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1,240 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in DOC prison system

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Inmate Population Profile dated August 1, 2012 DOC indicated there were 14,215 prisoners incarcerated in DOC’s 14 prisons (See attachment).

Not included in DOC’s August 1st Inmate Population Profile was DOC data indicating there were 1,240 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in its prison system (See attachment).

All 1,240 criminal aliens incarcerated on August 1st by DOC had United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detainers. The U.S. DHS–ICE is responsible for identifying whether a DOC inmate is a criminal alien or a domestic inmate. If an inmate is identified as being a criminal alien, at U.S. DHS–ICE’s request, the DOC places an “ICE detainer” on the inmate that directs DOC officials to transfer custody to ICE following completion of the inmate’s state sanction.

Criminal aliens made up approximately 8.72% of the DOC August 1st prison population (See table).

 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates

DOC Domestic Inmates

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers

DOC % Inmates W/ICE detainers

August 1, 2008

13,595

12,518

1,077

7.92%

August 1, 2009

13,903

12,687

1,216

8.75%

August 1, 2010

14,054

12,809

1,245

8.86%

August 1, 2011

14,027

12,810

1,217

8.68%

August 1, 2012

14,215

12,975

1,240

8.72%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 AUGUST 08rtf – 01 AUGUST 12.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 12.

Comparing DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers from August 1, 2008 (1,077 criminal aliens) and August 1, 2012 (1,240 criminal aliens), the DOC prison system incarcerated 163 criminal aliens more than it did on August 1, 2008, a 15.13% increase (See table).
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE detainers

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers # Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers % Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

August 1, 2008

1,077

————

————

August 1, 2009

1,216

139

12.91%

August 1, 2010

1,245

29

2.38%

August 1, 2011

1,217

(28)

(2.25%)

August 1, 2012

1,240

23

1.89%

Total

163

15.13%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 12 and Inmate Population Profile 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 12.

When comparing DOC domestic criminal incarceration numbers from August 1, 2008 (12,518 domestic criminals) and August 1, 2012 (12,975 domestic criminals), the DOC prison system incarcerated 457 domestic criminals more than it did on August 1, 2008, a 3.65%% increase (See table).
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Domestic Inmates

DOC Domestic Inmates # Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

DOC Domestic Inmates % Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

August 1, 2008

12,518

————

————

August 1, 2009

12,687

169

1.35%

August 1, 2010

12,809

122

0.96%

August 1, 2011

12,810

1

0.01%

August 1, 2012

12,975

165

1.29%

Total

457

3.65%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 12 and Inmate Population Profile 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 12.

A review of the 1,240 criminal aliens in DOC prisons by number per county and percentage (%) per county equated to the following: 0-Baker (0.00%), 14-Benton (1.13%), 86-Clackamas (6.93%), 8-Clatsop (0.64%), 1-Columbia (0.08%), 9-Coos (0.72%), 3-Crook (0.24%), 1-Curry (0.08%), 17-Deschutes (1.37%), 5-Douglas (0.40%), 1-Gilliam (0.08%), 1-Grant (0.08%), 3-Harney (0.24%), 6-Hood River (0.48%), 47-Jackson (3.79%), 13-Jefferson (1.05%), 11-Josephine (0.89%), 10-Klamath (0.81%), 0-Lake (0.00), 68-Lane (5.48%), 8-Lincoln (0.64%), 28-Linn (2.26%), 10-Malheur (0.81%), 279-Marion (22.50%), 7-Morrow (0.56%), 280-Multnomah (22.58%), 1-OOS (0.08%), 19-Polk (1.53%), 0-Sherman (0.00%), 3-Tillamook (0.24%), 23-Umatilla (1.85%), 2-Union (0.16), 0-Wallowa (0.00%), 4-Wasco (0.32%), 238-Washington (19.19%), 0-Wheeler (0.00%), and 34-Yamhill (2.74%).

No member of the Oregon State Legislature should forget the uncounted crime victims and their families, no matter what their immigration status, all victims of the 1,240 criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons.

