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Townhall meetings coming your way

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2016-02-08
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Next week, Representative Kurt Schrader will be hosting town hall meetings around the district  These meetings are a chance for you to visit, talk about what's been going on in Washington, and find out ways that his office can be of service to you.

Oregon City Town Hall - Tuesday, February 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Providence Willamette Falls Community Center Auditorium
519 15th Street
Oregon City, OR 97045

Salem Town Hall - Wednesday, February 17th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Salem Library - Loucks Auditorium
585 Liberty Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

Military Academy Day Open House - Saturday, March 5th, 10 a.m. - noon*
West Linn High School
5464 W A Street
West Linn, OR 97068
*Presentation begins at 11 a.m.
 

EXCLUSIVE — ANN COULTER WARNS ‘END OF AMERICA’ IF MARCO RUBIO IS NOMINEE

In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News ahead of the New Hampshire primary, conservative columnist and eleven-time New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter warned that if the donor-class gets its way and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is the Republican nominee, it will be the “end of America.”

“THE END OF AMERICA,” Coulter wrote when asked what she thought a Rubio nominee would mean for the future of the open borders movement.

“Rubio is [John] McCain is sheep’s clothing,” Coulter explained. “He’s the Manchurian candidate. At least with McCain, conservatives knew we were getting an open borders zealot and just made the calculation that he could win. Rubio has half the conservative movement thinking he’s Reagan. I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s McCain without the war record or experience.”

In a 15-page memo documenting Rubio’s “betrayal” of conservatives, living legend and grassroots heroine Phyllis Schlafly seemed to echo Coulter’s assertion. Schlafly’s memo states:

There is no single major distinguishing policy difference between Marco Rubio, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) or Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) . They have the same trade policy, immigration policy and foreign policy. But on immigration most especially — the issue in which all four have invested the most — there is no daylight separating them. The difference, then, is one of persona, not policy. And in the arena of immigration, this translates into a vital difference. The biggest change from McCain-Kennedy, which could not get out of the Senate, and the Gang of Eight — which was nursed along by conservative pundits despite being to the left of Kennedy’s bill — was the presence of Rubio. Rubio created the conditions necessary to produce a considerably more open borders bill: conservatives who were invested in the Rubio Brand provided no early pushback but accepted Kennedy’s old talking points, and Rubio gave red state Democrats the political space necessary to support it. This is how it got 68 votes in the Senate. The stakes of course are raised considerably if Rubio is President or Vice President. Rubio would have a much, much better chance than Obama of getting an open borders bill through Congress… there is likely no person in the United States of America in a better position to enact mass immigration legislation than a President Rubio… Rubio is the candidate of open borders, Obamatrade and mass immigration, making one last attempt to pull off one big con.

In her memo, Schlafly documented Rubio’s history of successfully deceiving conservatives. Schlalfy notes that Rubio, without any seeming compunction, “repeatedly lied” to conservative media and opinion makers who trusted him: “His deceptions about his immigration bill rivaled and exceeded Obama’s claims about disastrous Obamacare.”

Schlafly’s memo continues:

The seminal moment of the media tour occurred early, on Rush Limbaugh’s show. He [Rubio] declared: “If there is not language in this bill that guarantees that nothing else will happen unless these enforcement mechanisms are in place, I won’t support it.” Of course, we know there wasn’t any such language but he voted for it anyway. But this promise — and many others — and the calculated neutralization of conservative media, helped Schumer get 68 votes. But conservatives trusted Rubio. Limbaugh declared: ‘you are meeting everybody honestly.’

Rubio told [Sean] Hannity, on his media tour that: “I don’t think any of that [amnesty] begins until we certify that the border security progress has been real. That a workplace enforcement mechanism is in place. That we are tracking visitors to our country, especially when they exit.” This prompted Hannity to reply: “It’s probably the most thoughtful bill that I have heard heretofore.” At this point, it looked like the biggest mass immigration plan in history would breeze through Congress — all without Rubio saying a word about what was really in the heart of the bill: the largest immigration expansion in American history. To this day, Rubio will not answer if asked about how many green cards his bill gave out.”

