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OFIR President to speak to Lake Oswego - Oregon 912 group

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2014-07-18
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Get a first hand update on the rising concerns for what's happening on our US border.  The situation has deteriorated and shows no sign of improvement.  Learn what that means for our country, our state and for you and your family!  Cynthia will also provide an update on the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses referendum campaign.  There will be time for questions, as well.

Time: Friday evening - doors open at 6:00pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm

Location:  West End Building - 4101 Kruse Way - Lake Oswego  (Park in back lot and walk across bridge)

For more informaton:  www.oregon912project.org

Also on the agenda - Guest speaker Washington State Rep. Liz Pike will provide an overview of progress being made by the newly formed bipartisan Bi-State Bridge Coalition.

 

 

 

Public protests to be held Fri. and Sat. + tips for protesters

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2014-07-18
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Three national organizations have joined together in coordinating nationwide protests against the Obama-inspired illegal immigration surge on America's borders. The protests will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, 2014. More than 300 are now scheduled.

Protest Times and Locations for Friday-Saturday, July 18-19th, OREGON

Eugene, Harlow Road & I-5 overpass, Saturday, July 19, 11:00 am-4:00pm. The protest will take place on the Overpass.

Salem, The protest will take place on the Overpass at I-5 & Center St NE, Saturday, July 19 11:00 am -4:00pm.

Portland, Oregon, MEXICAN CONSULATE, 1305 SW 12TH AVE Friday July 18. 11:00 am -4:00pm.

Bend, Oregon. The protest will take place at the Empire Blvd and Hwy 97 Overpass. Friday, July 18, 11:00-4:00pm

Albany, Protest on the Overpass at 5 FWY & Santiam Hwy, Saturday July 19, 10AM - 4:00PM, There is a Denny's across the street and plenty of parking next to the Overpass.

Participants are encouraged to bring signs, flags, a folding chair, water, sunscreen.

We must caution people to remain civil - bring your own signs - but, remember that the press is watching every move we make. We must remain civil at all times.

Organizers describe the protests' purpose as:

"On July 18 and 19, 2014, the largest coordinated protest against all forms of amnesty, comprehensive immigration reform, and the government's failure to enforce immigration laws and secure our borders will begin, all across America. The protests are scheduled to be held at state capitols, Mexican consulates, and on streets and overpasses coast-to-coast, including Hawaii and Alaska."

Please take the time to stop by for an hour or two and show your support.

See more information and facebook event page

OFIR is not involved in organizing these protests. However, we are participating and recognize that they present an excellent opportunity for concerned Americans to make their concerns known to the public and especially to the media.

Please note the following guidelines / suggestions provided by CAIRCO (Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform):

Signs: Make your own. Lettering has to be very large - probably a foot high with heavy letters and with few words in upper case. Drivers will have at most a second or two to read your sign. Keep message focused. For example:

        SECURE OUR BORDER

DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS

NO ILLEGALS

OBAMA CLOSE THE BORDER

etc.

We would suggest not using inappropriate terminology such as undocumented immigrants and illegal immigrants - more info.

Media: If you are approached by the media, know what you are going to say before you speak. Have a list of two or three talking points and go back to them when a reporter tries to make you say something that can be used against you. For example:

         Reporter: Why are you here today?

A: To insist that President Obama secure our border against unauthorized entry of illegal aliens.

Reporter: So you don't like immigrant children?

A: I think all children should be cared for by their families in their home countries. If I sent my American children to travel unattended to a foreign country, I would be arrested for child neglect. We can solve that problem by securing our border.

Reporter: So you support Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

A: Absolutely not. I do not support amnesty for illegal aliens of any kind. We already have laws on the books which we can enforce to secure our border. Right now. Today.

Reporter: Isn't it racist to deny these children an opportunity in America?

A: This has nothing to do with race. I am concerned about the impact of mass immigration on Americans - of all races, creeds, and colors. We need to secure our border and deport those who have snuck into America.

The law: Obey all laws, including traffic and parking signs. If a police officer requests you to do something, and his request is within the law, please do it. You have the Constitutional right to free speech and free assembly. Do not become confrontational. Have your cell phone and/or video camera with you. Video recordings are important.