A review of the 1,240 criminal aliens in the DOC prison population by numbers per crime and percentage (%) per crime equated to the following: 4-arsons (0.32%), 131-assaults (10.56%), 25-burglaries (2.02%), 29-driving offenses (2.34%), 171-drugs (13.79%), 4-forgeries (0.32%), 154-homicides (12.42%), 50-kidnappings (4.03%), 69-others (5.56%), 178-rapes (14.35%), 81-robberies (6.53%), 230-sex abuses (18.55%), 95-sodomies (7.66%), 12-thefts (0.97%), and 7-vehicle thefts (0.56%).

Oregon State Legislators should not overlook the source of the preceding crimes, the country of origin of the 1,240 criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The self-declared counties of origin of the 1,240 criminal aliens in the DOC prison population by numbers and percentage (%) per country equated to the following: 9-Canada (0.72%), 12-Cuba (0.97%), 17-El Salvador (1.37%), 32-Guatemala (2.58%), 12-Honduras (0.97%), 7-Laos (0.56%), 1,017-Mexico (82.02%), 89-others (7.18%), 6-Philippines (0.48% ), 8-Russia (0.64%), 13-Ukraine (1.05%), and 18-Vietnam (1.45%).

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per crime type, or even country of origin, criminal aliens pose high economic cost on Oregonians.

An individual prisoner in the DOC prison system costs approximately ($82.48) per day to incarcerate (See link).

http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/PUBAFF/docs/pdf/IB_53_quick_facts.pdf

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 1,240 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($102,275.20) per day, ($715,926.40) per week, and ($37,330,448.00) per year.

Even taking into account fiscal year 2011 United States Federal Government State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) award of $2,669,738.00 if the State of Oregon receives the same amount of SCAAP funding for fiscal year 2012, the cost to incarcerate 1,240 criminal aliens to the DOC will be at least ($34,660,710.00) (See link).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/11SCAAPAwards.pdf

None of my preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 1,240 criminal aliens include the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), court costs, nor cost estimates to cover victim assistance.


An unfortunate fact, the State of Oregon is not fully cooperating with the U.S. DHS–ICE to fight crime committed by criminal aliens who reside in Oregon.

In year 2007, a United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) report titled “Cooperation of SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Program) Recipients in the Removal of Criminal Aliens from the United States, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General Audit Division, Audit Report 07-07, August 2007, Redacted-Public Version” identified the State of Oregon as having an official “state sanctuary statute,” ORS 181.850 Enforcement of federal immigration laws (See link).

http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/reports/OJP/a0707/final.pdf

The USDOJ, the federal governments top law enforcement agency, identified Oregon as a “sanctuary” for criminal aliens.

An Oregon law, Oregon Revised Statue 181.850 (ORS 181.850), Section (1), prohibits Oregon law enforcement (Oregon State Police (OSP), county sheriffs, city police departments) from asking immigration status of anyone residing in the State of Oregon “for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.” Under ORS 181.850, Section (2), Oregon law enforcement may exchange information with U.S. DHS–ICE . . . “in order to: Subsection (a), “Verify the immigration status of a person if the person is arrested for any criminal offense;” or, Subsection (b), “Request criminal investigation information with reference to persons named in records of the” U.S. DHS–ICE . . . (See link).

http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/181.html

The State of Oregon should no longer be classified by U.S. federal government law enforcement as having an official “state sanctuary statute” for criminal aliens, nor should Oregon be a sanctuary for criminal aliens to kill, rape, or maim Oregonians.

I ask the Oregon Legislature to please introduce, support, and pass legislation to fight foreign national crime in the next Oregon State Legislature legislative session.
 

Oregon Considering Special Drivers License for Illegal Aliens

Oregon officials are considering a new form of identification (ID) for illegal aliens to serve as an alternative to a state-issued driver's license. The ID, which would grant driving privileges, would not require proof of legal presence in the United States. (Statesman Journal, Aug. 1, 2012)

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is leading the debate in the State on issuing driving privileges to illegal aliens. On May 1, Gov. Kitzhaber released a letter disclosing plans to convene a "diverse workgroup." This group, he hoped, would "come together around changes to our driver's license laws" that would allow "[illegal aliens] to come out of the shadows." (See Gov. Kitzhaber Letter, May 1, 2012) Since then, the workgroup has held its meetings behind closed doors and will not disclose its list of members. (Statesman Journal, Aug. 1, 2012)

