Oregon

Move Over California, Oregon is Now Goofier than You

by Ira Mehlman

If you thought that no one could top California when it comes to pandering to illegal aliens, you are wrong. That honor now belongs to Oregon.

In a letter to May Day demonstrators (you know, those nice folks who dress in black and smash shop windows), Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that Oregon law enforcement officers will soon accept the Mexican Matricula Consular card as proof of identity during traffic stops. In other words, people who don’t have driver’s licenses, or, in just two words, illegal aliens.

Illegal aliens will still not be eligible for Oregon driver’s licenses, but as long as they have their Matricula cards there won’t be any actual penalty for driving without a license. They will be issued citations and released. It is unlikely that the state will be able to collect any fines from them because, unlike people who have driver’s licenses, Oregon has no authority to suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a Matricula card. So, under the new policy, Oregon doesn’t really care if you know what you’re doing while driving on their roads, they just want to know who you are.

Of course, Gov. Kitzhaber has a really good reason for the new policy. “Right now, too many Oregonians are travelling from home to work, or school, or church, in risk of violating the law,” Kitzhaber stated in his letter. Hence, the torch is passed from California to Oregon. The Governor of Oregon is doing his part to make sure that people who are in violation of laws against being in the country illegally, working here illegally, and driving illegally, are in no “risk of violating the law.” Top that one Jerry Brown!

http://immigrationreform.com/2012/05/03/move-over-california-oregon-is-now-goofier-than-you/

Oregon, Multnomah County, Beaverton, Tualatin and Portland versus Arizona SB 1070

When the State of Oregon, Multnomah County, Cities of Beaverton, Tualatin and Portland filed amicus briefs in support of the United States federal government’s lawsuit against the State of Arizona over an Arizona law SB 1070, a case that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, most Oregonians with any common sense would naturally ask the following question: What do the internal affairs of Arizona have to do with the state, a county and three cites?

Answering the question, the Attorney General of Oregon, the Multnomah County commissioners, the mayors and city councils/commissioners of Beaverton, Tualatin and Portland believe Arizona SB 1070 is civil rights issue.

A statement of fact to send to the pre-mentioned Oregon state, county and city elected officials: Arizona SB 1070 only allows the State of Arizona law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration law not create Arizona immigration law. Moreover, within Arizona SB 1070 are provisos that prohibit any form of profiling of individuals based on their race, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin.

What should be particularly troubling to Oregonians about the misguided actions of the attorney general, county commissioners, mayors and city councils/commissioners in their collective action against Arizona SB 1070 is their inability to differentiate, call it a cognitive dissonance, between what is an actual civil rights issue and what is a public safety issue.

Some background history, the State of Arizona, a border state, passed SB 1070 in 2010 simply to mitigate the negative cause and effect, the collateral damage, of having hundreds of thousands undocumented foreign nationals (illegal aliens) present or entering the state primarily from Mexico.

Let us look at Arizona SB 1070 simply as a public safety issue concerning both the residents of Oregon and Arizona using some crime numbers and statistics from a comparable time frame.

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system in February of 2012 had 1,176 of the DOC’s 13,999 prisoners who where foreign nationals (criminal aliens); 8.40 percent of the prison population.

(At the same time, the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) prison system in February of 2012 had 5,291 of the ADC’s 39,835 prisoners who were criminal aliens; 13.28 percent of the prison population.

Comparing the preceding numbers reveals the ADC had 4,115 criminal alien prisoners more than were incarcerated in DOC prisons — 449.91 percent more.

Incarceration cost for a DOC prisoner is $82.48 per day. Therefore, DOC’s incarceration cost for 1,176 criminal aliens is approximately $35,403,715.20 per year.

Whereas, incarceration cost for an ADC prisoner is $59.85 per day. Thus, ADC’s incarceration cost for 5,291 criminal aliens is approximately $115,583,217.80 per year.

Comparing the difference in incarceration costs between the DOC and ADC prison systems, if the criminal alien incarceration numbers were to remain a constant, they won’t, the ADC will spend $80,179,502.55 more this year than the DOC — 326.47 percent more.

