eventually. 

In a BBC Radio 4 documentary series, A New Life in Europe, a Syrian man, head of a family attempting to enter Europe, speaks bitterly of Germany’s accepting some refugee claimants while he and his family were back in the Middle East after failing twice to reach their European destination and be accepted:  "If they would close the door, people would try to help themselves here. ... We would change our plan, we wouldn't have to keep trying and waiting for another boat. We would look for a better life somewhere else. They are throwing a piece of bread tied to a string and they just keep pulling it away from you."

In other words, don’t tempt us unless you intend to let all come in who wish to.

Help for true refugees is needed worldwide. Rather than extending help piecemeal, to random fractions of the total, let’s help all of them in the most effective way possible.   That means cooperation with other countries and the United Nations.

MEETING ALERT - CHANGE IN MEETING DATE AND LOCATION

Alert date: 
January 10, 2020
Alert body: 

The next OFIR meeting has been moved back to the Best Western Mill Creek Inn in Salem.  It will be on Sunday, January 19th at 2:00pm

We owe a debt of gratitude to the staff at Best Western Mill Creek Inn.  They have stood by us for years.  At the meeting we will briefly discuss why we changed the meeting location back to the Best Western.

Lorraine Woodwark, National Director of Attorneys United for a Secure America will be our special guest speaker.  Russ Walker, President Trump’s Oregon Campaign manager, will be speaking as well as

We will discuss what we can do to prepare for the 2020 election.  President Trump will likely face off with an open-borders candidate.

Your participation is encouraged as OFIR forges the way into 2020.  Please plan to attend and invite a friend!

We hope to see you at the meeting!

Should Oregon’s population continue to grow?

A new report from Portland State University's population research center shows how much Oregon’s population has increased recently.  The numbers are concerning for many reasons.  Below is part of an alert from the Sustainability project of Numbers USA, with links to a poll being conducted now by The Oregonian on this subject.

VOTE: "Should Oregon encourage more people to move here or discourage them?"

The Oregonian reports:

Oregon has more than 4 million residents, growing by 41,000 in the past year. Of those tens of thousands of new Oregonians, 86%, or about 35,000, moved here from somewhere else. That's far more than the people who entered the state fresh from the womb.

Nationally, immigration is projected to account for the majority of U.S. population growth. Most of Oregon's growth is coming from other states, including states that are more directly impacted by immigration. Native Californians, for instance, make up 1 out of every 7 people in Oregon, according to channel 9 ABC News:

...according to Realtor Ben Fogelson, the migration of people to Oregon creates some negatives for the local communities. Fogelson said out-of-state home buyers, like those from California, out-buy local Oregonians.

According to the City of Eugene, the city's median income is $44,000 and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, California's median income is $80,000. So Californians have a greater chance of being able to buy an average Eugene's home, which is priced at $315,000.



UPDATE, 12-8-2019

The Oregonian’s poll has been closed for some time now. 

The final results were:

#ComeOnIn      7.2%

#GoAway        92.8%

Get acquainted with Oregon candidates for 2020 Primary

Oregonians frustrated with what has happened in the Oregon Legislature - and in Congress - can learn more about the candidates and then get involved with a campaign.

Oregon’s Congressional delegation has a dismal record on protecting the interests of U.S. citizens in immigration policy.  Most of the delegation has been in office for many years, and they have consistently voted for lax to no controls on immigration.  We see the results in unsustainable population growth, overcrowding, degradation of the environment and multiple other ill effects.  The State Legislature, Governor, and Attorney General have also opposed reasonable controls over immigration.

We can look to the May 2020 Primary election to find Oregon candidates who do support the best interests of citizens in immigration policy.  The Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project has already begun posting information on primary candidates, with links to their websites.  You can check what’s happening in your districts here.  If you don’t know which your districts are, you can enter your address on the form here and find out.

In earlier elections also, the OAAVEP collected detailed information on candidates’ positions on a number of important issues, including key questions about the candidate’s position on immigration.  You can see what some of them said about immigration in the 2018 and 2016 Primary campaigns on the OFIR website. Filling out the questionnaire is up to the candidate, and many of them have cooperated in recent years.

OAAVEP has also issued reports for the General Elections.  See their website homepage for more information.

Please share your knowledge with family, friends and acquaintances

Many people in Oregon and other states still believe that illegal aliens living and working in this country do no harm and see no problem in accepting their presence.  But this view ignores the widespread falsification of identities which does harm individual U.S. citizens.  The competition from illegal alien workers often causes a drop in wage levels - and that hurts all workers.  Worse still, acceptance of illegal immigration has led to more open borders policies, putting U.S. sovereignty at risk.

