Dream act

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, accused of Forest Grove fatal hit and run, testifies at trial

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros took the witness stand Tuesday in her own defense against two charges of felony hit and run in the fatal crash that killed two young stepsisters in Forest Grove....

More information to come.

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros trial: Jurors reconvene for Forest Grove fatal hit-and-run case

Trial picks up again Tuesday morning in the case of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, a Forest Grove 19-year-old accused of felony hit and run in the October crash that killed two young stepsisters....

 Keep an eye on OregonLive for updates.

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros trial: Defendant's boyfriend, brother testify about night of Forest Grove fatal crash

The passengers riding with Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros felt an odd bump as she drove over a large leaf pile on the night of Oct. 20.

Garcia-Cisneros, on trial in the fatal crash that killed two young girls in Forest Grove, cried as her boyfriend and brother took the witness stand Thursday and recalled that night’s events....

...At the leaf pile his sister had driven through, he said, he saw a man screaming. He saw a child on the ground. The man spoke to him briefly....

...On their way back home, he said, he turned into Kaady Car Wash – “to eliminate evidence, if there was any.”  He didn’t discuss it with his girlfriend, he said, and she said nothing about it.

Echeverria, 18, pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution last week and is serving a 13-month prison sentence.

Trial resumes Tuesday.


Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros trial: Victim's dad testifies about finding girls killed in Forest Grove crash

...In the hit-and-run trial of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros on Thursday, Tom Robinson told jurors it was close to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, a Sunday, when he went outside with the girls to play in the leaves. He snapped pictures of them, while his wife was at a board meeting....

About 20 minutes later, Robinson testified he took the camera back in the house. He heard a car drive down the street and accelerate, he said. He checked on the girls, looking behind the house first....

Both girls died from closed head injuries....  Garcia-Cisneros, 19, is charged with two counts of felony hit and run in the crash.  Her attorney told jurors Thursday that when Garcia-Cisneros drove through the large leaf pile, she didn’t know the girls were there.

She learned of the crash, defense attorney Ethan Levi said, when her brother went home and told her what he had witnessed on Main Street.

Trial continues Tuesday.

Forest Grove fatal crash: Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros hit-and-run case goes to trial

Attorneys took up pre-trial issues Tuesday morning in the case of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, the 19-year-old driver charged in an October crash that killed two young girls in Forest Grove...

...Garcia-Cisneros faces two counts of felony hit and run. Authorities say she was driving her boyfriend’s mother’s SUV Oct. 20, when she she plowed through a pile of leaves on Main Street – the same spot where stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson were playing....

...Mario Echeverria, Garcia-Cisneros’ boyfriend, has already pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution. In court last month, he admitted to trying to cover up evidence of the crash by taking the vehicle to a car wash the next day. He took a plea deal and a 13-month prison sentence...


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.”

Radical approach - like spoiled children

The radical tactics being encouraged now by immigration advocates may be more than compassionate Americans are willing to tolerate.

It should be pointed out that any of the people here illegally are free to leave if they are unhappy.  In fact, I encourage them to do so!  But, chaining themselves to busses and throwing temper tantrums out of frustration that they can't get everything they want from a country in which they don't belong is beyond the limit of most rational thinkers.

"The people will take power back into their own hands and set a true example of leadership that the Beltway will have to follow,” said Marisa Franco, campaign organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which helped coordinate some of the more provocative actions. 

The culture of corruption from which many of these people claim to be fleeing has now arrived here in the U.S. and it's spreading. 

Read more about the new radical approach to immigration reform we can all look forward to.

Ramon Ramirez, president of Woodburn-based farm workers union, among immigration reform advocates arrested in D.C.

SALEM -- Ramon Ramirez, president of a Woodburn-based farm workers union, was arrested on Capitol Hill Thursday as advocates stepped up their campaign urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reforms.

"The civil disobedience action is just the beginning of many activities the group has planned for August and the fall to send a strong message to House GOP leaders that we need a just immigration reform now!" the e-mail from PCUN said. The message was accompanied by a photo of Ramirez getting arrested.