Oregonians certainly have a legitimate right to question whether or not the attorney general, county commissioners, mayors and city councils/commissioners took into consideration in their collective action against Arizona SB 1070 the uncounted crime victims and their families, no matter what their immigration status, all victims of the thousands of criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC and ADC prison systems.

A review of the 1,176 criminal aliens in DOC prisons by numbers per crime equated to the following: 4-arsons; 121-assaults; 33-burglaries; 34-driving offenses; 178-drugs; 5-forgeries; 142-homicides; 49-kidnappings; 68-others; 75-robberies; 452-sex crimes; 11-thefts; and 4-vehicle thefts.

Whereas, the 5,291 criminal aliens in ADC prisons by numbers per crime equated to the following: 10-arsons; 532-assaults; 153-burglaries; 319-driving offenses; 1,721-drugs; 58-forgeries; 497-homicides; 607-kidnappings; 290-others; 373-robberies; 577-sex crimes; 31-thefts; and 123-vehicle thefts.

As dramatic as all the preceding crime numbers are from both prison systems, the numbers of criminal aliens incarcerated for drug crimes particularly stands out. While the DOC had 178 criminal aliens (15.13 percent) incarcerated for drug crimes; the ADC had 1,729 criminal aliens (32.68 percent) incarcerated for drug crimes.

These numbers are significant, the ADC had 1,551 criminal aliens more incarcerated for drug crimes than the DOC — 971.34 percent more.

With so many crimes being committed on a regular basis locally and nationwide by illegal aliens, just read your local newspaper, these Oregon state, county and city elected officials, seemed to have engaged in a feigned ignorance as to the source of the preceding crimes, the country of origin of the majority of criminal aliens in both the DOC and ADC prison systems.

The country of origin of 992 of the 1,176 criminal aliens in DOC prisons was from Mexico — 84.35 percent.

Likewise, the country of origin of 4,820 of the 5,291 criminal aliens in ADC prisons was from Mexico — 91.10 percent.

Leaving the February 2012 time frame of comparison and contrast of the DOC and ADC prison systems, let us just focus on the most recent criminal alien numbers available from the DOC from the last four years.

In a four year time period, the number of criminal aliens incarcerated in the DOC prison system went from 1,061 alien prisoners on March 1, 2008 to a record number of 1,285 alien prisoners on March 1, 2012; an increase of 224 criminal aliens — a 21.11 percent increase.

Over the same four year time period, criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons for drug crimes increased from 117 alien prisoners on March 1, 2008 to 190 alien prisoners on March 1, 2012; an increase of 73 criminal aliens — a 62.39 percent increase.

In a period of one month, from February 1st to March 1st of 2012, the number of criminal aliens in the DOC prison system increased by 109 alien prisoners — 9.27 percent more.

Over the same preceding time period, criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons who declare their country of origin as being Mexico increased from 992 prisoners to 1,066 prisoners; an increase of 74 Mexican national prisoners — a 7.46 percent increase in one month.

Back to the U.S. federal government’s lawsuit against the State of Arizona over an Arizona SB 1070, the Attorney General of Oregon, the Multnomah County commissioners, the mayors and city councils/commissioners of Beaverton, Tualatin and Portland must withdraw their amicus briefs they presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the U.S. federal government’s lawsuit against Arizona SB 1070 so the case before the nation’s highest court can be settled quickly.

The State of Arizona’s ability to fully implement SB 1070 empowering Arizona law enforcement officials to enforce federal immigration law will enabling them to more effectively protect the residents of both Arizona and Oregon from the invasion of criminal aliens primarily from Mexico.

David Olen Cross of Salem (docfnc@yahoo.com) writes on the subjects of immigration and foreign national crime.

Attend Senator Merkley's Townhall meetings

Alert date: 
2012-04-20
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Senator Merkley will hold town hall meetings next week.  He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC, answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.  Senator Merkley is currently rated a D- by NumbersUSA on issues of illegal immigration.  

