Had enough? Want to get involved? Learn how this Saturday!

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January 22, 2014
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SOUND AWESOME? ...IT IS! Attend the Western Liberty Network's Second Annual Leadership and Training Conference and Expo.

The event's theme is “TAKE THE OFFENSIVE!” and will start at 9:00AM on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel located at 8235 NW Airport Way in Portland.

You can take in a full day of training that will give you the tools you need to be a more effective activist or volunteer. Additional courses will be offered to those interested in applying or running for local public office, those interested in building their local grassroots organizations, and for veterans who want to participate more effectively in the communities they helped to protect.  Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR President and Authorized Agent for the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses successful veto referendum campaign, will be speaking about how to manage a grassroots referendum or initiative campaign. Click on the agenda link for time and location of each break out session.

Before the debate, awards will be presented to leading activists and grass roots organizations.

STOP PLAYING DEFENSE...learn how you can go on the offense to create the change we are all working toward.

On January 25th you can see the first major US Senate candidate debate of 2014 hosted by national news personality Lars Larson. You can also see presentations by candidates running for Oregon governor, and enjoy a Mexican buffet lunch prepared by an award winning restaurant.

KXL Radio, the Lars Larson Show, Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon Capitol Watch, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, I-Spy Radio, and author and entrepreneur Sam Carpenter are sponsoring the debate. The night before the conference there will be a reception at the hotel free to all registrants featuring live music and hot appetizers. This promises to be the premiere grass roots training event of the year. Registrants can submit questions to be asked during the debate and will assist in enforcing time limits. This is going to be a FUN, INFORMATIVE, and INSPIRING.

To REGISTER, click HERE or go to the website to download a full agenda and click on the “REGISTER NOW” button when you are ready to register.







GOP Leaders Set to Embrace Legal Status for Immigrants

WASHINGTON—House Republican leaders are preparing to release a set of principles to guide a House immigration overhaul, including legal status for many of the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, people familiar with the planning said.

This would represent the first time that the House GOP leadership has explicitly endorsed allowing illegal immigrants to remain and work in the U.S....

The one-page document is being developed by House Speaker John Boehner's office in conjunction with the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and others in the Republican House leadership. It contains few details but voices support for the major planks of the comprehensive bill that cleared the Senate last summer. That includes increased border security, stepped-up employment verification, a temporary worker program for low-skilled workers, more visas for high-technology workers and a path to citizenship for people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, according to two people who have seen a draft....

The document also expresses support for legal status for undocumented immigrants and envisions some sort of legal process by which they admit guilt and pay fines and any back taxes owed. It will also insist that no legalization provisions take effect until border security and other enforcement measures are in place, people familiar with the draft said.

Immigration advocates have pressed for citizenship, not just legalization, for those undocumented residents, saying that anything less would sentence them to permanent second-class status. Legislation that cleared the Senate last summer provides for a 13-year path to citizenship for those who meet qualifications.

Legislation is being developed by House Republicans that wouldn't exclude citizenship for those here illegally. But it rejects what many Republicans see as a "special path" not available to would-be immigrants who didn't break the law. Rather, after people win legal status they could apply for green cards, the same as any other legal immigrant.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) has voiced support for such an approach for months. He signaled openness to legalization again in an interview that aired on Telemundo on Sunday....

The emerging GOP approach was welcomed by some immigration advocates, who have grown frustrated waiting for the House to act. Frank Sharry, who leads the influential advocacy group America's Voice, pointed out that it wasn't long ago when GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney proposed that the U.S. make life so miserable for illegal immigrants that they voluntarily "self-deport."...

It wasn't even clear when the House would hold its first immigration votes. Some have pointed to a window this spring, after the bulk of Republican primaries are over. Others have said it makes more sense to move more quickly. Read more about GOP Leaders Set to Embrace Legal Status for Immigrants

GUI (Governing Under the Influence)

Most folks are familiar with the initials “DUI,” they stand for “Driving Under the Influence.”

Today, because of campaign contributions and incredible pressures brought to bear by special interest groups against individual candidates as well as their political parties, many politicians are forced to govern under the influence of the money and pressures that are applied to force these supposed representatives of their constituents to betray those who voted for them to satisfy those who wield the power.

One of those who wield a huge amount of power is the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue. On January 7, 2014 Donohue was interviewed on the Fox News program, Special Report, hosted by Bret Baeir.

