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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...

Man who raped pre-teen girls gets 170 years
Sex offender is in U.S. illegally
Statesman Journal

A Salem-area man convicted of repeatedly raping two underage girls has been sentenced to more than 170 years in prison — the longest sentence for a sex-crime conviction in Marion County in at least 10 years.

Marion County Judge Dennis Graves handed down the sentence against Juan De Dios Cruz-Rojas after he was convicted by juries of kidnapping, strangulation, sodomy, eight counts of rape, four counts of sex abuse, multiple counts of fourth-degree assault and several other charges.

"Mr. Cruz-Rojas, you are the most self-centered, selfish individual I have ever met," Graves...

Major drug ring busted in Arizona
Arizona Daily Star

TEMPE - Arizona authorities have arrested some 200 people, and seized $7.8 million in cash and more than 1,200 pounds of drugs following an investigation they say has dismantled an "extensive" drug trafficking cell tied to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday.

Authorities announcing the 15-month-long investigation said that although the Sinaloa cartel almost immediately regenerates after one of its cells have been taken down, their investigation certainly struck a blow.

"Arresting a drug dealer is one thing but if we can actually...

Albany teen victim of ID theft
Albany Democrat-Harold

Three weeks ago Dannica Dillenbeck had never heard of Mission, Texas. Now, it’s likely she’ll never forget it.

The city of 77,000 near the Mexican border became all too familiar to Dillenbeck when she tried to fill out a job application for the new Walmart store in Albany.

According to Walmart records, she was already employed by the company.

“I had to enter my Social Security number and it was already in their records,” said Dillenbeck, 17, who has been searching for a job for a year.

Before she even got a chance to fill out the online application, she was...

Linn County clears up background check process question
Albany Democrat-Herald

Linn County does a background check on all job applicants through the Social Security Administration database, but has not used the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify database, according to county administrator Ralph Wyatt.

But Wyatt may soon have the county add E-Verify check to its hiring protocol.

Some confusion evolved this week after David Cross of Salem asked in a letter to the editor why E-Verify wasn’t being used.

Commissioner Will Tucker asked staff if all applications were checked to ensure job applicants are legal U.S. residents and he was told...

Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law
Justice Elena Kagan, formerly Obama’s solicitor general, said she would sit out the case.
Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2011

The Supreme Court, dealing a setback to the Obama administration, said Monday it will consider reviving Arizona’s law that targets illegal immigrants and gives more enforcement power to local police.

President Obama’s lawyers had urged the court to steer clear of the dispute, but the justices instead agreed to hear Arizona’s contention that states have leeway to question and detain illegal aliens.

Justice Elena Kagan, formerly Obama’s solicitor general, said she would sit out the case.

The court’s announcement sets the stage for another decision next summer on a...

Drug cartels pushed from our forests
Jackson County eradication efforts appear to have cut organized crime pot grows — for now, observers say
Mail Tribune - SOUTHERN OREGON’S NEWS SOURCE

By this time in recent years, local police agencies already would have trudged miles into remote forestlands to jerk hundreds of thousands of marijuana plants linked to Mexican drug cartels out of the ground and burn them.

The cartels, police say, are responsible for virtually all of the major marijuana gardens on public lands. The "cartel grows," as police call them, are a danger to the public and an environmental catastrophe. Some cartel operations have been booby-trapped and guarded by armed sentinels. Police in Northern California have engaged in gun battles with suspects in...

How long will your Republican Congressmen allow Speaker Boehner to dilly-dally on the E-Verify bill?
Boehner told all the Republican Members of the U.S House on Friday that they need to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs . . .
NumbersUSA

. . . so why isn't he bringing the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) to the floor for a vote so millions of illegal aliens will have to leave their jobs and be replaced by unemployed Americans?

Congressmen have told us about Friday's closed-door meeting of the House Republicans.

The hypocrisy was thick as Speaker Boehner again admonished Republican Members to keep their focus on nothing but jobs, even as he is now in his 12th month in power without doing a single thing about the 7 million illegal aliens who are keeping unemployed Americans from getting a job.

Please...

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