This is your opportunity to tell the Senator to support mandatory E-Verify.  He is woefully uninformed about E-Verify and uses the same tired line from years ago about the problems of E-Verify (which have since been fixed).  This would be a great opportunity to let the Senator know that Oregon taxpayers spend over $700 million dollars a year supporting illegal aliens and we want him to work much harder to solve this problem.

If you are able to attend, please share your experience with OFIR.

Crook County Town Hall
Sunday, April 29, 2012
1:30 pm
COCC Crook County Open Campus Building
510 SE Lynn Blvd
Prineville, Oregon 97754

Deschutes County Town Hall
Sunday, April 29, 2012
4:30 pm
Bend Senior Center
1600 SE Reed Market Road
Bend, Oregon 97702

Jefferson County Town Hall
Monday, April 30, 2012
2:00 pm
Jefferson County Senior Center
860 SW Madison
Madras, OR 97741

Wasco County Town Hall
Monday, April 30, 2012
6:00 pm
The Dalles Veterans Home
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058

Columbia County Town Hall
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
4:00 pm
Clatskanie Middle/High School
Norm Makela Commons
471 NW Bel Air Drive
Clatskanie, OR 97016

 


 

Illicit drug deaths up 20 percent in state

Oregon State Police had the most drug seizures in the agency’s history last year. But deaths caused by illicit drugs spiked during the same period, killing 240 people statewide.

The 2011 death toll from heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or a combination of them was up from 200 the year before, according to state statistics.

The dramatic increase in deaths tied to illegal drugs was reported Thursday by the state medical examiner, the same day state police reported a record-setting number of drug confiscations.

“The sharp rise in illicit drug deaths in just one year is alarming,” said Dr. Karen Gunson, the state medical examiner. “Of great concern is the rise in heroin deaths, probably indicating an increase in the availability of the drug.”

The grim data came as no surprise to Jo Meza, who runs Amazing Treatment, which operates drug-treatment centers in Salem, Dallas and Monmouth.

“No, it doesn’t, because I have had a huge increase at my treatment facility with opiate addicts and heroin addicts,” she said.

Meza described the availability of heroin and other illegal drugs as “extremely high right now on the streets.”

Heroin was by far the deadliest illegal drug in 2011, killing or contributing to 143 deaths, mostly young men. That was 53 more than died the year before, and the most since 2000, when 131 died from heroin overdoses.

Multnomah County had the most drug-related deaths among Oregon counties last year, with 119. That was a 37 percent jump from the 87 deaths recorded in 2010 in the state’s most-populated county.

Marion County had a slight decrease in deaths tied to illegal drugs last year, with 10. There were a dozen in 2010.

Amid the steep rise in deaths caused by illegal drugs, Oregon fatalities tied to prescription drug overdoses stayed at a steady but “unacceptable level” last year, Gunson said.

In 2011, there were 100 overdose deaths from methadone, and another 56 connected to oxycodone. That compared with 101 and 59, respectively, in the previous year.

“The unacceptable level of the number of prescription drug deaths remained steady,” Gunson said. “We must continue to educate patients on the safe use of these medications and continue to warn those who abuse these drugs of how dangerous and fatal misuse may be.”

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Meza said doctors also need to become better educated about manipulative addicts who go to great lengths to obtain multiple prescription medications, either to sell the drugs or use it themselves.

Heroin, the deadliest illegal drug in Oregon, is a cheap and plentiful central nervous system depressant. As with most illegal drugs, heroin gets shipped along Interstate 5. That’s where state troopers and drug detectives make most of their traffic-stop seizures, nabbing large amounts of meth and cocaine and smaller amounts of heroin.

In all, state police recorded 300 drug seizures last year, nearly 30 percent higher than the year before and a jump of more than 150 percent from 2008.

The confiscated drugs included 242 pounds of methamphetamine, 164 pounds of cocaine and 24 pounds of heroin.

Capt. Calvin Curths, director of the state police criminal investigation division, acknowledged that illegal drugs remain abundant in Oregon despite efforts to clamp down on trafficking.

