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Donald Trump wins!

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2016-11-13
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The map below shows state and county voting results for the 2016 election (as of November 11, 2016):


 

Map of 2016 election results by county

 

The above map is available as an interactive map showing US presidential election results by county, 1952-2016 - see the article A country divided by counties, The Economist, November 11, 2016.

 

Key states in the 2016 election (as of November 10, 2016):

Key states in the 2016 election as of November 10, 2016

The above chart is from the New York Times - see the article Live Presidential Forecast, New York Times.

 

Opinion: How employers could stop illegal immigration in seconds

Published by:  MarketWatch Nov. 4, 2016

Written by:  Mark Krikorian - Center for Immigration Studies

Government’s free E-Verify takes just seconds to determine if a worker is here illegally, so why isn’t it mandatory?

Whatever you think of Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border, there’s another wall we can complete right now: E-Verify.

That’s the name of the free online system that enables employers to check whether the people they hire are telling the truth about who they are. By entering the name, Social Security number, and date of birth of the new hire — something employers already have to collect — they get an answer in seconds about whether the person is an illegal immigrant or not.

This matters because jobs are the main reason foreigners sneak into the United States (or overstay visitor visas). And the large majority of the estimated 11 million illegals work on the books. So the harder it is for an illegal immigrant to get a job, especially an on-the-books job, the less appealing it will be to sneak in or overstay.

Read the complete article.

 

OFIR members and citizens speak out in Letters to the Editor

We are just days away from what might be considered the most pivotal election in American history.  In the time leading up to the election, OFIR members and concerned citizens from all over the country have done all they can to educate the undecided voter.  Now - we wait.

While OFIR is non-partisan and single issue, OFIR supports good ideas put forth by candidates on the best ways to stop illegal immigration and slow legal immigration to a more sustainable level.

Read what OFIR members and people from all over the country are writing about the most pressing issue - immigration - in our vast collection of letters to the editor.

 


 

Presidential candidate lays out detailed plan for voters

During an appearance in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump vows to act on these actions in the first 100 days in office.

“On November Eighth, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities, and honesty to our government,” Trump says. “This is my pledge to you and if we follow these steps we will once more have a government of, by and for the people and importantly we will make America great again. Believe me.”

Here is the list of the “Contract with the American Voter” policies detailed by Trump:

  1. Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress
  2. Institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)
  3. Require for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
  4. Institute a five year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service
  5. Create a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
  6. Institute a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
  7. Announce intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.
  8. Announce withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  9. Direct Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.
  10. Direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.
  11. Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
  12. Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
  13. Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
  14. Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
  15. Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
  16. Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.
  17. Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.
  18. Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
  19. Work with Congress on a Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act.An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
  20. Work with Congress on a End The Offshoring ActEstablishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.
  21. Work with Congress on a American Energy & Infrastructure ActLeverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.
  22. Work with Congress on a School Choice And Education Opportunity ActRedirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
  23. Work with Congress on a Repeal and Replace Obamacare ActFully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
  24. Work with Congress on a Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act.Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.
  25. Work with Congress on an End Illegal Immigration ActFully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.
  26. Work with Congress on a Restoring Community Safety Act.Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.
  27. Work with Congress on a Restoring National Security Act.Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values
  28. Work with Congress on a Clean up Corruption in Washington Act.Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

Courtesy of  Breitbart

Do you know what your favorite candidate really thinks about immigration?

OFIR has now posted reports on immigration positions of candidates

Please take a look at the important information OFIR has gathered and share it with others as widely as you can before the election.
 
OFIR has posted on its website detailed information on the immigration positions of many candidates in the November general election. 
 
Below is a list of the statewide offices for which information on immigration positions is available and has been posted.  There is also a report on the Presidential election candidates.
 
To see the entire list, you can visit http://www.oregonir.org/immigration-topics/2016-general-election.  Alternatively, you can visit the OFIR home page at: http://www.oregonir.org/, click on Immigration Topics in the right-column menu, then Elections, then 2016 General Election.
 