Open borders goons: It is possible that anti-American open borders nutcases will be at the protests, possibly mingling with the crowd. Avoid physical conflict. Video recordings are important, especially to prevent confrontations and to document any that occur.

Personal: Take water with you. Keep extra water in your car. Prepare for sun and heat. Casual dress - no uniforms, no camo. Have handi wipes with you and in your car. We do not condone violence. However, here is an article containing guidelines for passive resistance in Murrieta, CA.

Have fun! See you there!Additional information from the press release about the protests:

Overpasses for America, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), and the new group that initiated the protests Make Them Listen are pleased to announce that American citizens who are encouraged by the turning back of Obama's illegal immigrant filled buses in Murrieta, California, and Oracle, Arizona, are now joining protests of varied sizes at state capitals, Mexican Consulates, overpasses, intersections, and illegal immigrant drop off points and detention facilities.

To view the list of protests, please visit this link...

http://www.alipac.us/f8/protest-times-locations-july-18-19-national-protests-against-amnesty-307111/

"Our goal is to unify Americans of every race, political party, and walk of life against this Obama-inspired invasion of our American homeland!" said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "We want to harness the grass roots backlash forming out there and channel it into the remaining GOP primaries and general elections of 2014 to throw as many immigration reform amnesty supporters out of office as possible this year!"

"These protests are designed to raise public awareness and opposition to the Obama-inspired illegal immigration surge on our Southern border!" said Paul Arnold of Make them Listen. "Obama has become our 'Smuggler in Chief' and his illegal immigrant agenda is putting American jobs, taxpayer resources, and lives at risk."

Paul Arnold has launched a Facebook event page to create and organize the protests. https://www.facebook.com/events/1476471035921641/

"This border crisis is a result of Obama's dereliction of duty and his refusal to honor his oath of office, our laws, our borders, and the US Constitution that guarantees that 'all states shall be protected from invasion'" said James Neighbors of Overpasses for America. "We need to protest and elect new members of Congress who will stop Obama's abuses of power and this invasion. Obama is making it clear that he cares more about illegal immigrants than the American citizens of all races who elected him."

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The complete press release is viewable online at: http://www.alipac.us/hundreds-protests-against-illegal-immigration-nationwide-july-18-19-3202/

'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally

SALEM, Ore. -- It's exactly 1,050 miles from the Northeast Center St. overpass along Interstate 5 in Salem to the Mexican border.

About two-dozen people lined the overpass with American flags and signs on Saturday afternoon for Salem's slice of the big national movement this weekend against illegal immigration.

"We have compassion for the people coming here. But it's important they know they can't stay," said Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, the group that helped organize Salem's event. "They need to return to their home countries."

Most of the protesters trying to get drivers to pay attention were white and American-born, except for a man named Ryan Trasad.

Trasad is an immigrant himself who came to the United States 40 years ago from the Fiji Islands, closer to New Zealand than America.

"I don't think anybody I've talked to is against immigrants," said Trasad. "We're a land of immigrants. We know that."

Trasad probably did not talk much with a woman named Laura Cole, who was at the same protest on the overpass with her husband and 4-year-old son.

"I want to keep Oregon the way it is, the people that make up this town" said Cole.

When asked what she meant by that, Cole answered she wants to "keep Mexicans in Mexico. Keep European-Americans here, where we are, in our homeland... I think it's OK for us to be proud that this is our territory."

Officially, the protest was only supposed to be objecting to illegal immigration, not all kinds of immigration.

It only took a few minutes for word to spread among the protesters about Cole's comments during our recorded television interview.

Cynthia Kendoll, the group's organizer, approached our crew to distance herself from Cole's opinions.

"I heard through multiple other people that a woman made a remark that the United States should remain white, and other people should go back to their home countries," said Kendoll. "The message of our organization is if you want to come to the United States, there are legal channels to do so."

Kendoll knows fringe messages of intolerance can seep in awfully easily.

For example, after drivers passed below the official protest on I-5, they approached another group of people with an even larger sign on the next overpass.

The large banner said, "Diversity is code-word for white genocide," which represents a group opposing all forms of diversity.

