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.

Could the US government be monitoring your political activities?

A recent article released by FAIR suggests that the O'bama administration may be more interested in your opinions than you think.  Apparently, according to testimony by committee members, the negative reaction to DHS’s “big brother” tactics has been overwhelmingly bipartisan.

On Feb. 16, the House Subcommittee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence held a hearing on DHS’s monitoring of social networking and the media. (See Subcommittee Website, Feb. 16, 2012) Chairman of the Subcommittee, Patrick Meehan (R-PA), said DHS’ collection of intelligence on media reports adversely reflecting the government crosses the line and pointed out the “chilling effect” such monitoring could have on freedom of speech. (Rep. Meehan Opening Statement, Feb. 16, 2012) Ranking Member Jackie Speier (D-CA) described DHS’ ability to “build files on bloggers” as “outrageous” and a “violation of the Privacy Act.” She also said, “This…should not be a political operation and capturing public reactions to major government proposals is not something [the government] should be doing.” (Bloomberg Government Transcript, Feb. 16, 2012).

 

Read more in the National News section of the OFIR website at: http://www.oregonir.org/issues/dhs-uses-social-media-monitor-backdoor-amnesty-blowback


 

OFIR President returns safely from border tour

OFIR's President has returned from a week long intensive study of the Arizona/Mexico border.  Meeting with experts from Border Patrol, National Parks, DEQ, Fish and Wildlife, the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation and law enforcement officers from several agencies all along the border, Cynthia has gained a great deal of insight into the issues on the border.  Please check back for updates.


 

OFIR president touring Arizona/Mexico border

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Greetings from the Arizona Mexico Border.  I am traveling with the Center for Immigration Studies and I can't wait to share all I've seen and learned with all of you.  Check back regularly!

Ask the real, tough questions of Presidential candidates

Take advantage of the opportunities available to influence immigration policy throughout the current presidential campaigns. All major candidates have websites with Contact Us links.  Visit those websites and ask the tough questions that aren't often asked in debates or on the campaign trail.

Check out this page on the NumbersUSA website: https://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/2012-presidential-hopefuls-imm...

NumbersUSA posts continuously updated information on the immigration positions of presidential candidates. You can click on the photo of a candidate and get a long list of quotes the candidate has made on immigration issues. Then you can contact the candidate from addresses provided at NumbersUSA's website, and give your views on how the candidate should change or improve his positions.

You can encourage your favorites and give them any information you may have to help them in discussing immigration policy. All major party candidates' records, including President Obama's, are available on the NumbersUSA website.

Iimmigration has become a topic that is taken seriously in the campaign.  Candidates have moved significantly both up and down in polls based on their answers to immigration questions.

Ask candidates, that if they are elected, would they support mandatory E-verify for all employers.  Ask candidates about their views on securing the border, attrition through enforcement, chain migration, anchor babies (birthright citizenship) excessive legal immigration of low skilled workers...the list is endless.  If you get a reply, please share it with OFIR!

 

Your chance to make a difference!

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Representative Kim Thatcher has introduced a simple, common sense bill that will require all Oregon government entities to use the FREE Federal E-Verify program to ensure any new state employees are citizens or legal workers.  Simply put, all tax funded state jobs would go to Oregon's citizens and legal workers and not illegal aliens.  Please call you Legislator and politely ask them to support House Bill 4052 in this session of the Legislature.  Oregon's legal workforce should not have to compete with illegal aliens for jobs funded by taxpayers.

The sponsors for HB 4052 are Representatives. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer; Jeff Barker, D-Aloha; Vicki Berger, R-Salem; Katie Eyre Brewer, R-Hillsboro; Sal Esquivel, R-Medford; Tim Freeman, R-Roseburg; Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio; Jim Thompson, R-Dallas; Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver; and Matt Wingard,R-Wilsonville.

NOTE: This bill has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee

Go to:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/     

Put out the welcome mat?

New report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

FAIR just released a report that shows that Arizona's illegal alien population dropped by 100,000 in 2008. While there was a drop in the number of illegal aliens in other states as well, 8 percent nationally, the estimated 18 percent reduction in Arizona was by for the largest of any state.

In addition the number of people living in poverty fell by 5.5 percent in Arizona and there were more than 40,000 fewer low-wage families in the state in 2009 than in 2005.
 
According to data from the Arizona Department of Education, Limited English Proficiency classes show about 37,600 fewer students in 2010 than in 2005. The related annual savings was about $97 million.
 
FBI crime data registered a major drop from 2005 to 2010 in violent crimes in Arizona — by 14.4 percent compared to a 10.4 percent drop nationally. Property crimes declined more steeply — by 21.4 percent, i.e., more than twice the reduction nationwide (10.7%).
 
Births in the state in 2010 were 13,500 fewer than in 2007. This drop paralleled the reduction in the poverty population and the illegal alien population, and suggests that this also represents a reduction in births paid for by Medicaid.

