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Congressman Ron Wyden holding Towhall meetings this weekend

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2018-02-02
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Have something to say to Congressman Ron Wyden? He would like to see you at one of his upcoming Townhall Meetings this weekend.

Saturday, Feb. 3 - starts at 11:30 am
Astoria High School Auditorium
1001 W Marine Dr., Astoria, OR 97103
 
and
 
Saturday, Feb. 3, starts at 4 pm
Port of Tillamook Bay, Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officer's Row, Tillamook, OR 97141
 
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Sunday, Feb. 4 - starts Noon
Century High School Gymnasium
2000 SE Century Blvd., Hillsboro, OR 97123
 
If you attend, please email van@numbersusa.com a brief description of your interaction and the immigration-related discussion. Or, call OFIR at 503.435.0141 and tell us about it.
 
Talking Points for your consideration:
 
You were responsible for shutting down the federal government, not Republicans. And for what? To amnesty illegal aliens. You're playing a destructive political game. You knew negotiations were ongoing. Do not vote for another shutdown.
 
You are pushing a legalization for so-called Dreamers but don't care what caused these young people to be in the country illegally in the first place. Their parents brought them while seeking to work here illegally. We'll be in this situation again unless we make it hard for employers to hire unlawful workers. That's why I want you to support mandatory E-Verify workplace eligibility checks for all employers. Don't subject another generation of young people to the same situation.
 
Our immigration system should help American workers get a decent pay raise and have a higher standard of living. That's why Sen. Tom Cotton introduced the RAISE Act, which would cut legal immigration from about one million per year to 500,000. I strongly support the bill because it will reduce job competition, including for the 50 million working-age Americans not in the workforce. Please co-sponsor the RAISE Act. Stand with American workers, not anti-American business owners who want more job competition to reduce wages.
 
The Visa Lottery must be terminated because it threatens our national security, as evidenced by the October 31 New York City terrorist attack by lottery winner Sayfullo Saipov. The program is fraud-ridden, because it has low application standards, and draws from nations that are state sponsors of terror or are known to harbor terrorist organizations. This dangerous combination made the program the subject of numerous congressional oversight hearings and a target for repeal. Please support a repeal of the Visa Lottery.
 
A biometric entry/exit system was a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission after it learned that several of the hijackers had overstayed their visas. But despite Congressional approval and funding, the last two administrations failed to implement this essential system for tracking and removing visa over-stayers. There is no excuse for further delays in these dangerous times, so I want you to help get this done.

 

Medford and Grants Pass residents - Jan. 25th Townhall meeting

Alert date: 
2017-01-19
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State Representative

Duane Stark

House District 4

 


State Representative

Sal Esquivel

House District 6

News Release:  January 19, 2015

Contact:
Dawn Phillips-Rep Stark’s Office: 503.750.1764

Southern Oregon Legislators Host Town Hall January 25th in Eagle Point

(Salem)  Two Southern Oregon lawmakers will hold a Legislative Town Hall Wednesday January 25th in Eagle Point to preview some of the issues expected to be debated during the upcoming 2017 Session at the State Capitol in Salem.

The Town Hall starts at 6 pm on January 25th and is co-sponsored by State Representative Duane Stark (R-Grants Pass) and State Representative Sal Esquivel (R-Medford). Local residents are invited to attend the event which will be held at Eagle Point City Hall, 17 South Buchanan Avenue in Eagle Point.


“It’s important for us to touch bases with citizens in Southern Oregon before the legislative session gets underway this year,” said Representative Stark. “I wish we could host events like this in every corner of both of our legislative districts. Given the time constraints, we selected a location between both districts so we could have an opportunity to talk to people about the things that matter most in their lives.”

 

“There will be some significant challenges this time around,” said Representative Esquivel. “The state budget is going to mean some tough choices on critical issues such as human services, public safety, education, and others. There simply aren’t enough funds to go around for every program that folks want to see funded.”

 

For those who can’t make it to the Town Hall they can reach the legislators using the contact information below:

 

State Representative Duane Stark:

Rep.DuaneStark@oregonlegislature.gov
503.986.1404

 

State Representative Sal Esquivel
Rep.SalEsquivel@oregonlegislature.gov

503.986.1406

 

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900 Court Street NE Salem, OR 97301   ¨   www.oregonlegislature.gov  

 

 


 

Five immigration questions to ask your Congressman during the August recess.