“Although these seizures have kept traffickers from delivering substantial quantities of dangerous illegal drugs to their destination, significant supplies remain available and have a real effect on our communities and individuals,” Curths said.

State police made 382 arrests in connection with drug seizures last year, a 15 percent increase from the year before.

Last year’s surge in drug seizures appears to be a trend continuing this year, especially along I-5, police said.

Among several recent drug seizures highlighted by the agency was a Feb. 7 incident along the freeway in the Salem area. Stopping an SUV shortly after midnight, troopers confiscated less than 2 pounds of potent black tar heroin. Further investigation prompted detectives to obtain a search warrant allowing them to scour the same vehicle. This time, they found nearly five more pounds of heroin, tucked away in a concealed part of the SUV.

Drug related deaths

 

Drug

2010

2011

Heroin

90

143

Cocaine

20

33

Meth

106

107

Total*

200

240

*Totals do not add up because of cases of multiple drug usage.

Criminal Aliens in OR State Prisons, Feb. 1, 2012

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Inmate Population Profile dated February 1, 2012 DOC indicated there were 13,999 prisoners incarcerated in DOC’s 14 prisons.

Not included in DOC’s February 1st Inmate Population Profile was DOC data indicating there were 1,176 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in its prison system.

All 1,176 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st by DOC had United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detainers. The U.S. DHS–ICE is responsible for indentifying whether a DOC inmate is a criminal alien or a domestic inmate. If an inmate is identified as being a criminal alien, at U.S. DHS–ICE’s request, the DOC places an “ICE detainer” on the inmate that directs DOC officials to transfer custody to ICE following completion of the inmate’s state sanction.

Criminal aliens made up approximately 8.40% of the DOC February 1st prison population (See table).
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates

DOC Domestic Inmates

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers

DOC % Inmates W/ICE detainers

February 1, 2008

13,532

12,478

1,054

7.79%

February 1, 2009

13,723

12,567

1,156

8.42%

February 1, 2010

13,840

12,615

1,225

8.85%

February 1, 2011

13,983

12,729

1,254

8.97%

February 1, 2012

13,999

12,823

1,176

8.40%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 FEBRUARY 08rtf – 01 FEBRUARY 12.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 FEBRUARY 08 – 01 FEBRUARY 12.

Comparing DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers from February 1, 2008 (1,054 criminal aliens) and February 1, 2012 (1,176 criminal aliens), the DOC prison system incarcerated 122 criminal aliens more than it did on February 1, 2008, a 11.57% increase (See table).
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Inmates W/ICE detainers

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers # Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

DOC Inmates W/ICE detainers % Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

February 1, 2008

1,054

————

————

February 1, 2009

1,156

102

9.68%

February 1, 2010

1,225

69

5.97%

February 1, 2011

1,254

29

2.37%

February 1, 2012

1,176

(78)

(6..22%)

Total

122

11.57%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 FEBRUARY 08rtf – 01 FEBRUARY 12.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 FEBRUARY 08 – 01 FEBRUARY 12.
 

 

When comparing DOC domestic criminal incarceration numbers from February 1, 2008 (12,478 domestic criminals) and February 1, 2012 (12,823 domestic criminals), the DOC prison system incarcerated 345 domestic criminals more than it did on February 1, 2008, a 2.76%% increase (See table).
 

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Month/Day/Year

DOC Total Domestic Inmates

DOC Domestic Inmates # Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

DOC Domestic Inmates % Increase or (Decrease) from Previous Year

February 1, 2008

12,478

————

————

February 1, 2009

12,567

89

0.71%

February 1, 2010

12,615

48

0.38%

February 1, 2011

12,729

114

0.90%

February 1, 2012

12,823

94

0.74%

Total

345

2.76%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 FEBRUARY 08rtf – 01 FEBRUARY 12.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 FEBRUARY 08 – 01 FEBRUARY 12.