Medicare Paid $9.3 Million to Nearly 500 Illegal Immigrants

Responding to claims of nearly 500 illegal immigrants, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid $9.3 million in their benefit in 2013 and 2014, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

According to an audit from the agency's inspector general, Medicare paid out over 14,500 claims.

"Medicare benefits are generally allowable when rendered to a beneficiary whom the Social Security Administration has determined to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national," the audit said.

"Medicare does not pay for services rendered to beneficiaries who are unlawfully present on the date of service."

While the agency is advised to be cautious against improper payments, it is also required to ensure that payments for Medicare services are not remitted to individuals who are not legally present in the United States....

"When CMS's data systems did not indicate until after a claim had been processed that a beneficiary was unlawfully present, CMS had policies and procedures to detect and recoup payment for Medicare services, but it did not follow them," the audit said.

In 2013 and 2014, the audit established that the agency paid out 14,530 claims amounting to $9,267,392 in Medicare payments for 481 illegal immigrants.

"When Medicare has paid health care providers for services rendered to beneficiaries who are subsequently determined to have been unlawfully present at the time of services, Medicare requirements state that those improper payments should be recouped," the audit states.

Promising to recoup payments, Andy Slavitt, an administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said, "CMS is committed to making sure that improper payments are not made for health care services provided to unlawfully present beneficiaries."

"CMS will review the overpayments referred by [inspector general] and identify overpayments greater than or equal to $1,000. CMS will attempt to recoup these overpayments," he said.

"At the conclusion of this collection effort, CMS will perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine if CMS should pursue similarly situated overpayments in the future," he added.

Trump: Not ‘One More American Life’ for Open Borders

Speaking to the families of those who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrant criminals Saturday afternoon in Houston, Texas, Donald Trump eviscerated the nation’s leaders for failing to protect American lives.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted by The Remembrance Project, the Republican presidential nominee said the victims of illegal alien crime had been “forced into the shadows” because politicians and media at large refuse to hear their stories and validate their grievances. Expressing his support for the families in their “lonely fight for justice,” Trump promised to stand with them and hold the government accountable for its “most fundamental duty” — to protect American lives.

“Our nation should not accept one lost American life because our country failed to enforce its laws.”

“There are a lot of numbers in the immigration debate. But let me give you the most important number of all,” Trump said. “That most important number of all is the number of American lives it is acceptable to lose in the name of illegal immigration. Let me tell you what that number is: ZERO,” he added. “Our nation should not accept one lost American life because our country failed to enforce its laws.”

Speaking softly to the audience members gathered at the event, Trump said that The Remembrance Project, which advocates for families who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants, helped to bring attention to an issue that has become a “personal passion” for him.

“I have met many incredible people during the course of this campaign. But nothing has moved me more deeply than the time I’ve spent with the families of The Remembrance Project, and the incredible strength and courage you’ve shown in your often lonely fight for justice,” Trump said. “You are heroes. And your actions will help us to save the next thousand American citizens from losing their brothers, sisters, sons, daughters or parents.”

Trump lambasted the policies of the Obama administration and the policies promoted by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that have led to the release of nearly 13,000 criminal aliens between 2008-2014 back into the U.S. after their home countries refused to take them back, according to a report from The Boston Globe. Decrying Clinton’s plans for "total amnesty," protecting Sanctuary Cities and authorizing a "catch-and-release" border policy, Trump called Clinton to account for her failures.

"Most of these 13,000 releases occurred on Hillary Clinton’s watch — she had the power and the duty to stop it cold and she didn’t do it," Trump told the grieving families. "Now, my opponent will never meet with you. She will never hear your stories. She will never share in your pain. She will only meet with the donors and the special interests and the open border advocates."

Trump promised to enforce the rule of law and work as an advocate for these families if he is elected on Nov. 8.

"Your cause and your stories are ignored by our political establishment because they are determined to keep our borders open at any cost. To them, your presence is just too inconvenient," Trump said. "This must end. And it must end right now. Not one more American life should be given up in the name of open borders."