Update: Causa, the Salem-based immigrant rights group, said its director of civic engagement was also arrested Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Read the full article: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/ramon_ramirez_presi...

Townhall opportunities coming up

Alert date: 
August 1, 2013
Alert body: 

Congress will adjourn at the end of the week for summer recess. Your elected officials will be "coming home" to their constituents and a full schedule of Town Hall meetings.

It is your opportunity and your responsibility as a citizen, to attend the Town Hall meetings and tell your Representatives, in person, how you feel about the massive amnesty bill hanging out in the House. S 744 is such a massive, horrible bill with so many loopholes and built in problems that will virtually ruin the US as we know it, that we must kill this bill before it ever gets the chance to leave the House this fall.

Please, go to your local Town Hall meetings and tell your Representatives, in no uncertain terms, that you DO NOT want an amnesty bill of any kind...PERIOD! Members of Congress MUST hear this repeatedly, loud and clear, from their constituents!

OFIR will post the Townhall schedules as they become available. Check back often.

Gov. Kitzhaber signs tuition bill allowing in-state tuition for immigrant students

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law today a bill allowing in-state tuition for immigrant students without documents.

“This bill will help them get their shot at the American dream,” he said to legislators, advocates and students packed into his ceremonial office at the Capitol.

He described the students, whose parents brought them illegally to the United States when they were young, as “exactly the kind of young people we want in our system of public education and universities.”

For House Bill 2787, it was the end of a decade-long journey. Similar bills cleared the Senate in 2003 and 2011, but both died in the House without reaching a vote.

Students would qualify if they graduated from high school or its equivalent in Oregon, attended Oregon schools three years prior to graduation and U.S. schools for five years, and show their intent to obtain legal status or citizenship in the United States.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, is the chief Senate sponsor of the law and was the first to introduce such legislation in 2003. He did so at the request of Laura Lanka, then the principal of Woodburn High School.

In her original 2002 email, which Courtney read aloud, she wrote, “What a bill like this would do is allow our college-ready students, regardless of their immigration status, the opportunity to get an education.”

Lanka, who is retired and now lives in Washington state, was present at the ceremony.

State university officials said they expect the number of qualifying students to be limited, given that they still are ineligible for state and federal financial aid.

They estimate only 38 additional students in the coming two-year cycle, and 80 students in the 2015-17 cycle. The net gain in tuition was estimated at just under $350,000 in the next cycle, and $1.5 million in 2015-17, assuming that none pay out-of-state tuition at rates three or four times in-state rates.

Oregon joins 12 other states with similar laws, including California and Washington. Two others have acted by other means.

Democratic majorities in both chambers resulting from the Nov. 6 election made passage likely. Five Republicans joined all 34 Democrats for it in the House, and three Republicans joined all 16 Democrats for it in the Senate.

The minority Republicans in the House sponsored a substitute that would have limited eligibility to those participating in a delayed-deportation program created last year by President Barack Obama. Participants are eligible for work permits. But the House defeated the proposed substitute on a party-line vote.

Kitzhaber took no public stance on a similar bill in 2011. But he said during his budget presentation on Nov. 30 he would sign such a bill, and held a news conference on it Feb. 11 with business leaders.

Oregon’s major business groups joined the Oregon Student Association and immigrant-rights groups in backing the bill. Oregonians for Immigration Reform, which is critical of federal immigration policy, opposed it.

Opponents have already said a legal challenge is likely. Gabriela Morrongiello, a sophomore at Oregon State University who is from California — and who is president of the conservative Young Americans for Freedom chapter — stated there would be a challenge in her testimony to a House committee on Feb. 13.

California’s law was upheld in 2010 by that state’s highest court, and in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal.

If Oregon’s law is challenged, the case would go directly to the state Supreme Court, which has the authority to appoint someone to sort out disputes on facts before the justices hear oral arguments.


Subscribe to RSS - Dream act