illegal immigration

Photos give a closer look at the troubling issues on our southern border

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2012-03-01
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OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll toured the Arizona - Mexico border.  Visit the OFIR photo gallery to get a better idea of the problems faced on our southern border:   http://www.oregonir.org/photo-gallery

Could the US government be monitoring your political activities?

A recent article released by FAIR suggests that the O'bama administration may be more interested in your opinions than you think.  Apparently, according to testimony by committee members, the negative reaction to DHS’s “big brother” tactics has been overwhelmingly bipartisan.

On Feb. 16, the House Subcommittee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence held a hearing on DHS’s monitoring of social networking and the media. (See Subcommittee Website, Feb. 16, 2012) Chairman of the Subcommittee, Patrick Meehan (R-PA), said DHS’ collection of intelligence on media reports adversely reflecting the government crosses the line and pointed out the “chilling effect” such monitoring could have on freedom of speech. (Rep. Meehan Opening Statement, Feb. 16, 2012) Ranking Member Jackie Speier (D-CA) described DHS’ ability to “build files on bloggers” as “outrageous” and a “violation of the Privacy Act.” She also said, “This…should not be a political operation and capturing public reactions to major government proposals is not something [the government] should be doing.” (Bloomberg Government Transcript, Feb. 16, 2012).

 

Read more in the National News section of the OFIR website at: http://www.oregonir.org/issues/dhs-uses-social-media-monitor-backdoor-amnesty-blowback


 

You won't want to miss OFIR's next meeting on Saturday, March 10

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2012-02-26
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Please plan to attend OFIR's upcoming meeting Saturday, March 10th at 2:00pm.

Guest speaker Oregon Senator Alan Olsen will discuss immigration issues and the Oregon Legislature.

OFIR's President Cynthia Kendoll will share Part 1 of her experiences on the US/Mexico border.  Cynthia just returned from an intensive, week long tour of the border from Yuma to Tucson, Arizona.  The trip was hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington DC.

Invite a friend or relative to join you as you learn about immigration issues in our state and on our border.  The meeting is at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn, across from Costco, in Salem, OR.

OFIR President returns safely from border tour

OFIR's President has returned from a week long intensive study of the Arizona/Mexico border.  Meeting with experts from Border Patrol, National Parks, DEQ, Fish and Wildlife, the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation and law enforcement officers from several agencies all along the border, Cynthia has gained a great deal of insight into the issues on the border.  Please check back for updates.


 

Is the Border Secure? Shocking Video Shows Otherwise

Just about a week ago, we were given a video exposing a major breach on the U.S./Mexico border near Lukeville, Arizona, located about 100 miles southwest of Tucson.  We checked its authenticity with our sources at the Department of Homeland Security who have confirmed that the video is real and was taken recently.  This was first posted by Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and see how, despite claims by the Administration, the border is far from secure.

border video

Our DHS sources have been able to determine from the clothes the men are wearing, the straps on their backpacks, and other things they're carrying, that these are indeed drug smugglers bringing hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs into the United States.

The fence shown here was built by the Bush Administration and part of a $1 billion contract with Boeing. Amazingly, the fence was designed to do exactly what the smugglers did. The fence panels slide inside two steel columns, but no one in the Bush Administration nor at Boeing even considered welding the panels to the posts, making it easy for smugglers to get through. What we don't know is if they failed to weld along the entire length of the fence or just in some areas.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has testified before Congress, saying the border is more secure now than it's ever been. Administration officials boast about fewer border crossings and the effectiveness of thousands of more border patrol agents. But where are the border patrol agents in this video? And if there aren't any border patrol agents to see the illegal crossings, then the crossings can't be recorded.

NumbersUSA is currently pushing for a Congressional investigation into this major breach of border security. The fence needs to be fixed, and Boeing needs to pay for it!

We need all Americans to watch it and consider its ramifications. Whether it be smuggling of illegal drugs, national security, or illegal immigration, every American should be shocked and demand answers!

Video link at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdc-kv7nzaU

OFIR President to tour the Arizona - Mexico Border

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2012-02-17
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The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is hosting OFIR's President and six others from around the country for a private, guided tour of the Arizona - Mexico border between Yuma and Tucson.  Experts from many organizations will travel with the group as they learn about key issues related to border security, drug smuggling, human trafficking, environmental impact and much more.  Check back regularly for updates as the trip unfolds next week.

Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdc-kv7nzaU for an introduction.  This video has been verified for authenticity.

 

Administration Appoints New Lobbyist for Illegal Aliens

In an effort to quell accusations by the open borders lobby that the Administration has not gone far enough with its administrative amnesty program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week the creation of a new “public advocate” position for illegal aliens. Senior ICE Advisor Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, who was appointed as the new advocate, will serve as a point of contact for aliens in removal proceedings, community and advocacy groups, and others who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise about the Administration’s executive amnesty efforts. (ICEPress Release, Feb. 7, 2012)

The ICE announcement attempted to portray the creation of the Public Advocate position as part of the normal course of business.  “The creation of the Public Advocate position is another milestone in ICE's ongoing work to enact significant policy changes and improvements to focus the agency's immigration enforcement resources on sensible priorities…” ICE stated in its press release. (Id.

