Senator Merkley to hold Townhall meetings

Please plan to attend one of Senator Merkley's Townhall meetings.  He needs to hear from constituents that you do not support the massive amnesty bill known as SB744.  Invite a friend, ask questions and please let OFIR know if any discussion on immigration issues takes place at the meetings.

  • August 30, 2013 @ 3:30 PM

    Sherman County Town Hall

    300 Dewey Street
    Moro, OR 97039

  • August 30, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

    Wasco County Town Hall

  • 400 E Scenic Drive
    The Dalles, OR 97058

  • August 28, 2013 @ 4:30 PM

    Union County Town Hall.

    10201 Fourth Street
    Island City, OR 97850

  • August 28, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

    Baker County Town Hall.

    1901 Main Street
    Baker City, OR 97814

  • August 28, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

    Grant County Town Hall.

    211 West 6th Street
    Prairie City, OR 97869

  • August 27, 2013 @ 4:30 PM

    Harney County Town Hall

    17 S Alder
    Burns, OR 97720

  • August 27, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

    Malheur County Town Hall

    3890 Hwy 201
    Ontario, OR 97941

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Family friend gets 10 years for molesting 5-year-old Molalla girl

He was a trusted family friend. The kind you always invite over for the holidays or extend a helping hand to without a second thought.

But this summer, a Molalla family found Ezequiel Salas-Gonzalez committed a terrible breach of faith. He molested the 5-year-old daughter of a couple he had known for years.

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A novel approach to get petition signatures: the drive-through

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August 23, 2013
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A group dedicated to overturning a new Oregon law that grants driver-privilege cards to people without conventional documentation has come up with a quick way to gather petition signatures.

It’s encouraging motorists to participate in drive-through democracy.

“You don’t even need to get out of your car,” said Jim Ludwick, the group’s communications director. “Just drive up, sign the petition and drive away.”

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Hillsboro officers arrest man who saw 'eyeball,' fired shot in towing business, agency says

Hillsboro police say they arrested a man who fired a shot after he thought he saw someone peering into his workplace early this morning.

Mauricio Gomez-Garcia, 45, is accused of unlawful use of a weapon, said Lt. Mike Rouches, a Hillsboro police spokesman. He was booked into the Washington County Jail.

Gomez-Garcia summoned police about 4:20 a.m. to Acme Towing at 248 S.W. Wood St. reporting that five to six people were trying to get inside the location. He told the dispatcher, Rouches said, that he fired a shot.

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Beaverton police arrest man allegedly transporting 7 pounds of

A traffic stop Saturday afternoon led to an arrest of a 30-year-old man allegedly carrying seven pounds of methamphetamine through Beaverton.

Jose Ortiz-Ledezma, from Mexico, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, and manufacturing of a controlled substance, according to Beaverton police. He is being held at the Washington County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Jose Ortiz-Ledezma  - ICE HOLD

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5 views on immigration reform, Oregon 'driver cards'

Members of Congress may be away from the nation's capital during their August recess, but that doesn't mean the debate about federal immigration debate has simmered down.

Same goes for the Oregon Legislature, which adjourned last month, leaving in its wake strong feelings about a new law authorizing undocumented immigrants to obtain Oregon driver cards.

In recent days, a variety of guest columnists have weighed in on the issues.

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Front Page Wash Post Story Hides Fact That Alleged Murderer Was Illegal Alien

Amidst a national debate about a potential amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants, the Washington Post featured a front page story about the prime suspect accused of carrying out a sickening murder, but refused to mention the fact that he was an illegal alien.

The article concerned pretrial filings in the 2010 killing of Falls Church teen Vanessa Pham. 27-year-old Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia is accused of murdering Pham after first approaching her with his one-year-old daughter in a shopping mall and asking to be taken to the hospital.

Pham agreed but when she took a wrong turn, Garcia became agitated and, fearing she was about to report him to the police, grabbed a butcher knife from his backpack and plunged it into Pham no less than thirteen times.

