All Issues and News

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Keeping Track (Feb. 26)
Linn adds E-Verify
democratherald.com

The story: In December, Salem resident David Cross asked the board of commissioners whether Linn County participated in the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify data, which can help employers determine whether someone has legal residency status in the U.S. The commissioners thought they had been using E-Verify, but were actually making in-depth background checks through the Social Security Administration database.

The latest: According to county administrator Ralph Wyatt, staff recently completed training with the E-Verify system and the county is now registered to use the...

Illegal Alien Crime and Consequences to Citizens

The large numbers of criminal aliens in Oregon state prisons reflect the level of crimes committed by illegal aliens. This should be a major concern to the Governor and the State Legislature, at a time when budgets for vital services to citizens are being cut severely, and police and prison workers’ jobs are threatened.

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections Inmate Population Profile dated January 1, 2012, there were 13,937 prisoners incarcerated in Oregon state’s 14 prisons.

Not included in...

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici to hold Town Halls

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has announced that she will soon hold a series of town hall meetings across Oregon’s First Congressional District.

A town hall meeting is an excellent opportunity to ask a specific question about illegal immigration and plans to fix the problem.

Here is the schedule of Rep. Bonamici’s Town Halls. If you have questions about them, call 503-326-2901, her Portland OR office number.

Some background on Rep. Bonamici’s record is included below the...

Is the Border Secure? Shocking Video Shows Otherwise
NumbersUSA

Just about a week ago, we were given a video exposing a major breach on the U.S./Mexico border near Lukeville, Arizona, located about 100 miles southwest of Tucson.  We checked its authenticity with our sources at the Department of Homeland Security who have confirmed that the video is real and was taken recently.  This was first posted by Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and see how, despite claims by the Administration, the border is far from secure.

Our DHS sources have been able to determine from the clothes the men are wearing, the straps on their...

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,...

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