Gov. Kitzhaber's desire to grant illegal aliens a form of driver's license poses great risks. More than just an official form of identification, driver's licenses provide a gateway to public benefits for illegal aliens. (FAIR Legislative Update, May 7, 2012; see also FAIR Matricula Consular ID Summary, 2003) In fact, the ease under which certain states grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens was instrumental in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The multiple licenses the hijackers obtained from states with lax driver's license requirements permitted the terrorists to secure accommodations, flight training, and travel tickets. (FAIR Legislative Update, May 7, 2012; see also FAIR Matricula Consular ID Summary, 2003)

Despite this demonstrated threat, the push by Gov. Kitzhaber and other Oregon officials for licenses for illegal aliens is not slowing. In fact, the working group's recent discussions comes a mere three months after Gov. Kitzhaber announced that the State of Oregon would be accepting Matricula Consular ID cards issued by the Mexican government as a valid form of identity. (FAIR Legislative Update, May 7, 2012; see also Associated Press, May 2, 2012).
 

Governor's "closed door" plan revealed on Statesman front page

Alert date: 
2012-08-01
Alert body: 

After months of repeated attempts to find out more about the "Governor's Driver License Task Force" announced at the May Day rally.  And, after using every method available to us gather information, the Statesman newspaper finally picked up the story.  OFIR provided the Statesman with numerous documents proving that such a group did exist.  Please let your elected officials know that driver privilege cards or driver licenses for illegal aliens will attract criminal aliens to our state.  Tell them NOT to support any such Legislation!  Click here to find your Legislator.

Read the full story in the Oregon section of our website, or click here.
 

Oregon considers allowing new forms of ID

An effort is under way for Oregon to develop alternative forms of driver identification.

Alternatives could allow licenses without proof of “legal presence,” as is the case in Washington and New Mexico. Or they could take the form of driving privilege cards, as in Utah.

Most states, including Oregon, require drivers to provide documents offering proof of legal presence in the United States before licenses can be issued. That could be a birth certificate, passport or tribal ID.

They were prodded by the federal government to do so under the Real ID Act. Congress passed it in 2005 in response to findings that most of the hijackers involved in the East Coast terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, possessed state driver licenses and non-driver identification cards.

Since Oregon’s law was passed in 2008, and took full effect in 2010, the number of license renewals through Driver and Motor Vehicle Services has dropped. Annual renewals in 2008 for Class C noncommercial licenses were 240,259; in 2011, the most recent year available, almost 30 percent less.

“Due to Oregon’s eight-year driver license renewal period, it is expected that an increasing number of drivers will be unable to renew their driver license because they no longer qualify under the new requirements” of the 2008 law, DMV administrator Tom McClellan said in a report to the Legislature in January.

He said the downward trend likely is to continue through the decade.

Call by Kitzhaber

“Right now, too many Oregonians are traveling from home to work, or school, or church, in risk of violating the law,” Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a message read aloud May 1 at a immigrant-rights rally at the Capitol. “They are forced to choose between this risk and providing for their families.”

Kitzhaber said he would convene a “diverse work group” he hoped would develop a consensus on driver identification “allowing people to come out of the shadows and contribute to our state’s economic recovery.”

But to Jim Ludwick of McMinnville, a spokesman for Oregonians for Immigration Reform, Kitzhaber’s remarks can point to only one thing.

“While he did not say he wants to give illegal aliens a driver’s license, there is no other way you can look at his comments,” Ludwick said. “Obviously, we are opposed to a policy of giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.”

Ludwick’s group, and James Buchal, Republican nominee for attorney general, have requested disclosure of the members of the work group and open meetings.

But because it is a “work group” that answers to the governor, it’s not subject to the open meetings law, and the governor’s office declined to disclose members. It did identify Frank Garcia, Kitzhaber’s adviser for diversity, as the staff person attending.

“In contrast to past efforts, the governor has urged the advocates to come to an agreement on a proposal that has the support of public safety officials, and that could gain legislative approval,” said Amy Wojcicki, a spokeswoman for Kitzhaber.

“The governor does not anticipate introducing his own legislative concept, but will continue advocating for a system that better ensures public safety and allows people to get to work, church and school.”

An Oregon Senate committee heard a bill proposing to remove proof of legal presence as a requirement for issuing driver’s licenses. Although the hearing on April 18, 2011, drew hundreds of people to the Capitol to demonstrate, observe and testify, the bill did not advance to a vote.

