All Issues and News

Welcome to the OFIR Issues and News page.  All issue and news articles are consolidated here for viewing. 

Forest Grove fatal crash: Two Washington County residents arrested in connection with wreck

A 18-year-old Forest Grove woman and her 18-year-old boyfriend were arrested this evening in connection with the weekend wreck that killed two young step sisters, according to a law enforcement source.

Cinthya Garcia Cisneros faces accusations of failure to perform the duties of a driver, a felony. Mario Echeverria, of Cornelius, who was in the car at the time of the wreck, is accused of hindering prosecution, a felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a misdemeanor.

Click here to read the full story.

Cinthya Garcia Cisneros - ICE HOLD

Oregon driver card bill headed to the November 2014 ballot

Voters will weigh in next year on a bill granting “driver’s cards” to Oregonians unable to prove they are in the U.S. legally.

The Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 833 earlier this year, but opponents, led by Oregonians for Immigration Reform and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses, vowed to refer it to the ballot, hoping voters would overturn the law.

Read more about the successful SB 833 referendum petition campaign.

DMV suspends Driver Card program pending vote
Program put on hold pending outcome of referendum on November 2014 statewide election
DMV has suspended implementation of the Driver Card program pending the outcome of a statewide referendum vote in the November 2014 election.   The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office announced Oct. 18 that a referendum on Senate Bill 833 has qualified for the ballot, so the law will not go into effect as scheduled.   “If the results of the election reverse the legislation, DMV will cancel all work on the Driver Card program,” DMV Administrator Tom McClellan said. “If the election upholds the legislation, DMV will launch the Driver Card program 30 days after the results are official...
Driver cards referendum qualifies for 2014 ballot

Members of the group Oregonians for Immigration Reform were quietly celebrating Friday after learning that the Oregon Secretary of State’s office had officially qualified Referendum No. 301 for the November 2014 ballot.

The OFIR group believes residents, not lawmakers, should decide whether the state should issue driver-privilege cards to individuals without required documentation such as a U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport.

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 833 into law in May after a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and interested parties joined forces to...

The George Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) is organizing a “fly-in” of what it calls conservatives from across the country aimed at lobbying House Republicans for an amnesty bill.

According to USA Today’s immigration beat writer Alan Gomez, NIF is planning to organize the fly in with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New American Economy.

“The fly-in is being organized not by conservative groups, but organizations that have focused on legalizing millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally and changing the legal immigration system to bring in more foreign workers,” Gomez wrote on Monday. He noted that the 300 activists for an immigration grand bargain were...

Traffic stop nets 22 pounds of meth
Herald and News

About 22 pounds of methamphetamine was seized after a traffic stop on Saturday.

Sandra Guillen-Avila, 38, and Jeronimo Novoa-Leal, 24, were stopped by Oregon State Police on Highway 97 on Saturday. An additional search of their vehicle turned up 22 pounds of methamphetamine.

Both suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Klamath County Jail. Guillen-Avila was charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a forged instrument and two counts of criminal conspiracy. Novoa-Leal was booked on two counts of possession of...

Obama plans immigration push after fiscal crisis ends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved.

"Once that's done, you know, the day after, I'm going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision.

The president's domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that...

They're Not Going To Take It Anymore: New Generation Of Immigrant Advocates Take Radical Approach
Fox News Latino

The frustration, say immigration advocates, is reaching a fever pitch.

That is why, many say, recent weeks have seen activists use chains and pipes to tie themselves to the tires of buses that carry immigrants slated for deportation to court, block traffic on Capitol Hill and get arrested, surround Tucson police when they targeted two immigrants during a traffic stop, and chain themselves and block the entrance of a federal detention center.

More such actions, they vow, are coming.

“It's absolutely out of frustration and impatience,” said Marisa Franco, campaign...

Fredy Sandoval Diaz sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for raping 2 girls

When it came time for Fredy Sandoval Diaz to speak, he told the judge, "I wouldn't know what to say."

Sandoval was found guilty of repeatedly raping a girlfriend's daughter when she was 10. The sexual assaults continued for years. He also was convicted of raping another girl who was just 12.

Read the full article about the alleged illegal alien child rapist.

ICE HOLD - Fredy Sandoval Diaz

Petition effort may stall immigrant driving law
Non-legal resident cards could wind up before voters in 2014
Mail Tribune

State Rep. Sal Esquivel said he expects voters will get a chance to determine if a new law should allow illegal immigrants to have driver's licenses.

Esquivel, a member of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, co-sponsored a referendum for the November 2014 ballot that seeks to overturn a law authorizing driver-privilege cards for non-legal residents.

"I think the people of Oregon should weigh in on it because they will be driving around with those people," said Esquivel, R-Medford.

Critics of the new law, which was set to go into effect in January, submitted 71,000...