The car crashed into a ditch and Garcia grabbed his daughter before clambering out of the sunroof, leaving Pham to die. Garcia then cleaned the blood off his hands using a baby wipe.

The fact that Garcia was an illegal alien is central to the story this was obviously a key factor behind Garcia’s fear that Pham would turn him over to the authorities and therefore a primary motivating cause behind the alleged murder but the Post makes no mention of it whatsoever, nor does the police report.

“The non-mention of illegal alien status is one of the mainstream media’s many subtle techniques used, all in the name of political correctness, to blur the news of the impact of illegal immigration on the United States,” writes David North of the Center for Immigration Studies.

“Garcia, according to the Post, had been arrested several times prior to the murder; had he simply been deported after any one of these arrests, Ms. Pham would be alive today.”

Whether the Washington Post deliberately obfuscated Garcia’s illegal status in order to not taint the current push for mass amnesty cannot be ascertained. An equally disturbing premise is that this is just standard operating procedure for Post journalists.

What’s almost inevitable is that brutal crimes carried out by illegal aliens will almost certainly be downplayed or ignored by the establishment media in order to ensure the safe passage of the Senate’s ‘Gang of Eight’ “immigration reform” agenda on the House floor if the Obama administration is ever able to secure a vote.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for and Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

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Woodburn police make 3 arrests in local drug ring

WOODBURN, OR (KPTV) - Local police and federal agents say they broke up a drug trafficking organization in the city of Woodburn last month.

A five-month investigation led officers to make three arrests and seize two pounds of methamphetamine, as well as $10,000 in cash, on July 22.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Domingo Ruiz Esparza, 38-year-old Eliobardo Ramirez-Escobar and Ramirez-Escobar's wife, 32-year-old Angelica Barraza-Favela. All face drug related charges, and Barraza-Favela also faces two counts of child neglect.

Two weeks later, Ramirez-Escobar's state charges were dropped and he was taken into federal custody. He and Ruiz Esparza were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday.




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Man who ran over Beaverton motorist after altercation gets nearly 6 years in prison

Summary: A Gladstone man accused last year of vehicular assault has been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sentence: Torres-Espinoza was sentenced to a total of five years and 10 months in prison, followed by three years of post-prison supervision. Torres-Espinoza was ordered to pay $1,400 in fines, $1,800 in attorney's fees and restitution in an amount to be determined. After completion of his prison time, Torres-Espinoza will be turned over to federal immigration officials for processing.

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Mexican cartels hiring US soldiers as hit men

Mexican cartels are recruiting hit men from the U.S. military, offering big money to highly-trained soldiers to carry out contract killings and potentially share their skills with gangsters south of the border, according to law enforcement experts.

The involvement of three American soldiers in separate incidents, including a 2009 murder that led to last week’s life sentence for a former Army private, underscore a problem the U.S. military has fought hard to address.

"We have seen examples over the past few years where American servicemen are becoming involved in this type of activity," said Fred Burton, vice president for STRATFOR Global Intelligence. "It is quite worrisome to have individuals with specialized military training and combat experience being associated with the cartels."

"It is quite worrisome to have individuals with specialized military training and combat experience being associated with the cartels."

- Fred Burton, STRATFOR Global Intelligence.

The life sentence handed down in El Paso District court July 25 to an Army private hired by the Juarez Cartel to be the triggerman in a 2009 hit in this border city is the most recent case.

Michael Apodaca, 22, was a private first-class stationed at nearby Fort Bliss Army Base and was attached to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade when he was recruited and paid $5,000 by the Juarez Cartel to shoot and kill Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana, a cartel member who had been outed as an informant for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Apodaca, who was the triggerman in the May 15, 2009, hit, was sentenced in El Paso District Court July 25.

Last September, Kevin Corley, 29, a former active-duty Army first lieutenant from Fort Carson in Colorado, pleaded guilty in federal court in Laredo, Texas, to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire for the Los Zetas Cartel after being arrested in a sting operation. Ironically, that cartel was itself founded by Special Forces deserters from the Mexican Army.

Arrested with Corley in connection with the case was former Army Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28. He was convicted of committing a murder-for-hire in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years in prison June 21.

