OFIR Alerts and Updates

Welcome to the "what's hot" news and alerts section.  This section includes important OFIR action alerts and informational updates that have been sent out in the recent past, as well as hot news items.

January 9, 2015

Next week all Legislators will be at the Capitol building and conducting meetings Monday (12th), Tuesday (13th) and Wednesday (14th) and new Legislators will be sworn in, too.  They're gearing up for the upcoming 2015 Legislative session beginning February 2, 2015.

OFIR encourages you to visit your Capitol Building if you have not yet done so.  Walk the halls, sit in on a posted hearing, drop by your Legislators office and introduce yourself.  If they are newly elected, welcome them!

Always be respectful to everyone in the Capitol building.  Often Legislators are hurrying to meetings and don't have the time to chat.  Say hello to their office staff.

The Capitol building is yours and the people inside work for you.  You should feel comfortable in the building you own!

Remember to bring quarters for the meter.  Meters are strictly enforced!

Get involved, speak up and get busy!

If not you - then who?

If not now - when?

I'll see you at the Capitol!

Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR President


December 17, 2014

Plan to attend one of these meetings in early January. 

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Jan 02

Deschutes County Town Hall »

Jan 2 2015 10:00AM

Deschutes County Services Building – Barnes/Sawyer Rooms
1300 NW Wall
Bend, OR

Jan 03

Clackamas County Town Hall »

Jan 3 2015 11:00AM

Camp Withycombe
15300 SE Minuteman Way
Clackamas, OR

Jan 03

Multnomah County Town Hall »

Jan 3 2015 2:30PM

PCC Southeast Campus
2305 SE 82nd and Division
Portland, OR

Jan 04

Marion County Town Hall »

Jan 4 2015 1:00PM

Marion County Courthouse
555 Court St. NE
Salem, OR

Jan 04

Washington County Town Hall »

Jan 4 2015 4:00PM

Beaverton City Library (Main Branch) – Auditorium
12375 SW 5th St
Beaverton, OR

Jan 05

Benton County Town Hall »

Jan 5 2015 10:00AM

Philomath High School – Auditorium
2054 Applegate St
Philomath, OR

Jan 05

Lane County Town Hall »

Jan 5 2015 2:00PM

Sheldon High School – Auditorium
2455 Willakenzie Rd
Eugene, OR


December 10, 2014

From NumbersUSA:

Last night, Congressional Leaders unveiled a $1 trillion spending bill (a.k.a. "CRomnibus") that they hope to pass before the end of the week. As currently written, the bill will fully fund Pres. Obama's executive amnesty and work permits for 5 million illegal aliens.

The powerful House Rules Committee will set the rules for debate for the bill later today, setting up a likely floor vote in the House of Representatives tomorrow.

We need your urgent phone calls to your U.S. Representative Schrader - telling him to executive actions.oppose the CRomnibus unless it defunds Pres. Obama's

Call the Capitol Switchboard and ask for Rep. Schrader at 202-224-3121 or call his regional offices here in Oregon - Salem office:  T (503) 588-9100 or the Oregon City office:  T (503) 557-1324.

December 9, 2014

This is it - we have just today, Wednesday and Thursday before Congress adjourns for the holidays, to swamp Congress with calls - raise the roof, beat the drum and clang the bell. This is a 5 alarm alert that needs your immediate attention.

Please - as you are busy preparing for the upcoming Christmas season, take just a few minutes out of your busy day and call each one of the Congress members listed.

Tell them the election of 2014 was a powerful warning - Americans do NOT support what President Obama is attempting to do by granting amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens.

Despite the President’s claim that his actions are not an amnesty, they will result in green cards and citizenship for many of the 5 million illegal aliens covered by his orders. Congress must act immediately to stop these lawless executive actions. Your voice is critical.

Tell them to DEFUND NOW any executive actions to reward illegal entry into our country.

You can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell the operator which legislator you wish to speak to, or you can call members directly at the following numbers.

Please call these members of the House of Representatives:

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23) - 202-225-4000

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA25)  202-225-1956

Rep. John Campbell (R-CA45)  202-225-5611

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA6)  202-225-3901

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6)  202-225-5431

Please call these Senators:  There is NO reason that these vulnerable Democrats should not feel the heat, as well.  Call them and tell them they may very well LOSE their seats in 2016 if they don't DEFUND Obama's Executive order.  Call today!

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) - (202) 224-2043

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) - (202) 224-6154

Senator John Tester (D-Montana) - (202) 224-2644

Senator Angus King (I-Maine) - (202) 224-5344

Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia)  (202) 224-3954


December 6, 2014
The America we know is being threatened - by President Obama, who has promised to grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens as soon as next week.
Obama's actions range from deliberate non-enforcement of immigration laws, to DACA via executive fiat, to promising to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. These are not the actions of a weak and distracted administration. Indeed, they are deliberate, calculated actions based on an explicit agenda of "fundamentally transforming the United States" into a dependent immigrant class... who vote Democratic.
From NumbersUSA:
Don't give away your power of the purse to defund amnesty.  Insist on a SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL.