Like Coulter, Schlafly has previously warned that if immigration is not stopped: We’re not going to be America anymore.”

If we don’t stop immigration—this torrent of immigrants coming in—we’re not going to be America anymore because most of the people coming in have no experience with limited government. They don’t know what that is. They look to the government to solve all of their problems, and as soon as we have a high majority of people who think that, it’s going to be a different country.

To this day, Rubio continues to support giving citizenship to illegal immigrants, substantially expanding visa issuances for foreign guest workers, increasing refugee resettlement, and surging immigration beyond all known historical precedent.

Former state Rep. Jim Thompson files to run as an Independent

SALEM — Jim Thompson, a former Republican state representative, has filed to run for his old seat as an Independent Party of Oregon candidate.

Thompson served three terms in the house before losing to incumbent Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Dallas, in the 2014 primary....

Nearman positioned himself to the right of Thompson in the 2014 race. This year, he's sponsoring ballot measures to stop illegal immigration by requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify program and making people provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

Nearman is facing a Republican primary challenge...

Rep. Vic Gilliam gets it wrong - again!

Representative Vic Gilliam, who spear-headed the failed attempt to put driver licenses in the hands of people in our country illegally, is at it again.

Flagrant remarks about the intentions of a well respected grassroots organization, of which I am President, is a thinly veiled attempt to discredit the work we have done and the intentions of our group going forward. 

In fact, he goes so far as to imply that OFIR is racist for wanting our immigration laws enforced and to have the needs of American citizens come first.

Rep. Gilliam, an elected official sworn to uphold the laws of this country, seems to think it's better to embrace the needs of those that willingly disregard our laws by coming here illegally, working here illegally and often using a stolen identity or social security number to do so, whose children overwhelm our schools, who often steal jobs away from low skill, entry level, legal workers (especially minorites), whose cars overwhelm our roads and whose increasing numbers threaten our natural environment. 

Rep. Gilliam stated, "Largely as a result of a failed federal immigration policy, we have undocumented workers in our state who are proven hard-working citizens and trusted friends."  Undocumented workers are now citizens according to Gilliam?   Gilliam is a State Representative?  At one time we used to be a nation that respected the “rule of law.”

I've got news for you Vic, our immigration policy is not failed - it's simply not enforced!  Elected officials like you have compounded the problems.  I don't blame those that take advantage of our lack of enforcement - I blame our elected officials that pick and choose which laws to enforce and which laws are not as convenient for them and their deep pocketed donors.

Once again, I think you're on the wrong side of the issue.  Clearly, you ignored your constituents thoughts on the issue  regarding driver licenses for illegal aliens when 18,282 of your constituents voted NO and only 5,571 voted YES.

You are elected to protect and serve your constituents, not foreign nationals illegally present in our country.

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Immigration reform, not discrimination, is needed

By:
Vic Gilliam
Woodburn Independent
2016-01-27

 

A simplistic view of immigration can be tempting given decades of federal mismanagement of our borders as well as grave concerns for our safety in light of growing international terrorism.

Some essentially declare in frustration: “Let’s seal our borders, force everyone to speak English and round up the ‘illegals’ and ship ‘em home!”

Racism is an evil human tendency, which I must resist. It can be as blatant as slavery. It can also creep up on a society or into one’s heart under the cover of fear.

Fellow lawmakers, some of whom I know well and respect, have announced their intention to promote so called “immigration reform” policies. I disagree with their approach and will vigorously oppose their efforts.

Taking the failures of this White House (and several previous ones) out on our neighbors and friends in Oregon is hardly the way to fix a global problem. I agree, we have an American culture and traditions that are memorable and worthy of respect. Hallmarks range from the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. From Mark Hatfield’s success in restoring every Oregon Native-American tribe’s rights, to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream,” we cherish landmarks in this great American melting pot.

Vigorous debate is fundamental to our republic. I repeat that many of legislators supporting these measures are honorable leaders and friends of mine. Yet, there are numerous reasons for opposing their proposal. And there is a fundamental flaw in their strategy.