Towards the beginning of his interview Donohue noted, “There are 21 million people who are either out of work or working part time and want to work full time, or they’ve stopped looking.”

Clearly Donohue understands that there is a serious shortage of jobs but when, towards the end of the interview Baier asked him about immigration reform Donohue seemingly either forgot what he said minutes earlier or perhaps suffered from a lack of “mouth / ear coordination” and was unable to hear the words that came out of his own mouth, because he said that there was a need for more foreign workers for seasonal agricultural jobs and for workers at the “Top end.” Presumably a reference to high-tech workers. It is astonishing that on the one hand Donohue complains that there are not enough jobs and then, when addressing immigration he suddenly did a 180 degree turn and claimed that “demographics are destiny” and that there are not enough workers!

When Baier asked Donohue about candidates that the Chamber of Commerce would support in the upcoming elections and how immigration would figure into the equation, Donohue stated that although the Chamber would support candidates that supported their positions on 70% of the issues, the Chamber of Commerce would make certain that none of their associates would attack any candidate irrespective of the positions they might take on other issues, provided that they supported Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

That statement almost sounded like Tony Soprano offering “protection.”

On March 26, 2013 CNBC posted an insightful report, the title of which paints a clear picture:   "Our Massively One-Sided Immigration Debate"

This news report was predicated on an extensive investigative report published a day earlier, on March 25, 2013 by an organization known as the Sunlight Foundation.

Here is an important excerpt from the CNBC report:  As it turns out, while Americans remain divided on immigration, the lobbyists are not.

The Sunlight Foundation, a do-gooder government transparency and accountability outfit formed in 2006, on Monday released "Untangling the Webs of immigration Lobbying," a report examining the organizations that have led the charge for changing the rules on immigration to the United States.

Sunlight dug through 8,000 lobbying reports filed since the last big push for immigration reform in 2007. Six-thousand seven-hundred and twelve of those involved immigration lobbying. More than $1.5 billion was spent on this immense lobbying push.

On January 2, 2014 the Global Post published a report written by Jake Tapper, CNN's Chief Washington Correspondent and news anchor. He was previously employed as a journalist by ABC News. He reported that in 2011, astoundingly, approximately one in three high-tech jobs went to foreign workers in the United States. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for American high-tech workers was pegged at 14.7%.

The title and subtitle of his report summed up his findings succinctly:

"The Indian tech worker H-1B visa scam

More than 1 in 3 US tech jobs go to foreigners. Americans, and many foreigners, get cheated in the process. Obama and Zuckerberg want to let in more.

As Congress debates whether or not to extend unemployment benefits and talking heads on television news programs complain bitterly about Americans who are on disability, no one is willing to make the most obvious connection between increased levels of immigration and increasing problems Americans are having in finding jobs.

Not unlike impaired motorists, politicians determined to keep their jobs at any cost, are driving this country off the cliff by promising amnesty for unknown millions of illegal aliens, incentivizing still more illegal immigration and working to enable even more authorized foreign workers to compete unfairly with American workers. If not stopped, these politicians, who have succumbed to the influence of the lobbyists with huge bankrolls and party leaders, suffer from impaired judgement. They have placed America and Americans on the “Road to Ruin.”

By:  Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Retired) - Senior Fellow, Californians for Population Stabilization

Looking for the path less travelled - where will true Republicans go?

Ira Mehlman explains the problems House Republicans are facing in Congress. Poor babies - is it so difficult to do what's right?

Read Mr. Mehlman's Townhall article and share it with your friends. Read more about Looking for the path less travelled - where will true Republicans go?

Senator Merkley wants to meet with you this weekend

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January 3, 2014
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Upcoming Town Halls of Senator Jeff Merkley

This is the current list of Senator Merkley’s scheduled Town Hall meetings. If possible, please invite a friend to join you and attend one near you.  Ask questions about immigration. Some suggested questions are listed after his scheduled itinerary.  If you get the opportunity to ask a question - please let OFIR know the Senator's response.

