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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.

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.

What happens on the border...

A recent trip to "Border School and Tour" in El Paso, Texas by two sheriff's from Oregon has created quite a stir in the media.
Groups that support the illegal alien population in our state are attempting to divert attention from the real issues and danger of the cartel presence and the related crimes, drug use, murder and violence. Does that mean that these groups, such as CAUSA, support the drug cartels foothold in Oregon?

Pro-illegal alien groups are attempting to put the focus on the cost of sending two sheriffs to Border School but avoid talking about the incredible cost to our state caused by the presence of Mexican drug cartel traffickers. Where is their outrage about that?

Oregon citizens should be proud that two sheriff's from Oregon attended, learned and can share what they learned with other law enforcement agents.

Read the Oregonians report here.

Read the Willamette Week's report here.

 


 

OFIR President attends National Sheriff's Border School and Tour

El Paso, Texas hosted the Border School event that brought 60 Sheriff's from across the country to learn "What happens on the border, doesn't stay on the border".  Two sheriff's from Oregon attended.  OFIR salutes Morrow County Sheriff Kenneth Matlack and Multnomah County Under Sheriff Tim Morrow. 

Photos posted in the OFIR photo gallery.

E-Verify needed now more than ever

It seems like only yesterday when we were calling members of Congress asking them to extend the E-Verify program. Those of you who were members in 2009 likely recall that it looked as if E-Verify was going to die. Thanks to your actions and phone calls from thousands of citizens we saved it. Look what happened last week when the reauthorization came up for another vote. What a different story this year!

This past Thursday the House of Representatives passed a three-year extension of E-Verify by a 412 to 3 vote. It passed the Senate by a unanimous consent vote.

At the Oregon Legislature Representative Kim Thatcher is going to introduce an E-Verify bill for next year’s session.  American citizens should not have to compete at any time for jobs against workers who are illegally in the country. It is unconscionable that during the worst recession since the Great Depression that American workers are faced with precisely that situation. E-Verify is needed now more than ever.

Read more in this great write up from NumbersUSA

On deporting illegal aliens - Thoughts of a retired Border Patrol agent

One of the original intentions of immigration law, and the effort to locate and remove those illegally in our country, was the concern for displacement of American employees. It was considered somewhat the acid test. If American employees were being set aside, the offending illegals were arrested and deported. At some juncture in the recent past, that concept was apparently pitched out the window. The big conundrum is not so much that it happened, but rather why did it happen. It's the product of a frightening political shift that is totally incomprehensible to anyone other than those who seek reelection. It's also bi-partisan. It has to stop, and we have to return to rational thinking.

Depending on whose estimates one uses, we have nearly as many illegals employed as we do legal residents and citizens out of work. Certainly more than 50 percent. That quite simply has to stop.

That we cannot deport such huge numbers, and therefore must create a method through which illegals can remain, is pure political bunk. How do we deport them? In earnest. We start with number one, and we work our way up the ladder. We streamline the processing, and remove administrative road-blocks. When I was first in the Border Patrol, we were led to believe that there was a time when processing an illegal was nothing more than a 3x5 hand written card; probably during Operation Wet Back. Today, the same thing can be done, but on a computerized system. Prints can be digitally checked, and repeat offenders can get their due. Yes, it can be done, and it must be done. All, however, is contingent on a relatively well-sealed border. That's the first order of the day.

Hasta La Vista,

Gary Fossen,

Jacksonville, Oregon


 

Oregonians should be proud?

Not surprising is the recent report claiming Oregon's teen unemployment rate is the 3rd highest in the country.  How thoughtful of President Obama to grant over 16,000 illegal aliens in Oregon alone, a "deferred action" from deportation and giving them work permits, as well.  

Nationwide, an estimated 1.8 million 15-30 year old illegal aliens will avoid deportation by this questionable move.
 

How do you feel about it?

The Statesman Journal had an online poll yesterday.  While it isn't a scientific poll, it does speak volumes, doesn't it?

The question:

What should happen to adult children of illegal immigrants that were brought to the U.S. as minors?

They should be deported -  64.7%

They should be given amnesty -  9.4%

They should be allowed to apply for a deferral from deportation - 24.6%

Don't know - 1.3%

Don't care -  0.0%

It's important to let your elected officials know how YOU feel about the President's recent "deferred action" move.

Write, call or visit your Legislators today.  Be specific in your comments, be polite and thank them for their time.

 

Is Illegal Immigration Unlawful and Immoral?

Read this great letter posted by the Editors of the Bend Bulletin and you decide.  Illegal immigration is a multi-faceted issue with many culprits complicating the issue even further.

But, it's really as simple as this:  Enforce the Rule of Law.
 

Read what President Obama has done about illegal immigration

FAIR has compiled a 31 page report on President Obama's policies regarding illegal immigration.  Read a summary of the report here.
Contact your members of Congress and tell them to put a stop to President Obama's disrespect for the rule of law.

To contact your elected officials click here.

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