The individuals and organization that have again masterminded and promoted these objectionable proposals, sadly have a reputation of racism. There are consistent and vigorous claims of non-discrimination but when considering the literature, rhetoric and track record of Oregonians For Immigration Reform, I’m reminded of Shakespeare’s phrase: “Methinks thou doth protest too much.”

Their spokesman was quoted this way: “They’re dividing the fabric of the community by not learning to speak English. … We’re not discriminating against any particular group. We just feel learning English would be important if you want to become a citizen.”

A common language for communication is an admirable goal. But why not promote English, bilingual education and additional language skills in our schools? Additionally, why not encourage adult education venues to address language and cultural differences and promote understanding and unity?

Largely as a result of a failed federal immigration policy, we have undocumented workers in our state who are proven hard-working citizens and trusted friends. If you choose to ignore the reality of generations of immigrants who are valued members of our community and economy, then who is really dividing the fabric of Oregon with frustrated misdirected policies at the state level?

I support a new focus on future federal standards of border safety. I will oppose clandestine discrimination cloaked in “immigration reform” that will make life more difficult for Oregon families with rich histories here and abroad. Let’s unite and raise the local bar of tolerance and understanding that results in a safer and stronger Oregon.

Vic Gilliam is state representative for House District 18, which spans from Aurora to Silverton.

http://portlandtribune.com/wbi/153-opinion/290522-167943-immigration-ref...

New Normal – “Border surge”: Obama is issuing work permits and SSNs to illegal aliens without even the pretense of vetting

Dustin Inman Society blog post - written by D.A. King spells out just how "broken" our immigration system really is.

‘STOP THE RAIDS – NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION!’ Protest in front of Atlanta immigration court, January 7, 2016

Obama is giving out work permits and SSNs to illegal aliens without even the pretense of vetting. 

(Note: In Georgia, as in other states, the ability to produce a federal EAD (work permit) and a valid SSN can be used to obtain a drivers license – the defacto national ID card.)

We have two separate news reports indicating that the Obama administration has been issuing work permits and Social Security Numbers to the illegal aliens who made up the 2014 “border surge” that was depicted by the media to be mostly “Central American children.”

We note the impossibility of vetting these people, whoever they are.

BONUS: 2014 UAC BORDER SURGE BY THE NUMBERS

Here (1:45 minute video) is the first whiff from a local TV news report just after the “raids” of early January that reportedly netted all of 121 victims of borders who had pending deportation orders. The reporter was handed a copy of a work permit that one of the illegals had been issued when she landed in Atlanta after crossing over from Mexico. I have spoken to the reporter and he is firm that the work permit was described and presented to him as having been issued to the recently deported.

Then, the Washington Post’s Pam Constable filed a (one-sided) story from Atlanta with the same claim: Another illegal alien, Rosa Vargas, who had been caught up in the same micro-sweep had apparently been issued a work permit soon after reaching the U.S. – the valid Social Security number comes along with that prize.

From the WaPo:

“The whole family agreed she would be better off leaving, that she should come here because she would be safe in America,” said Morales, 30, a carpenter with temporary legal status. He said Vargas was issued a work permit and a Social Security number when she was released from border detention in 2014 and found work cleaning houses in Atlanta after coming to live with him.”

“Give me my permiso!”

The “migrants” are getting a ” Notice to Appear ” – which they call ‘ permisos ’ – to show up in immigration court some time in the distant future to plead for asylum or refugee status. Most never appear in court and simply disappear into Obama’s transformed America. They are here to stay. That ‘permiso’ document allows them to claim to be ‘legally present’, pending a court’s decision to send them home – or not.  With this they can get work permits — and then drivers licenses unless and until another “raid” results in deportation, which is very unlikely.

It also appears from Constable’s report that the narrating alien (Morales) has been given some sort of “temporary legal status” – we think that means deferred action on deportation through the DACA program. If so, the temporary status is not “legal. ” According to DHS, deferred action recipients are still illegal aliens.

USCIS:
What Is DACA
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status (emphasis mine).