"A small element of it does shade what we're trying to do," said Kendoll. "We are a nation of people who have immigrated here to build our country." Read more about 'Keep Mexicans in Mexico' comment stirs up controversy at rally

Protest rally in Salem, Oregon attracts a great crowd!

Folks from several different groups joined together on the Center St. overpass in Salem, Oregon to protest the dangerous and escalating situation on our southern border.  We were all amazed and encouraged by the continuous honks, waves of support!  Thank you to all who participated!

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Oregonians for Immigration Reform to protest this weekend

Oregonians for Immigration Reform is participating in a nationwide protest against the border immigration surge in five different locations July 18 and 19.

Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform wrote in a press release that the objective is to alert citizens of the dangers of uncontrolled illegal immigration occurring at the Mexican-American border.

The protest will be held in Salem at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., July 19 on the overpass at Interstate 5 and Center Street NE.

Protests will also be held at the following places and times:

Portland, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 18 at the Mexican Consulate, 1305 SW 12th Ave

Eugene, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 19 at the I-5 overpass at Harlow Road

Albany, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 19 at the overpass at 5 FWY and Santiam Highway

Bend, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 18 at the Empire Boulevard and Highway 97 overpass

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Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas—An illegal immigrant who was released by U.S. authorities with a Notice to Appear has been arrested for the alleged murder of a woman and kidnapping of children on U.S. soil. The alleged crimes occurred after the man was released.

The man, Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, entered the U.S. illegally with children and turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents. He was processed and released, as are all illegal immigrants who come as unaccompanied minors or incomplete family units from Central America. The alien is from Honduras.

The arrest was first reported by the Associated Press (AP), but Breitbart Texas has exclusively confirmed that the man was part of the Obama Administration’s catch and release policy for family groups from Central America.

A U.S. Border Patrol source who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity provided Breitbart Texas with the alien registration number for the man, and the event number for the man’s apprehension. He was processed in the McAllen station of the U.S. Border Patrol. The alien’s registration number is 202027386. The event number for his apprehension is MCS14061487. The “MCS” designates the McAllen station, the “1406” designates that the man was apprehended in June of 2014. A separate Border Patrol source confirmed that the man was apprehended on June 26, 2014 with two children he claimed were his own. He told U.S. authorities he had family in Metairie, Louisiana.

The AP identified the illegal alien as a “suburban New Orleans man” who faces a second-degree murder charge after his girlfriend was found bludgeoned to death in a bathtub in Louisiana. The man was arrested in a Katy, Texas trailer park with three children. It is unclear if they are his or if they are the same children he used to get U.S. authorities to release him with a Notice to Appear.

The AP did not inform their readers that the man was an illegal alien.

Follow Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby on Twitter: @brandondarby.

A typo regarding dates has been corrected in this article. Read more about Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas

Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol said Thursday it has stopped transporting Central American children and families to San Diego after they are arrested in South Texas, halting the short-lived experiment that sparked a backlash in one city when protesters blocked a road and forced the rerouting of busloads of immigrants.

The Border Patrol has reduced its backlog of families being held in Texas' Rio Grande Valley and has improved processing there, agency spokesman Paul Carr said.

He denied that protests earlier this month outside the Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California, influenced the decision.

The government chartered three flights to San Diego since July 1, with each carrying about 140 Central American adults and their young children. They had been scheduled to arrive every three days until a flight set for Thursday was scrapped.

Flights to San Diego may resume but there are no plans to do so, Carr said.

"There is no turn-on date," he said.

The flights have been a rallying cry for anti-illegal immigration activists because families are typically released as they await hearings in immigration court.

Before the latest surge of Central Americans to this country, there was only one family detention center in the county, designed for 85 people in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Last month, the government opened a center in Artesia, New Mexico, designed to hold as many as 700 people.

The Border Patrol flew a large number of families from Texas to Tucson, Arizona, in late May, drawing criticism from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer when U.S immigration and Customs and Enforcement dropped them off at bus stations. ICE takes custody of the families after they are processed by the Border Patrol.

Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE in San Diego, declined to say how many families were released after being flown to San Diego.

Flights also began last week from Texas, to Yuma, Arizona, with immigrants then bused to El Centro, California, for processing.