A review of the 1,176 criminal aliens in DOC prisons by number per county and percentage (%) per county equated to the following: 0-Baker (0.00%), 10-Benton (0.85%), 82-Clackamas (6.97%), 9-Clatsop (0.76%), 1-Columbia (0.08%), 7-Coos (0.59%), 3-Crook (0.25%), 1-Curry (0.08%), 16-Deschutes (1.36%), 5-Douglas (0.42%), 1-Gilliam (0.08%), 1-Grant (0.08%), 2-Harney (0.17%), 5-Hood River (0.42%), 53-Jackson (4.51%), 14-Jefferson (1.19%), 10-Josephine (0.85%), 10-Klamath (0.85%), 0-Lake (0.00), 62-Lane (5.27%), 8-Lincoln (0.68%), 26-Linn (2.21%), 14-Malheur (1.19%), 256-Marion (21.76%), 6-Morrow (0.51%), 267-Multnomah (22.70%), 1-OOS (0.08%), 21-Polk (1.78%), 0-Sherman (0.00%), 3-Tillamook (0.25%), 22-Umatilla (1.87%), 1-Union (0.08), 0-Wallowa (0.00%), 5-Wasco (0.42%), 220-Washington (18.71%), 0-Wheeler (0.00%), and 34-Yamhill (2.89%).

No member of the Oregon State Legislature should forget the uncounted crime victims and their families, no matter what their immigration status, all victims of the 1,176 criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons.

A review of the 1,176 criminal aliens in the DOC prison population by numbers per crime and percentage (%) per crime equated to the following: 4-arsons (0.34%), 121-assaults (10.29%), 33-burglaries (2.81%), 34-driving offenses (2.89%), 178-drugs (15.14%), 5-forgeries (0.42%), 142-homicides (12.07%), 49-kidnappings (4.17%), 68-others (5.78%), 169-rapes (14.37%), 75-robberies (6.38%), 206-sex abuses (17.52%), 77-sodomies (6.55%), 11-thefts (0.93%), and 4-vehicle thefts (0.34%).

Oregon State Legislators should not overlook the source of the preceding crimes, the country of origin of the 1,176 criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The self-declared counties of origin of the 1,176 criminal aliens in the DOC prison population by numbers and percentage (%) per country equated to the following: 9-Canada (0.76%), 10-Cuba (0.85%), 13-El Salvador (1.10%), 31-Guatemala (2.63%), 13-Honduras (1.10%), 7-Laos (0.59%), 992-Mexico (84.35%), 68-others (5.78%), 6-Russia (0.51%), 12-Ukraine (1.02%), and 15-Vietnam (1.27%).

Beyond the DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per crime type, or even country of origin, criminal aliens pose high economic cost on Oregonians.

An individual prisoner in the DOC prison system costs approximately $82.48 per day to incarcerate .  http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/PUBAFF/docs/pdf/IB_53_quick_facts.pdf

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 1,176 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($96,996.48) per day, ($678,975.36) per week, and ($35,403,715.20) per year.

Even taking into account fiscal year 2011 United States Federal Government State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) award of $2,669,738.00 if the State of Oregon receives the same amount of SCAAP funding for fiscal year 2012, the cost to incarcerate 1,176 criminal aliens to the DOC will be at least ($32,733,977.20) 
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/11SCAAPAwards.pdf

None of the preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 1,176 criminal aliens include the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), court costs, nor cost estimates to cover victim assistance.

An unfortunate fact, the State of Oregon is not fully cooperating with the U.S. DHS–ICE to fight crime committed by criminal aliens who reside in Oregon.

In year 2007, a United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) report titled “Cooperation of SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Program) Recipients in the Removal of Criminal Aliens from the United States, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General Audit Division, Audit Report 07-07, February 2007, Redacted-Public Version” identified the State of Oregon as having an official “state sanctuary statute,” ORS 181.850 Enforcement of federal immigration laws.    http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/reports/OJP/a0707/final.pdf

The USDOJ, the federal governments top law enforcement agency, identified Oregon as a “sanctuary” for criminal aliens.