Less crime, fewer people living in poverty, millions of dollars saved in public education, reduced costs to Medicare. Arizona is proving that attrition through enforcement works!

One question:  The majority of our Oregon Legislators are working hard to legitimize and reward the presence of those in Oregon illegally.

                           So, where do you suppose illegal aliens will settle next?

 

Read the full article in the OFIR National section or at:  http://www.fairus.org/site/News2/1773826781?page=NewsArticle&id=24725

 

It's time to get active!

If you have not yet attended a Townhall meeting held by one of your elected officials, it's time to get involved! Invite a friend and go to a Townhall meeting. Ask your lawmakers what they are doing to protect American citizens from the devastating impact of illegal immigration.  There are over 200,000 Oregonians out of work and yet an estimated 120,000 illegal aliens working in our state today.  If that is ok with you, then stay home.  If not, speak out and let them know it's wrong that Oregonians must compete with illegal aliens for jobs.  Ask them to support a mandatory E-Verify for all employers.  Ask them to put Oregonians and legal workers first!  They need to hear from YOU, the voter!

For dates, times, locations and more question ideas, visit our Oregon link at  http://www.oregonir.org/issues/oregons-us-senators-are-move

New Year, New Laws, New Hope

With renewed hope in this new year, several state laws written to protect American jobs, took effect on January 1, 2012.  It isn't nearly enough, but it is a step in the right direction.  Congress must pass a mandatory E-Verify bill so that any available jobs go only to American citizens and legal workers.

Alabama. The state now requires all employers doing business with any government entity in the state to use E-Verify.

Georgia. All companies with 500 or more employees are required to use E-Verify. In January 2013 all companies with more than 10 employees will be required to use E-Verify.

South Carolina. Any company that doesn’t use E-Verify to verify the work eligibility of new employees can lose their business license.

Tennessee. will also require businesses to ensure employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S. but exempts employers with five or fewer workers and allows them to keep a copy of the new hire's driver's license instead of using E-Verify.

Keep in mind that district judges have blocked a number of other provisions of anti-illegal alien state laws. Many of those provisions' legality will likely be decided when the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling this year on the Arizona law.

The only state pro-illegal alien bill that takes effect on January 1st is the California law that allows illegal alien college students to receive grant money. There is already an initiative being circulated to overturn the law.

Did you watch the holiday classic A Christmas Story?

For many Americans, Christmas means faith, family, food, and of course, presents. But it also means curling up with a mug of cocoa and watching those favorite holiday movies: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story and many others.

A Christmas Story is one of my personal favorites.  It's the irreverent adaptation of Jean Shepherd's memoir of Christmas memories from childhood.  The childhood parallel's of a simpler time are moving, I'm certain, to many who watch.  It's a "must watch" in our home during the holidays.

But, Bob Clark, the prolific director of this film, and his 22 year old son Ariel, were killed on April 4, 2007 by a 24 year old drunk driver - an illegal alien from Mexico.  He had already been deported twice before.  He served six years in prison.  One has to pause and think of all the innocent victims, those who suffered and died at the hand of rapists, drunk drivers and drug dealers in the country illegally.  

The loss to those families, to our society and to our country of the gifts these people had is both heartbreaking and disturbing.

 

   

It might have been possible to prevent this tragedy

It might have been possible to prevent the tragic rape, sexual abuse, strangulation and kidnapping of 2 young girls right here in Marion County.  Juan De Dios Cruz-Rojas has lived and worked just outside Salem, Oregon for the past 10 years.  He is in the country illegally. Oregon's Governor and the state legislature could have made the presence of this monster in our state much more difficult.  They have had ample opportunity to pass a mandatory E-Verify bill.  Please, call, write, email or visit your legislators and the Governor and insist that they pass mandatory E-Verify during this coming session.

Visit our OFIR crime section.

Read the original Statesman article:

Man who raped pre-teen girls gets 170 years - Sex offender is in U.S. illegally

OFIR, immigration, and American sovereignty

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Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) advocates to stop illegal immigration and reduce legal immigration to a more sustainable level keeping the environment, the economy and societal impact in mind.  Does OFIR think immigration is an attack on American sovereignty?  No! OFIR is concerned for the future of the United States if we allow mass illegal immigration and excessive legal immigration to continue. Current high immigration rates are incompatible with the long term  interests of sovereign American citizens.

A letter to the Editor just might do the trick

If you have been writing a letter to the editor over and over again (in your head), or if you have started writing one many times but never completed it and mailed it in, I encourage you to visit the Oregon section of our website and see just how effective David Cross was when he wrote a letter to the editor. 

You can write a letter to the editor, too.  Be polite, brief and factual.  Send your letter (online or snail mail) to smaller newspapers as well as the larger papers.

If you get a letter published, let OFIR know and we will post it in the OFIR Letters section of our website.  Good luck!

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