Oregon

Update on candidates in November 2018 election

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2018-09-16
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September 16, 2018

The Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project continues to add more information to its comparison chart on immigration issues.

Their Comparison Guide on Immigration covers candidates for Governor, Oregon Senate and Oregon House.

It now incorporates incumbents' votes in the 2017 Oregon Legislature on HB 3464.  HB 3464, granting “privacy” to illegal aliens, sheltering them from questions about their immigration status, passed on July 6, 2017, the next to last day of the session.  It had been rushed through the Legislature with only one public hearing, June 8.  

Please take a look at the current OAAVEP postings on immigration:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTl1YE1_y1T6t7R09aawmsBcOJ4Y0akcraDePs1S1D1F9yPecFVZNja4VNBgWjLgBt24QCnmemZat57/pubhtml

OFIR’s earlier summary of candidate positions contains some information not in the OAAVEP Comparison Guide.  See OFIR’s earlier summary here.

Regarding candidates for Governor, the OAAVEP Guide does not include candidate Buehler’s support for repealing ORS 181A.820 (Measure 105).  Knute Buehler announced publicly in July that he will vote for Measure 105. https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/07/republican_knute_buehler_says.html

During his two terms in the Oregon Legislature, he consistently voted against benefits to illegal aliens.

'No' to Driving Privileges for Illegal Aliens

WASHINGTON - The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) marked a victory after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision to dismiss a case that sought to force the State of Oregon to grant driving privileges to illegal aliens.

IRLI had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in 2016 on behalf of its client Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) in the case of M.S. v. Brown, in which plaintiffs looked to overturn as unconstitutional the outcome of the November 2014 general election in Oregon. Through the Oregon Constitution’s referendum veto process, Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected, by 66%, a bill passed by the he legislature and signed by the governor that would have extended eligibility for driving privileges to unlawfully present persons. OFIR was the driving force behind the referendum veto that collected the requisite number of signatures to get the issue placed on the ballot.

The case, brought by five admitted illegal aliens and two illegal alien special interest groups, was dismissed in May 2016 when an Oregon district court ruled that the plaintiffs could not show that an order from the court could redress their complaint as the court had no power to overturn a referendum or force the state to pass legislation giving illegal aliens driving privileges. In its brief, IRLI agreed with the district court and argued further that the plaintiffs also failed to demonstrate an injury, a necessary element of standing to sue, as illegal aliens have no constitutional right to driving privileges, and, in fact, do not even possess the constitutional right to interstate travel (which citizens and legal aliens possess) as a result of their illegal presence in the U.S.

There are a number of reasons why granting driving privileges to illegal aliens is not in the interests of states or their citizens. Among them, states have a legitimate interest in limiting their finite resources to citizens and legal aliens and in not allowing their government machinery to be a facilitator for the concealment of illegal aliens. There is also a legitimate concern that persons subject to immediate or subsequent deportation will not be financially responsible for property damage or personal injury due to automobile accidents. Finally, granting driving privileges to illegal aliens harms national security because, unlike legal aliens, illegal aliens have not undergone background checks or face-to-face interviews to determine whether they pose a national security threat.

“This is a tremendous win for residents of Oregon and the American people at large,” said Dale L. Wilcox, IRLI’s executive director and general counsel. “Since the presence of illegal aliens in the United States is a violation of federal law, the notion that those aliens should be granted the privilege to drive and the right to travel freely throughout the country is absurd. The result of this decision will be safer communities that better serve the interests of their citizens and legal residents.” 

Information on candidates' immigration positions available now

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2018-08-11
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For several years now, in election seasons, OFIR has provided information on Oregon candidates’ positions on immigration issues.  See the Elections section in Immigration Topics.

For 2018, OFIR has posted an Overview of the General Election which includes pertinent information.

Collection of information on candidates’ immigration positions is becoming easier now since the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey has begun including several good questions on immigration policy in its compilations of candidate positions on a variety of current issues. 