1. How can we afford an amnesty for illegal immigrants?

We can't. Over their lifetimes, the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants would cost federal, state, and local taxpayers trillions of dollars, because they will consume significantly more in government benefits and services than they pay in taxes. Amnesty for millions of predominantly low-skilled illegal immigrants also will depress wages for low-skilled Americans and make a tough job market more difficult.

2. If illegal immigrants win amnesty, how is that fair to the 4.5 million who are waiting to enter the United States legally?

It isn't fair. America prides itself on the rule of law. As Americans, we should not allow those who break our laws to be rewarded-especially at the expense of those who are abiding by the rules. Rather than adequately streamlining our legalization system, some in Congress are pushing a new "path to citizenship" that grants amnesty to those who broke the law.

3. Can we ensure that a House-passed immigration bill doesn't become a vehicle, in a deal with the Senate, for blanket amnesty?

No, we can't. With massive costs to taxpayers and carve-outs for special interests, the Senate-passed bill eerily resembles Obamacare in its unnecessary complexity. Even House members who correctly view the Senate's "comprehensive" bill as a failed approach must be cognizant of the push to use any House-passed measure as a means to enact the Senate provisions. If conversations begin between the House and Senate on a compromise, major sections of the Senate bill-including amnesty-will be part of that deal.

4. Does Congress need to pass new legislation to secure the border and strengthen interior enforcement?

No. Current laws can be used to settle our border security and interior enforcement problems. The reason those laws aren't working is simple: We aren't enforcing them. By way of executive orders and selective enforcement, the Obama Administration has undermined efforts to fix our system and placed unwarranted burdens on the agents in charge of carrying out these laws.

5. Is there any guarantee that we won't face this problem again with millions of new illegal immigrants in the future?

No. We should keep a close eye on all proposals. In 1986, proponents of "reform" promised the American people that if Congress passed an amnesty-first immigration bill, we wouldn't have to go through this debate again. We were told to trust Congress to put together an amnesty bill that would be fair and prevent illegal immigration once and for all. Fast forward to now, and we're experiencing the same problems but on a larger scale. If Congress doesn't secure the border first to stop the flow of illegal immigration and also enforce our laws, we will find ourselves back in the same situation. The Congressional Budget Office projected that if it the Senate bill became law, millions of new illegal immigrants would be here within a few decades.

Below is a list of Republicans who have been targeted by the Democrats who want the House to pass an immigration bill.

Pick the members from your state, you know what to ask them.

I would suggest that in your message to them, either in person or at a town hall meeting, you also say that if the House passes any kind of immigration legislation that you will be demanding that they oust John Boehner as Speaker.

State

District

Member Name

Alabama

6

Spencer Bachus

Alaska

1

Don Young

Arizona

8

Trent Franks

Arkansas

3

Steve Womack

California

1

Doug La Malfa

California

8

Paul Cook

California

10

Jeff Denham

California

21

David Valadao

California

22

Devin Nunes

California

23

Kevin McCarthy

California

25

Buck McKeon

California

31

Gary Miller

California

39

Ed Royce

California

45

John Campbell

California

49

Darrell Issa

Colorado

3

Scott Tipton

Colorado

4

Cory Gardner

Colorado

6

Mike Coffman

Florida

2

Steve Southerland II

Florida

6

Ron DeSantis

Florida

7

John Mica

Florida

10

Daniel Webster

Florida

12

Gus Bilirakis

Florida

13

Bill Young

Florida

16

Vern Buchanan

Florida

17

Tom Rooney

Florida

19

Trey Radel

Florida

25

Mario Diaz-Balart

Florida

27

Ros-Lehtinen

Georgia

9

Doug Collins

Idaho

1

Raul Labrador

Illinois

6

Peter Roskam

Illinois

13

Rodney Davis

Illinois

14

Randy Hultgren

Illinois

15

John Shimkus

Illinois

16

Adam Kinzinger

Illinois

18

Aaron Schock

Iowa

3

Tom Latham

Kansas

3

Kevin Yoder

Louisiana

1

Steve Scalise

Louisiana

5

Rodeny Alexander

Michigan

4

Dave Camp

Michigan

6

Fred Upton

Michigan

10

Candice Miller

Minnesota

2

John Kline

Minnesota

3

Eric Paulsen

 