During the rally preceding that hearing, Francisco Lopez, executive director of CAUSA, Oregon’s immigrant-rights group, said: “We Latinos know what a long struggle is. We are not going to give up hope of getting driver’s licenses. We are not going to get on our knees.”

The alternatives

The federal Real ID Act allows states to issue other forms of driver identification with a “unique design or color” and a “clear statement” on its face that it cannot be used for federal identification purposes.

New Mexico and Washington issue some driver licenses without proof of legal presence — and Washington issues an “enhanced” license that not only can be used for federal purposes but also serves as identification to and from Canada.

Governors of those states have failed in getting legal-presence licenses.

Since 2005, Utah has issued a driving privilege card that must be renewed every year. The number of recipients has held steady at 41,000 to 43,000, and according to legislative audits, 75 percent of cardholders have insurance, compared with 82 percent for regular licensees.

Such a card was proposed in the Oregon Legislature, but a joint budget subcommittee shelved it in the 2005 session after it cleared the House Transportation Committee.

Tennessee also had a separate card but repealed the law.

Unlicensed drivers

In reports required by a companion law also passed in 2008, when proof of legal presence became the standard for Oregon licenses, DMV has said that unlicensed and uninsured drivers are not causing more frequent traffic crashes.

While the percentages of unlicensed drivers involved in crashes — regardless of whether they are insured — dropped from 2007 through 2011, the percentage of licensed but uninsured drivers went up.

“There is no evidence that unlicensed driving is increasing,” DMV’s McClellan said in his 2012 report to the Legislature. “And, although uninsured driving was higher in 2009 through 2011 than in 2007, because the rate of unlicensed drivers did not also increase, it seems likely that decreases in the insurance rate are due to a weak economy.”

Still, he wrote, it’s still too early to gauge the additional requirements for Oregon driver’s licenses, given that Oregon is only halfway through the eight-year cycle for licensing.

“As more drivers are unable to obtain an original driver license or renew their driver license due to additional identification requirements, the effects of the law on unlicensed and uninsured driving will become clearer,” he said.
 

Mexican drug cartels infiltrate U.S. cities

Alert date: 
2012-07-20
Alert body: 

OFIR could send out a report nearly every week about the arrest of another illegal alien bringing illicit drugs into Oregon. Most often the arrest is of a Mexican national driving up I-5 into Oregon from California with illegal drugs, likely for one of the Mexican drug cartels.
 

If you click onto the link to the map in the story here  you will find that Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford and Klamath Falls are Oregon cities that have been infiltrated by the Mexican drug cartels.
 

The most important document a drug distributor can possess is a valid U.S. driver license. It is their “passport” that enables them to drive up and down I-5 and sell meth, cocaine and heroin. The fact that our Governor, John Kitzhaber, is on record advocating giving Oregon driver licenses to illegal aliens should send chills up everyone’s back.

Has Your City Been Infiltrated by Mexican Drug Cartels? Find Out Here

Forget drug cartels being a Mexican problem, they have infiltrated thousands of U.S. cities and are running complex and lucrative drug operations right under our noses. After all, we are their biggest and most relied upon customer.  Using information from a report released by the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Post was able to identify the trafficking routes and bases of various Mexican drug cartels. And it may shock you just how deeply embedded they are in America.

Unsuspecting cities like Portland, Denver, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Chicago, Seattle, Louisville, Memphis, Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas and so many more have a reported drug cartel presence. The gangs move heroin, marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines to feed America’s massive drug habit, and they do so gleefully as they rake in billions of dollars in profit.

So which cartels have actually been “confirmed’ to be in America? To name a few, the Tijuana Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Federation Cartel and numerous gangs with “unknown affiliation.”  Curiously, two of Mexico’s most powerful and ruthless cartels, the Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, are not included in the report. But make no mistake, their tentacles reach the U.S. as well.

Texas is particularly affected by the drug cartel invasion. The Gulf Cartel appears to control much of east Texas while the Juarez Cartel divides up the west. Further, the drug routes moving out of the Lone Star State and into other states are many.  “Cocaine is the most lucrative of illegal drugs. The United Nations estimates that sales of the drug net $88 billion a year on the street. While the largest federations were once Columbian, now it appears they are Mexican.          The UN estimates two-thirds of cocaine that left the Andean region of South America for the United States in 2008 passed through the hands of Mexican cartels,” the National Post reports.

