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5 views on immigration reform, Oregon 'driver cards'
The Hillsboro Argus

Members of Congress may be away from the nation's capital during their August recess, but that doesn't mean the debate about federal immigration debate has simmered down.

Same goes for the Oregon Legislature, which adjourned last month, leaving in its wake strong feelings about a new law authorizing undocumented immigrants to obtain Oregon driver cards.

In recent days, a variety of guest columnists have weighed in on the issues.

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Front Page Wash Post Story Hides Fact That Alleged Murderer Was Illegal Alien

Amidst a national debate about a potential amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants, the Washington Post featured a front page story about the prime suspect accused of carrying out a sickening murder, but refused to mention the fact that he was an illegal alien.

The article concerned pretrial filings in the 2010 killing of Falls Church teen Vanessa Pham. 27-year-old Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia is accused of murdering Pham after first approaching her with his one-year-old daughter in a shopping mall and asking to be taken to the hospital.

Pham agreed but when she...

House Democrat Luis Gutierrez: ‘More Than Enough’ GOP Votes To Pass Immigration Reform

In an interview released Friday by The Washington Post, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) suggested that there are “more than enough” GOP votes to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Gutierrez says that the “40 to 50” House Republicans who have expressed support for the new bill have done so quietly.

“They say, ‘Love to do the activity with you, I want to be able to vote for it, I really don’t need to draw attention to myself at this point,’ but we can count on it [their votes],” he explained.

The interview comes a few days after Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL.) and Rep...

Woodburn police make 3 arrests in local drug ring

WOODBURN, OR (KPTV) - Local police and federal agents say they broke up a drug trafficking organization in the city of Woodburn last month.

A five-month investigation led officers to make three arrests and seize two pounds of methamphetamine, as well as $10,000 in cash, on July 22.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Domingo Ruiz Esparza, 38-year-old Eliobardo Ramirez-Escobar and Ramirez-Escobar's wife, 32-year-old Angelica Barraza-Favela. All face drug related charges, and Barraza-Favela also faces two counts of child neglect.

Two weeks later, Ramirez-Escobar's state...

Five immigration questions to ask your Congressman during the August recess.
Heritage Foundation

1. How can we afford an amnesty for illegal immigrants?

We can't. Over their lifetimes, the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants would cost federal, state, and local taxpayers trillions of dollars, because they will consume significantly more in government benefits and services than they pay in taxes. Amnesty for millions of predominantly low-skilled illegal immigrants also will depress wages for low-skilled Americans and make a tough job market more difficult.

2. If illegal immigrants win amnesty, how is that fair to the 4.5 million who are waiting to enter the...

Mexican cartels hiring US soldiers as hit men

Mexican cartels are recruiting hit men from the U.S. military, offering big money to highly-trained soldiers to carry out contract killings and potentially share their skills with gangsters south of the border, according to law enforcement experts.

The involvement of three American soldiers in separate incidents, including a 2009 murder that led to last week’s life sentence for a former Army private, underscore a problem the U.S. military has fought hard to address.

"We have seen examples over the past few years where American servicemen are becoming involved in this...

Ramon Ramirez, president of Woodburn-based farm workers union, among immigration reform advocates arrested in D.C.

SALEM -- Ramon Ramirez, president of a Woodburn-based farm workers union, was arrested on Capitol Hill Thursday as advocates stepped up their campaign urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reforms.

"The civil disobedience action is just the beginning of many activities the group has planned for August and the fall to send a strong message to House GOP leaders that we need a just immigration reform now!" the e-mail from PCUN said. The message was accompanied by a photo of Ramirez getting arrested.

Update: Causa, the Salem-based immigrant rights group, said its...

Man who ran over Beaverton motorist after altercation gets nearly 6 years in prison
The Oregonian

Summary: A Gladstone man accused last year of vehicular assault has been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sentence: Torres-Espinoza was sentenced to a total of five years and 10 months in prison, followed by three years of post-prison supervision. Torres-Espinoza was ordered to pay $1,400 in fines, $1,800 in attorney's fees...

Hillsboro Migrant Summer School brings in Mexican teachers for culture lessons

Osorio Pacheco was one of three elementary teachers from Mexico brought to the Hillsboro School District in June under a federal migrant education program. The teachers integrated lessons of culture into the Migrant Summer School's regular curriculum focus of reading, writing and math.

The Bi-national Migrant Education Teacher Exchange Program is part of an initiative that started in 1976 to help migrant students in California. The departments of education in Mexico and the United States have since partnered to improve schooling for children who travel frequently between the two...

Oregon minority, immigrant rights groups shape legislative agenda for 2014 and beyond
The Oregonian

SALEM -- After a string of high-profile victories this legislative session, minority and immigrant rights groups plan to use their growing political sophistication to tackle even more in 2014 and beyond.

Legislation on sentencing reforms, racial profiling, hate crimes and policies to address racial gaps in education achievement, housing and employment are some of the topics the groups hope to advance.

These more ambitious goals come on the heels of several new state laws they pushed, including legislation that grants in-state tuition to certain undocumented Oregon high...