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.

August 9, 2012
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On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration usurped Congressional authority by unilaterally amending federal immigration policy to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal aliens meeting criteria similar to that of the failed DREAM Act. This broad usurpation of Congressional power came not in the form of an executive order or regulation, but by a mere policy memorandum authored by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

Under the Secretary's directive, illegal aliens up to the age of 30 who meet certain criteria can affirmatively apply for what's called "deferred action," which allows them to remain in the country for a period of two years in spite of their unlawful status. The memorandum also allows illegal aliens to simultaneously apply for work authorization, adding an estimated 1.8 million to the workforce at time of record unemployment.

Nonetheless, Congress, which rejected the DREAM Act as recently as December 2010, has stood idly by while the Administration has enacted such policies and systematically dismantled enforcement of U.S. immigration law-the June 15 memorandum serving as the capstone to a presidential tenure filled with immigration policy created and manipulated by executive fiat.

As President Obama even admitted himself, it is Congress' job to pass the law and the executive branch's job to enforce the law. If Congress wants to gain the confidence of voters in this country, they MUST take immediate action! Although the Administration has stated it will begin accepting applications August 15, over 1,000 illegal aliens have already been granted a reprieve under this policy.

So far Congress-including leaders in both the House and the Senate-have sat on the sidelines instead of acting as the checks and balances instituted in the Constitution to this egregious usurpation of their power.

We need you to make phone calls to our Congressional "Leaders" each and every day until this affront on the rule of law stops.

Demand that they take the necessary steps to restore law and order to America's immigration laws. Tell them:

  • Halt the Obama amnesty! Congress has the power to stop the Administration's circumvention of U.S. immigration law-it must exercise it.
  • Granting amnesty is an affront to all law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants.
  • Especially at times of high unemployment, Americans need immigration laws enforced, not another amnesty.

CALL: John Boehner, Speaker of the House (202) 225-0600
Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader (202) 225-2815
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader (202) 225-4965
Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (202) 224-3542
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader (202) 224-2541

August 1, 2012

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.
 

July 27, 2012
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For a chilling inside look from the people who know, watch this video today. 
 

July 20, 2012

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.

July 9, 2012

FAIR has just confirmed from reliable sources that nine border patrol stations – north of the border but in heavily traveled corridors of illegal activity - are being shut down and the personnel reassigned. Six of those stations are in Texas - one in Amarillo and another in Lubbock. The closures leave local officials with no federal resources to assist them in identifying and detaining illegal aliens, drug smugglers and human traffickers.

Potter County (Amarillo) Sheriff Brian Thomas said, If we pull over illegal aliens (now), we can call border patrol agents who can detain them. We won't have those resources to check them."

FAIR has obtained a memo from the USBP delivered to local law enforcement officials in Texas. In it, Robert Green, Resident Agent in Charge, details the changes and says that when the stations close, there will be no active plan for ICE assets to assist local authorities in this area when alien smuggling or alien transportation situations are encountered by your personnel.

The memo then takes an unusual tone of urgent appeal when Green says, I would encourage you, if you have found USBP assistance valuable in the past, to contact your political representatives and voice your concerns.”

The remark is stark evidence that the men and women of the U.S Border Patrol who are struggling to protect our borders are under siege as much by their own government as by illegal entrants.

Interior border patrol stations represent a much needed second line of defense against illegal aliens who make it past the border and continue moving north through heavily traveled corridors. On such major "feeder area" is Riverside, California, another border patrol station being shut down.

The full list of stations and cities which will soon have no federal border authorities to detain and remove illegal aliens, smugglers and traffickers include: Lubbock, TX; Amarillo TX; Dallas, TX; San Angelo, TX; Abilene, TX; San Antonio, TX; Billings, MT; Twin Falls, ID, and Riverside, CA.

 

July 1, 2012

Read the intelligent analysis and summary of the Supreme Court's decision about Arizona's immigration law in the Statesman's Guest Opinion section dated 6/28/2102.  Or click here to read it in OFIR's letter section.

