Oregon

Undocumented youths face deportation if DACA status expires

A Catholic social advocacy group based in Southeast Portland is advising undocumented youths to take steps to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status before it expires or face the threat of deportation.

Alexandra Blodget, an advocate for Catholic Charities, who is professionally trained in immigration law, said, “It’s important for anyone who knows their DACA is expiring in the coming months to understand that renewal is essential.”

“Without it, people will no longer have authorization to work in the U.S. and will not be lawfully present, which does carry the risk of detention and/or deportation,” she said.

DACA is a set of administrative procedures initiated by the Obama administration in 2012. It offers two years of protection against the threat of deportation to undocumented young people who met certain criteria.

A DACA Renewal Screening Night will take place from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Catholic Charities, 2740 S.E. Powell Blvd. in Portland.

There will be $20 consultations provided with immigration attorneys and BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) accredited representatives.

No appointments are necessary, and consultations will be available in English and Spanish.

Alice Lundell, a spokeswoman for Catholic Charities, said those who have been granted DACA and a work permit will see them expire after two years if they are not renewed.

People who received DACA in late 2012 or even 2013 need to be thinking now about renewal, she said.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is recommending that applicants should apply four to five months in advance of their status and work permit expiration, Lundell said.

In response to a demand for high-quality, low-cost legal advice about DACA renewal, a group of immigration law organizations has come together to offer help.

The screening night is a joint initiative of Immigrant Law Group, ICS, Catholic Charities, SOAR and Causa.

Renewal applicants should bring with them their work permits and copies of their original DACA applications if they have them.

Blodget said seeking advice from a qualified person is important.

“We would strongly encourage anyone planning for DACA renewal to get advice before they submit their application if they have any concerns, particularly if they’ve been arrested or convicted of an offense or had other involvement with law enforcement since first receiving DACA,” Blodget said.

“Anyone with questions can come to our event to get help,” she said.

For more information, contact Alice Lundell, Catholic Charities’ marketing and communications manager, at 503.688.2662 or alundell@catholiccharitiesoregon.org. Read more about Undocumented youths face deportation if DACA status expires

Immigration: Portland agency to expand in response to surge of unaccompanied minors at Mexico border

When word got out last week that unaccompanied children from Central America would be arriving in Oregon, demonstrators zeroed in on the Portland nonprofit tasked with finding them long-term placement....

Federal officials subsequently confirmed that 50 children had been placed with sponsors in the state...

Refugee Resettlement, which falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, contracts with Morrison to temporarily house unaccompanied minors in this state. The 50 children the federal agency placed with sponsors in Oregon were among those apprehended at the border from Jan. 1 to July 7. By comparison, 211 went to Washington state, eight to Idaho and 3,150 to California during that period.

Most local officials closest to the issue have refused to talk....

But immigration experts estimate that hundreds of unaccompanied minors have been processed in the Portland area this year alone....

A review of job openings posted online last month shows that Morrison is opening a new Refugee Resettlement shelter in downtown Portland...

Morrison operates three locations for unaccompanied minors...

Morrison received nearly $3.7 million this year in federal grants to house unaccompanied immigrant children...

The Refugee Resettlement office has $868 million dedicated to unaccompanied immigrant children this year, and received an additional $44 million due to the surge.

Wait times

... In Oregon, immigrants had to wait 1,178 days on average -- or more than three years -- to get their cases resolved in court, based on data in October 2013. That was the second longest in the nation at the time, shorter only than Nebraska. Now immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism about the backlogged system, giving each child an initial court hearing within three weeks.
-- Associated Press

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Bring your American flag - bring your patriotism and join the protest

Alert date: 
July 19, 2014
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Join us Saturday 11am - 4pm on the Center St. bridge overpass in Salem to protest the lack of enforcement of our immigration laws.

Bring something to drink, wear sunscreen and a hat!  Signs will be available if you need one.

Be respectful AT ALL TIMES!  Obey all laws and do not interfere with traffic.

More information.
 

Rally Around the Flag Event this Saturday, June 14

Alert date: 
June 12, 2014
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Join patriotic folks from all over the state at the Rally Around the Flag event this Saturday.  Protect Oregon Driver Licenses will be hosting a booth at the event.  Drop by and say hello!
 
Rally Around The Flag - June 14th - 10am to 4:00pm
 
Western Oregon Exposition Fairgrounds in Cottage Grove
For more information, click on the link.
 
Booths, Speakers and Networking!

Protecting Our Rights – Defending Our Liberty

"Property must be secured or Liberty cannot exist" – John Adams

Free Admission - Indoors

It's too late to mail your ballot - find a drop box

Tuesday, May 20 is Election Day!  If you have not yet sent in your ballot - it's now TOO LATE to mail it. Is your ballot still kicking around on your coffee table waiting for you to fill it out and return it?

