U.S. Senate’s immigration legislation hurts country’s unemployed

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U.S. Senate’s immigration legislation hurts country’s unemployed

By
David Olen Cross

Published: August 30. 2013 4:00AM PST

Oregon U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joining the Gang of Eight in the passage of Senate Bill 744, termed comprehensive immigration reform by some, amnesty by others, is unconscionable legislation considering the United States’ seasonally adjusted July number of 12.1 million unemployed citizens; 7.4 percent of the country’s civilian labor force.

According to the “Feb. 1, 2011, Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010,” there are 8 million unauthorized workers in the U.S.

With so many unemployed American citizens looking for jobs and 8 million unauthorized workers currently holding the jobs many citizens will do, the U.S. Senate’s legislation at best seems oblivious to the plight of the unemployed in this country.

Two of the negative consequences of SB 744 are reveled in a June 2013 Congressional Budget Office report that indicates the legislation will cause unemployment to increase through 2020 and average wages to decline through 2025.

An evaluation of the seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers from a Bureau of Labor Statistics/U.S. Department of Labor news release from Aug. 19 titled “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — July” reveals unemployment rates in the states represented by the Gang of Eight plus their two Oregonian senatorial sidekicks: Oregon, 8 percent; Arizona, 8 percent; Colorado, 7.1 percent; Florida, 7.1 percent; Illinois, 9.2 percent; New Jersey, 8.6 percent; New York, 7.5 percent; and South Carolina, 8.1 percent. Six of the preceding eight states had a higher percentage of unemployed than the national average.

During the summer congressional recess, when Merkley and Wyden return to Oregon, the senators should take a look at the number of unemployed in the state and unemployment numbers of the individual counties they choose to visit across the state.

The Oregon Department of Employment reported 158,645 citizens were unemployed in July; the state ranked 10th, tied with Arizona for the percentage of unemployed.

Locally, Deschutes County’s 7,240 unemployed in July equated to 10 percent of the county’s work force; 4.6 percent of the state’s unemployed.

Including Deschutes, 28 of 36 Oregon counties (77.8 percent of the state’s counties) in July had a higher unemployment rate than the national average of 7.4 percent: Baker, 9.4 percent; Columbia, 8.2 percent; Coos, 10.2 percent; Crook, 12.6 percent; Curry, 10.6 percent; Douglas, 11 percent; Grant, 12.2 percent; Harney, 12.9 percent; Jackson, 9.8 percent; Jefferson, 10.8 percent; Josephine, 11.3 percent; Klamath, 10.9 percent; Lake, 11.9 percent; Lane, 8 percent; Lincoln, 8.4 percent; Linn, 10 percent; Malheur, 8.7 percent; Marion, 8.6 percent; Morrow, 8.8 percent; Polk, 7.9 percent; Sherman, 7.6 percent; Tillamook, 7.6 percent; Umatilla, 8.4 percent; Union, 8.3 percent; Wallowa, 10 percent; Wasco, 7.5 percent; and Yamhill, 7.7 percent. Thirteen of the preceding counties had double-digit unemployment.

Back to the Pew Hispanic Center report: According to the Pew report, there are an estimated 110,000 unauthorized workers in Oregon.

If SB 744 is passed by both sides of Congress and signed into law by the president, the addition of 110,000 unauthorized workers into the state’s civilian labor force, if the CBO report is right, will likely increase unemployment in Oregon. This would be a setback for a state struggling to recover from a severe recession.

The U.S. House of Representatives will hopefully take a more incremental approach to any type of immigration reform and first pass stand-alone legislation requiring a federally mandated national employment verification system like E-Verify, which the federal government currently uses on all its new hires.

During the congressional recess, Oregon’s 158,645 unemployed U.S. citizens should contact Merkley and Wyden, along with Congressman Greg Walden, and tell them Oregonians should never have to compete for scarce jobs now or in the future with illegal alien workers; and furthermore, the U.S. Congress passing a standalone federally mandated E-Verify system is best way to get those unemployed in the state and across the country back to full-time employment.