An Oregon law, Oregon Revised Statue 181.850 (ORS 181.850), Section (1), prohibits Oregon law enforcement (Oregon State Police (OSP), county sheriffs, city police departments) from asking immigration status of anyone residing in the State of Oregon “for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.” Under ORS 181.850, Section (2), Oregon law enforcement February  exchange information with U.S. DHS–ICE . . . “in order to: Subsection (a), “Verify the immigration status of a person if the person is arrested for any criminal offense;” or, Subsection (b), “Request criminal investigation information with reference to persons named in records of the” U.S. DHS–ICE . . . ”                     
http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/181.html

The next Oregon State Legislature legislative session should pass legislation like House Bill 2803 (HB 2803) offered during the 2011 legislative session that will rewrite ORS 181.850 to untie the hands of Oregon law enforcement, OSP, county sheriffs, and city police departments, from helping U.S. DHS–ICE fight crime committed by criminal aliens who reside in Oregon.
http://www.leg.state.or.us/11reg/measpdf/hb2800.dir/hb2803.intro.pdf

The State of Oregon should no longer be classified by U.S. federal government law enforcement as having an official “state sanctuary statute” for criminal aliens, nor should Oregon be a sanctuary for criminal aliens to kill, rape, or maim Oregonians.

Voters should contact their Oregon State Senator and Representative and ask them to reintroduce, support, and pass legislation like HB 2803 in the next Oregon State Legislature legislative session.

-- This report was compiled by David Olen Cross.

 

 

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Tuesday - January 10, 2011, Townhall meeting

Alert date: 
2012-01-09
Alert body: 

US Senator Jeff Merkley Townhall schedule

Date: Tuesday, January 10th 2012
Time: 4:30 P.M.
Location: American Legion Hall
605 Main St
Monroe

Special Election, January 31, 2012 - Congressional District 1

In less than 2 weeks, ballots will be arriving in the mail for the Special Election for Representative, First Oregon Congressional District. This is a very important position as Congress is the branch of the Federal Government that makes immigration laws. The former Representative, David Wu, served for over 10 years almost always voting for benefits to illegal aliens and higher immigration levels. We need a Representative who understands the urgency of stopping illegal immigration and reducing the numbers legally admitted.

Following is a summary of available information on the immigration positions of candidates for Congress in this Special Election, January 31, 2012, to elect a candidate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rep. David Wu.

Suzanne Bonamici (Democrat) – She was elected to the Oregon House in Nov. 2006, from District 34 (Beaverton), and began serving in January 2007. In 2008, she was appointed to fill the vacancy representing Senate District 17 (Beaverton, Portland), and she continued in the Senate until Nov. 2011 when she resigned in order to run for Congress.

While serving in the House, in the February 2008 Special Session, she voted to continue giving Oregon driver licenses to illegal aliens, when she voted against requiring proof of legal status to obtain a driver license (SB 1080). In the Senate's 2011 session, she voted for the bill to grant in-state tuition to illegal aliens, SB 742.

Her campaign website is at: www.bonamiciforcongress.com. The site has a Priorities section with no mention of immigration. There is a site-wide search box, and typing in the word "immigration" returned this reply: "Sorry, but no results were found." From the lack of any mention, we can conclude that immigration is a non-issue for her, and she does not wish to discuss it. Her record of voting in the State Legislature makes it clear however, that she protects illegal aliens and wants them to have taxpayer-funded benefits. She can be expected to vote the same way in Congress, that is, for lax-to-no enforcement of immigration laws, and for benefits for illegal aliens, enticing more to come. As the Democratic Party leadership opposes mandatory use of E-Verify, she would probably follow party policy on that issue as well.

Rob Cornilles (Republican) – Cornilles was born and grew up in Oregon; he has been a businessman most of his adult life. His website at www.cornillesforcongress.com has a lengthy Issues section, and one of the several topics covered is Border Security, in which he points out the dangers of uncontrolled immigration and shows strong support for better border security. It ends with this reference to immigration: "And as we secure the borders, we should also focus on increasing the efficiencies of legal immigration because, as always, legal immigration strengthens the American family and builds our economy."