Mississippi

1

Alan Nunnelee

Missouri

2

Ann Wagner

Missouri

3

Blaine Leutkemeyer

Nebraska

1

Jeff Fortenberry

Nebraska

2

Lee Terry

Nevada

2

Mark Amodei

Nevada

3

Joe Heck

New Jersey

2

Frank LoBiondo

New Jersey

3

Jon Runyan

New Jersey

4

Chris Smith

New Jersey

5

Scott Garrett

New Jersey

7

Leonard Lance

New Jersey

11

Rodeny Frelinghuysen

New Mexico

2

Steve Pearce

New York

2

Peter King

New York

11

Michael Grimm

New York

19

Chris Gibson

New York

22

Richard Hanna

New York

23

Tom Reed

North Carolina

2

Renee Ellmers

North Carolina

3

Walter Jones

North Carolina

6

Howard Coble

North Carolina

9

Robert Pittenger

North Carolina

13

George Holding

Ohio

1

Steve Chabot

Ohio

4

Jim Jordan

Ohio

5

Robert Latta

Ohio

8

John Boehner

Ohio

10

Michael Turner

Ohio

12

Pat Tiberi

Ohio

14

David Joyce

Ohio

15

Steve Stivers

Oklahoma

1

Jim Bridenstine

Oklahoma

3

Frank Lucas

Oklahoma

4

James Lankford

Oklahoma

5

Tom Cole

Oregon

2

Greg Walden

Pennsylvania

5

Glenn Thompson

Pennsylvania

6

Jim Gerlach

Pennsylvania

7

Patrick Meehan

Pennsylvania

8

Michael Fitzpatrick

Pennsylvania

10

Thomas Marino

Pennsylvania

15

Charlie Dent

Pennsylvania

16

Joe Pitts

South Carolina

4

Trey Gowdy

South Carolina

5

Mick Mulvaney

Texas

2

Ted Poe

 

Texas

3

Sam Johnson

Texas

6

Joe Barton

Texas

7

John Culberson

Texas

8

Kevin Brady

Texas

10

Michael McCaul

Texas

13

Mac Thornberry

Texas

14

Randy Weber

Texas

17

Bill Flores

Texas

21

Lamar Smith

Texas

22

Pete Olson

Texas

27

Blake Farenthold

Texas

31

John Carter

Texas

32

Pete Sessions

Utah

1

Rob Bishop

Utah

3

Jason Chaffetz

Virginia

1

Rob Wittman

Virginia

2

Scott Rigell

Virginia

4

Randy Forbes

Virginia

6

Bob Goodlatte

Virginia

7

Eric Cantor

Virginia

10

Frank Wolf

Washington

3

Jaime Herrera Beutler

Washington

4

Doc Hastings

Washington

5

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Washington

8

Dave Reichert

Wisconsin

1

Paul Ryan

Wisconsin

5

Jim Sensenbrenner

Wisconsin

7

Sean Duffy


 

Townhall opportunities coming up

Alert date: 
2013-08-01
Alert body: 

Congress will adjourn at the end of the week for summer recess. Your elected officials will be "coming home" to their constituents and a full schedule of Town Hall meetings.

It is your opportunity and your responsibility as a citizen, to attend the Town Hall meetings and tell your Representatives, in person, how you feel about the massive amnesty bill hanging out in the House. S 744 is such a massive, horrible bill with so many loopholes and built in problems that will virtually ruin the US as we know it, that we must kill this bill before it ever gets the chance to leave the House this fall.

Please, go to your local Town Hall meetings and tell your Representatives, in no uncertain terms, that you DO NOT want an amnesty bill of any kind...PERIOD! Members of Congress MUST hear this repeatedly, loud and clear, from their constituents!

OFIR will post the Townhall schedules as they become available. Check back often.