The article below highlights an actual case of enforcement that is usually cast narrowly by most media as pointless cruelty.  Thanks to Stephen Dinan for reporting a more complete picture.

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NO HARM? MOST ILLEGALS IN MISSISSIPPI ICE RAIDS STOLE AMERICANS' IDENTITIES, by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2019

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/nov/7/mississippi-ice-raids-most-illegal-immigrants-stol/

Excerpts:

Most of the 680 illegal immigrants nabbed in August’s immigration raids at poultry plants in Mississippi worked under stolen American identities, the Department of Homeland Security’s top investigator told Congress Thursday, rebuffing Democrats who insisted the “undocumented” workers were doing no harm.

“They stole the IDs of 400 U.S. citizens,” said Jere Miles, who leads Homeland Security Investigations’ New Orleans office. “Where’s their voice?”

Mr. Miles was defending the Aug. 7 operations against seven processing plants as both a success and a deterrent to future illegal immigrants, battling with Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee who called a field hearing in Mississippi to criticize the raids. …

Mr. Miles said the families are in no different position than any other instance where a parent runs afoul of the law and is incarcerated, forcing spouses and children to figure things out.

Democrats challenged Mr. Miles on whether anyone nabbed had major criminal rap sheets. He ticked off some felony cases against some of the people caught, but then pointed out that 400 of them were working in the U.S. on fraudulent identities he said were stolen from Americans.

“Is that not a serious crime?” he demanded of Democrats.

At that point Mr. Thompson cut him off.

“Be quiet,” the chairman ordered. …

To Democrats who fretted that the businesses were being let off the hook, Mr. Miles urged patience. He said the heart of the August operation wasn’t the arrest of the migrants but rather to serve search warrants at the businesses, which netted 850,000 documents. …

Woodburn School District discriminated against teacher candidate based on citizenship status, Justice Department finds

The Woodburn School District discriminated against an applicant who was the most qualified for a teaching job but was denied the position because of his citizenship status, the U.S. Department of Justice found.

The rejected candidate was a work-authorized, conditional permanent resident but not a U.S. citizen. He had applied for a Spanish teaching job at Woodburn Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In a settlement announced Tuesday, the school district must pay the candidate $5,774.81...

The Justice Department also found the district inappropriately prescreened the candidate by asking him for specific documentation to verify his citizenship status and work authorization...

The Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits employers from refusing to hire certain work-authorized, non-U.S. citizens because of their citizenship status...

The Woodburn School District "appreciates the Department of Justice’s investigation and guidance,'' according to a statement released by the district Tuesday.

"While the investigation involved a single incident that took place over a year ago, the District takes it seriously and will use it as a training opportunity to prevent future incidents,'' the statement said.

The Immigrant and Employee Rights section of the Justice’s Department’s Civil Rights Division received a complaint from the applicant on Aug. 20, 2018...

The Woodburn School District...must not discriminate against applicants or employees based on citizenship, immigration status or national origin, when recruiting, hiring or firing employees, the settlement says.

The district must ensure human resources staff, school supervisors and other staff are trained to comply with the law. New staff involved in recruitment or hiring decisions must view a Justice Department webinar on The Immigration and Nationality Act and document they’ve seen it within 60 days of their hiring or selection, the agreement says.

If any further violations are identified during the the three years of the agreement, Justice Department officials will give the school district 30 days to correct the problem without initiating a new investigation.

Woodburn School District Superintendent William Rhoades signed the agreement Oct. 10.

"The District is fully committed to compliance with the law and highly committed to supporting equity for our immigrant community,'' the district said in its statement. "We especially recognize the contributions of our immigrant staff, students and families and we continually seek to improve our practice.''


 

Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report August 2019

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) August 1, 2019 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,706 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons.

Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on August 1st there were 880 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; criminal aliens were 5.98 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 August 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

August 1, 2019

14,706

13,826

880

5.98%

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

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on August 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

210

23.86%

Washington

188

21.36%

Multnomah

166

18.86%

Clackamas

70

7.95%

Lane

40

4.55%

Jackson

31

3.52%

Umatilla

29

3.30%

Yamhill

20

2.27%

Linn

16

1.82%

Benton

14

1.59%

Deschutes

12

1.36%

Klamath

12

1.36%

Polk

12

1.36%

Malheur

8

0.91%

Jefferson

7

0.80%

Lincoln

7

0.80%

Josephine

6

0.68%

Tillamook

5

0.57%

Wasco

5

0.57%

Clatsop

4

0.45%

Coos

4

0.45%

Hood River

4

0.45%

Douglas

3

0.34%

Morrow

2

0.23%

Union

2

0.23%

Columbia

1

0.11%

Gilliam

1

0.11%

OOS (Not a County)

1

0.11%

Baker

0

0.00%

Crook

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

880

100.00%

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

Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 880 criminal aliens.