So, to sum up, with zero fanfare that we know of, Obama has apparently been giving at least some of ‘border surgers’ the ability to not only take American jobs, but to obtain a drivers license.

Here we note that the drivers license is used as ID blend into mainstream America, to register to vote, rent a car or truck, buy explosives and board an airplane. The organized rush on the border is the new normal.

Riding to America

In Georgia the drivers license issued to illegal aliens with deferred action is so similar to the ones issued to American citizens and non-citizens with legal status (like executives from Mercedes Benz) that the Department of Driver Services has taken to imprinting a large arrow on graphics of the license given to illegals directing the viewer to the slight addition noting “limited term.”

For the reader who may be asking: Yes, the deferred action illegal aliens are also being issued official state photo ID cards (“Georgia ID”) – and are eligible for a host of public benefits – including unemployment benefits.

Georgia is ruled by Republicans. Who ran as “conservatives.”

On the drivers license to illegal aliens, we think there is a better way.

 

$10,000 grant awarded to PCUN Farmworker Service Center

Money will help establish center's first-ever formal training program for staff and volunteers

PCUN’s Farmworker Service Center received a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation last year, which the Woodburn-based nonprofit and farmworkers union plans to use to strengthen services and develop a formal orientation and training program.

Jaime Arredondo, secretary-treasurer for PCUN (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), said that though the Farmworker Service Center has been providing accredited immigration law services to its clients for over 30 years, it has never had a formal training program for its employees, volunteers or interns.

“They have some pieces, but not something comprehensive,” he said.

The center provides a variety of services to PCUN members, including legal representation for a number of different immigration matters, referral services, verbal and written translations, public notary services and a death benefit.

“These services are vital because they provide an entry point to better economic and health stability for Oregon’s most vulnerable workforce,” Arredondo said.

Arredondo said the center already serves well over 1,000 people each year, and the demand is expected to keep growing, especially if there is an extension of immigration relief or reform in the future.

“(That) would put the FSC in a challenging place to meet the demand,” he said. “We need to be able to scale up quicker. The training program would allow the FSC to do this.”

The Willamette Valley Law Project was the center’s fiscal sponsor for the grant, since PCUN is a 501(c)(5) nonprofit, and a 501(c)(3) was needed to apply for these particular grants.

The award was part of 22 grants the OCF handed out in November 2015, totalling more than $443,000, to northern Willamette Valley nonprofits. The foundation awarded a total of over $8.4 million state-wide.

For more information about PCUN and the Farmworker Service Center, visit www.pcun.org/pcun-service-center. For full lists of grants awarded around the state and more information about OCF initiatives, visit www.oregoncf.org.
 

Supreme Court agrees to review Obama immigration plan

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review President Obama’s plan to shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, after lower courts blocked the president’s sweeping executive actions from taking effect.

The decision sets up an election-year clash over the controversial plan that many Republicans have likened to “amnesty.”

The justices said Tuesday they will consider undoing lower court rulings...

The decision to review the case may be welcome on both sides of the aisle. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, of Utah, issued a statement praising the court for taking it on – and urging the justices to rule against the administration.

"President Obama’s executive action is an affront to our system of republican self-government,” Hatch said....

The White House voiced confidence their policies would be upheld.

"Like millions of families across this country – immigrants who want to be held accountable, to work on the books, to pay taxes, and to contribute to our society openly and honestly...

The case probably will be argued in April and decided by late June...

The immigrants who would benefit from the Obama administration's plan are mainly the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

But more than two-dozen mostly Republican-led states challenged Obama’s executive actions after they were rolled out in 2014...

Critics say the plan is unconstitutional...

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. later said in a court filing that allowing those rulings to stand would force millions of people "to continue to work off the books, without the option of lawful employment to provide for their families."

At issue is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program, which Obama said would allow people who have been in the United States more than five years and who have children who are in the country legally to "come out of the shadows and get right with the law."

Texas is leading 26 states in challenging the immigration plan.

January 20th forum will discuss refugees coming to Salem

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2016-01-15
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A public forum on Jan. 20 will discuss 50 refugees who will be coming to Salem starting in February and continuing through September.

