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OFIR meeting - Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2:00pm

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2016-01-08
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Plan to join us for our upcoming OFIR membership meeting this Saturday, January 14 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn across from Costco in Salem, OR.

Learn what the future may hold with a Trump presidency.  We will be discussing local election results, as well.  There is reason for hope in our immigration efforts.

The Oregon Legislature will start the 2017 session next month.  Find out what's in the hopper and what OFIR members can do to get involved.

OFIR President, Cynthia Kendoll traveled with Center for Immigration Studies for a week long intensive study of the northeastern US /Canadian border.  She will give a photo presentation and discussion of her trip.

Invite a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker to join you! 

 

 

 

USE it or LOSE it - Your Political Tax Credit can help OFIR continue our work

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2016-12-10
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On Election Day, American immigration patriots won a remarkable victory.

And thanks to our state's generous political tax credit -- explained below -- you can help amplify that victory right here in Oregon.

First, though, consider what we've achieved. For the first time in years, we will have a friend rather than a foe in the White House -- a presidential administration whose immigration policies will put the interests of Americans, and not illegal aliens, first.

President-elect Trump has pledged to secure our border and end the disastrous "catch and release" policy that has unleashed criminal aliens inside our country.

He has vowed to reverse the Obama executive orders that have given de facto amnesties to millions of illegal aliens.

And he'll work to push through Congress a law that will require employers, via E-Verify, to vet their new hires for proof of legal U.S. presence.

In short, he has pledged to take the actions that we at OFIR have urged on our leaders for years -- and worked hard to achieve at the state and local levels.

With your help, OFIR will continue that work -- to, among other things, repeal Oregon's illegal-alien sanctuary law, keep driver licenses out of the hands of illegal aliens, and assure that only U.S. citizens in Oregon register to vote.

But to pursue these goals, we need your financial help. And Oregon tax law gives you an easy way to provide that help without it costing you a dime if you owe Oregon income tax.

In Oregon, when filing their tax returns, taxpayers may contribute a certain portion of their state tax payment to an Oregon political action committee (PAC) -- $50 for those filing an individual return and $100 for those filing a joint return. In other words, you may elect to give money to a political action committee (PAC) that otherwise would go to the state government -- where it would be controlled by Kate Brown and the amnesty-supporting majority in the state legislature.

But here's the catch: To take that state tax credit, you must make the contribution by the end of that tax year -- no later than Dec. 31, 2016.  So before then, we hope you'll write a check or make an online contribution to OFIR PAC.  If contributing by check, please write the check to OFIR PAC.  Contributions to OFIR are not tax-deductible.  Mail checks to OFIR PAC, PO Box 7354, Salem OR 97303.  Thank you!

Two years ago, by spearheading the successful charge against illegal-alien driver cards, OFIR helped set in motion the great patriotic wave that culminated on Nov. 8.  We believe we've earned your trust -- and your ongoing support.  During this historic time -- this new dawn for America -- help us continue our efforts with your donation today.

Activists Win Court Battle on Measure to Restrain Hiring of Illegal Aliens

A challenge was filed last year to ballot language certified by the Oregon attorney general.

The ballot measure, Initiative Petition 52 (2016) (IP 52), will be submitted to Oregon voters soon. If passed, IP 52 would require businesses with five or more employees to confirm that their employees are actually legally eligible to work. The measure was the work-product of Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR).

The issue of illegal aliens working in local communities is not a small one for the Beaver State. Recent figures show that around five percent of the state’s workforce is illegal. Unemployment figures for black youth, for example, is as high as 55 percent.

In the ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court (attached below), Justice Rives Kistler writing for the court en banc notes that “Federal immigration law makes it unlawful for ‘a person or other entity *** to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien.’”

The Court agreed with OFIR’s President Cynthia Kendoll that the state’s attorney general’s certified ballot language would be both defective and misleading to Oregon voters.