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of criminal alien prisoners incarcerated on August 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

180

20.45%

Rape

168

19.09%

Homicide

131

14.89%

Sodomy

102

11.59%

Assault

80

9.09%

Drugs

71

8.07%

Robbery

42

4.77%

Kidnapping

25

2.84%

Burglary

17

1.93%

Theft

15

1.70%

Driving Offense

4

0.45%

Vehicle Theft

1

0.11%

Arson

0

0.00%

Escape

0

0.00%

Forgery

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

44

5.00%

Total

880

100.00%

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

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE detainer numbers from August 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

1,772

1,592

180

10.16%

Rape

982

814

168

17.11%

Homicide

1,791

1,660

131

7.31%

Sodomy

1,058

956

102

9.64%

Assault

2,040

1,960

80

3.92%

Drugs

929

858

71

7.64%

Robbery

1,441

1,399

42

2.91%

Kidnapping

268

243

25

9.33%

Burglary

1,209

1,192

17

1.41%

Theft

894

879

15

1.68%

Driving Offense

238

234

4

1.68%

Vehicle Theft

556

555

1

0.18%

Arson

79

79

0

0.00%

Escape

33

33

0

0.00%

Forgery

56

56

0

0.00%

Other / Comb. Crimes

1,360

1,316

44

3.24%

Total

14,706

13,826

880

 

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

Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 880 criminal alien prisoners by number and percentage incarcerated on August 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

706

80.23%

Guatemala

21

2.39%

Cuba

16

1.82%

El Salvador

13

1.48%

Vietnam

12

1.36%

Honduras

11

1.25%

Federated States of Micronesia

6

0.68%

Laos

6

0.68%

Russia

6

0.68%

Canada

5

0.57%

Ukraine

5

0.57%

Cambodia

4

0.45%

Thailand

4

0.45%

China

3

0.34%

Ecuador

3

0.34%

Marshall Islands

3

0.34%

Peru

3

0.34%

Philippines

3

0.34%

Other / Unknown Countries

50

5.68%

Total

880

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 August 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 880 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($95,268.80) per day, ($666,881.60) per week, and ($34,773,112.00) per year.

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 880 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 August 1, 2019.

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

Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts, March 2019:
https://www.oregon.gov/doc/Documents/agency-quick-facts.pdf

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

https://docfnc.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/oregon-department-of-corrections-criminal-alien-report-august-2019/

Governor Brown and AG Rosenbaum push for open borders

Governor Brown and Attorney General Rosenbaum show their true colors again, and they’re not red, white, and blue. 

Both Brown and Rosenbaum exalt the interests of migrants over the interests of U.S. citizens, and have done so repeatedly during their time in office.  See here and here.  Their actions in advancing unlimited immigration have harmed this state. 

Rosenbaum will be up for reelection in 2020. She already has a campaign website requesting donations and listing her recent edicts.  Gov. Brown’s term of office extends through 2022.

Here’s the latest evidence that their first loyalties are with international migrants, not U.S. citizens:  Oregon Challenges Trump Administration’s “Public Charge Rule.”

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Oregon Governor Kate Brown today joined four other states in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “Public Charge Rule”.

Rosenbaum has also sued previously, usually with Brown’s enthusiastic approval, to stop several other actions by Pres. Trump that would control immigration.

The necessity of a public charge rule is obvious if we are to avoid inundation by all the poor of the world and the collapse of our nation.  Such a policy existed here even in colonial days before the U.S. became an independent nation, and was enacted into law long ago. 

In his article in The National Review, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies gives a concise history of the policy and explains why it’s important.

Excerpt:

The newly finalized rule about immigrant welfare use is 837 pages long, but it boils down to two things: Foreigners who can’t pay their bills shouldn’t be allowed to move here, and “welfare” doesn’t just mean cash benefits.

As to the first: The first comprehensive immigration law at the federal level was the 1882 Immigration Act, which, among other things, excluded anyone who was “unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” That principle — the “public-charge doctrine,” as it’s called — has been included in all subsequent immigration legislation, including the 1996 immigration and welfare-reform laws.

But the exclusion of “public charges” didn’t start in the 19th century, but well before that, when immigration law was handled by the states. In fact, preventing the immigration of people who couldn’t support themselves was the subject of the very first immigration law ever passed in the colonies, in Massachusetts Bay in 1645. It’s not too much to say that the public-charge doctrine is the founding principle of American immigration policy. …

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, in an interview with Fox News, gives many interesting details about the new rule and why it’s needed.  He said that the rule “is entirely in line with the president keeping his promises to make the immigration system work better for America.”  Read Cuccinelli’s comments here.

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