The forum, known as the Refugee Forum on Jobs and Literacy, is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Anderson Room of the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE.

Francisco Lopez, a refugee from El Salvador, will host the event.

During the event, there will be speeches and presentations made by various organizers from Catholic Charities and local groups, as well as a panel of three refugees who live in Salem currently, followed by a Q&A session.

Organizers will discuss what services and programs are already in place for the refugees and what help they need from community members and volunteers. Any unresolved issues will be addressed during the Q&A period.

Organizers said they would like to form task forces during this period should further work need to be done.

They will primarily be discussing employment, education and English-language learning, cultural transition, and transportation.

There will be other activities and refreshments as well. This event is free and open to the public.

By Natalie Pate


 

E-Verify would help assure Oregonians, not illegal immigrants, hold Oregon jobs

This election season, Oregon has seen a textbook example of how leaders of "progressive" organizations take political positions that harm the people they purport to represent.

CAUSA, Oregon's self-proclaimed "immigrant rights organization," and a number of other groups have issued an open letter decrying "anti-immigrant forces . . . proposing statewide ballot measures targeting immigrant families."  I serve on the board of one of those allegedly "anti-immigrant forces" -- Oregonians for Immigration Reform.  And the way the letter says OFIR is "targeting immigrant families" is by spearheading a 2016 initiative to mandate that Oregon employers, via the federal E-Verify system, assure their new hires are U.S. citizens or legal residents.
 
We'll discuss that initiative shortly.  First, let's look at CAUSA and friends' letter.
 
CAUSA believes foreigners here in deliberate violation of U.S. law should enjoy the rights and benefits of legal residents and even U.S. citizens.  In recent years, the group has lobbied for illegal-immigrant "driver cards," taxpayer-funded college aid for illegal-immigrant students, and an end to federal-local partnerships that enforce immigration law -- positions diametrically opposite OFIR's.
 
That CAUSA would attack OFIR and its initiative, then, is no surprise.  The irony is this: Its letter was co-signed by leaders of organizations whose constituents are disproportionately harmed by the presence of illegal immigrants.
 
One signer, for example, is Nikki Fisher of The Bus Project.  This group provides political-engagement opportunities to (among other youths) high-school students.  But does its concern for youths' political opportunities extend as well to their economic opportunities?  
 
Teenagers, experts agree, benefit mightily from early work experience.  But opportunity for that experience is disappearing.  Between 2003 and 2013, Reese Lord of Portland's WorkSystems teen-placement program told the Portland Tribune, summer youth employment fell dramatically -- from 46 percent to 7 percent.  A large part of the reason?  Over that same period, the Federation for American Immigration Reform and other sources estimate, Oregon's illegal-immigrant population roughly doubled -- and, writes the Center for Immigration Studies' Dr. Steven Camarota, "immigrants and teenagers often do the same kind of work."  Indeed, Camarota notes, between 1994 and 2007, "a ten-percentage-point increase in the immigrant share of a state's workforce reduced the labor-force participation rate of U.S.-born teenagers by 7.9 percentage points."
 
Another signer is Julia Meier of the Coalition of Communities of Color.  The Coalition claims to represent, among others, black Americans -- who, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, currently suffer an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, almost double the national rate of 5.0 percent.  One critical reason for this: Illegal immigrants now take millions of jobs in occupational fields which historically have employed large numbers of blacks.     

In 2014, for instance, blacks (as per the BLS) comprised 12.1 percent of construction-trades helpers, 14.6 percent of building-maintenance/groundskeeping workers, 13.4 percent of food-preparation workers, 15.3 percent of chefs and head cooks, and 23.5 percent of non-restaurant food servers.  But competing with blacks for employment in these fields are illegal immigrants who, the Pew Research Center has reported, in one recent year comprised 14 percent of workers in construction and extraction, 17 percent in building maintenance/groundskeeping, and 11 percent in food preparation and serving.
 