NumbersUSA also collects information on Congressional candidates’ positions, and with its large database of incumbents’ voting records on immigration issues, NumbersUSA is a valuable source for voters to know about.  Their current listing for Oregon can be viewed here.

With immigration so much in the news today, it’s advisable to check the views of candidates in one’s voting district.  If you don’t find any public information on their views, that’s useful to know also, because candidates should be well-versed on immigration issues to serve their constituents adequately now.  A reluctance to state their positions publicly is a red caution flag for voters.

“Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation …”, according to a new Gallup poll.  

Voters can email their candidates and ask them, please, to reply to the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Survey questions on immigration which are posted here.  Email addresses for candidates are usually on the candidates’ websites, and the OAAVEP survey includes link to candidate websites in most cases.  If you have a problem contacting candidates in your voting districts, you can email OFIR and we’ll send you contact information.

If you wish, you can cite these references to your candidates:

1.  FAIR has issued a good report specifically about what states and local governments can do to help immigration enforcement; see it here.  The full report is a pdf document:  https://fairus.org/sites/default/files/2017-08/2016_State_and_Local_Agenda.pdf

2.  A CIS analyst presented testimony to Congress summing up current needs very well; view her report, “Restoring enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” here.  

3.  Informative discussions of what constitutes good immigration policy are available on the websites of NumbersUSAFederation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Center for Immigration Studies

Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Rape Report June 2018

Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on June 1, 2018 that 173 of 957 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were incarcerated for the crime of rape — 18.08 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of criminal aliens incarcerated for rape in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by the violent crime of rape).

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

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number Inmates W/ICE Detainers

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

June 1, 2018

957

173

18.08%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18.

Significant numbers, the 173 criminal aliens in the DOC prison system incarcerated for rape were 17.78 percent of all inmates, domestic and foreign, in the state’s prisons for the crime of rape.

Using the DOC Inmate Population Profile and ICE immigration detainer numbers from June 1st, the following table reveals the total number inmates incarcerated for rape, the number of domestic and criminal alien inmates incarcerated for rape and the percentage rapes committed by criminal aliens.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Number of Inmates Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Number of Domestic Inmates Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Number of Inmates W/ICE Detainers Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Inmates W/ICE Detainers as a Percentage of All Inmates incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

June 1, 2018

973

800

173

17.78%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18 and Inmate Population Profile 01 June 18.

Criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons committed at least one crime of rape in 19 of 36 Oregon counties —52.78 percent of the counties in the state.

Five Oregon counties, Marion (48 rapists), Washington (44 rapists), Multnomah (27 rapists), Lane (13 rapists) and Clackamas (10 rapists) had 142 of 173 criminal alien inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons for the crime of rape — 82.08 percent of the alien inmates incarcerated for rape.

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

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

County

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by County Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

Marion

48

27.75%

Washington

44

25.43%

Multnomah

27

15.61%

Lane

13

7.51%

Clackamas

10

5.78%

Yamhill

7

4.05%

Jackson

5

2.89%

Benton

4

2.31%

Coos

2

1.16%

Deschutes

2

1.16%

Hood River

2

1.16%

Malheur

2

1.16%

Clatsop

1

0.58%

Jefferson

1

0.58%

Lincoln

1

0.58%

Linn

1

0.58%

Polk

1

0.58%

Umatilla

1

0.58%

Wasco

1

0.58%

Baker

0

0.00%

Columbia

0

0.00%

Crook

0

0.00%

Curry

0

0.00%

Douglas

0

0.00%

Gilliam

0

0.00%

Grant

0

0.00%

Harney

0

0.00%

Josephine

0

0.00%

Klamath

0

0.00%

Lake

0

0.00%

Tillamook

0

0.00%

Morrow

0

0.00%

OOS (Not a County)

0

0.00%

Sherman

0

0.00%

Union

0

0.00%

Wallowa

0

0.00%

Wheeler

0

0.00%

Total

173

100.00%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18.

Criminal aliens from 21 identified countries incarcerated in DOC prisons have raped Oregon residents.