He has stated in communications with individuals that he supports E-Verify as part of a broader approach to addressing the problem of illegal immigration. This leaves open the question of whether he supports amnesty for illegal immigrants now in the country.As Republican nominee for Congress in Nov. 2010, opposing Rep. David Wu (Democrat), Cornilles had this statement on his campaign website, in the then-section on National Security: "When it comes to immigration, we must first secure our borders and enforce our current laws, with illegal immigrants and with employers." In that election (Nov. 2010), OFIR endorsed Cornilles, and he received nearly 123,000 votes to Wu's 160,357.

James Foster (Libertarian) – His website is at http://www.votejamesfoster.com .
He answered the Political Courage Test of Project Vote Smart, and said that he does not support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police. To the question, "Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Oregon high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?" he said Yes.
http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/128415/james-foster/

Steven Reynolds (Progressive) – His website is at: http://www.orneeds.it
No statements by him on immigration policy were found.

SOME UPCOMING CAMPAIGN EVENTS:

If possible, attend one or more of these events and ASK specific questions of these candidates about their plans to stop illegal immigration.  If you get a response, please share with OFIR.  Be certain to talk with your neighbors and co-workers about the special election and make certain they vote.

Jan. 6: DEBATE: Portland City Club debate, 12:15 pm. To reserve tickets:
http://www.pdxcityclub.org/content/first-congressional-district-debate-0

Jan. 8: Rob Cornilles is the first guest on KATU's new public affairs show, "Your Voice, Your Vote." Airs at 9 am.

Jan. 9: DEBATE: Washington County Public Affairs Forum, 11:45 am Call 503-922-2014 for more information

Jan. 10: DEBATE: Washington County Chambers of Commerce, 7:30 am
To reserve tickets: http://wcccp1stcongressiondistrictdebate.eventbrite.com/

Jan. 10: DEBATE: KGW/Oregonian Debate, Live broadcast on KGW Channel 8 7pm-8pm.

Jan. 17: DEBATE: OPB's Think Out Loud KOPB FM 91.5 9am-10 am

Jan. 17: DEBATE: Portland Rotary Debate 12:45 CALL 503-922-2014 for more information

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Albany teen victim of ID theft

Three weeks ago Dannica Dillenbeck had never heard of Mission, Texas. Now, it’s likely she’ll never forget it.

The city of 77,000 near the Mexican border became all too familiar to Dillenbeck when she tried to fill out a job application for the new Walmart store in Albany.

According to Walmart records, she was already employed by the company.

“I had to enter my Social Security number and it was already in their records,” said Dillenbeck, 17, who has been searching for a job for a year.

Before she even got a chance to fill out the online application, she was flagged as already employed by the company.

“I’ve never been employed anywhere,” Dillenbeck said.

She contacted the Lebanon store and the personnel manager said company data had her Social Security number registered to an Alfonso Martinez in Mission.

So she and her mother, Melissa Murphy, went to the Albany Social Security office, which verified her number and issued confirming paperwork. That sent them to the Albany police to report the ID theft.

“I was told to be more careful,” Dillenbeck said. “I had been careful. I was hoping the police would do more.”

Eager to resolve the situation, Dillenbeck and her mom called the Mission police. At first the reaction was the same, but through persistence — it took eight days — a case number was finally issued.

In the meantime, Dillenbeck contacted the Federal Trade Commission, which aids the public in trying to resolve identity theft problems. She also called a credit reporting agency to report the fraud.

“Those agencies were helpful,” she said.

Eventually, Mission police made an arrest.

“When they got back to us they said the man was an illegal alien and had purchased Dannica’s number for $200,” Murphy said.

It is a problem that is becoming more frequent, according to Steven Toporoff of the FTC.

“Targeting children for ID theft, especially Social Security numbers, is more common than people think and it’s growing,” Toporoff said.

The FTC records fraud complaints but has no investigative arm. It estimates up to 140,000 cases of child identity theft have occurred in the last few years. Toporoff said organized groups hack into medical records and school systems.

“Some also use existing patterns to project what might be a Social Security number,” Toporoff said. “And sometimes they get lucky. It’s almost impossible to trace.”