— David Olen Cross lives in Salem.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130830/NEWS01/308300355/1034/OPIN&nav_category=OPIN

 

Immigration bill hurts unemployed

The Argus Observer
Immigration bill hurts unemployed

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 10:32 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joining the Gang of Eight in the passage of Senate Bill 744 (S.744), termed comprehensive immigration reform by some, amnesty by others, is unconscionable legislation considering the United States’ July seasonally adjusted number of 12.1 million unemployed citizens; 7.4 percent of the country’s civilian labor force.

According to the “February 1, 2011 Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010” there are 8 million unauthorized workers in the U.S.

With so many unemployed American citizens looking for jobs and 8 million unauthorized workers currently holding the jobs many citizens will do, the U.S. Senate’s legislation at best seems oblivious to the plight of the unemployed in this country.

Two of the negative consequences of S. 744 are reveled in a June 2013 Congressional Budget Office report which indicates the legislation will cause unemployment to increase through 2020 and average wages to decline through 2025.

An evaluation of the seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, News Release from August 19, 2013 titled “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — July” reveals unemployment rates in the states represented by the Gang of Eight plus their two Oregonian senatorial sidekicks: Oregon 8.0 percent; Arizona 8.0 percent; Colorado 7.1 percent; Florida 7.1 percent; Illinois 9.2 percent; New Jersey 8.6 percent; New York 7.5 percent; and South Carolina 8.1 percent. Six of the preceding eight states had a higher percentage of unemployed than the national average.

During the summer congressional recess, when Sens. Merkley and Wyden return to Oregon, the Senators should take a look at the number of unemployed in the state and unemployment numbers of the individual counties they choose visit across the state.

The Oregon Department of Employment reported 158,645 citizens were unemployed in July; the state ranked 10th tied with Arizona for the percentage of unemployed.

Locally, Malheur County’s 1,094 unemployed in July equated to 8.7 percent of the county’s work force.

Including Malheur, 28 of 36 Oregon counties (77.8 percent of the states counties) in July had a higher unemployment rate than the national average of 7.4 percent.

According to the Pew report, there are an estimated 110,000 unauthorized workers in Oregon.

If S. 744 is passed by both sides of Congress and signed into law by the president, the addition of 110,000 unauthorized workers into the state’s civilian labor force, if the CBO report is right, will likely increase unemployment in Oregon. This would be a setback for a state still mired and struggling to come out of a severe recession.

Hopefully, the U.S. House of Representatives will take a more incremental approach to any type of immigration reform and first pass standalone legislation requiring a federally mandated national employment verification system like E-Verify, which the federal government currently uses on all its new hires.

During the congressional recess, Oregon’s 158,645 unemployed U.S. citizens should contact Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, and tell them Oregonians should never have to compete for scarce jobs now or in the future with people illegally in the country; and furthermore, the U.S. Congress passing a standalone federally mandated E-Verify system is the best way to get those unemployed in the state and across the country back to full-time employment.

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime.

http://www.argusobserver.com/opinion/immigration-bill-hurts-unemployed/article_3a59d058-0f36-11e3-ac58-001a4bcf887a.html

Immigration bill hurts jobless

Keizertimes
NEWS+PEOPLE+LIFE

Immigration bill hurts jobless

Aug 23, 2013

By DAVID OLEN CROSS

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, joining the Gang of Eight in the passage of Senate Bill 744 (S.744), termed comprehensive immigration reform by some, amnesty by others, is unconscionable legislation considering the nation’s June seasonally adjusted number of 12.2 million unemployed citizens; 7.6 percent of the country’s civilian labor force.

According to a 2011 report, Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010 there are 8 million unauthorized workers in the U.S.

With so many unemployed American citizens looking for jobs and 8 million unauthorized workers currently holding the jobs many citizens will do, the U.S. Senate’s legislation at best seems oblivious to the plight of the unemployed in this country.