This graphic from the National Post breaks down the routes visually and shows where the drug cartels are operating. It also shows the number of drug related deaths in various categories, which now totals more than 50,000 since 2006. Has your city been infiltrated?

[Link to the National Post’s illustrated maps: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/13/mexican-drug-cartels-spreading-influence-graphic/]
 

 

Mixed message policies breed expectations, which breeds entitlement attitudes

One only needs to read the article written by Diana Banda to see the latest problems created by not actively enforcing Federal Immigration laws and by sending mixed messages to those illegally in our country.  Clearly, Miss Banda feels she deserves something from our country.  But, her only explanation why she deserves anything is that she and her parents have managed to escape detection since she was 3 years old.  Is that all that is required anymore?

The fact that a foreign national can actively work for a US Senator, without detection should be cause for concern, as well!

Driver who struck children's author John Dashney pleads not guilty

The driver who struck a visually impaired children's author and later told police that she had smoked marijuana before the crash pleaded not guilty on two charges in in Marion County Circuit Court on Friday.

On May 29, Rose Litherland, 58, was driving north on 17th Street NE when she hit John Dashney, 70, who was walking in a marked crosswalk at Chemeketa Street NE.

Litherland later told police that she had smoked marijuana an hour before the crash and still could feel the effects. Litherland has been charged with DUI and second-degree assault.

Oregon's DMV records show that Litherland does not have a current driver's license in the state.

In 2009, Litherland was convicted of delivery of methamphetamine and marijuana, both felonies, according to online court records.

Litherland will next appear in Marion County Circuit Court on July 17.

NOTE:  Rose is held without bail under an ICE hold according to the MCCF.

Policy change could create real problems in Oregon

On Tuesday, Federal agents in New Mexico and Oklahoma arrested 7 leaders of the Mexican drug cartel who were using a quarter horse operation in order to launder drug money.

Regarding the case, Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for West Texas, said it shows “the corrupting influence of the Mexican drug cartels within the United States………” Richard Weber, the chief of the IRS’ criminal investigation unit said, “This case is a prime example of the ability of the Mexican drug cartels to establish footholds in legitimate U.S. industries………..”

We could report almost every day on the arrest or conviction of an illegal alien drug trafficker here in Oregon. There should be no question that they have established a foothold in Oregon. Can anyone doubt that if Oregon were to start giving driver licenses or driver privilege cards to illegal aliens, that it would encourage more illicit drug trafficking and criminal activity?

The most important document a drug trafficker can possess is a valid driver license.

Can Governor Kitzhaber be so blind that he can’t see this dangerous connection? What possibly could be his motivation to reinstate driver licenses to those in the country illegally like he proposed in a letter read to the crowd on the steps of the Capitol building on May Day 2012?

Read more on our National Issues page or click here.

Governor Kitzhaber pushes to get driver licenses for illegal aliens

Alert date: 
2012-06-12
Alert body: 

There are only two states, New Mexico and the state of Washington, that openly allow illegal aliens to receive the same driver license as citizens. New Mexico’s Governor, Susana Martinez, has tried without success to end her state's driver license policy. The result is that New Mexico has become a magnet for fraud.

Governor Martinez is quoted as saying, "This fraud ring only confirms what New Mexicans already know - the only way to put an end to this criminal activity is to repeal the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.”

The New Mexico director of motor vehicles, Demesia Padilla, has warned for years that giving driver licenses to illegal aliens encourages crime and corruption. Padilla said her concern is that the stories about van loads of undocumented immigrants being brought to New Mexico from as far as Florida and Illinois for driver's licenses will continue until the state Legislature takes action.

Unfortunately for Oregon, our governor is John Kitzhaber and not Susana Martinez. 

Governor Kitzhaber wants Oregon to give driver licenses to illegal aliens.

Please contact Representatives Arnie Roblan and Bruce Hanna, Co-speakers of the Oregon House, and tell them about New Mexico’s crime and corruption due to the issuance of driver licenses to illegal aliens. Tell them that we do not need to entice criminals to come to Oregon.

Representative Bruce Hanna. (503) 966-1200
 
Representative Arnie Roblan (503) 986-1300
 
Read the full article about what New Mexico is dealing with on our National News page, or click here

 

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