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Obama's 'Razist' lobbyist moves up
StatesmanJournal.com - Opinion Capitol Hill

With public attention focused on the GOP primaries, the White House quietly promoted another self-dealing lobbyist to serve as President Obama's top domestic policy adviser. Promises? What broken promises?

Cecilia Munoz, the current director of intergovernmental affairs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., will now serve as head of the Domestic Policy Council. She'll wield heightened influence at Obama's daily morning briefings and expand her reach from immigration issues to education, health care and beyond.

Gushing headlines heralded the advancement of Obama's top Hispanic civil...

Recent Demographic Change in Arizona
Anatomy of Effective Immigration Reform Legislation
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

The efforts of Arizona policymakers to deter the settlement of illegal aliens in the state and to encourage those already in the state to leave have made major advances in their objective. The achievements include a reduction in the illegal alien population and, as a consequence, in related state and local expenditures. The following indicators of change all point to major progress:

The rapid population growth prior to 2007 that was fueled by illegal immigration has significantly dropped. After 2007, the average annual population growth decreased by nearly 150,000 persons and...
Senator Merkley is out of touch

Oregon's Senator Merkley will be holding Townhall meetings throughout Oregon.  Please plan to attend one near you! Ask the Senator why he won't support Representative Lamar Smith's nationwide, mandatory E-Verify bill that would ensure any newly created jobs would go only to citizens or those authorized to work in the US.  Do NOT let him get away with his standby answer that E-Verify has too many problems.  It is over 99% accurate.  It's free to businesses that sign up and it's easy to use.  One can only speculate why any business would try to prevent a mandatory E-Verify bill from passing...

Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Georgia Ag Industry Minimal, Report Finds

Last week, the Georgia Department of Agriculture released a report documenting that the impact of the state’s new immigration enforcement law, H.B.87, on the agriculture industry was far less than anticipated. Highlighted in the Report on Agricultural Labor, are the results of a 36-question survey the state sent to over 4,000 agriculture producers, processors and other individuals in professions related to agriculture. (Report at 10) The state received 811 responses: 55 percent of the responses were from growers; 46 percent were from agricultural employers reporting $500,000 or more in...

Five more counties sign up for E-Verify
OFIR

Five more Oregon counties have signed up for the federal E-Verify program just  in the last quarter:

Lake, Clatsop, Coos, Crook and Yamhill have all signed up!

5 Oregon counties now pass all new hires through the FREE E-Verify ;employment verification program. Over 2,200 companies and government agencies in Oregon use E-Verify already.  One of OFIR's goals is to have all counties signed up for the FREE program to ensure any newly created government jobs go only to US citizens and legal workers.

E-Verify is a voluntary, free, internet based application that...

New immigration rule to help citizen relatives
AP
The Obama administration plans a rule change to help reduce the time illegal immigrant spouses and children are separated from citizen relatives while they try to win legal status in the United States, a senior administration official said.

Currently, illegal immigrants must leave the country before they can ask the government to waive a three- to 10-year ban on legally coming back to the U.S. The length of the ban depends on how long they have lived in the U.S. without permission.

The official said Thursday the new rule would let children and spouses of citizens ask the...

Special Election, January 31, 2012 - Congressional District 1
Who will replace Wu? It's up to you!

In less than 2 weeks, ballots will be arriving in the mail for the Special Election for Representative, First Oregon Congressional District. This is a very important position as Congress is the branch of the Federal Government that makes immigration laws. The former Representative, David Wu, served for over 10 years almost always voting for benefits to illegal aliens and higher immigration levels. We need a Representative who understands the urgency of stopping illegal immigration and reducing the numbers legally admitted.

Following is a summary of available information on the...

Salem officer stops rolling van from entering Market Street traffic
Statesman Journal

A Salem police officer stopped a moving vehicle from crashing into Market Street traffic Monday evening, jumping into the rolling minivan after it had been abandoned by a fleeing suspect.

Officer Erik Hernandez stopped the 1995 Ford Windstar van just before it entered traffic at the intersection of Market and 32nd Place NE, while two other officers caught suspect Efren Avalos-Villa in a nearby parking lot, Salem police Lt. Jim Aguilar said.

The incident began around 6:25 p.m. Monday when a motorist saw the Windstar van rear-end a car that was waiting at a stoplight at the...

Oregon's U.S Senators are on the move
Plan to attend Townhall meetings

As Oregon's US Senators visit small towns throughout the state please take time to attend a Townhall meeting.  Oregon's Senators are out of touch with most Oregonians views regarding illegal immigration and the devastation to our budgets, schools, neighborhoods, hospitals, prisons and even our culture.

Ask questions if possible.

For example:

E-Verify is very accurate. Opponents have never produced a citizen or legal worker who actually lost job because of an error in E-Verify. Illegal aliens are holding thousands of jobs that citizens have a right to hold and...

Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws
Associated Press

Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, some employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.

Many laws reflect the nation's concerns over immigration, the cost of government and the best way to protect and benefit young people, including regulations on sports concussions.

Alabama, with the country's toughest immigration law, is...

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