Jackie Wasiluk, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol's parent agency, declined to comment on the status of any flights due to security considerations.

"Our foremost priority is the safety of the (Department of Homeland Security) personnel who are conducting these transfers and the welfare of those who have been entrusted to their custody," Wasiluk said. Read more about Border Patrol halts immigrant flights to San Diego

BREAKING NEWS? (Note the date of this article) In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants

At a makeshift church shelter beyond the industrial parks north of Mexico City, the train riders wait under a canvas tent, listening for a locomotive horn. They keep their shoes on and their backpacks zipped.

The tracks outside run through Mexico’s central highlands and all the way to the Texas border. The shelter is a halfway point for Central Americans on the 1,500-mile trip north, but many do not arrive here in one piece.

“They got me on the roof of the train,” said Arlen Acosta, his posture bent by two broken collarbones and his face disfigured from a bad suture job. He had set out from Honduras two months earlier. “They told me to give them $100. Then they threw me off.”

Central Americans have been catching freight trains to the U.S. border for years, risking injury or worse for a free ride and a path clear of Mexican government checkpoints. But at a time when illegal immigration to the United States remains near its lowest point in four decades, the number of Central Americans going north has soared, putting new attention on the rail system that takes thousands to the border each year.

With lawmakers in Washington considering a broad revision of U.S. immigration laws, the image of the illegal border-crosser is no longer a farmworker jumping the fence in Tijuana, analysts say. It is a Central American teenager riding on top of a Mexican freight train.

The dangers of the journey are widely known and perhaps worse than ever. Neither the Mexican government nor the two dominant railroad companies here — one of which is a U.S. subsidiary — have managed to stop the masses of people from climbing atop the trains, or the criminals from targeting them along the route.

The result is a rolling gauntlet of rapes, kidnappings, homicides and maimings aboard Mexico’s freight rail system, the backbone of the $1 billion-plus-a-day trade partnership between the United States and Mexico.

Each day, the trains rumble north loaded with new automobiles, washing machines, cement and the other fruits of NAFTA commerce. When they slow for curves or track switches, migrants run alongside and grab onto boxcars or jump into the open-top containers known as gondolas.

For the kidnapping gangs, cartel operatives and corrupt Mexican officials who await them, the train riders are a renewable natural resource: abundant and easy to prey upon, like salmon going up an Alaskan river.

Government human rights officials estimate that more than 11,000 migrants are kidnapped crossing Mexico each year, with many forced from the trains at notorious rail junctions whose names are spoken with fear along the route: Medias Aguas, Orizaba and Coatzacoalcos, where one group of Hondurans was hacked with machetes last month.

“You used to worry about falling asleep on top of the train and slipping off. Now, it’s the kidnappers,” said Oscar Rivas, a 40-year-old Honduran deportee trying to get back to a carpentry job and three children in Philadelphia. He said it was his sixth train trip north since 1986.

The last time, he was chased by a bandit with a machete.

This time, he saw a severed head outside the city of Tlaxcala.

“It was stuck on a pole,” he said.

Local news reports confirmed the account. Police found the head by the tracks, with a bag over it.

‘We know how easy it is’

On the U.S. side of the divide, the number of Mexicans taken into custody since 2000 has dropped 84 percent. But of 365,000 arrests made by the U.S. Border Patrol during fiscal 2012, nearly 100,000 were individuals classified as “Other than Mexican,” the highest percentage to date and almost twice as many as in 2011.

The vast majority were from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, Central America’s Northern Triangle, where economic failure and rampant violence exert a powerful push, even at a time when the pull of the U.S. labor market remains weak.

“There’s a feeling that Mexico has changed demographically and has turned the corner economically, and we’re never going to go back to what we had at the turn of this century,” said Eric Olson, a Central America expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, referring to the historic wave of Mexican migration that peaked in 2000, when Border Patrol agents made 1.7 million arrests.

“The real growth is projected to come from Central America,” Olson said.

The United States has been leaning on Mexico to tighten immigration enforcement within its borders, particularly the porous 600-mile boundary with Guatemala that presents little barrier to people, weapons or drugs. The administration of new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto says it is preparing to act.