Rep. Kurt Schrader To Hold Town Hall Meetings in Milwaukie and Salem

Rep. Schrader will be holding town hall meetings in Milwaukie and Salem on Tuesday, January 29th and Wednesday, January 30th.

He said, in his announcement, “With the ongoing fiscal crisis, I will discuss the need for Congress to pass a big, bold deficit reduction and jobs package that puts everything on the table -- including spending cuts and tax and entitlement reforms -- and gets America's economy humming again. I hope to see you there, and I look forward to your feedback.”

Milwaukie Town Hall Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 29th

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Avenue, Milwaukie 97222

Salem Town Hall Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 30th

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty Street SE, Salem 97301

Please plan to attend and ask questions about Rep. Schrader’s immigration views.

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President Obama recently announced as a high priority, enactment by Congress of an amnesty for illegal aliens. Leaders of the Democratic Party support this, as well as some in the Republican Party.

Amnesty will hurt all citizens, employed and unemployed, by greatly increasing numbers of legal job seekers at a time of grave economic stress, and by inflating the population when our environment is already seriously degraded from overpopulation. Seven massive amnesties have been passed in recent years, each one resulting in ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants.

The recent Associated Press-Roper poll claiming that the public supports amnesty was based on a question designed to elicit a Yes answer. Read this critique by Ira Mehman of FAIR.

Here’s a good article on the best way to stop illegal immigration: “Attrition Through Enforcement Is the True Middle-ground Solution.” A 2012 poll showed that 75% of likely voters support a mandatory verification system in dealing with illegal immigration.

Thank you for attending, and please let OFIR know if questions on immigration were asked and what Rep. Schrader’s response was. Email OFIR at ofir@oregonir.org

Ask the tough questions, ask Rep. Bonamici where she stands on immigration issues

Alert date: 
2012-08-17
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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici claims that getting Americans back to work and rebuilding the economy is her number one goal. But, why has she refused to co-sponsor the Legal Workforce Act or any other E-Verify bills? This bill would mandate E-Verify nationwide, opening up to 7 million jobs for Americans and legal workers.

In fact, this bill would would put more Americans back to work than any other policy being discussed in Congress today. Check out the chart. Show it to Rep. Bonamici.

If you look at Rep. Bonamici's grade card, Rep. Bonamici has voted for amnesty twice! Why is Rep. Bonamici for policies that will further increase competition in an already over-crowded job market? 20 million Americans cannot find full time work, they certainly do not need to have illegal aliens to compete with too!

There is still time for Rep. Bonamici to do the right thing this congress. Co-sponsoring the Legal Workforce Act is a big one. There are two bills introduced by fellow House Democrats that Rep. Bonamici could co-sponsor. She can also challenge the leadership of both parties who want to give out even more work permits than we already do each year.

Rep. Bonamici will be hosting town hall meetings around her district the next several days.

We are asking you to participate in the town hall and ask Rep. Bonamici about her immigration record.

Town hall event information:
Monday, August 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Hillsboro Senior Center, 750 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
St. Helens Senior Center, 375 S. 15th Street, St. Helens, OR

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans Street, McMinnville, OR

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Elsie Stuhr Senior Center, 5550 SW Hall Boulevard, Beaverton, OR

Friday, August 24, 2012, 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Astoria Senior Center, 1111 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR

Some talking points:

Congresswoman Bonamici, there are 20 million Americans who cannot find full time work while millions of illegal aliens are working in non-agricultural jobs. This isn't fair to American workers! Fellow House Democrat Rep. DeFazio has sponsored an E-Verify bill, please co-sponsor his bill and prove to me your number one priority is getting Oregonians back to work!

Rep. Bonamici, Washington gives out over 1 million work permits every year for new immigrants. With millions of Americans and recent immigrants already unemployed, why are we bringing one million more workers here every year? Do you support lowering this number?

If you cannot attend an event, drop off Rep. Bonamici's grade card at her local offices or give her a call.

Oregon Office
620 SW Main, Suite 606
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 326-2901

WASHINGTON DC OFFICE
Phone: (202) 225-0855

 If you do attend a town hall or make an office visit, please let us know how it goes. Your feedback is vital.

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