The attorney general, the opinion noted, wrote and certified the ballot language in a way that put too much emphasis on the new conditions proposed for obtaining and maintaining business licenses. Moreover, the Oregon attorney general was found to have failed to communicate the actual effect of the proposed law, i.e., that a potential employee’s eligibility documents will have to be confirmed by E-Verify, a federal website which verifies important information like one’s social security number.

Other states already have verification programs similar to the one being proposed in Oregon.

State efforts to curb employment of illegal aliens was given the green-light in 2011 by the United States Supreme Court when an employee-verification law in Arizona was challenged. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, Hispanic nationalist organizations and the Obama Justice Department, were fighting the effort. The open-borders coalition, which ultimately lost, challenged Arizona’s law as an impermissible regulation of immigration permissibly regulated only by the federal government, the U.S. Congress.

After the Arizona law was initially passed, reports began to surface of fears of a mass exodus of mostly Mexican illegal aliens going back to Mexico, in particular to the Mexican state of Sonora. Sonora is located in Northwest Mexico and shares a border with California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The reverse-flood sparked outrage among Mexican officials who traveled to the Arizona governor’s office to complain that their own labor markets and public resources could not handle the Mexican nationals that were returning. Mexican officials said it would have a devastating effect on the Mexican state.

Average wages in America are estimated to be ten times higher than those in Mexico and this fact has been referred to by experts as one of the “three magnets” for illegal immigration. The other two “magnets” are birthright citizenship and welfare benefits. Financial motivations are unquestionably a driving-force for illegal immigration.

According to a report by the Migration Policy Institute, “Migration from Mexico to the United States is primarily economically motivated. Nominal wage differentials have been hovering for years at about a 10-to-1 ratio, in favor of the United States, for manual and semi-skilled jobs. Moreover, a dynamic U.S. economy led to a strong demand for workers in seasonal agriculture, high-turnover manufacturing, construction, and the service industry. On the Mexican side, there have been enormous economic transformations, but not pronounced enough to absorb the growing working-age population.”

Measures such as E-Verify are viewed not only as important for protecting the living standards of Americans, they are also seen as key to ending social security and ID-fraud, a little-reported but major problem created when illegal aliens try to “pose” as eligible legal workers.

The Social Security Administration has estimated that around 75 percent of illegal “undocumented” aliens have actually obtained social security numbers, mostly by stealing them from U.S. citizens and legal residents. Researchers have found that the large majority of those whose numbers are stolen (mostly by underground gangs) are American children; thus, the theft goes unnoticed for years.

Commenting on the Oregon high court’s decision, OFIR’s co-counsel, Dale Wilcox of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) told Breitbart Texas, “The ballot language written and certified by the attorney general hid the true purpose and effect of the initiative and would have only served to confuse voters.”

IRLI is a D.C.-based immigration-control advocate that helped write Arizona’s E-Verify law.

As reported by Breitbart Texas, IRLI is also fighting efforts by illegal aliens to get drivers licenses. The lawsuit in Oregon involves attempts by illegal aliens to nullify a successful 2014 ballot measure which sought to block efforts by the state legislature and governor to give driver’s cards to illegal aliens.

Wilcox calls this win in the employment verification case a victory for immigration-control advocates and the working people of Oregon.

Lana Shadwick is a writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as an associate judge and prosecutor in Texas. Follow her on Twitter LanaShadwick2

 

 

No worries - just walk in and make yourself at home!

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2015-01-09
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Next week all Legislators will be at the Capitol building and conducting meetings Monday (12th), Tuesday (13th) and Wednesday (14th) and new Legislators will be sworn in, too.  They're gearing up for the upcoming 2015 Legislative session beginning February 2, 2015.

OFIR encourages you to visit your Capitol Building if you have not yet done so.  Walk the halls, sit in on a posted hearing, drop by your Legislators office and introduce yourself.  If they are newly elected, welcome them!

Always be respectful to everyone in the Capitol building.  Often Legislators are hurrying to meetings and don't have the time to chat.  Say hello to their office staff.

The Capitol building is yours and the people inside work for you.  You should feel comfortable in the building you own!