The new advocate will report directly to the Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Gary Mead. According to the agency’s website, the public advocate’s role will entail:

  • Assisting individuals and community stakeholders in resolving complaints and concerns with agency policies and operations;
  • Proposing changes and recommendations to fix community-identified problems and concerns;
  • Alerting agency leadership to potential community stakeholder concerns with current or proposed agency policies and/or operations; and
  • Maintaining a collaborative and transparent dialogue with community stakeholders on the agency's mission and core values.  (See ICE Website, Feb. 11, 2012)

Ironically called a “public” advocate, ICE created the new role solely to placate amnesty advocates in an election year. Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), called the Administration’s creation of the new position outrageous. “This is just further proof that the Obama administration puts illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of Americans,” he further added in a press release. “The Obama administration’s lack of immigration enforcement allows illegal immigrants to steal jobs away from American workers and now their in-house lobbyist for illegal immigrants costs U.S. taxpayers more money.” (Rep. Smith Press Release, Feb. 7, 2012)

Does pandering pay off?

Offered a stark choice on the illegal immigration issue, Florida Latino Republicans today broke nearly 2-1 for the candidate with the firmest opposition to amnesty and the strongest support for enforcement.

Mitt Romney's margin of victory among Latinos was nearly double his margin of victory among Whites.

For those of you who supported other candidates, you have to at least feel some real satisfaction that on the issue of immigration, Mitt Romney the winner was painted as by-far the strongest opponent of amnesty. You may have preferred another candidate -- including the President -- for other reasons, but most Florida voters went to the polls with the idea that Romney was indeed the toughest on immigration.

Pro-self-deportation Romney won the overall vote by 46% to 32%.

But pro-self-deportaton Romney won the Latino vote by 54% to 29%.

It was a strong rebuke of the majority of media commentators who insist that Latino-Americans can only be won by promising rewards for lawbreaking.  It added a sign of much greater dignity in the rule of law for the Latino population than most in the media are willing to give it.

(Read my full analysis blog and join the discussion at: https://www.numbersusa.com/content/node/13013)

Nobody can say that Floridians -- both Latino and non-Latino -- weren't provided a clear choice on the immigration issue. Immigration may not have been a top issue for most of the voters but it was one of the most publicized parts of the debates and contest.

Newt Gingrich campaigned hard among Latino voters with his continuing call for legalization and work permits for many illegal aliens and his pounding criticism of his opponent as "anti-immigrant" for opposing legalization.  Mitt Romney in two debates continued his campaign-long opposition to long-term work permits and legalization of illegal aliens and created a national media sensation by talking about "self-deportation" as the top goal for the illegal population.

WINNING MARGIN

Whites -- Anti-legalization Romney won by 13 percentage points

Latinos -- Anti-legalization Romney won by 25 percentage points

The results don't prove that Romney's anti-amnesty stance helped him with Latinos. But the results DO prove that a candidate can stand for the rule of law and for preferring unemployed American workers over illegal aliens and still win Latino support.

And that is a wonderful victory of the image of Latino-Americans and for all of us in our battle to say that unemployed Americans should have priority over illegal aliens for U.S. jobs.

Tonight's victor, Romney, put the issue in exactly those terms in the Jacksonville debate last Thursday night. Romney said: "You know, our problem is not 11 million grandmothers. Our problem is (APPLAUSE) ..... Our problem is 11 million people getting jobs that many Americans (and) legal immigrants would like to have."

Although that got one of the most enthusiastic rounds of applause of the debate, nearly all of the news media refused to offer that quote to the public. I believe that is because most reporters and editors in the news media refuse to believe it is possible that Americans and legal immigrants already here would take the construction, service and manufacturing jobs currently held by illegal aliens.

OFIR will offer two scholarships for college bound students

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2012-03-01
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For the first time in OFIR's 11 year history, two scholarships for the most outstanding essays regarding illegal immigration will be awarded to college bound seniors and undergraduate students enrolled in college.  Scholarship awards of $1,000 for a first place winner and $750 for a 2nd place winner will be awarded Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Salem.  

OFIR's goal in offering these scholarships is to get young people to seriously examine the consequences of unfettered illegal immigration and excessive legal immigration and how that might impact their future. If you know of an Oregon resident student that is a US citizen, please let them know about this opportunity.  

Visit "Immigration Topics" for the complete application

Applications are due April 15, 2012.

 

Oregonian publishes telling op-ed article

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2012-01-23
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Please take the time to read the excellent op-ed article titled "Rethinking deportation: New immigration rule would erode law, harm families", that appears in today’s Oregonian. 

It was written by Rick LaMountain. (Rick is OFIR Vice President).  Rick writes how the Obama administration is undermining immigration laws by administrative rule making.

In his article Rick quotes author Thomas Sowell as saying; “The purpose of immigration laws and policies is to serve the national interest of this country.” It certainly is not in the best interest of our country to reward and encourage lawlessness.

By undermining existing immigration law and rewarding individuals who openly break those laws, President Obama is debasing the American concept of the Rule of Law.

Click here to read the op-ed or visit our website's letters section:  http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/01/rethinking_deportation_new_imm.html

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