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Good News on E-Verify from Washington State

Our friends in Washington State, in the activist group Respect Washington, report that an effort by advocates for illegal aliens to ban the use of E-Verify in Washington State has been defeated. The bill, HB 2568, would have forbidden local governments to require contractors to enroll in E-Verify. This proposed legislation would have struck down E-Verify laws already enacted in several Washington counties. The bill died on Monday, Feb. 13, when it failed to receive a floor vote.

Respect Washington also announces that there will be a...

Administration Appoints New Lobbyist for Illegal Aliens
FAIR

In an effort to quell accusations by the open borders lobby that the Administration has not gone far enough with its administrative amnesty program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week the creation of a new “public advocate” position for illegal aliens. Senior ICE Advisor Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, who was appointed as the new advocate, will serve as a point of contact for aliens in removal proceedings, community and advocacy groups, and others who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise about the Administration’s executive...

House Subcommittee Advocates for Ag Guest Workers
Federation for American Immigration Reform

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held its third hearing on the agriculture industry’s complaints about existing immigration laws and its calls for more agricultural guest workers.

Committee leaders from both parties agreed with industry witnesses that the U.S. should import more agricultural guest workers. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chair Elton Gallegly (R-CA) stated there were not enough U.S. workers willing to do the job. "This is a critical issue to the U.S. agriculture...

Clark County employers weigh pros, cons of E-Verify
They wonder if program will protect them, or leave them hard pressed to fill worker ranks
The Columbian

After a day picking cherries on his 180-acre Vancouver farm, Bill Zimmerman’s 20 or so workers leave with dirt-coated fingernails, sweat-stained clothes and aches and pains from being on their feet all day.

There are many people willing to do whatever it takes to land this $14-per-hour job, including falsifying documents. Zimmerman knows this, and it has led him to consider a controversial solution -- the E-Verify program.

In increasing numbers, Clark County employers in the public and private sector are embracing E-Verify to eliminate doubts about their workforces’...

Officers seize $1 million worth of heroin
Anti-drug team finds the stash in two bags, arrests two suspects on a bus in the county
Mail Tribune

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement officers assisted Friday in what they are calling the largest heroin seizure ever in Southern Oregon.

MADGE assisted Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who learned that two suspects were carrying heroin on a commercial bus heading through Jackson County.

Officers entered the bus bound for Vancouver, Wash., and arrested two California residents and seized two large bags packed with 47 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $1 million.

"It is safe to say this is the most heroin seized in Southern Oregon at one time," MADGE...

Oregon State Police proposes cutting detectives from drug task forces
The Associated Press

Lawmen statewide fear a proposal to cut more than two dozen Oregon State Police detectives from regional drug task forces will pull desperately needed resources from their razor-thin budgets.

The stated mission of the drug task forces is to "disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations," but in small, rural areas, the detectives do much more.

State police detectives assigned to the regional teams have taken on roles on major crime teams, from the flashy casework on homicides to chasing fugitives -- and even the nitty-gritty writing of warrants.

The proposal,...

Senator Merkley to hold several Town Halls

If a townhall meeting is being held near you, please attend and ask questions about immigration issues. His website announces: "Senator Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America." Below is the schedule of Senator Merkley’s Town Halls.

This at a time of unprecedented joblessness and economic hardship! Sen. Merkley is inviting suggestions, so please suggest to him that legal immigration levels should be coming down now, not going up.  Ask Senator...

SENATE to Take Action on Bill to Grant 10,500 Additional Work Visas
Call Your Senators and tell them the U.S. does not need more guest workers
Federation for American Immigration Reform, Washington DC

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Scott Brown (R-MA) are trying to get legislation to the Senate floor this week that would add at least 10,500 annual guest worker visas for Irish nationals. This bill, an amended version of S.1983, would double the number of E-3 visa holders to the U.S. each year. The number of workers brought into the country could grow exponentially once an unlimited number of visas are handed out to the spouses and children (up to the age of 21) of these visa holders.

This legislation not only hurts Americans because it brings in more guest workers at a time of...

ICE Names "Public Advocate" – Call Him!

Today ICE announced the creation of a new office to serve as a point of contact for those who have "concerns, questions, recommendations or important issues they would like to raise." Boy, do we!

The office will be led by Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, who has been at ICE since 2008, mainly working as an advisor on reforming detention practices. Prior to joining ICE, Strait was a legal services attorney in Prince George's County, Md.

Strait sees his job as helping to flack the administration's non-enforcement policies, which he calls "sensible priorities". He says he will "...

President is ignoring immigration laws
Special to Roll Call

In a recent interview, President Barack Obama said he can’t just “wave away the laws that Congress put in place” and that “the president doesn’t have the authority to simply ignore Congress and say, ‘We’re not going to enforce the laws that you’ve passed.’”

But that is exactly what the president has done — ignored our immigration laws. Throughout the three years of his administration, Obama has waived applying several of our immigration rules and has refused to enforce other immigration laws.

Last month, Obama administration officials at the Department of Homeland...

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