“We know how easy it is to cross,” Interior Secretary Miguel Osorio Chong said at a recent meeting with the foreign news media, estimating that 200,000 Central Americans entered Mexico illegally last year.

With U.S. assistance, technology and security aid, Mexico plans to set up new immigration checkpoints along its southern border and build a database of the unauthorized immigrants it detains, taking fingerprints, retinal scans and other biometric data that can be shared with the United States.

But the checkpoints could push even more people onto the rails.

The Mexican Railroad Association, a trade group, said it is in talks with government officials about tightening security. Migrants and their advocates say the private guards who work for the railroad companies, including Kansas City Southern de Mexico, a U.S. subsidiary, have been just as venal as the police who shake the migrants down until they’re left with nothing.

“The train system is totally unsupervised,” said Rafael Gonzalez, one of the priests running the shelter here, which opened last year on the edge of town after gangsters forced the previous one to shut down.

Limited resources

Central American migrants can avoid the trains by hiring smuggling guides to drive them north. But few can afford it and turn to the rail system instead.

No one knows how many migrants are killed or mutilated in attacks or accidents along the way. Two Honduran women were shot and stabbed to death in the southern state of Chiapas in May when they didn’t pay the toll demanded by gang members.

Much of the violence occurs in the rail yards, where migrants might end up waiting days for a train.

The gangs that rob and abduct migrants are often made up of other Central Americans working under the protection of Mexico’s crime syndicates.

“We’ve asked over and over for the authorities to clean up the system and arrest the criminals — and they know who they are,” said Marta Sánchez, an activist with the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement. “But it would require some intelligence work and the firing of many corrupt officials.”

Gustavo Mohar, a former Mexican intelligence official who was also in charge of immigration policy under President Felipe Calderón, said stopping the migrants from climbing atop the freight trains would require a massive, sustained police operation that the country can’t afford.

“From a humanitarian point of view, what’s happening is terrible,” he said. “But controlling the train system over long distances is almost impossible when you have limited resources.”

For now, such controls do not exist. At the shelter set up here in a dusty lot, Guatemalan Andrea Mendoza, 20, waited for the train — “the long, long one” — that would take her and a friend to Monterrey. Once there, she said, she would call “her coyote,” the same guide who had smuggled her father and husband to Houston.

Mendoza said she knew how to run and reach for the train when it slowed, and not to fall asleep. It wasn’t her first time. She had made the trip once before, she said, when she was 15. Read more about BREAKING NEWS? (Note the date of this article) In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants

Citizens speak out about border surge

As the situation on the border continues unresolved, it becomes clear that other motives are clearly in play.  If our government really wanted to stop the border surge it could be accomplished within just a few days.  But, they continue to bus thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens to locations throughout the country for processing and release into the community with a scheduled hearing date somewhere in the distant future and for which they will likely never return.

I don't think it's much of a jump to speculate that our President and other key players are frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass sweeping "immigration reform" and they're looking for an end run around the rules to populate our country with throngs of illegal aliens from countries of unknown origin, with unknown criminal histories and with very low skill levels.  Often they are illiterate, sick and carrying previously eradicated diseases. 

The very essence of our country is at risk.  We are a nation of laws with a unique culture, language and specific borders, all of which need rigorous protection.

Citizens must speak up and speak out in protest - and continue to do so until the issue is resolved, the border secure and these invaders have been returned to their home country.

Letters to the editor are an excellent way to educate folks on the issues at hand.  Submit them not only to large circulation newspapers, but consider submitting your letters to your small, local newspaper, too.  Being respectful, precise and to the point in your letter will give you the greatest likelihood of being published..

If your letter is published, please forward it to us and we will post it on our website.  Read more about Citizens speak out about border surge

Plucking your heartstrings? Connecting the dots on the border surge

If you are a casual observer, but truly concerned about the recent surge of children on our border, I urge you to watch this video and learn what's really behind it.

As a nation, we are up to our necks in a complicated scheme to transform the United States and the world.  A covert plan for global economic warfare -- those building up the world of globalization are tearing down the sovereignty and financial strength of the United States and Europe to make way for the coming corporate new world order.

It's chilling!
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