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.

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.


Should Foreign workers take American jobs?


Last year the U.S. Department of Forestry received $13 million in federal stimulus money to pay for some pre-commercial timber harvesting and thinning in Deschutes and Crook County in Central Oregon. With unemployment close to 20% in those counties one would think that it would be good news for out of work Americans - jobs paying $12 to $22 per hour.  Unfortunately the jobs did not go to citizens; they went to foreign workers from Mexico.

Using the H-2B visa program, employment contractors brought in foreign workers. The H-2B visa program is theoretically in place to provide non-agricultural, unskilled labors to be used if American workers are unavailable. H-2B visas can be used for hotel maids, fry cooks, landscapers, loggers and other so-called unskilled labor.  The U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, after studying the operation of temporary worker provisions recommended the elimination entirely of the H-2B visa program.

“The Commission recommends the elimination of the admission of unskilled workers. Unless there is another compelling interest, such as in the entry of nuclear families and refugees, it is not in the national interest to admit unskilled workers. This is especially true when the U.S. economy is showing difficulty in absorbing disadvantaged workers and when efforts towards welfare reform indicate that many unskilled Americans will be entering the labor force.”

While nibbling at the edge of the cookie is a move in the right direction, instead of ending the idiocy of the H-2B visa program, Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio want it refined. Do we really need to import fry cooks, hotel maids, loggers and people to cut our lawns?

Please consider calling these legislators and asking them to end the scam of the H-2B visa program:

Senator Jeff Merkley (202) 224-3753; Portland office: 503-326-3386
webform for email: http://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/


Congressman Peter DeFazio (202) 225-6416; Toll Free in Oregon: 800-944-9603

webform for email: https://forms.house.gov/defazio/IMA/contact.html



Absurd! President Obama's proposed budget cuts to Customs and Border Enforcement

Having just returned from a week long, intensive study of the Arizona/Mexico border I am appalled at the prospect of a reduced budget for our border protection.  Men and women of the border patrol and a variety of law enforcement agencies put their lives on the line every day to protect us.  It is our government's responsibility to make certain they have everything they need to do the job.  Drug cartels and human smugglers are very well funded and are just waiting for a reduction in our security to make their move.

The role of Government is to protect. Beyond securing our borders and protecting us from our enemies, the role of the Federal Government should be very small.

And yet, on Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a hearing on President Obama’s proposed budget cuts to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), included in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) budget proposal for Fiscal year 2013.

  • $68.2 million decrease in funding for air and marine operations and procurements
  • $7.1 million reduction in air and marine staff
  • $6 million decrease in border security inspections and trade facilitation between points of entry
  • $6.7 million decrease in automation technology modernization
  • $72.9 million decrease in border security fencing, infrastructure, and technology

Both Republicans and Democrats on the Subcommittee raised concerns that these proposed reductions could weaken CBP programs and put border security in jeopardy.

Read more at:  http://www.fairus.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=24897&security=1601&news_iv_ctrl=1012#4

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


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!


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.