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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.

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

Move Over California, Oregon is Now Goofier than You

by Ira Mehlman

If you thought that no one could top California when it comes to pandering to illegal aliens, you are wrong. That honor now belongs to Oregon.

In a letter to May Day demonstrators (you know, those nice folks who dress in black and smash shop windows), Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that Oregon law enforcement officers will soon accept the Mexican Matricula Consular card as proof of identity during traffic stops. In other words, people who don’t have driver’s licenses, or, in just two words, illegal aliens.

Illegal aliens will still not be eligible for Oregon driver’s licenses, but as long as they have their Matricula cards there won’t be any actual penalty for driving without a license. They will be issued citations and released. It is unlikely that the state will be able to collect any fines from them because, unlike people who have driver’s licenses, Oregon has no authority to suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a Matricula card. So, under the new policy, Oregon doesn’t really care if you know what you’re doing while driving on their roads, they just want to know who you are.

Of course, Gov. Kitzhaber has a really good reason for the new policy. “Right now, too many Oregonians are travelling from home to work, or school, or church, in risk of violating the law,” Kitzhaber stated in his letter. Hence, the torch is passed from California to Oregon. The Governor of Oregon is doing his part to make sure that people who are in violation of laws against being in the country illegally, working here illegally, and driving illegally, are in no “risk of violating the law.” Top that one Jerry Brown!

http://immigrationreform.com/2012/05/03/move-over-california-oregon-is-now-goofier-than-you/

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 12

OFIR members and concerned citizens, you're invited to bring a friend and join us Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 pm for a behind the scenes look at the Arizona - Mexico border.  OFIR President, Cynthia Kendoll traveled with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and a small group of concerned citizens from around the country on a week long, intensive study of the situation on our southern border in restricted areas not safely accessible to citizens.  Cynthia will be presenting a photographic tour of what she witnessed on the trip.  Move past the propaganda and see what is really happening.  During the trip, specialists in several governmental departments shared how they are impacted every day by illegal immigration.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend.  

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 2 pm

In Salem, at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn,

3125 Ryan Dr SE, just west of I-5 Exit 253, across from Costco.

 

ACTION ALERT: Attend Senator Ron Wyden's Town Hall and ask about E-Verify!

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From our friends at NumbersUSA:

Senator, Ron Wyden, will be at home this week and will be hosting town hall meetings. This is a perfect opportunity to ask Senator Wyden why he hasn't signed on to S. 1196, a bill that mandates E-Verify.

E-Verify is an online program that ensures businesses only hire legal workers. If mandatory E-Verify legislation passes, it could get more Americans back to work than any other bill being discussed in Congress right now. Up to 7 MILLION jobs could open up for American workers and legal immigrants.

This is truly a bi-partisan issue. In a public opinion poll, 94% of Republicans, 84% of Independents, and 81% of Democrats want a mandatory E-Verify law.The most powerful message you can send as a constituent is to ask your Senator, face-to-face, about an issue.

Some talking points:

Senator Wyden, mandatory E-Verify could open up millions of jobs for Americans. Why aren't you supporting any E-Verify legislation? In the House, there is a bill that was introduced by fellow Oregon Democrat, Rep. DeFazio, to mandate E-Verify. This is not a partisan issue, and I think you should support S. 1196 in the Senate.

Senator Wyden, a 50 state E-Verify law needs to be put in place and it needs your support. Co-sponsoring S. 1196 would show me that you are fully dedicated to opening up jobs for Americans and legal workers .

Here is the information for Senator Wyden's town halls:
(We always recommend calling your Senator's office to confirm, in case they have changed or canceled the event. It's rare, but happens)

THURSDAY APRIL 12, 2012:

10:30 AM
Where : Riverside Junior/Senior High School
210 Boardman Avenue
Boardman, OR

3:30 PM
Where : Blue Mountain Community College
Science and Technology, Room 200
2411 Northwest Carden Avenue
Pendleton, OR

FRIDAY APRIL 13, 2012:

2:30 PM
Where : Wallowa Senior Center
204 Second Street
Wallowa, OR

SATURDAY APRIL 14, 2012:

11:30 AM
Where : Union County Senior Center
1504 North Albany Street
La Grande, OR

4:00 PM
Where : Baker City Hall
1655 First Street
Baker City, OR

SUNDAY APRIL 15, 2012:

1:00 PM
Where : Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 Southwest Fifth Avenue
Ontario, OR

If you do have the opportunity to attend one of these meetings, please, let us know how it goes.  Thank you!

 

The ICE public advocate needs to hear from you

In February, ICE announced the creation of a new office to serve as a point of contact for those (illegal aliens and their advocates) who have "concerns, questions, recommendations or important issues they would like to raise."

The office will be led by Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, who has been at ICE since 2008.

Since then, however, ICE has not seen fit to establish a citizen victim's advocacy unit to address the concerns of victims and their families.

Citizens and legal residents who have been affected by illegal immigration – especially those who have been the victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens – should not hesitate to get in touch with Mr. Strait, and let him and his staff know your concerns.

In his blog, he said he is "thrilled" to be in this role, and hopes you'll reach out to him.  He can be reached at andrew.strait@dhs.gov or (202) 732-3999.

 

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