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The need for E-Verify

In the OFIR crime section there is a news report of an alleged illegal alien that was recently arrested for 2nd degree theft of a cell phone.

The story that isn't written is that the illegal alien was discovered among a group of construction workers who denied knowing anything until the phone, which was hidden in the insulation, rang. 

Maybe the report should have included that Pedro Salome Ramos-Figueroa also likely stole a job from an American citizen?
 

The U.S. should reduce legal immigration

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A commonsense move to protect the middle class would be to reduce the flow of not only illegal immigration, but legal immigration as well. 
S. Rob Sobhani spells it out for those that think we should welcome anyone and everyone who wants to come to the US and why that isn't a good idea.

Read his letter printed in The Washington Post, just click here to go to the OFIR letters section.

And so it begins...

The message is loud and clear from the White House.  If you can get here, we'll let you stay.  Obama has undermined our the sovereignty yet again by throwing down the welcome mat for "kids" illegally in the U.S between the ages of 15 and 30.  The result is that now children are forced to risk their lives crossing the border alone for a chance to be included in this "amnesty". 

Read more in the National section of our website or click here.

Don’t hide behind "protection of the children"

Mike Alsworth of Salem hit the nail on the head in his recent letter to the Editor.  Our government has caused the massive immigration problems we have today by not upholding our laws ... now fix it!

Mixed message policies breed expectations, which breeds entitlement attitudes

One only needs to read the article written by Diana Banda to see the latest problems created by not actively enforcing Federal Immigration laws and by sending mixed messages to those illegally in our country.  Clearly, Miss Banda feels she deserves something from our country.  But, her only explanation why she deserves anything is that she and her parents have managed to escape detection since she was 3 years old.  Is that all that is required anymore?

The fact that a foreign national can actively work for a US Senator, without detection should be cause for concern, as well!

Law Professor gives his take on the Arizona Supreme Court decision

Jan Ting is a Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and a former Assistant Commissioner for Refugees, Asylum and Parole, Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Justice.

To read more, click here.

Jan expresses his disappointment and frustration with the recent ruling by the Supreme court in regards to Arizona's immigration law 1070.

Any immigrant or legal resident that followed all the rules and immigrated legally should be outraged and express those feelings to elected officials at every level of government. The ability to sneak over the border, or overstay a VISA is not the new criteria for becoming an American Citizen.

Amnesty by any other name is still amnesty

Click  here to learn more about the "back door" amnesty called the DREAM ACT and how it will impact you, your family, your city, your state and your nation.

Policy change could create real problems in Oregon

On Tuesday, Federal agents in New Mexico and Oklahoma arrested 7 leaders of the Mexican drug cartel who were using a quarter horse operation in order to launder drug money.

Regarding the case, Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for West Texas, said it shows “the corrupting influence of the Mexican drug cartels within the United States………” Richard Weber, the chief of the IRS’ criminal investigation unit said, “This case is a prime example of the ability of the Mexican drug cartels to establish footholds in legitimate U.S. industries………..”

We could report almost every day on the arrest or conviction of an illegal alien drug trafficker here in Oregon. There should be no question that they have established a foothold in Oregon. Can anyone doubt that if Oregon were to start giving driver licenses or driver privilege cards to illegal aliens, that it would encourage more illicit drug trafficking and criminal activity?

The most important document a drug trafficker can possess is a valid driver license.

Can Governor Kitzhaber be so blind that he can’t see this dangerous connection? What possibly could be his motivation to reinstate driver licenses to those in the country illegally like he proposed in a letter read to the crowd on the steps of the Capitol building on May Day 2012?

Read more on our National Issues page or click here.

Governor Kitzhabers actions generate letter of frustration

Stephen Smith of Portland was moved to "words" in a great letter to his Legislator.  Read his letter in our letters section.

Perhaps you'll be inspired to write a letter of your own, too!  If you don't know how to contact your Legislator click here.

CAPS Launches National TV Campaign Asking Why U.S. Admits Millions of Immigrant Workers When 1 in 3 Young Veterans is Jobless

CAPS has launched a national TV campaign calling attention to the fact that despite high veteran unemployment, President Obama and Congress continue to admit almost a million new legal immigrant workers a year to take American jobs. The ad is running throughout the Memorial holiday period as Americans reflect on the sacrifices our men and women in uniform made for the country. Networks airing the ads include military-oriented channels viewed by veterans.

"Our young Americans fought to enforce U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s time our government fought for them by reducing mass immigration and saving jobs for these young veterans," commented Marilyn DeYoung, Chairman of the Board of Californians for Population Stabilization.

To view this great and honest TV ad click here.

You just have to wonder...

Almost every day we could report on the arrest of another illegal alien drug dealer in Oregon. It has gotten to the point that the arrest of one or two is no longer newsworthy. However the arrest of 15 in one drug bust - that is newsworthy. As you would expect, many had ICE holds placed on them.

Hundreds of people in Oregon die each year because of drug overdoses. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area team reports that the cost to Oregon of illicit drug use is estimated at over $3 billion a year. Yet elected state officials seem unable to connect the dots.

You just have to wonder how many of the 15 had the highly coveted Matricular Consular cards? You know, the faux Oregon driver license that Governor Kitzhaber is allowing illegal aliens to use for identification so they can drive to their illegally held jobs.

Read the full article.

This tragedy could have been prevented

An illegal alien, hired to be a foster parent by the State of Oregon in 2007, shook his two year old foster daughter so violently he caused irreversible brain damage.  The settlement the state will pay for that horrible abuse will be $3.85 million dollars.

His wife lied on their application about either of them having a very questionable record.

The man was sent to prison in 2009, were he died from an allergic reaction of a preventative medication for TB.  He apparently had repeatedly asked for help and was ignored which resulted in his death. The settlement for his death while in prison, is $2.1 million dollars.

So, a young life altered forever and the death of an illegal alien child abuser results in nearly SIX million dollars paid out in settlements from the state.

If E-Verify had been used at the time, this could likely have been prevented.  A 2010 department policy addresses that issue: It bars applicants who are illegal immigrants from becoming foster parents.  ( The questions is:  HOW?)  An exception can be made for illegal immigrants who are taking in a relative's child.

The 2012 Oregon Legislature would not even schedule a hearing for a bill that would require all state agencies to use E-Verify.  A tragic event could have been stopped and young girl could have had a happy life if they had taken this one simple, FREE, step.  

What a tragedy.  Those in the Oregon Legislature responsible for killing the many E-Verify bills offered up each session, should be held accountable.

Read the full article at: http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2012/05/state_makes_record_375_million.html

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