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Salem Man Says Illegal Alien Prison Data is Worth a Look

SALEM -- Every month for the past four years, David Cross has been sending emails to Oregon sheriffs, lawmakers and the media.

In his spare time, Cross collects information documenting the financial impact of foreign nationals in Oregon prisons and jails. He says all his data comes from reputable sources.

Cross says the latest figures show 8% of the state's prison population is made up of people who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes here.

He says the federal government does not fully reimburse the state for all costs. Cross says his research...

Driver's card issue now a waiting game
State counting petition signatures for ballot referendum

For a litany of volunteers, this was a week of hopes realized and hopes dashed.

On Monday, the Secretary of State’s Election Office began scrutinizing referendum petitions submitted by the group Oregonians for Immigration Reform and the paid private firm Signature Gathering Company of Oregon.

The OFIR group hopes to have collected 58,142 valid signatures to qualify Referendum No. 301 for the November 2014 ballot. It believes residents, not lawmakers, should decide whether the state should issue driver-privilege cards to individuals without DMV-required documentation, such as...

Banks man convicted of Aloha revenge killing set for new trial in 2014

An aggravated murder case that returned to Washington County Circuit Court on appeal in 2011 is scheduled to be retried in April.

The Oregon Supreme Court overturned the case against Petronilo Lopez-Minjarez, of Banks, in August 2011 because of a bad jury instruction. The instruction incorrectly stated the law on accomplice liability, the court decided.

Read more about the kidnapping, assault and murder.

NOTE: Petronilo Lopez Minjarez - ICE HOLD

Officials begin verifying driver card referendum petitions
Statesman Journal

Volunteers from multiple organizations showed up Monday to observe workers in the Secretary of State’s Elections Office begin the process of certifying signed petitions for a 2014 ballot referendum.

State compliance specialist Summer Davis and her staff of two were outnumbered by volunteers with the civil-rights group Causa Oregon, one from the Oregon Safe Road Coalition, and one from Oregonians for Immigration Reform as the employees began checking signed petitions for adherence to state law. Davis said the staff was looking for compliance in areas such as whether or not the...

Immigration Reform Rally on ‘Closed’ National Mall OK’d by Park Service
The Blaze and FAIR

The Park Service will reportedly allow a pro-immigration reform rally to occur on the National Mall even though the site is technically closed due to the partial government shutdown.

Organizers for the event, titled “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform,” set up a stage and equipment for the Tuesday rally as the public was kept out. A spokesperson for the event told the Washington Examiner that the Park Service has granted them permission to utilize the site.

“The President and his administration have a history of picking and choosing which laws they want to...

68% Oppose Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants
Rasmussen Reports

California last week became the latest – and biggest – state to authorize driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. But most voters still strongly oppose letting illegal immigrants drive legally in their state.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Likely U.S. Voters think illegal immigrants should not be eligible for driver’s licenses in their state. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% favor allowing illegal immigrants to get licenses in their home state. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was...

Hundreds rally in Portland to urge Congress to overhaul immigration policies

About 300 people rallied in downtown Portland Saturday as part of a nationwide day of action to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigrants, family members, farmworkers, union workers and others gathered at Director Park on a sun-drenched autumnal afternoon to urge lawmakers to keep families together by passing legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented residents.

Read the full article about amnesty and driver cards for illegal aliens.


Driver cards opponents submit 60,000 signatures, say 16,000 more coming Friday

SALEM -- Opponents to a new law granting driving privileges to Oregonians who can't prove their legal presence submitted 59,923 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Thursday afternoon and said another 16,000 signatures would be submitted Friday.

Referendum organizers with Oregonians for Immigration Reform and Protect Oregon Driver Licenses must submit 58,142 valid signatures by 5 p.m. Friday to qualify the referendum.

Read the entire article about the referendum.

Group delivers petitions to force vote on driver-privilege cards
Statesman Journal

Volunteers and others supporting Oregonians for Immigration Reform tried to pile seven boxes laden with signed petitions onto a hand-truck Thursday and then gave up.

They could only get four on the handled dolly, so they grabbed the remaining three boxes and headed for the fifth floor of the Oregon Public Services building because they weren’t going to give up on their mission – delivering 60,000 signatures to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office one day before the deadline.

The heavy lifters included the group’s president, Cynthia Kendoll and her...

Two Hillsboro men sentenced to prison for methamphetamine possession
The Oregonian

Summary: Two men accused of dealing methamphetamine have been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.

Read the full story.

NOTE: Gerardo Barriga-Avalos and Manuel Avalos-Pina - ICE HOLDS