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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...

ICE arrests man involved in 2007 Oregon City killing
ICE News Releases

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 25-year-old Mexican national linked to the killing of a Texas teen five years ago is facing deportation following his arrest Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Gilberto Javier Arellano-Gamboa was turned over to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers following his release by the Oregon Department of Corrections. The custody transfer occurred after Arellano-Gamboa fulfilled a 50-month sentence imposed following his conviction for attempted first degree sexual abuse. Arellano-Bamboa will be held at the Northwest...

Two arrested in alleged heroin trafficking ring
Californians had more than a pound of heroin, half-pound of meth, guns, cash
Mail Tribune

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested two Californians Tuesday who have been linked to a heroin trafficking ring.

The arrests yielded more than a pound of heroin, a half-pound of methamphetamine, two firearms and more than $20,000 in cash, Medford police Lt. Brett Johnson said.

"These suspects are involved in a drug trafficking organization and have made several trips to Southern Oregon to deliver heroin," Johnson said.

MADGE officers, working on intelligence gathered during a lengthy investigation, stopped a vehicle Tuesday in the 700 block of...

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will host town halls in Polk and Yamhill counties
Plan to attend!

A townhall meeting is an excellent opportunity to ask your Senator a specific question about illegal immigration and his plan to fix the problem.  Sadly, for Oregonians, Senator Ron Wyden ranks very low on the NumbersUSA grade scale, rating only a "D" on this issue.  

Please, let OFIR know if you attend a townhall meeting and tell us what happens.  It's time to get involved! 

 

Polk County Town Hall Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Civic Center

555 South Main St.

Independence

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Does pandering pay off?
Not according to the Florida primary results
NumbersUSA

Offered a stark choice on the illegal immigration issue, Florida Latino Republicans today broke nearly 2-1 for the candidate with the firmest opposition to amnesty and the strongest support for enforcement.

Mitt Romney's margin of victory among Latinos was nearly double his margin of victory among Whites.

For those of you who supported other candidates, you have to at least feel some real satisfaction that on the issue of immigration, Mitt Romney the winner was painted as by-far the strongest opponent of amnesty. You may have preferred another candidate -- including the...

Our foot is in the door in the 2012 Legislative session
House Bill 4052 Requires all State Agencies To Use E-Verify

Outlined below are the the highlights of HB 4052.  Call your Legislator and politely ask that they support and pass this bill during the 2012 Oregon Legislature.  It is unconscienable to think that American citizens and legal workers must compete with illegal aliens for tax funded jobs.

 

State Representative Kim Thatcher - House District 25

House Bill 4052 - Require E-Verify for State Agencies

2012 Oregon Legislative Session

 

Require all state agencies in Oregon to use the federal E-verify employment screening program...

Police find nearly 6 lbs. of heroin in suspect's freezer
KATU.com News

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a Portland man on drug charges after discovering more than 5 pounds of heroin in his freezer.

Police said officers from the bureau’s drugs and vice division were following up on drug complaints in the area of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Division Street on Jan. 13. Officers knocked on the door of 9230 SE Division and the person who answered granted them consent to search the home for drugs, police said.

Officers found 4.67 pounds of packaged heroin in the freezer, along with 1.1 pounds of individually packaged pieces of heroin.

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