Remember to bring quarters for the meter.  Meters are strictly enforced!

Get involved, speak up and get busy!

If not you - then who?

If not now - when?

I'll see you at the Capitol!

Cynthia Kendoll - OFIR President

 

Saturday, Dec. 6th - it's a victory celebration, a special guest speaker and a Christmas party - all in one!

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2014-11-25
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OFIR and PODL members, supporters and friends, we have all worked so very hard to defeat Ballot Measure 88.  Congratulations to all of you!

Please plan to join us for our next OFIR general membership meeting is Saturday, December 6th - 2:00 pm, Salem.

We will have a victory celebration, a very special guest speaker and our annual Christmas Party - all at one very special meeting!

Dr. Stephen Steinlight - Senior Policy Analyst, will be our very special guest speaker from Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).  
 
Dr. Steinlight will be speaking about: "The Plot Against America: Obama's Post - American Immigration Scheme".

Please - invite someone NEW to come to the meeting with you! We have worked hard and earned a tremendous amount of respect and notoriety from citizen's across the state and from coast to coast.  Now is the time to grow interest in OFIR and the work we do.

Mark your calendar: Saturday, December 6th at 2:00pm.  We will meet at the Best Western Mill Creek Inn - across from Costco in Salem, OR.

Please bring your favorite holiday finger food snack to share with the group.  Beverages will be provided!

Tick, tick, tick...time is running out!

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2013-12-29
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As we bask in the glow of the holiday lights, soon to come down, surrounded by piles of unwrapped gifts, yet to be put away, all while vowing never to eat so much Christmas candy again, OFIR wants to remind you one more time about a great opportunity!

Just how often does an awesome win – win opportunity come your way? You can help your favorite Oregon Political Action Committee and it won't cost you a dime! But, you must hurrythis opportunity ends December 31, 2013.

The choice is yours - you can do nothing and let the government take your money and do what they do best. Better yet, you can send your contribution to OFIR PAC and let us put it to work for you in the fight against illegal immigration here in Oregon and across the country.

The New Year promises to bring a new fight in the continuous effort by Congress to pass a mass amnesty bill. Active, grassroots organizations like OFIR have been successful in stopping any bills from getting through Congress again this year. Contributions from our members have kept us involved and in the fight.

Oregon residents can make a contribution to one Oregon Political Action Committee per year. Through Oregon's political tax credit, married couples filing joint Oregon Income Tax Returns receive a dollar for dollar credit of up to $100 - (it's $50 for singles and married couples filing separately) - for contributions to a Political Action Committee like OFIR PAC.

This is not a tax deduction but a credit. If you owe money on your tax return, you would owe $100 less. Of course, you may contribute in excess of the deductible amount, and we encourage you to do so, but you may only deduct the allowable limit.

OFIR has become one of the most active immigration groups in the country.

Please send your PAC contribution to:

OFIR PAC

P.O. Box 7354

Salem, OR 97303

For even greater convenience, you can contribute online at: http://www.oregonir.org/donate-ofir

You know how OFIR will squeeze every dime out of your contribution! We have an all volunteer Board and incredible members who volunteer their time and talents to OFIR!

If you have not yet taken advantage of this unique opportunity, please do so before the end of the year so that you can get credit for your OFIR PAC contribution against any taxes you owe in 2013. Don't miss out - it's a win – win for everyone!

If you have already contributed – thank you for your support!  We will put your contribution to good use.

Take advantage of the year end tax credit

Oregon residents have a great opportunity to make a free contribution to one Oregon Political Action Committee per year. Through Oregon's political tax credit married couples filing joint Oregon Income Tax Returns receive a dollar for dollar credit of up to $100 ($50 for singles and married couples filing separately) for contributions to a Political Action Committee like OFIR PAC. This is not a tax deduction but a credit. If you owe money on your tax return, you would owe $100 less. If you are owed a refund, your refund will be $100 greater. You may contribute in excess of the deductible amount.