Foreign nationals who declared their country or origin as being Mexico were 142 of 173 criminal aliens convicted of rape incarcerated in the DOC prison system — 82.08 percent of the alien rapists in the state’s prisons.

Using DOC ICE immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the self-declared countries of origin of the 173 criminal alien inmates by number and percentage incarcerated on June 1st in the state’s prisons for the crime of rape.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Country

DOC Number of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

DOC Percent of Inmates W/ ICE Detainers by Country Incarcerated for the Crime of Rape

 

Mexico

142

82.08%

 

Guatemala

6

3.47%

 

Russia

3

1.73%

 

El Salvador

2

1.16%

 

Honduras

2

1.16%

 

Vietnam

2

1.16%

 

Wales

2

1.16%

 

Burma

1

0.58%

 

Cambodia

1

0.58%

 

Costa Rica

1

0.58%

 

Cuba

1

0.58%

 

Ecuador

1

0.58%

 

Ethiopia

1

0.58%

 

Fiji

1

0.58%

 

India

1

0.58%

 

Jamaica

1

0.58%

 

Laos

1

0.58%

 

Malaysia

1

0.58%

 

Marshall Islands

1

0.58%

 

Republic of Congo

1

0.58%

 

Ukraine

1

0.58%

 

Total

173

100.00%

 

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 June 18.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

Oregon Will Vote On Ending Sanctuary State Status In November

The state of Oregon will vote for an initiative to eliminate the state’s sanctuary status for illegal immigrants in November after the petition passed the necessary signature requirement to get on the ballot earlier this week.

Initiative Petition 22 needed slightly over 88,000 votes to qualify for the ballot and it reached that benchmark. The voters will now decide if they want to keep or eliminate the 31-year old mandate.

We’ve completed verification on IP 2018-022 with a 95.3% validity rate and it has qualified to appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot. IP 22’s ballot title is “Repeals law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws.”

— Oregon Elections (@oregonelections) July 17, 2018

The ballot title of the petition is “[Repealing the] law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws.”

“Across the state, hundreds of grassroots Oregonians worked to gather the signatures of tens of thousands of voters,” said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, to the Statesman Journal. “All are eager to end Oregon’s sanctuary policy and see their state do its part to combat, not promote, illegal immigration.”

The three state representatives that have pushed this initiative are Mike Norman, Sal Esquivel and Greg Barreto.

Who stands up for immigration law enforcement?

On Wednesday, July 18, the public got a clear picture of which among Oregon’s U.S. Representatives support enforcement of immigration laws and which do not.  The House voted on H. Res. 990, “Supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” 

The Resolution was introduced in response to the current national campaign for abolishing ICE and immigration law enforcement.  The text of the Resolution lists many specific reasons why ICE is necessary and has served our country well.

It comes as no surprise that Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, and Rep. Peter DeFazio chose to avoid disclosure of their positions. In the roll call vote, they answered only “Present.”

Thanks to Rep. Kurt Schrader and Rep. Greg Walden for voting YEA.

Control over the entry of non-citizens is essential for the survival of any nation. It’s useful for citizens to know where our legislators stand on this fundamental issue of national sovereignty. 

We now know for sure that Rep. Blumenauer, Bonamici and DeFazio put the interests of illegal aliens and the employers that hire them, above the best interests of citizens.  Their records of betrayal are detailed further at NumbersUSA.com, which has tracked Congressional actions on immigration since 1997, and issues grades for all members of Congress, including Senate and House.

Oregonians, please vote to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary statute this November when IP 22 will be on the ballot.  A Measure number for IP 22 will be available soon, and if passed, it will free up local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE as they should.

Oregon Anti-Sanctuary Initiative Qualifies for Nov Ballot

An anti-sanctuary state initiative in Oregon qualified for November’s ballot on Tuesday, according to the state’s Secretary of State’s office, which announced that Initiative Petition 22 (“Repeals law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws”) surpassed the the 88,184 signature threshold needed to make the ballot.