Reject any long-term omnibus spending bill that takes away your ability to stop an executive amnesty early next year.


...when our staff and the staff of our allies in Congress look at the words of the Republican leaders -- particularly of Senate Minority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Boehner -- they fail to find any promise to take away all funding from Pres. Obama to carry out his executive amnesty.

Right now, it looks like the GOP leaders are prepared to make political hay in vocally opposing the President. But they also are planning to take away the ability of Congress to defund his actions.

Yes, you read that right. Outrageous. But we have no reason to believe otherwise at this moment.  Surely you won't let them get away with that.

How would Sen. McConnell and Speaker Boehner do it?

By allowing passage of an omnibus spending bill over the next few weeks that would fund the government through next September. During that time, opponents of amnesty would lose the one tool that is available to them to stop President Obama's amnesty before millions more illegal aliens get work permits.

Don't give away your power of the purse to de-fund amnesty.  Insist on a SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL.
Please call Rep. Greg Walden's DC office at (202) 225-6730 on Monday.

You can call 1-866-220-0044 and ask to be connected with any Congressman - the operator will ring you through.


November 25, 2014

OFIR and PODL members, supporters and friends, we have all worked so very hard to defeat Ballot Measure 88.  Congratulations to all of you!

Please plan to join us for our next OFIR general membership meeting is Saturday, December 6th - 2:00 pm, Salem.

We will have a victory celebration, a very special guest speaker and our annual Christmas Party - all at one very special meeting!

Dr. Stephen Steinlight - Senior Policy Analyst, will be our very special guest speaker from Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).  
Dr. Steinlight will be speaking about: "The Plot Against America: Obama's Post - American Immigration Scheme".

Please - invite someone NEW to come to the meeting with you! We have worked hard and earned a tremendous amount of respect and notoriety from citizen's across the state and from coast to coast.  Now is the time to grow interest in OFIR and the work we do.

Mark your calendar: Saturday, December 6th at 2:00pm.  We will meet at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn - across from Costco in Salem, OR.

Please bring your favorite holiday finger food snack to share with the group.  Beverages will be provided!

November 5, 2014

Oregon voters, by a 2 to 1 margin, said NO to state issued ID - in the form of driver cards - to people in our country illegally.

It's been reported that more people voted NO on 88 than voted on any other issue or for any other candidate in Oregon.  Read more about Ballot Measure 88's demise.

November 2, 2014

The Secretary of State’s Elections Calendar for November 4 says: “Official drop sites open 8 hours or more and until 8 PM for depositing cast ballots. County Clerk’s office open 7 AM - 8 PM for issuing and depositing ballots.”

Want to find a drop site near you? You can visit http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/ and see an interactive map showing ballot drop box locations all over Oregon.

Candidate Tootie Smith sent out a list of links to drop box locations in the following counties. If you live in any of these counties, you can click on name of the county and get a list of locations for drop boxes in that county.
Lincoln County
Tillamook County
Polk County
Marion County
Clackamas County
Multnomah County

Most other county government websites also list locations of drop boxes in that county. You might enter in an internet search box, the name of your county and state, and when you see the homepage for the county government, use their search box to enter the term ballot drop sites, or browse the Elections section. For example,

Yamhill County, http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/content/ballot-drop-sites

Washington County, http://www.co.washington.or.us/AssessmentTaxation/Elections/CurrentElection/current-ballot-drop-sites.cfm

Jackson County, http://jacksoncountyor.org/clerk/Elections/Upcoming-Current-Elections/General-Primary-Elections/ArtMID/5084/ArticleID/1095/Official-Drop-Site-Locations

October 27, 2014

OFIR has now added to the website a section on candidates in the Nov. 4 general election.  Please visit it to see the latest information on candidates’ positions on benefits to illegal aliens, use of E-Verify, and related issues. Click here:  http://www.oregonir.org/immigration-topics/2014-general-election.

October 22, 2014
Protect Oregon Driver Licenses has been invited to participate in a Ballot Measure review this Thursday evening, October 23 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Eugene.

Temple Beth Israel will be hosting the event which will be at 1175 E. 29th Avenue in Eugene. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Before you fill out your ballot, join the conversation and learn more about three of the ballot measures. Ballot Measure's 88 (driver cards), 90 (top 2 primary) and 92 (GMO labeling) will be discussed.

Cynthia Kendoll - Authorized Agent for the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses campaign will be encouraging a NO vote on ballot measure 88.