PAC donation checks may be sent to:

OFIR PAC
PO Box 7354  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Salem, OR 97303                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The choice is yours - you can do nothing and let the government take that money and do what they do best OR you can send your contribution to OFIR PAC and let us put it to work for you in the fight against illegal immigration here in Oregon and across the country. 

You know how OFIR squeezes every dime out of your contribution!  If you have not yet taken advantage of this unique opportunity, please do so before the end of the year so that you can deduct your OFIR PAC contribution from the taxes you owe in 2013.

 


 

Oregon minority, immigrant rights groups shape legislative agenda for 2014 and beyond

SALEM -- After a string of high-profile victories this legislative session, minority and immigrant rights groups plan to use their growing political sophistication to tackle even more in 2014 and beyond.

Legislation on sentencing reforms, racial profiling, hate crimes and policies to address racial gaps in education achievement, housing and employment are some of the topics the groups hope to advance.

These more ambitious goals come on the heels of several new state laws they pushed, including legislation that grants in-state tuition to certain undocumented Oregon high school graduates and four-year driving privileges to Oregonians who can't prove they're in the country legally. One group opposed to driver cards is gathering signatures for a possible referendum.

Read the entire Oregonian article here.

Esquivel files to kill new driver's licence law

SALEM — Medford state representative Sal Esquivel and a fellow GOP legislator want voters to decide whether to overturn a new law that allows illegal immigrants in Oregon to obtain driver's licenses.

Esquivel, Rep. Kim Thatcher of Keizer and Portland activist Richard LaMountain with the group Oregonians for Immigration Reform are sponsors of a referendum submitted to the Secretary of State's Office Wednesday.

Referendum supporters will have to work quickly if they want to make the November 2014 ballot. They'll have to gather more than 58,000 valid signatures from registered voters within 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

The law is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, but it would be put on hold until after the election if referendum proponents successfully force a vote.

Critics say the law rewards illegal actions and might encourage more people without legal documents to come to Oregon.

"If someone is willing to disregard immigration laws, what other laws are they willing to disregard?" Thatcher said last month.

Esquivel, the son of immigrants, questioned the value of the law in a May 1 story in the Mail Tribune.

"They broke the law getting in the country, broke the law working, broke the law driving and broke the law by being uninsured," Esquivel said. "... I don't see where the card makes them buy insurance. Let's face the facts. They're not going to buy it."

Supporters, however, say it would make Oregon's roads safer by reducing the number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers.

"(The referendum) is trying to make this about immigration when this is a public safety issue about Oregon's roads," said Jeff Stone, director of Oregon Association of Nurseries and an architect of the law.

Stone said he's disappointed by the referendum, especially because the legislation passed with bipartisan support.

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the bill last week before a throng of cheering supporters in front of the Capitol.

The law would allow tens of thousands of immigrants living in Oregon without legal permission to get driver's licenses good for four years, half as long as a standard Oregon license. Immigrants and others who don't have documents proving they are in the country lawfully, including elderly and homeless people, could apply for the driver's licenses if they've lived in Oregon for at least a year and meet other requirements.

The restricted driver's licenses could not be used to vote, board a plane or buy a firearm. The licenses would be marked "Driver's Card" to distinguish them from a standard Oregon license.
 

SB833 Referendum preparing for take off

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2013-05-10
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The final preparations are being completed as the "Protect Oregon Driver Licenses" referendum campaign is nearing take off.  Fasten you seatbelts!

Petition signature sheets are in their final approval stage and soon we will begin printing and distributing supplies.

If you are interested in helping to collect signatures, please click on the "contact us" link and sign up.  We are compiling a list of volunteers.

If you are interested, and are able to help financially, please do!  The expense to undertake such a project is great.  Any financial assistance you can give would be appreciated and would be put to very good use over-turning this destructive legislation.

Another suggestion, while we are dotting all the "i's" and crossing all the "t's" would be to write a letter to the Editor.  We would like to flood the papers with letters of support for this campaign.  For inspiration, visit the letters section of our website.

Standby for take-off!
 

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