OFIR - Oregonians for Immigration Reform

04/18/2012 11:51 AM
STOP...you must be joking? Rubio immigration push a potential lift for GOP
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Senator Rubio calls his evolving legislation a conservative alternative to the DREAM Act — the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors measure. That Democratic-backed bill, which is overwhelmingly popular with Hispanics, would provide a pathway to citizenship to children in the United States illegally if they attend college or join the military. The measure came close to passage in December 2010 but has languished since then.

"We have to come up with an immigration system that honors both our legacy as a nation of laws and also our legacy as a nation of immigrants," Rubio told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Please call Senator Rubio and let him know what you think of his misguided leadership! Let Romney know what is in store for him if he thinks he will support the Dream Act! Tell Speaker John Boehner, it is time for real leadership on this issue, NO DREAM ACT!

Senator Rubio 202 224-3041

Mitt Romney Campaign 857 288-3500

House Speaker John Boehner 202 225-0600 If you get a response when you call, please let OFIR know!

04/17/2012 07:57 PM
Act Now to Stop the IRS from Giving Tax Credits to Illegal Aliens!
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FAIR needs you to act NOW to stop the IRS from giving tax credits to illegal aliens. Last year, the Inspector General for the U.S. Treasury Department released a report revealing that illegal aliens annually receive $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits, primarily through the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). Tomorrow morning, the House Ways and Means Committee will be considering whether to include language as part of a budget reconciliation package that would stop this injustice to American taxpayers. The provision under consideration — similar to bills introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) — would close this tax credit loophole by requiring that individuals who claim the ACTC provide a valid Social Security Number (SSN). Currently, the IRS only requires applicants for the ACTC to provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indiscriminately hands out to illegal aliens.

Call the Ways and Means Committee Members TODAY and tell them:

  • Congress should not force American taxpayers to subsidize illegal immigration, especially by doling out billions in tax credits to illegal aliens; and
  • Fraud in our tax system must be stopped — only those with valid Social Security Numbers, not illegal aliens, should receive refundable tax credits!

To find the contact information for Members go to:




12/13/2011 02:18 PM
Public Schools Import Foreign Teachers
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OFIR members and supporters:

The abuse of visas for foreign workers is found in various occupations. Forestry workers, computer workers, even school teachers are being hired from other countries through federal visa programs that lack sufficient oversight. Especially in this time of widespread unemployment among citizens, there should be better policing of the visa programs. Some in Congress are attempting to address the problem, and if you have signed up with NumbersUSA (http://www.numbersusa.com) to receive their alerts and to access their free fax service, you will receive an email when calls and faxes to Congress and the Administration can have the greatest impact.


Public Schools Import Foreign Teachers
In Education Reporter, November 2011

Since the late 1990s there has been a growing trend to import teachers from foreign countries to educate American students. During the 2010 fiscal year, the Department of Labor certified 13,157 foreign workers to teach grades K-12 in American schools.

Schools have been hiring these teachers on temporary work visas such as the H-1B visa and the J-1 visa to teach a diverse array of classes including math, science, foreign language, special education, and physical education.
According to a memorandum by the Center for Immigration Studies, these visas deprive U.S. citizens of thousands of jobs every year in favor of foreign workers from countries such as Philippines, Mexico, India, Columbia, and Canada.

The H-1B visa is a renewable three-year work permit. According to the Department of Labor's website, the visa was intended "to help employers who cannot otherwise obtain needed business skills and abilities from the U.S. workforce." Schools violate the intent of the H-1B and J-1 visas when they hire foreign teachers instead of qualified U.S. citizens.

Some schools have found that international recruitment is cheaper, especially if they fail to pay visa fees on behalf of the foreign teachers.

Maryland's massive Prince George's County Public School System, employing 1,044 foreign teachers, did just that. Under the H-1B program, the Maryland schools were legally responsible for over $4 million in fees. In an investigation earlier this year, the Department of Labor found that "Instead of paying these fees, [Maryland schools] required the foreign teachers to pay them. As a result, the teachers' earnings were reduced below the amount legally required to be paid."

The spokesman for the district, Briant Coleman said, "We hired temporary foreign national employees at a time when school systems across the country were facing shortages of highly qualified instructors in hard-to-fill subject areas such as math, science and special education, as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act."

Now the district will be required to pay back millions in visa fees and will also be banned from participating in the H-1B program for two years as a penalty for the violation. Maryland County teachers who have not obtained a green card will lose their jobs when their current visas run out.