June 27, 2012
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This is a perfect opportunity for people in these districts to attend these events and ask these Legislators about the Governors plan to find a way to get Oregon driver licenses back in the hands of illegal aliens so they can "come out of the shadows and contribute to Oregon's economic recovery".  Oregon has an 8.4% unemployment rate.  Do we really need to try to make life easier for those who are already breaking multiple laws by being in the country and holding jobs (often using fraudulent ID).  Tell your representative that you do NOT support this move by the governor to undo the Oregon Driver License Law SB1080 and you expect them to represent you and not foreign nationals illegally in our state.  Always be polite and respectful, but insist on an answer to this troubling move by Oregon's leadership.
 
Town Hall with Representatives Jules Bailey, Carolyn Tomei and Senator Diane Rosenbaum
 
THURSDAY JUNE 28, 6:30-8:00 PM
 
Please join me, Representative Tomei and Senator Rosenbaum at the Sellwood SMILE Station on June 28 at 6:30 pm. We are excited to update you on what we are working on and to hear feedback on the issues you are most concerned about.
 
WHAT:
Town Hall with Representatives Jules Bailey, Carolyn Tomei and Senator Diane Rosenbaum
 
WHEN:
Thursday, June 28, 2012
6:30-8:00pm
 
WHERE:
Sellwood SMILE Station
8210 SE 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

 

June 25, 2012

For those of you that can't quite figure out where to stand on the recent proclamation by President Obama, read a great letter posted in the OFIR website "letters" section.  Charles Krauthammer's letter to the Editor was printed in the Oregonian last Friday.  

June 19, 2012

The Center for Immigration Studies is one of the most respected research centers in the nation. Jon Feere’s paper  exposes point by point the misconceptions, falsehoods and flaws in President Obama’s DREAM Act order.

Please forward this paper on to your friends, neighbors and relatives.

Call members of Congress today and all week long to express your opposition to this chicanery.

Click here for a link that will show you your members of Congress and gives all contact information for them:

June 19, 2012

US News and World Report published the following op-ed from NumbersUSA CEO and Founder Roy Beck.

Congress approved seven amnesties for illegal aliens between 1986 and 2000. Focusing on compassion for those who broke the law without taking away the jobs magnet only led to more illegal immigration. Every Congress since 2000 has rejected the reward of amnesty.

Now in a constitutionally questionable move, President Barack Obama has decided just to ignore Congress and return to the bad old days of treating symptoms and not the jobs causes of illegal immigration.

The president says he was moved to act out of compassion for the illegal aliens under age 30 who were brought here illegally at a young age and who may not have much connection any longer to their home country because they have been here so long. But he has shown no recognition that the reason these illegal aliens are in this predicament is that the federal government allowed their parents to illegally take jobs from U.S. workers for five, 10, and 15 years.

Neither President Obama nor the congressional Republican leadership will press for a mandatory E-Verify bill to finally prevent illegal aliens from holding payroll jobs. So with the new Obama policy, parents world-round know they can continue to break into our country and steal jobs for long periods, building up compelling stories for the news media to report about their children in hopes of similar amnesties in the future.

Polls suggest that most Americans are sympathetic to suspending deportations of the young illegal aliens. But polling thus far has not asked how voters feel about the president offering work permits for 1-2 million illegal aliens to compete with the 20 million American workers who want a full-time job and can't find one.

Dramatically increasing the supply of legal workers victimizes the most vulnerable members of our national community who also have compelling stories that never seem to show up in the colorful human interest immigration stories filling the media.

Congress has acted three times to reject the DREAM Act-type of amnesty that the president has unilaterally created. If Mr. Obama thinks he can make a case for adding the illegal aliens to the workforce, then he ought to make his case to Congress along with offering offsets that would reduce the number of green cards (permanent work permits) given out each year to other foreign workers, thus reducing job competition for Americans.

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