Two of the negative consequences of Senate Bill 744 are reveled in a June 2013 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report which indicates the legislation will cause unemployment to increase through 2020 and average wages to decline through 2025.

In July, an evaluation of the seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals unemployment rates in the states represented by the Gang of Eight plus their two Oregonian senatorial sidekicks: Oregon 7.9 percent; Arizona 8.0 percent; Colorado 7.0 percent; Florida 7.1 percent; Illinois 9.2 percent; New Jersey 8.7 percent; New York 7.5 percent; and South Carolina 8.1 percent. Five of the preceding eight states had higher unemployment numbers than the national average.

During the five week summer congressional recess, if Senators Merkley and Wyden choose to return to Oregon, the Senators should take a look at the number of unemployed in the state and unemployment numbers of the individual counties they choose visit across the state.

In Oregon there were 158,147 citizens unemployed in June; the state ranked 16th in 50 states for the percentage of unemployed.

Locally, Marion County’s 13,504 unemployed in June equated to 8.5 percent of the county’s work force; 8.5 percent of the state’s unemployed.

Including Marion, 24 of 36 Oregon counties in June had a higher unemployment rate than the national average of 7.6 percent; 11 of the counties had double-digit unemployment.

If SB 744 is passed by both sides of Congress and signed into law by the president, the addition of 110,000 unauthorized workers into the state’s civilian labor force will likely increase unemployment in Oregon; a setback for a state still mired and struggling to come out of a severe recession.

Hopefully for the unemployed of this state and across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives, which faces the nation’s voters every two years, will take a more incremental approach to any type of immigration reform and first pass stand alone legislation requiring a federally mandated national employment verification system like E-Verify which the federal government currently uses on all its new hires.

Oregon’s 158,147 unemployed U.S. citizens should contact during the congressional recess Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Congressman Kurt Schrader, and tell the senators and congressman, Oregonians should never have to compete for scarce jobs now or in the future with persons illegal present in the country; furthermore, the U.S. Congress passing a standalone federally mandated E-Verify system is the best way to get those unemployed in the state and across the country back to full-time work.

(David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues. He can reached at docfnc@yahoo.com.)

http://keizertimes.com/2013/08/23/immigration-bill-hurts-jobless/

www.ProtectOregonDL.org: Drive-through lends new meaning to ‘petition drive’

StatesmanJournal.com
Drive-through lends new meaning to ‘petition drive’
Backed-up drivers signal interest to overturn driver-privilege law

Aug. 23, 2013 11:21 PM |

Written by
Carol McAlice Currie
Statesman Journal

A group of volunteers, whose goal is to overturn a new Oregon law granting driver-privilege cards to residents without documentation, hustled Friday to avoid creating gridlock for drivers wanting to sign their petition to let voters decide the law’s fate.

Cars were lined two deep on both sides of cones arranged by Oregonians for Immigration Reform in a parking lot on Market Street and Savage Road NE from noon to 8 p.m., said Cynthia Kendoll, president of the group. “There was very little lull,” she added of the drive-through effort to collect signatures in the shadow of a Dairy Queen restaurant and the former Kessel’s Collectibles store.

“We’ve had well over 100 signatures already,” Kendoll said, noting that the group’s goal was 500 signatures for the day. With a steady stream of cars backing up most of the time the group was out in the sun’s glare, she said she was confident the group would meet its goal with some to spare. Oregonians for Immigration Reform has until Oct. 4 to submit 58,142 valid signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to qualify its Referendum No. 301 for the 2014 ballot.

OFIR volunteers such as Diane Johnson scurried from a table to bring a clipboard with the petition to waiting drivers. The volunteers had to witness the signature and verify that the driver was registered to vote in the state, and that the address given was legible. Some signers during a half hour of her shift included a cab driver in his taxi and dozens of other mostly lone motorists, including many older men. Kendoll said Friday’s effort employed no paid signature gatherers, and was staffed entirely by volunteers.