How does the Coalition of Communities of Color help black Americans by aligning itself with CAUSA, which champions illegal immigrants' "right" to compete with those Americans for the jobs many of them so desperately need?
 
Another signer is Meg Niemi of Service Employees International Union Local 49.  SEIU's members include lower-skilled Americans -- among them housekeepers, custodians and food-service workers -- who for decades have been harmed by the presence of illegal immigrants.
 
In a 2004 study, Harvard professor George Borjas estimated that "between 1980 and 2000, immigration reduced the average annual earnings of . . . natives without a high-school education . . . by 7.4 percent" -- and that half or more of that reduction was due to competition with illegal immigrants.  More recently, Eric A. Ruark and Matthew Graham reported in a FAIR study, even the liberal Center for American Progress has admitted that "reducing the illegal-alien population in the United States by one-third would raise the income of unskilled workers by $400 a year."
 
Now, back to OFIR's E-Verify initiative, which was lambasted by CAUSA et al.  What would that initiative do for young, black and unionized Oregonians?
 
Simple.  At a time when more than 110,000 Oregonians -- among them our most economically vulnerable -- still are unemployed, the initiative, if passed, would help assure the state's businesses employ U.S. citizens and legal residents and not illegal immigrants.  And far from "targeting immigrant families," it would help assure that immigrants who come here legally are not kept from jobs by those who don't.
 
On the issue of jobs and illegal immigration, young, black and unionized Oregonians are better served by OFIR than by their self-proclaimed champions.  In 2016, those Oregonians should support the E-Verify initiative that will advance their interests as jobholders, providers, and Americans.
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Richard F. LaMountain, a former assistant editor of Conservative Digest magazine, serves on the board of directors of Oregonians for Immigration Reform.        

50 refugees to come to Salem in February


Fifty refugees from various countries will be coming to Salem between February and September.

Catholic Charities is leading the effort to find housing and services for the refugees.

Jennifer Barischoff has helped resettle hundreds of refugees from around the world and was looking for more feasible ways to help them in Oregon.

Housing in Portland is limited and expensive, she said, so she started exploring Salem.

Salem offers a lot of advantages over other areas of Oregon for refugees, she said.

Salem housing is less expensive, employment at entry-level positions is more available and appealing, and it is a smaller, calmer city, something that can be beneficial to someone who has been through a traumatic situation and for someone who doesn't have any prior networks, she said.

Catholic Charities has helped resettle four or five families in Salem in the past year.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office for Refugee Resettlement. Such funding goes toward the Match Grant Program, which has worked with the Catholic Charities program in Salem.

The conference recommended 50 people to go to Salem since it is a new program.

Due to the conflict in Syria, the United States is expected to take in 85,000 refugees this year, up from the average of 70-80,000 a year the country has maintained in recent years, Barischoff said.

She said Catholic Charities, on average, helps to resettle about 350 refugees per fiscal year statewide. This year, they will be helping an additional 100 refugees to resettle in Oregon.

Although several governors asked President Obama last year to reject all refugees from Syria, at least temporarily, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in November the state would accept and "open the doors of opportunity" to refugees.

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers will work to provide the refugees with secure housing and furnishings, food with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  and health insurance with the Oregon Health Plan, a Social Security card, a rapid employment program and more.

They will provide English language programs and are partnering with local businesses and organizations to help them find work within four to six months of being in Salem.

The incoming refugees are from multiple countries, Barischoff said, including Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma, and Syria, though this is an estimate at this time.

Ultimately, Barischoff wishes for one thing for the refugees: a "renewed sense of hope for (their lives) and future(s)."

"It's hard to emphasize how it feels to go from a place of fear and trauma, one in which your life is in limbo, to a feeling of safety, where you can plan for the future and your life is no longer on hold," she said.

Pritam Rohila is one of the five dozen volunteers working to help the refugees coming to Salem this year.

Rohila came to the United States in 1967 and said he understands what it feels like to be in an unfamiliar place and have a deep desire to connect with what you know and love.

"I came voluntarily," Rohila said. "They did not. They came under threatening conditions. They are coming under duress.

"Producing a sense of home for them is much more important."

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