Immediately after Trump’s speech, his campaign released a statement from Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions — a vocal Trump surrogate and fervent advocate for clamping down on illegal immigrant crime.

"This serious problem was well known to Hillary Clinton the entire time she was secretary of state. Yet she failed to stop this practice when she had the duty and responsibility do so as secretary of state, failing to follow clear legal requirement passed by Congress," Sessions said. "Hillary Clinton must explain to the American people, and especially to the victims of these criminal aliens who were not deported, why she did not act to prevent these tragic events."

It's the LAST day fo the Oregon State Fair!

Alert date: 
2016-09-05
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If you haven't paid a visit to the annual Oregon State Fair, Monday will be your last chance!  The weather is supposed to be perfect!

Plan to stop by the OFIR booth, located in the Jackman Long building.  We've hosted some very special guests!

We hope to see you there!

 

Hold Bonamicci's Feet to the Fire - Rep. Bonamici to hold Town Halls in August

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2016-07-30
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Rep. Bonamici to hold Town Halls in August

For Congressional District 1 residents

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici announces Town Hall meetings in several towns. She says: "Town Hall meetings provide an opportunity for the Congresswoman to discuss issues, answer questions, and gather ideas."

Please attend one of these events near you if possible. Below the list of Town Halls is a link to suggested subjects for questions and comments to her. You can also, if you wish, print out her report card from NumbersUSA and give it to her.

Here is the schedule, taken from her website announcement.

Rainier Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Rainier Senior Center, 48 W 7th Street, Rainier, OR 97048

Seaside Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Clatsop Community College, South County Campus, Rooms 2 and 3 – 1455 N Roosevelt Drive, Seaside, OR 97138

Portland Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Friendly House, Keeston Room  1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OOR 97210

Tigard Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, August 4, 2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tigard Public Works Building, Auditorium  8777 SW Burnham St.., Tigard, OR 97223

Hillsboro Town Hall Meeting
Monday, August 8, 2016
6:00 PM to 7 PM
Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123

Dundee Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, August 11, 2016
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dundee Woman's Club, Community Center, 1026 N. Highway 99W, Dundee, OR 97115

TALKING POINTS

Perhaps you have your own questions and comments already. Helpful, in addition, are the excellent Town Hall talking points on important immigration issues available from Numbers USA. These cover H-2B visas, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Criminal justice reform, Refugees/Asylees, and Sanctuary cities.

Also NumbersUSA includes a list of Town Hall Do’s and Dont’s, advising on best conduct for achieving our purposes. Scroll down to the bottom of the page link above to see the Do’s and Dont’s.

Please invite a friend or neighbor to attend with you and show up at one of these Townhall meetings.  Always be respectful, but also remember - she works for YOU!

Senate could vote next week on ending Sanctuary Cities and increasing penalties for criminal aliens

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2016-07-01
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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Kate Steinle by a five-times deported illegal alien who was set free by San Francisco authorities despite a hold request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the year since, Congress has failed to take meaningful action against jurisdictions like San Francisco that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

That may change next week when the Senate could vote on two bills dealing with immigration enforcement. The first, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, would strengthen the federal definition of a sanctuary city and withhold public works and community development funds from any jurisdiction that fits the new definition. The second bill, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, would increase penalties for criminal aliens and repeat illegal border crossers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on both bills earlier this week. That means the Senate vote could happen sometime after their return from the holiday weekend on Wednesday.

Despite popular and bipartisan support for ending sanctuary policies, the road ahead won't be easy. First, 60 votes for are needed to bring each bill to the Senate floor for debate. Then, another vote with a 60-vote threshold is needed to end debate and proceed to final passage.

However, polling indicates the American people are on Sens. Cruz and Toomey's side. Poll after poll since last year's shooting in San Francisco has showed mass support for ending sanctuary policies. Even San Francisco voters showed their disgust with the region's own sanctuary policies when it ousted Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who implemented the city's policies, last November.

Please ask your Senators this weekend on behalf of all the Americans who have fallen victim to crimes at the hands sanctuary policies, to end sanctuary city policies.  Your Senator needs to hear from you!

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