"Senator Merkley believes it’s very important to keep connected to fellow Oregonians by meeting them face to face and listening to their concerns. That’s why he’s pledged to visit every county, every year to ensure that Oregonians from across the state have a chance to ask him questions and keep him updated about what’s happening in their communities,"


January 4, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

Jefferson County Town Hall

1170 E. Ashwood Rd, Madras, OR 97741
Get Directions


January 4, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

Crook County Town Hall

510 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville, OR 97754
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January 4, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

Deschutes County Town Hall

2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97701
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January 5, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Jackson County Town Hall

413 West Main Street, Medford, OR 97501
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January 5, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Lane County Town Hall

101 West 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
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Some Questions for Sen. Merkley at Town Hall meetings, January 2014


1. There have been 7 major amnesties passed by Congress from 1986 to 2000, each resulting in ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants. Now another huge amnesty is being pushed. We need enforcement of the immigration laws, not another amnesty. We need E-Verify mandated, to ensure that all employed persons are here legally. E-Verify is accurate and ready for expansion. Will you work to make E-Verify mandatory?


2. Unemployment persists as a major problem in Oregon and the U.S. Businesses can and do hire illegal aliens at substandard wages in construction, agriculture, hotels, restaurants. Why don’t you do more to stop the hiring of illegal aliens?


3. States that have E-Verify laws have seen a decline in the illegal alien population. This shows that many illegal aliens will leave if they cannot find jobs. There’s no need for mass deportations and no one is advocating that. There is no need for another amnesty. Simply require implementation of E-Verify and honest enforcement of other immigration laws. This would bring decreases in numbers of illegal aliens and also discourage others from attempting to enter illegally.


4. Giving benefits to illegal aliens such as driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, etc. legitimizes their presence here and rewards illegal behavior. Citizenship and the rule of law must be cherished and respected, or our nation is on a slippery slope into the culture of corruption from which many immigrants claim to be escaping. What are you doing to strengthen U.S. immigration law enforcement?


5. Did you know that between the Censuses of 2000 and 2010, 80% of population growth resulted from immigration (immigrants plus the children of immigrants). The U.S. is already overcrowded. After more than 4 decades of unprecedentedly high immigration, we need a pause, a moratorium on immigration, or we face a steep decline in the quality of life for everyone. Are you willing to say No to the lobbies constantly pushing for amnesties and more immigration?

Immigration Coverage: The Biased Leading the Clueless

Mark Krikorian - Executive Director of Center for Immigration Studies  - hits the nail on the head by expressing the frustration we often feel with media coverage of immigration related issues. 

Politico ran a piece the other day on White House fears that Obama will share the political blame if the current amnesty push fails — i.e., that his attempts to pin all the responsibility on the Republicans won't be successful....  

But one sentence struck me as shedding light on a broader problem with media coverage of immigration:

The White House is very touchy about any criticism from its allies for Obama's deportation policies, which have sent away more people during his tenure than all other presidents combined.

The factual assertion here is simply false. No matter how you calculate the number of people "sent away," it's simply not true that Obama's done more than "all other presidents combined." ...

This isn't a tangential matter. The advocacy groups are pressuring Obama to unilaterally stop all deportations (see the #Not1More campaign, for instance) and the claim about "record deportations" is a central talking point in this effort.

The problem here isn't just a factual error on the part of a reporter; we all make mistakes. Nor is the problem that a political reporter (Reid Epstein is part of Politico's White House team) isn't familiar with the details of a policy area he's writing about; the White House deals with every imaginable issue, and a reporter writing about an administration's political machinations can't be a specialist in all the policy issues.

Rather, this error highlights the media's gullibility on immigration. Too many reporters and editors unthinkingly see the anti-enforcement groups' views as normative, and just assume their statements of fact are correct. This isn't just because the reporters are mostly liberals, which is obviously true, but also because the coalition includes lobbyists from both the right and the left. If the Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Cato Institute, and Center for American Progress agree that we need amnesty and vastly increased immigration, then that must be the "mainstream" position, with the other side being less reputable. This leads to a woeful, and un-journalistic, lack of skepticism where even baldly false factual claims are repeated without question. You also see this in the endless repetition of non-existent provisions in the Senate bill on paying "back taxes" and "learning English."

Maybe if I repackaged some swampland in Florida as "Immigration Reform Swampland" I could find a reporter to buy it.

Read the entire article here. Read more about Immigration Coverage: The Biased Leading the Clueless

Pelosi calls for Obama to halt deportations

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi privately has urged the Obama administration to halt deportations for some illegal immigrants...

In an interview with Telemundo over the weekend, Mrs. Pelosi said that just being in the country illegally is not enough of a reason to be deported, and she said illegal immigrants must have something more serious on their records.