Walker served in Afghanistan with Corley’s 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division platoon between 2010-2011. Shortly after their return, they made contact with the undercover DEA agent they thought was a member of Los Zetas.

According to his plea agreement, Corley was introduced to undercover agents posing as members of Los Zetas cartel in September 2011; he admitted to being an active-duty officer in the U.S. Army responsible for training soldiers. He told his contact he could provide tactical training for members of the cartel and purchase weapons for them. In later meetings, Corley discussed stealing weapons from military posts and military tactics. On Dec. 23, 2011, he agreed to perform a contract killing for the cartel in exchange for $50,000 and cocaine.

Burton said some soldiers become corrupted by gangs after joining, while others are gang members who enlist specifically for the training they can get.

“There has been a persistent gang problem in the military for the past six to eight years,” Burton said, adding that cartels greatly value trained soldiers from the U.S., Mexico and Guatemala as sicarios – hit men.

More recently, the May 22 murder of Juan Guerrero-Chapa, 43, a former lawyer for the Gulf Cartel, in a mall parking lot in an affluent suburb of Fort Worth has raised concerns due to the military precision with which it was carried out.

"Obviously, the nature of this homicide, the way it was carried out indicates –– and I said indicates –– an organization that is trained to do this type of activity," Southlake Police Chief Stephen Mylett said following the attack. "When you're dealing with individuals that operate on such a professional level, certainly caution forces me to have to lean toward that this is an organized criminal activity act.”

While Mylett acknowledged the murder was a “targeted affair conducted by professional killers,” he would not confirm or deny suspicions that current or previous military was involved.

“The case is still being investigated,” Mylett said.

A task force consisting of the Southlake Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, FBI, DEA, and Department of Homeland Security is investigating the case.

But an expert on Mexican cartels, who declined to be identified, said the “operation was brilliant and disciplined.”

“I would be asking the question -- if military was involved -- if I was leading the investigation based on the MO, geography and precision,” said the expert. “I don't have any information to confirm, but we know that a hit team came in and out and there was also a stand-alone recon team.”

Using American servicemen could make it easier to carry out a murder in the U.S. since they can more easily move across the border. And the lure of quick money has proven tempting for theses soldiers given the dismal military pay scale.

Apodaca’s fee for killing Galaena was nearly three times his monthly pay. A sergeant like Walker makes around $2,500 per month, and Corley $4,500. Both hoped for $50,000 each and drugs from their “Los Zetas” connection.

Growing ties between U.S.-based gangs, which have long infiltrated the military, and the Mexican cartels could be making American soldiers even more readily available to the cartels south of the border. The FBI National Gang Intelligence Center reports its concern with gang members with military training poses a unique threat to law enforcement personnel because of their distinctive weapons and combat training skills and ability to transfer these skills to fellow gang members. As of April 2011, the NGIC has identified members of at least 53 gangs whose members have served in or are affiliated with U.S. military.

According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, Hispanic prison gangs along the Southwest border region are strengthening their ties with cartels to acquire wholesale quantities of drugs. There are also strong indications that in exchange for a consistent drug supply, gangs smuggle and distribute drugs, collect drug proceeds, launder money, smuggle weapons, commit kidnappings, and serve as lookouts and enforcers on behalf of the cartels, according to law enforcement sources.

The NDIC has also found that gang-related activity and violence has increased along the Southwest border region, as U.S.-based gangs seek to prove their worth to the drug cartels, compete with other gangs for favor, and act as U.S.-based enforcers for cartels which involves home invasions, robbery, kidnapping and murder.

Army officials have sought to address the issue of gang and cartel influence within their ranks with tighter recruiting standards. A spokesman told that current recruiting efforts are much more stringent than even four years ago, and that anyone sporting a gang-related tattoo is no longer accepted for enlistment.

“A person like Michael Apodaca would not even be allowed to enlist today,” Army Maj. Joe Buccino, spokesman for the Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso, told “We’re more selective than during the height of Iraq.” Read more about Mexican cartels hiring US soldiers as hit men


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