The group is trying to overturn Oregon Senate Bill 833, which Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law in May in front of thousands of supporters at the Capitol. The bill authorized driver’s cards for those lacking documents to obtain a regular driver’s license. Kitzhaber said at the time that SB-833 ensured that thousands of Oregonians could drive to and from work, school, church and errands.

OFIR contends, however, that the law gives driver privilege cards to people who are in the country illegally. It wants voters to decide the issue, not lawmakers.

Kendoll said the group also rented billboard space on Silverton Road NE, west of Interstate 5, to encourage drivers attending the state fair to sign the petition. OFIR will staff a booth outside of the southeast corner of the Columbia Exhibit Hall at the fair, which opened Friday. She said the group had been successful at county fairs, and hopes the state fair will give the group the extra signatures it needs to meet the October deadline.

[http://www.protectoregondl.org/ or http://www.protectoregondl.com]

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20130824/NEWS/308240017/Drive-through-lends-new-meaning-petition-drive-

www.ProtectOregonDL.org: A novel approach to get petition signatures: the drive-through

StatesmanJournal.com
A novel approach to get petition signatures: the drive-through
Group plans drive-through to try to overturn driver’s card legislation

Aug. 22, 2013 11:30 PM |

Written by
Carol McAlice Currie
Statesman Journal

A group dedicated to overturning a new Oregon law that grants driver-privilege cards to people without conventional documentation has come up with a quick way to gather petition signatures.

It’s encouraging motorists to participate in drive-through democracy.

“You don’t even need to get out of your car,” said Jim Ludwick, the group’s communications director. “Just drive up, sign the petition and drive away.”

From noon to 8 p.m. today, Oregonians for Immigration Reform will set up cones and signs in a parking lot near its billboard at Market Street and Savage Road NE, which is west of Interstate 5 in Salem.

Volunteers will be ready with petitions for motorists to sign as well as supplies for those who want to gather additional signatures among their friends, neighbors and family, Ludwick said.

The group is trying to overturn Oregon Senate Bill 833, which Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law in May in front of thousands of cheering supporters at the Capitol. The bill authorized driver’s cards for those lacking documents to obtain a regular driver’s license.

OFIR contends that the law gives driver privilege cards to people who are in the country illegally.

Kitzhaber said at the time that SB-833 ensured that thousands of Oregonians could drive to and from work, school, church and errands.

Ludwick said his group needs to collect 58,142 valid signatures to submit to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office by the Oct. 4 deadline.

“We are very optimistic we’ll meet the number,” Ludwick said. “We have had an amazing number (121) of unsolicited requests for these petitions from cities across the state.”

Jan Flowers, a compliance specialist with the elections division of the Secretary of State’s office, said she wasn’t aware of other groups collecting signatures via a drive-up queue, but she said it was a legal signature-gathering technique.

“As long as they witness the signature, it’s no different than if someone walked up and signed,” Flowers said.

Oregonians for Immigration Reform also will staff a booth outside of the southeast corner of the Columbia Exhibit Hall at the Oregon State Fair, which opens today.

Petition drive

What: Drive-through signature gathering
Where: [West of I-5 Exit 256] Market Street and Savage Road NE
When: noon to 8 p.m. today
Why: To qualify ballot measure to overturn Senate Bill 833

[http://www.protectoregondl.org/ or http://www.protectoregondl.com]

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308230025

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

August 22, 2013

Lars:

It has been an interesting third full week in the month of August when it comes to criminal aliens here in the State of Oregon.

Monday, August 12th, the Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City, Oregon had 16 criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 3.69% of the jail population the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Three of the 16 criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the Clackamas County Jail were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 18.75% of the alien jail population.

Monday, August 12th, the Jackson County Jail in Medford, Oregon had 10 criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 4.35% of the jail population U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. None of the 10 criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the Jackson County Jail were involved in any type of driving crime or violation.