According to the Salem Statesman Journal, “the initiative aims to remove a 31-year-old statute prohibiting Oregon law enforcement agencies from arresting individuals whose only crime is violating federal immigration law.”

Oregonians for Immigration Reform, which recently organized Oregonians to defeat a measure that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, reportedly said it was “confident” that Oregonians will “choose to repeal the state’s dangerous sanctuary law.”

“Across the state, hundreds of grassroots Oregonians worked to gather the signatures of tens of thousands of voters,” Cynthia Kendoll, the group’s president, said in a statement. ”All are eager to end Oregon’s sanctuary policy and see their state do its part to combat, not promote, illegal immigration.”

We've completed verification on IP 2018-022 with a 95.3% validity rate and it has qualified to appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot. IP 22's ballot title is "Repeals law limiting use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws."

— Oregon Elections (@oregonelections) July 17, 2018

Anti-sanctuary state initiative qualifies for November ballot

Voters will decide the future of Oregon's long-standing sanctuary state status in November after an initiative challenging the law qualified for the ballot Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State's office.
 
The Secretary of State certified that Initiative Petition 22 had 97,762 valid signatures — 86 percent of the signatures submitted and more than the 88,184 required to qualify for the general election.
 
The initiative aims to remove a 31-year-old statute prohibiting Oregon law enforcement agencies from arresting individuals whose only crime is violating federal immigration law. 
 
"Across the state, hundreds of grassroots Oregonians worked to gather the signatures of tens of thousands of voters," said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform. "All are eager to end Oregon's sanctuary policy and see their state do its part to combat, not promote, illegal immigration."...
 
OFIR was previously successful in helping orchestrate the defeat of Measure 88, a referendum that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to secure driver's cards. The state Legislature had passed the law, but Oregon voters rejected it by a margin of 2 to 1.
 
The Southern Poverty Law Center designates Oregonians for Immigration Reform as an anti-immigrant hate group with ties to white supremacists. ...
 

 

Learn more about the widely discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC):

The SPLC File - An Exclusive Report on the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Social Contract, June 7, 2018.

Anti-sanctuary status measure makes Oregon ballot

Oregonians will have the chance to vote to repeal the state’s sanctuary laws in this fall’s election.
 
The Oregon Secretary of State’s elections division tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Initiative Petition 22, or IP 22, qualified to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
 
It was introduced by three Republican state lawmakers who want to repeal a 1987 law that essentially says state and local resources can’t be used to enforce federal immigration laws if the person’s only crime is being in the United States illegally. The anti-sanctuary group, Oregonians For Immigration Reform, gained enough signatures to put it on the ballot.
 
Jim Ludwick, one of its members, says the current statute protects criminals.
 
"When you set up a policy that rewards people for not reporting other criminals, you only encourage more criminality," said Ludwick. "Why would anybody want a person living in their community who is afraid to turn in another criminal?"
 
This same group convinced voters to reject a measure in 2014 that would've issued driver's licenses without asking someone's citizenship status.

Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative qualifies for November ballot

An Oregon anti-sanctuary initiative has qualified for the November ballot, raising the real possibility that one of the nation’s bluest states could become the first to repeal sanctuary status for immigrants who crossed the border illegally.
 
The Oregon Secretary of State’s office announced Tuesday that Initiative Petition 22 had cleared the signature threshold, registering a 95.3 percent validity rate on the 111,000 signatures submitted less than two weeks ago.
 
Organizers with Stop Oregon Sanctuaries needed 88,184 valid signatures to earn a slot on the ballot....
 
The high-profile coalition lined up against IP 22 in Oregon includes business organizations, labor unions and advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which are expected to unleash a fundraising juggernaut to defeat the proposal.
 
Organizers point to their landslide 2014 ballot victory with Measure 88, which repealed the state Legislature’s bill allowing driver cards for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally, even though the repeal campaign was outspent 11 to 1....

 

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