Children are targeted because it usually takes much longer for the theft to be discovered. In Dillenbeck’s case she may not have found out until Walmart reported taxes to the IRS.

Her mother said the person using her number had no bank account and dealt strictly with cash.

“She could have wound up getting something from the IRS down the line saying she owed taxes,” Murphy said.

Toporoff said her problem isn’t totally solved. The thieves still have her number and could sell it again.

Like the FTC, the Social Security Administration has no investigative unit of its own.

“We just issue numbers,” said Michael Webb of the Social Security regional office in Seattle.

According to Webb, the administration is trying to minimize the threat as it issues new numbers. It is in the process of randomizing numbering to eliminate patterns.

It will get rid of its current use of the geographic significance attached to the first three digits and also change the way it issues the fourth and fifth digits.

It’s too late to help Dillenbeck, who has continued looking for work without further incident, but her mother said getting the word out is what is important.

“If what Dannica has gone through can help anyone else, I believe it is worth it,” Murphy said.

Dannica Dillenbeck, 17, and her mother, Melissa Murphy, both of Albany, spent two weeks tracking down a man in Texas who had stolen Dillenbeck’s Social Security number and used it to get a job at Walmart. (David Patton/Democrat-Herald)

IF YOUR INFO IS STOLEN

FTC spokesman Steven Toporoff said victims of identity theft should take the following steps to minimize the impact:

• Place a fraud alert on your credit by contacting one of the three companies that monitor credit reports. Those companies are Equifax, Trans Union and Experian. The company contacted is required to notify the other two, which will place an alert on their versions of your credit report.

• Review your credit report for debts you can’t explain, accounts you did not open and inquiries from companies you have not contacted.

• Close accounts you know or believe have been tampered with.

• File a report with the local police or the police where the identity theft took place. Get a case number or something to verify a report has been filed.

• File a complaint with the FTC online or by phone. Also contact Social Security and the Internal Revenue Service.

 

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Eleven arrested in Ore., Wash. on federal charges in meth distribution ring

Eleven suspects described as “heavy hitting, large scale drug traffickers” were arrested this week on federal charges in connection with a multistate methamphetamine distribution ring, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced Thursday. Dec. 1, 2011. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

Eleven suspects described as “heavy hitting, large scale drug traffickers” were arrested this week on federal charges in connection with a multistate methamphetamine distribution ring, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced Thursday.

The arrests follow a multi-year investigation. According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, the suspects used cell phones to traffic drugs from February of this year to the present. The indictment alleges investigators used court sanctioned wiretaps to capture communication between the defendants and drug supply sources in Mexico.

Law enforcement from federal, Oregon and Washington agencies executed 14 search and arrest warrants on Tuesday and Wednesday, recovering 15 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, over 20 firearms and large amounts of cash.

The defendants include:

Hugo Gonzalez-Pasaye, aka Gordo, 27, of Hillsboro [ICE Hold}
Adrian Gonzalez-Pasaye, 35, of Vancouver [ICE Hold]
Diego Bermudez-Ortiz, 23, of Hillsboro [ICE Hold]
Edwin Magana-Solis, aka Meno, Roberto Lopez-Delgado, 27, of Hillsboro [ICE Hold]
Mauricio Cruz-Garcia, aka Kalamako of Portland [ICE Hold]
Jose Garcia-Zambrano, 20, of Hillsboro [ICE Hold]
Ricky Valero, 43, of Forest Grove
Gregorio Gutierrez-Montes, aka Goyo, 22, of Portland

The federal charges carry a minimum sentence of 10 years, and a maximum of life in prison.

Multiple agencies assisted in the investigation including: Westside Interagency Narcotics Task Force, DEA, FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, Oregon State Police, the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Sherwood Police Department, the Oregon National Guard, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the Portland Police Bureau, the Hillsboro Police Department, the Beaverton Police Department, the Clark Skamania Drug Task Force and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. District Attorneys Geoffrey A. Barrow and John C. Laing. 
 

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