Schools in seven other states have also been found to be in "willful violation" of the H-1B program.

12/13/2011 11:51 AM
E-Verify in the next Legislative session
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December 7, 2011

OFIR members and supporters:

Several weeks ago, we suggested that all OFIR members e-mail the Co-Speakers of the Oregon House of Representatives and urge them to introduce a mandatory E-Verify bill in the 2012 legislative session, which begins Feb. 1.

Less than two months remain before the session begins. To keep E-Verify at the forefront of the Co-Speakers' minds, this week please e-mail or call, once again, the offices of Republican Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna and Democrat Co-Speaker Arnie Roblan.


Contact your state senator and representative, as well. To learn their e-mail addresses and phone numbers, please visit www.leg.state.or.us and click "Find your legislator" on the right-hand side of the page.

Tell them this: in October, the Oregon Employment Department reported almost 180,000 Oregonians were officially unemployed. And yet, according to a recent estimate of the Pew Hispanic Center, some 130,000 illegal aliens hold Oregon jobs. In a time of high citizen unemployment, it is unconscionable that Americans are forced to compete for jobs with illegal aliens.

Working together, we can impress upon our legislators how illegal aliens steal jobs from U.S. citizens -- and persuade those legislators to consider enacting mandatory E-Verify in the 2012 session. This week, please contact Oregon's Co-Speakers and your own state senator and representative in support of a bill to mandate that Oregon's public and private employers use E-Verify.

As always, thank you for your help. If you do get a written response or speak with someone directly, please let OFIR know.


12/12/2011 01:17 PM
Contact Oregon Legislature in regard to E-Verify‏
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OFIR members and supporters:

In February 2012, the Oregon legislature will convene for a five-week session. During this time, legislators will seek to rectify a growing gap between state-government expenses and the taxes needed to fund them.

One of the main reasons for growing state-government expenses: the presence of 175,000-plus illegal aliens in our state. This drains state coffers in two main ways:

(a) The citizens and legal residents displaced from jobs by Oregon’s estimated 130,000 job-holding illegal aliens draw payments from the state’s unemployment insurance fund. In this time of recession, the fund’s payouts are substantial. In one recent week, for example — Oct 2 to Oct. 8 — more than $33 million in benefits were paid from the fund to unemployed Oregonians.

(b) Last year, the Federation for American Immigration Reform estimated that illegal aliens and their children cost Oregon’s state and local governments more than $700 million a year in education, law-enforcement, and social services.

There is something that Legislators can do this session that could help a great deal. Introduce, support and pass a mandatory E-Verify bill. How will E-Verify help? E-Verify is the automated federal program that helps employers assure their prospective hires are in America legally. If Oregon mandates that all the state’s employers use E-Verify, it will help shut off the “jobs magnet” that draws illegal aliens to our state.

This week, please e-mail Bruce Hanna, Republican Co-Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives (rep.brucehanna@state.or.us) and Arnie Roblan, Democratic Co-Speaker of the House (rep.arnieroblan@state.or.us) Urge them to introduce, in the 2012 legislative session, a bill to require that Oregon’s public and private employers use E-Verify. (If the above links are not alive, please retype them on your own word processor and then send them)

Your e-mail need be only three or four sentences. In addition to the points above, you might mention:

– Some 200,000 Oregonians are officially unemployed. Close to an equal number are forced to settle for part-time work because they can’t find full-time work, or have become so discouraged that they have stopped looking for work altogether.

– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports that E-Verify confirms as work-eligible, within five and ten seconds, 97 percent of prospective hires run through the system. Another 1.2 percent are confirmed within 24 hours. Some 2 percent are not confirmed as work-eligible.

– Many companies abide by federal law and refrain from hiring illegal aliens. These companies should not have to compete against companies that cheat by hiring illegal aliens.

– U.S. citizens should not have to compete for jobs with illegal aliens.

– Nationwide, close to 300,000 businesses have registered to use E-Verify. Among them are more than 2,000 in Oregon, including Nike, Costco, Jeld-Wen, and Precision Castparts.

– In 2007, Arizona implemented a law mandating that all public and private employers use E-Verify. Since then, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, that state has seen a 17-percent decline in its illegal-alien population.

Please e-mail Co-Speaker Hanna and Co-Speaker Roblan in support of mandatory E-Verify. Together, we can successfully put mandatory E-Verify on the legislature’s “radar screen” in the upcoming 2012 legislative session.

Thank you for your help.