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Sen. Wyden misrepresents amnesty proposals to constituents
News Release, November 26, 2013

Several members of Oregonians for Immigration Reform have received recently a letter from Sen. Ron Wyden giving his views on S.744 and immigration generally. The letter was sent by email on November 19, 2013.

Many of Sen. Wyden’s statements in the letter are either false or misleading. Below we have reproduced the text of his letter in bold font, and we have followed each paragraph with a correction or other response.

For more information on issues in S.744 and its House version, H.R. 1417, see References on Amnesty Bills on the OFIR website.

Here is the Senator...

Speaker Boehner: Immigration Reform Not Dead
Federation for American Immigration Reform

Barely a week after he said the House will not go to conference with the 1,300 page Senate amnesty bill, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) renewed his commitment to passing “immigration reform,” a term commonly used to mean amnesty for the country’s 11-12 million illegal aliens.

“The only way to make sure immigration reform works this time is to address these complicated issues one step at a time,” said the Speaker at a press conference Thursday. (See Bloomberg Government Transcript, Nov. 21, 2013) “I think doing so will give the American people confidence that we're dealing with...

Today’s Grads Face Mounting Pressure From Foreign Tech Workers
Examining the unintended consequences
Progressives for Immigration Reform

Writing in the November 15 issue of ComputerWorld, Patrick Thibodeau reminds us of the plight of today’s college graduates who have obtained pricey degrees in technical fields, but have become burdened with tuition debt while trying to compete in a tight job market with the estimated 650,000 foreign workers already here under H-1B visas.

Things could get worse under the Senate immigration reform bill, which calls for increasing the current annual H-1B visa cap of 65,000 to about 180,000...

Ironically, with an anemic economy and a stubborn unemployment rate of 7 percent,...

Eloy Vasquez-Santiago, suspected of killing Hillsboro woman, scheduled for trial

A Washington County judge this week ruled that the man suspected of killing 55-year-old Maria Bolanos-Rivera is mentally fit to stand trial.

The mother of six left her Hillsboro home on Aug. 26, 2012, the last time her family saw her. Bolanos-Rivera's body has not been found. Vasquez-Santiago has been charged with murder in her apparent death.

Vasquez-Santiago's murder charge came in September last year after he turned himself in to authorities at the California-Mexico border. According to court records and testimony, he uttered with the words, "I killed her," during a...

Deportation issue clouds hit-and-run case
Forest Grove driver rejects a plea offer that would likely cause deportation
News Times

Deportation has become one of the main issues in the case of the 18-year-old driver of the car that allegedly struck and killed two Forest Grove sisters playing in a leaf pile.

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 18, has been charged with two counts of “Failure to perform the duties of a driver,” more commonly known as hit-and-run. The Class C felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.

At a pre-trial conference last week, District Attorney Bracken McKey offered a plea deal to Garcia (who does not use the Cisneros part of her name) that would limit her prison term to 16 months...

Polk County weapons arrest leads to Gresham drug cache, police say

A 30-year-old Gresham man arrested on a Polk County highway Wednesday for unlawful possession of a weapon, was later connected to the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin from Gresham apartment.

Sgt. Chris Ray, a spokesman for the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team, said Edgar Hugo Guerrero Robles was booked into the Polk County Jail after he was stopped on Oregon 22 near Ridgeway Road at about 6 p.m. for unlawful possession of a weapon.

Read more about the alleged meth and heroin dealer.

Mexico kidnappings for ransom surge to unprecedented levels with estimates of victims in the tens of thousands per year.
MSN news

MEXICO CITY — Even amid an unprecedented rash of kidnappings in Mexico, the snatching of John Jairo Guzman stood out.

Assailants shoved the 41-year-old Colombian into a waiting vehicle in broad daylight on a recent Friday. Luckily, a passer-by used a cellphone to make a video and posted it on YouTube. Within days, three of the assailants were identified as Mexico City policemen.

The officers are now fugitives. Their boss, a supervisor in the internal affairs unit tasked with cleaning up police corruption, denied knowledge of the crime.
But investigators tracked the...

OAN recognizes six public officials as 'Friends of Nurseries'
Oregon Association of Nurseries

November 7, 2013, Wilsonville, Ore. -- The Oregon Association of Nurseries will recognize six Oregon elected officials as "Friends of Nurseries" at its 2013 Convention, to be held Friday at The Oregon Garden resort in Silverton, Ore.

The six include three Republicans and three Democrats. They are Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), U.S. Rep Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon Fifth District), Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), State Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Pendleton), State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), and State Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario).

"The Oregon nursery industry is the...

Utah - Man arrested in DUI death held on $500,000 bail
Daily Herald

PROVO -- Ramiro Serrano-Hernandez was driving with an expired Utah driving privilege card early Sunday morning when he veered off the road and hit 22-year-old Ashlee Zimmer, according to police reports.

Zimmer was sitting on the curb next to a parked car at 844 N. 100 West at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Hernandez, who was driving north on 100 West, swerved across traffic, hit the parked car and then Zimmer. Zimmer later died from her injuries.

Hernandez had already been cited for intoxication and disorderly conduct Saturday night before he got behind the wheel of a friend's...

A scheme to get driver’s licenses and IDs for illegal immigrants, hatched in the Va. DMV
The Washington Post

Jose Calderon lined up the customers, charging them a few thousand bucks for the promise of authentic state IDs despite their illegal residency in the United States. Maria Cavallaro gave them what they sought, using her position at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to procure driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and identification cards for those she knew were not eligible for them.

Together, court filings show, the pair helped obtain documents for as many as 300 people — most of them illegal immigrants — and netted tens of thousands of dollars for themselves. On Wednesday...