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BUSTED: New Mexico Fraud Ring Made Fake Docs for the Undocumented
Associated Press

Authorities in New Mexico said they busted a fraud ring that allegedly forged false documents for undocumented immigrants who wanted to obtain a driver's license.

Rental agreements, bank statements, vehicle titles, and insurance paperwork were among the fake documents provided by the ring. In at least 54 cases, these documents were used to obtain licenses, police said.

The probe is continuing, and authorities said during a news conference that investigators believe hundreds of licenses have been fraudulently obtained through the ring over the past couple of years for...

YCINT Seizes over quarter pound of methamphetamine
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office

On May 31, the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team (YCINT) conducted an operation in the City of Woodburn which resulted in the arrest of a mid to upper level methamphetamine dealer. Enrique Hidalgo Sanchez, 45 years of age was taken into custody without incident at approximately 1:10 p.m. at the McDonald's restaurant located at 2910 Newberg Highway.

After a Yamhill County narcotics canine alerted to the exterior of Sanchez's vehicle, a search was conducted. This led detectives to a hidden stash compartment located in the dash of the vehicle. Over a quarter pound of...

Congressman Rivera to Introduce STARS Act Into Congress
Alipac

Amnesty legislation is back! They have changed the name from Dream Amnesty to STARS Amnesty. S.T.A.R.S stands for Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status! The bill translates into illegal aliens replacing American students in college at taxpayer expense to gain amnesty and voting rights to prevent future immigration or border enforcement.

The name change makeover is probably because of two reasons. One, we have defeated Dream Amnesty in Washington six times in the past few years and two, we are on course to help the great folks on the ground in Maryland defeat the in-state...

Governor Kitzhaber attempts to preempt federal law
Documents equired for entering the U.S.
OFIR email alert

Read below a statement from the Department of Homeland Security outlining the documents a foreign national must have to enter the United States legally. In essence a non-citizen must have either a passport or a valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular official. There is one exception to the rule.

A visa and passport are not required of a Mexican national who is in possession of a Form DSP-150, B-1/B-2 Visa and Border Crossing Card, containing a machine-readable biometric identifier issued by the U.S.Department of State. Mexican citizens using the card may only travel 25 miles into...

Deportation consistent with immigration rules: US
THE TIMES OF INDIA

The US today said that the deportation of Indian orphan Kairi Abha Shepherd was consistent with its immigration priorities, indicating it would go ahead with the proceedings, despite an appeal by New Delhi that her case be treated with "sensitivity and compassion".

India had said that the humanitarian dimension of the case should be considered before removing Shepherd, who was adopted by an Utah woman from Kolkata when she was just three months old and has lived in the US ever since.

In 2004, Shepherd, was convicted of attempted forgery and third-degree forgery. After she...

Theresa May interview: 'We’re going to give illegal migrants a really hostile reception’
The Telegraph, London, England

NOTE:  While OFIR generally focuses on the impact of illegal immigration here in the U.S. and particularly in Oregon, it is important to see how other countries are dealing with the issue.  In the article below from the London Telegraph, Home Secretary Theresa May, is questioned about how Britain is dealing with illegal immigration.

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Senator Merkely holding 5 town halls in Eastern Oregon
Plan to attend

OFIRP encourages members to attend Townhall meetings and ask questions. See below for suggested questions, if you don't have your own ideas.  Invite a friend or neighbor to join you.  Remember, Senator Merkley works for Oregon's citizens, but his Immigration-Reduction Report Card shows a D- grade.   

Ask Senator Merkley to explain why he isn't working for unemployed Oregonians.

Sherman County Town Hall
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
12:00 pm
Rufus Community Center
304 West 2nd
Rufus, OR 97050

Gilliam County Town Hall
Tuesday, May 29,...

Chipotle Mexican food chain investigated for possible hiring practices violations
AP

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. says federal prosecutors are investigating the company for possible criminal violations of securities laws related to its hiring practices.

The Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement unit is investigating the company for compliance with employee work authorization laws. The company said Friday that the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a subpoena related to the matter.

The company disclosed the latest probe, by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, in a SEC filing on Tuesday.

The Denver company says...

Supreme Court: Having legal-resident parents doesn't prevent deportation of adult children

The Supreme Court decided unanimously today that the immigration status of parents can't help their adult-aged, illegal-alien children convicted of a crime. In the case Holder v. Martinez, the Court overturned a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled that Carlos Martinez Gutierrez, who had been ordered deported, couldn't use his father's status as a lawful permanent resident to stay in the country.

Pres. Obama appointee, Justice Elena Kagan wrote the unanimous decision. She wrote:

The board has required each alien seeking cancellation of removal to...

Vancouver man arrested in international drug investigation
Columbian

A 31-year-old Vancouver man has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in an international synthetic marijuana trafficking conspiracy, according to the Oregon district of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ryan A. Scott, 31, of Vancouver pleaded not guilty May 16 in federal court in Oregon to multiple charges revolving around a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute synthetic marijuana. He was released on conditions pending trial, according to a justice department news release.

Scott was one of four people arrested in connection with a trafficking investigation first...

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