With a primary ballot return rate of less than 30 percent it would seem that 70% of the people living in Oregon are happy with the way things are going in our state?  Really?  I sure hear alot of complaining - but there doesn't seem to be much voting.  Make a pledge - if you don't VOTE - you don't COMPLAIN!

If not YOU, then WHO?  If not NOW, then WHEN?  Read more about It's too late to mail your ballot - find a drop box

Take advantage of the year end tax credit

Oregon residents have a great opportunity to make a free contribution to one Oregon Political Action Committee per year. Through Oregon's political tax credit married couples filing joint Oregon Income Tax Returns receive a dollar for dollar credit of up to $100 ($50 for singles and married couples filing separately) for contributions to a Political Action Committee like OFIR PAC. This is not a tax deduction but a credit. If you owe money on your tax return, you would owe $100 less. If you are owed a refund, your refund will be $100 greater. You may contribute in excess of the deductible amount.

PAC donation checks may be sent to:

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The choice is yours - you can do nothing and let the government take that money and do what they do best OR you can send your contribution to OFIR PAC and let us put it to work for you in the fight against illegal immigration here in Oregon and across the country. 

You know how OFIR squeezes every dime out of your contribution!  If you have not yet taken advantage of this unique opportunity, please do so before the end of the year so that you can deduct your OFIR PAC contribution from the taxes you owe in 2013.

 


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Oregon Voters Delay Law Giving Licenses to Illegals

Oregon voters have successfully delayed the implementation of a state law that would give illegal immigrants driver's licenses when enough of them signed a petition to put the issue on the ballot in the November 2014 elections. The law, which was scheduled to go into effect at the start of 2014, cannot be implemented until after the November 2014 referendum.

After Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) signed the law in May, Oregonians for Immigration Reform "gathered 71,000 signatures in just a few months to refer the measure to the November 2014 ballot," and it succeeded when just over 58,000 were determined to be valid by Oregon's Secretary of State.

As Judicial Watch notes, Oregon's Senate Bill 833 allows "special driver cards" to be given to illegal immigrants so long as they pass a driving test and prove they have been an Oregon resident for a year. It also allows the "Department of Motor Vehicle offices" to "accept foreign identification cards issued by the consulates of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and South Korea" so long as they are not expired.

Kitzhaber said the measure would allow illegal immigrants to "come out of the shadows" and “contribute to our economic recovery.”

Oregon is attempting to join California, Illinois, and ten other states that have passed laws granting licenses to illegal immigrants.

"If the results of the election reverse the legislation, DMV will cancel all work on the Driver Card program, but if the election upholds the legislation, we'll launch 30 days after the results are official," an administrator said. Read more about Oregon Voters Delay Law Giving Licenses to Illegals

DMV suspends Driver Card program pending vote

DMV has suspended implementation of the Driver Card program pending the outcome of a statewide referendum vote in the November 2014 election.
 
The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office announced Oct. 18 that a referendum on Senate Bill 833 has qualified for the ballot, so the law will not go into effect as scheduled.
 
“If the results of the election reverse the legislation, DMV will cancel all work on the Driver Card program,” DMV Administrator Tom McClellan said. “If the election upholds the legislation, DMV will launch the Driver Card program 30 days after the results are official.”
 
Senate Bill 833, passed by the 2013 Oregon Legislature, provides driving privileges to people who meet all requirements of a regular driver license but cannot prove they are lawfully present in the United States.
 
“DMV does not take a position in elections or legislation,” McClellan noted. “Our role is to implement Oregon driver and vehicle laws as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
 
For all customers, DMV suggests that you first check www.OregonDMV.com before visiting a field office in person. Customers can complete some DMV business online or find out how to make their visit as efficient as possible.
 

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Oregon driver card bill headed to the November 2014 ballot

Voters will weigh in next year on a bill granting “driver’s cards” to Oregonians unable to prove they are in the U.S. legally.

The Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 833 earlier this year, but opponents, led by Oregonians for Immigration Reform and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses, vowed to refer it to the ballot, hoping voters would overturn the law.

Read more about the successful SB 833 referendum petition campaign.
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Referendum petition signature campaign approved for Nov. 2014 ballot

Alert date: 
October 18, 2013
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OFIR/PODL is thrilled to announce that the referendum petition to place SB 833 on the November 2014 ballot has been approved by the Secretary of State's office.

A great big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to gather signatures.  we certainly couldn't have done it without you!

Read about the SB 833 referendum petition approval.

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