OFIR Blog

Welcome to the new OFIR blog!

OFIR invites you to pop in regularly and find out what's new, what's pressing and needing action and what other concerned citizens are doing in the fight to stop illegal immigration.

Connecting the dots...

Connecting the dots between high unemployment, increased crime, exploding entitlement programs, over-crowded school and a deteriorating environment and how they are related to un-checked illegal immigration and excessive legal immigration is a big job, but one we all must continue to pursue.

While Americans re-elected President Obama based on their apparent preference for his economic policies, they do not embrace his plans for amnesty. Furthermore, Americans want to see laws enforced at the workplace through mandatory use of the free, accurate and easy to use E-verify program.

Neither the candidates nor the media drew attention to the deleterious impact that high immigration levels have on American workers," said Marilyn DeYoung, Chairman of the Board of CAPS. "There is no difference between outsourcing, sending American jobs overseas, and insourcing, bringing in foreign workers to take American jobs."

While jobs, jobs and jobs dominated races here in Oregon and across the nation, no one had enough confidence to point out that, here in Oregon about 100,000 illegal aliens are working and 200,000 Oregonians are unemployed. 

We need to do a better job of connecting the dots.

 

Administration’s focus is on what the president can do for illegal aliens, not on securing the border

During the Obama administration, outside of pursuing a direct amnesty policy, ancillary policies have purposefully weakened enforcement mechanisms throughout the entire immigration system.  In a letter to The Washington Times, Janice Kephart, director of national security policy at the Center for Immigration Studies explains what has happened over the past four years and what will happen if Obama is re-elected.

Montana has the right idea

If the citizens of Montana pass LR-121, it will prevent illegal aliens from getting jobs with state agencies, receiving state-issued professional and trade licenses, collecting unemployment benefits, and more.  What a great idea!  In 2013, the Oregon Legislature will be looking at similar bills OFIR is working on and will need your encouragement to pass those bills.  Keep in touch with your Legislators and make certain they are representing the best interests of Oregonians.             Read the LTE in the The Missoulian find out what they are doing in Montana.

Vote today!

Vote for Bruce Starr for Labor Commissioner.  If your ballot is still kicking around the house, it's not too late to vote, but it might be too late to mail your ballot.

Simply locate a drop site and deliver your ballot before November 6 at 8:00pm.

This election will be a turning point.  Many elected officials fail to respect and uphold the laws of our state.  The result is that those in our country illegally are becoming emboldened ….demanding drivers licenses, Oregon jobs, instate tuition benefits and more all while costing taxpayers over $700 million dollars in services every year.

We need strong leadership...

Vote Bruce Starr for Labor Commissioner.

Send your ballot in today and be certain to sign the outside envelope, as well!

 

 


 

Or, put another way...

In this article Peter Wong reports about a small group of illegal aliens walking from Portland to the State Capitol in Salem to call attention to the fact that they, as illegal aliens, can't get an Oregon driver license.

Better put:

Foreign Nationals living and working illegally in our state are unhappy that they are unable to acquire driver licenses. End of story!

The bigger, yet untold story, is why lawmakers would be working behind closed doors to bend our strong 2008 Oregon Driver License law to make life easier for illegal aliens?

Pull up the welcome mat and send a strong message...you are not welcome in Oregon.


 

What about the National Security risk just across our border?

While President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney were exchanging verbal blows about the biggest threats to our National security and who would do the best job protecting the American people, I was disappointed that neither one of them acknowledged the risk on our own border.  Having traveled, toured and learned from specialists all along Arizona border and parts of the Texas border, I believe one of our greatest threats is the sieve that is our southern border. Those that want to hurt us the most are coming across with little or no detection.  Law enforcement all along the border told us repeatedly they are desperately concerned about who and what is getting over the border.  The fact that the issue was never even addressed in any of the debates is troubling.  Read more here.

Your tax dollars at work

Oregon is home to a thriving nursery industry.  However, many of these businesses take advantage of Brad Avakian (Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner) and Oregon's lax enforcement of labor laws.  They often rely on workers that are in the U.S illegally.  Now, to add insult to injury, your tax dollars are being used to educate nursery workers, so they will be better educated for their employers. Read more here.

Wouldn't Oregon's tax dollars be better spent to educate Oregon's unemployed youth, our returning veterans or our low skill workers that want to work, but either don't have specialized skills or simply can't find a job?