Monday, August 12th, the Lincoln County Jail in Newport, Oregon had six criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 3.66% of the jail population U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Two of the six criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the Lincoln County Jail were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 33.33% of the alien jail population.

Monday, August 12th, the Linn County Corrections in Albany, Oregon had eight criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 4.91% of the jail population U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Two of the eight criminal aliens with a U.S. DHS–ICE hold at Linn County Corrections were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 25.00% of the alien jail population.

Tuesday, August 13th, the Marion County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Salem, Oregon had 30 criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 7.63% of the jail population the U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Eight of the 30 criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the MCCF were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 26.67% of the alien jail population.

Tuesday, August 13th, the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR) in The Dalles, Oregon had four criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 4.60% of the jail population the U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. One of the four criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at NORCOR was involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 25.00% of the alien jail population.

Tuesday, August 13th, the Polk County Jail in Dallas, Oregon had three criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 2.94% of the jail population U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Two of the three criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the Polk County Jail were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 66.67% of the alien jail population.

Wednesday, August 14th, the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton, Oregon had nine criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 6.62% of the jail population the United States (U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Two of the nine criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the Umatilla County Jail were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 22.22% of the alien jail population.

Monday, August 19th, the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Oregon had 60 criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 10.49% of the jail population the U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Ten of the 60 criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the Washington County Jail were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 16.67% of the alien jail population.

Monday, August 19th, the Yamhill County Jail in McMinnville, Oregon had seven criminal aliens incarcerated at the jail, 3.98% of the jail population U.S. DHS–ICE agents had identified as possibly being in the country illegally. Three of the seven criminal aliens with U.S. DHS–ICE holds at the Yamhill County Jail were involved in some type of driving crime or violation, 42.86% of the alien jail population.

Of the 153 criminal aliens incarcerated in the 10 preceding county jails and correctional facilities, 33 aliens (21.57 percent) were detained for some type of driving crime or violation.

Thanks to the Lars Larson Show, Oregonians are being made aware of the connection between illegal alien presence in the state and alien involvement in driving crimes and violations.

If Lars Larson radio listeners who are registered Oregon voters want the opportunity to hinder illegal alien ability to drive and harm or kill Oregonians, your listeners should go to the “Protect Oregon Driver Licenses” website (http://www.protectoregondl.org/ or http://www.protectoregondl.com) and download a signature sheet, prinnt it out, sign it, and mail their signature sheet to the referendum’s petitioners.

Radio listeners will also have an opportunity to sign the Senate Bill 833 referendum (#301) during the eleven days of the Oregon State Fair outside the South East corner of the Columbia Exhibit Hall.

Friday only, August 23rd, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. in Salem, radio listeners will have an opportunity to sign the SB 833 referendum without even leaving their car. Referendum signature gathers will be just to the West of I-5 Exit 256, at the corner of Market Street NE and Savage Road NE. (See link).

http://www.i5highway.com/i-5-traffic/salem.html

Lars, the third full week of August and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show FM 101.1 radio listeners.

docfnc

Yamhill County Jail

Yamhill County Jail

August 19, 2013
Currently there is seven Foreign Nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated at the Yamhill County Jail in McMinnville, Oregon for various crimes that have United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Holds placed on them by U.S. DHS–ICE (See links).

1. CALDERON, FRANCISCO LOPEZ
2. CASTILLO, ALBERTO GRANADOS
3. GONZALEZ, ROGELIO MARTINEZ
4. GRANADOS, JUAN ESPINOZA
5. JUAREZ, PEDRO SERRATO
6. MACIAS, ERNESTO ALVAREZ
7. ROSAS, NOE SOTO

http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/jailinmate/ICURRENT.HTM

http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/content/yamhill-county-jail

Of the 176 inmates incarcerated at the Yamhill County Jail, the seven criminal aliens make up 3.98% of the jail population.

For the eight months of 2013, the Yamhill County Jail has averaged 5.0 criminal aliens per day at the jail.

docfnc