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Woodburn man faces charges in SUV crash

A Woodburn man faces multiple charges — including drunken driving — after his SUV crashed into another SUV near Woodburn on Sunday night.

Rafael Pablo-Calmo, 24, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban south on Pudding River Road NE when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the Highway 211 intersection, according to Oregon State Police.

Pablo-Calmo’s Suburban slammed into the side of a 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven by Moises Skorohodoff, 39, of Woodburn.

Skorohodoff and Antonina Skorohodoff were both taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening...

'Only you can stop amnesty'
GOP trio says leaders 'completely sold' on legalization
World Net Daily

WASHINGTON — The congresswoman and former presidential candidate could not be more clear, nor the situation she sees more urgent.

“The Republic is at stake” if “amnesty” is included in any immigration bill that becomes law, Rep. Michele Bachmann told WND last month.

Now, she says, the situation has actually gotten worse.

Bachmann and her House colleagues, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, have a new warning: Their own congressional leaders have joined the opposition and the only one who can stop amnesty now is you, the voter.


Two arrested after shots fired near night club on Lancaster Drive NE

Salem Police arrested two men after shots were fired at a Mexican restaurant and night club early this morning.

Lt. Dave Okada of the Salem Police Department said the suspects got into a fight with bouncers at the club, located at 2138 Lancaster Drive NE, around 12:30 a.m. Everardo Garcia-Garcia, 27, and Miguel Flores-Garcia, 23, allegedly left the club after the disturbance. They returned in a vehicle and fired shots into the air, Okada said, citing a police report.

No one was hit.

A short time later an officer located the vehicle near Lancaster Drive and Silverton...

BREAKING NEWS? (Note the date of this article) In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants
The Washington Post

At a makeshift church shelter beyond the industrial parks north of Mexico City, the train riders wait under a canvas tent, listening for a locomotive horn. They keep their shoes on and their backpacks zipped.

The tracks outside run through Mexico’s central highlands and all the way to the Texas border. The shelter is a halfway point for Central Americans on the 1,500-mile trip north, but many do not arrive here in one piece.

“They got me on the roof of the train,” said Arlen Acosta, his posture bent by two broken collarbones and his face disfigured from a bad suture job. He...

Eye-popping billboard zings famous Republican
WND Politics

A brand-new Georgia billboard proclaiming South Carolina’s alleged affinity for illegal aliens is raising eyebrows this week.

The sign, posted in Canton, Ga., declares: “South Carolina welcomes the undocumented. Sen. Lindsey Graham says his state has a labor shortage and wants more immigrants. For job tips, call his office at (864) 646-4090. Located in Pendleton, S.C. Only 2 hours from Atlanta!”

Sen. Graham, R-S.C., sits on a bipartisan committee that just passed a sweeping immigration-reform bill.

“These people must have been off the planet for the last five...

Meth and heroin seized on a bus traveling through Medford
Mail Tribune

Federal agents and local officers seized methamphetamine and heroin moving through Jackson County on a bus today, officials said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations agents tracked a drug suspect to the commercial bus that was headed through Jackson County on the way to Seattle.

The agents, along with Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement officers who were called to assist, found a bag on the bus that contained two pounds of meth and one pound of heroin.

The owner of the bag was identified as Hector Anglin-Lopez, 29. He was...

Immigration issues affected by '12 election

Supporters and opponents agree: The outcome of the 2012 election, more than anything else, shaped how the Oregon Legislature responded to immigration issues in 2013.

“With all the people who came out to vote in November, our electorate made it clear in the 2012 election what the priority was,” said Luis Guerra, the new executive director of Causa Oregon immigrant-rights group.

A new Democratic majority in the Oregon House — the Oregon Senate remained in Democratic hands — ensured passage of two state priorities for immigrant-rights groups.

One bill was for students to...

Woodburn man sentenced to nine years in prison on drug, firearms charges
The Oregonian

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman on Monday sentenced a 44-year-old Woodburn man to nine years in prison for convictions including possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and food stamp fraud.

Albino Miranda Camarillo, a Mexican citizen, also had been convicted for being a felon in possession of firearms and for illegal reentry to the United States after having been deported. He had entered guilty pleas to the charges last November.

Read the full story about Albino Miranda Camarillo.


Milwaukie-area woman charged in injury crash north of Molalla

A Milwaukie-area woman is facing several charges following a crash on Oregon 213 north of Molalla Wednesday night that sent two people to the hospital.

Berenice Marin-Avilez, 26, was arraigned in Clackamas County Circuit Court on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the life of another. She is being held in the Clackamas County Jail, with bail set at $7,500.

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Nevada district embodies GOP's immigration dilemma

LAS VEGAS — On the flight home from Washington last week for the Fourth of July recess, Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., read all 1,200 pages of immigration reform that had just passed the Senate.

It is a document that probably has no political future in the GOP-controlled House, but Heck may be a prime example of why House Republicans will be forced to grapple with immigration in the next few months, despite deep opposition within their caucus and their party.

Heck's district begins just south of the glitzy hotels and casinos on the Vegas Strip and stretches into the neighboring...