Oregon needs a strong Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner.  Vote for Bruce Starr for BOLI Commissioner.
 

Driver licenses for illegal aliens create bigger problems

Governor Kitzhaber has stated, in no uncertain terms, that he wants to restore driving privileges to illegal aliens living and working in our state.  Perhaps he should take look at what Washington State is dealing with due to their "welcome mat" approach to illegal aliens.  Read more here.

Oregon does not require proof of citizenship to vote in state or local elections

OFIR often receives e-mails and phone calls from members asking if the state of Oregon requires proof of citizenship when registering to vote. While one must be a citizen to vote in federal elections, unfortunately Oregon does not require proof of citizenship in order to vote in state or local elections.

Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) has tried to pass legislation that would bring Oregon voter registration in line with federal law, thereby allowing only U.S. citizens to vote in state and local elections.

In a September 7th statement Representative Thatcher wrote:

“I’ve been working hard on legislation to bring Oregon in line with federal standards for providing identification when registering to vote for the first time. Let me explain. Under the national Help America Votes Act one has to provide identification in order to register to vote in federal elections. However, in Oregon there are no ID requirements for voting in state and local elections. None.”

Thatcher went on to write: “Current state law doesn’t spell out what kind of identification first time voters are required to provide when they register to vote in Oregon. We need to add more accountability to state and local elections and apply the same standards already used by officials across the state when deciding who can vote in federal elections.”

“Yes, the Oregon Constitution says “every citizen” is “entitled to vote” basically as long as they meet eligibility standards. That part of the document is called “Qualifications of electors.” Shouldn’t we be more careful to ensure voters meet constitutional qualifications to vote on the important issues and races facing Oregonians?”

OFIR agrees with Representative Thatcher. Only U.S. citizens should be able to vote.

In 2004 Arizona voters approved an initiative requiring proof of citizenship to vote in Arizona. The League of Women Voters and other pro-illegal alien groups sued to stop its implementation. Fortunately the U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear an appeal by the state of Arizona Arizona’s law provides options for meeting the proof-of-citizenship requirement. Acceptable documents include a driver’s license or other state-issued ID, a birth certificate, a passport and naturalization papers.  Read more here.

It doesn't concern you...or does it?

As each of us goes about our daily business, going to work, taking the kids to school, grocery shopping, watching football on TV, etc., it's easy to ignore what's happening right here in our community.  Did you know the Marion County Correctional Facility spends well over $4,000 every day just to provide "3 hots and a cot" to drug dealing foreign nationals that have no business being in our country.  That's over $1,500,000 every year!  Read the report here.

The $4,000+ expense doesn't even begin to cover the cost of legal representation, health care, interpreters and on and on for those criminals.  And worse, it doesn't factor in the cost to families who are struggling with a loved one who is tangled in the web of drug addiction or those who have lost their lives to drugs.

Drug cartels have gotten a foothold in our community and the results are beginning to show.  If our Legislature and our elected leaders don't wake up and get tough on these criminal aliens, the toll will get even worse.  Drug cartels have set their sights on elementary aged school children now.
 

It's time to get educated.  Let your elected officials know this has got to stop NOW!

Talk about missing the big picture - even more proof

In a recent article it becomes even more clear that the United States is being penetrated by the malignancy of drug cartels.  Last month I attended National Sheriff's Border School and Border Tour in El Paso, Texas.  Sixty sheriff's from around the country gathered to learn about what they, as law enforcement officers, will be faced with in the very near future.  It was shocking and overwhelming. 

It was disappointing, however, to read the angle the Oregonian chose to take on the story.  Even after extensive interviews, providing the Border School agenda and disturbing maps outlining the penetration of the cartels into several cities along the I-5 corridor, the Oregonian, clearly being led by their noses by Francisco Lopez of Causa, focused on the minimal cost of sending an undersheriff to the intensive training.

Talk about missing the big picture!  It's here now folks...coming soon to a neighbor or family member you know.  What a shame the Oregonian missed an opportunity to educate their readers about such a dangerous situation.

Destination Washington D.C.

OFIR's President will travel to Washington D.C. to attend two conferences.  There will be numerous opportunities to meet and network with people from all over the country interested in stopping illegal immigration.  A summary of conference events will be posted on the website upon her return.

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