“Our view of the law is that it — if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation,” she said in the interview... “If somebody has broken the law, committed a felony or something, that’s a different story.”

Federal law generally does say that those who are in the country without authorization — either because they jumped the border or have overstayed their visas — are deportable.

But Mr. Obama has claimed broad discretion to decide whom to deport out of the 11 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in the country, arguing that Congress only appropriated enough money to deport about 400,000 people a year and so he must pick and choose whom to deport.

Homeland Security officials argue that nearly all of those they deport do meet one of their priority categories of having a criminal record or having previously been deported and returned to the U.S. in violation of that removal.

In her interview with Telemundo, Mrs. Pelosi said she disputes that, saying she’s appeared alongside some of those she said shouldn’t have been deported.

...Still, Mrs. Pelosi said she is not sure whether Mr. Obama has the authority to grant a broad suspension of deportations for parents of so-called Dreamers, the illegal immigrants whom the president already carved out of danger of deportation in an executive action last year.

“I don’t know whether he has the authority,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said. “But I think that there is discretion in the law as to the implementation, enforcement of the legislation that is calling for these deportations.” Read more about Pelosi calls for Obama to halt deportations

Boehner’s Crocodile Tears for Amnesty

...Speaker Boehner’s crocodile tears in his attacks and cries against the conservative movement are really about the next fight. Speaker Boehner intends to pursue immigration reform, with an amnesty component. Before he gets there, he needs to shape battle lines.

There are a number of fence sitters on the right. Speaker Boehner needs them on his team. By castigating the conservative movement now and making them the unpopular crowd, the Speaker and Republican leaders intend to draw the fence sitters to them. Once they have done so, they can move on to a primary season where they can fight against the unpopular crowd intent on driving some incumbents from office.

Then the real fight will begin — immigration reform. The Speaker assumes he can marginalize conservatives through primary season, make conservatives unpopular, then push through an amnesty based immigration reform plan daring his tenuous coalition to move over to the unpopular kids’ table.

....the Speaker is laying the ground work for his legacy — he will be the man who gets immigration reform through the House of Representatives. He is already staffing up on this front.

Rebecca Tallent is the Speaker’s new immigration policy director. Until last week, Ms. Tallent served as the director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Before that, she worked for Senator John McCain as his Chief of Staff. Ms. Tallent helped Senators McCain and Kennedy formulate their amnesty based immigration plan in 2007....

It would be very unusual for Speaker Boehner to bring on Ms. Tallent, given her background, unless he was ready to go forward with immigration reform.  Likewise, it would be unusual given her background for Ms. Tallent to go work for someone not interested in comprehensive immigration reform.

....Fence sitters in the Republican Party should be careful, lest they wind up working against their own goals in the next fight. Read more about Boehner’s Crocodile Tears for Amnesty

Special guest Susan Tully - FAIR National Field Director to speak

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December 5, 2013
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Don't miss the meeting this Saturday, December 7 at 2:00pm at the Best Western Mill Creek in across from Costco in Salem.

Click here for more information about the OFIR meeting.

Check out our post meeting photo gallery.

Pay attention people

House Speaker John Boehner is now promising to bring illegal alien amnesty legislation, disguised as "immigration reform," up for a vote as soon as the GOP primary deadlines for 2014 end. This means that amnesty will pass if we don't all work together with other like-minded groups to stir up strong challengers to the more than 30 GOP incumbents in the House whom we know support amnesty.  Boehner and his fellow conspirators hope to lay low on immigration issues in the hope that no significant primary challengers will emerge against the 35 GOP amnesty supporters he must lead to vote with the Democrats to pass the unpopular bill!

Boehner is now promising to bring illegal alien amnesty legislation, disguised as "immigration reform," up for a vote as soon as the GOP primary deadlines for 2014 end. This means that amnesty will pass if we don't all work together with the Tea Party groups to stir up strong challengers to the more than 30 GOP incumbents in the House whom we know support amnesty.

He and other Republicans know that a large majority of Americans will hate the amnesty they pass in the same way the American public dislikes the passed Senate Amnesty bill 744, which many Americans only discovered was amnesty after it passed! Opposition to what Boehner and Obama want to do with immigration reform amnesty should exceed 80% levels in most GOP primaries, making incumbents who support the plan easy pickings for qualified GOP challengers.

Read what Boehner is planning after the new year.

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