Only persons legally present should drive in Oregon

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Measure 88: Only persons legally present should drive in Oregon (guest opinion)

By Guest Columnist The Oregonian Follow on Twitter
on September 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM, updatedSeptember 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

By David Olen Cross

The action by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state Legislature on Senate Bill 833 last year granting some form of Oregon driver’s license, called a driver’s card, to foreign nationals illegally present in the state, passed in part under the pretense that the legislation was a matter of public safety.

But the law is disconnected from the reality of driving in our state, considering the previous dangers illegal immigrant drivers have posed to Oregonians.

In a series of annual reports required by an Oregon law (House Bill 3624) the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported the legal presence requirement in driver licensing brought about by the passage of Senate Bill 1080 in 2008 has not had a significant impact on the rate of unlicensed and uninsured driving.

Before the passage of legislation requiring that drivers show legal presence, the state did issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. But that didn’t seem to motivate them, in the name of public safety, to obtain automobile insurance or in some cases even have a valid driver’s license. Here are seven victims whose lives were extinguished violently and prematurely by those illegally present that chose to drive their motor vehicles impaired and recklessly.

Judyth Anne Cox, a 66-year-old wife and mother of two, was killed in Yamhill County on Dec. 3, 2007, by Mexican national Ignacio Merendon-Zerega. He had six prior DUIIs. Merendon-Zerega had no driver’s license or insurance.

Carma Colleen Smith, a 52-year-old wife and mother of seven, was killed in Yamhill County on May 11, 2008, (Mothers Day) by Mexican national Leonel Zurita-Loeza. He was on a diversion for a previous DUII at the time he killed Smith. Zurita-Loeza had a driver’s license but no insurance.

Justin Daniel Dougherty, a 23-year-old single father of one, was killed in Lane County on March 4, 2008, by Mexican national Eduardo Gutierrez-Duarte. He had a previous DUII in 2004. Gutierrez-Duarte had a driver’s license but no insurance.

Kay Blaser, a 26-year-old mother of one, was killed in Clackamas County on Oct. 12, 2008 by Mexican national Fernando Deanda-Moreno. He had no driver’s license or insurance.

Barbara Jean Bier, a 52-year-old wife and mother of seven, was killed in Polk County on Nov. 21, 2008, by Martin Martinez-Aguilar, who had a driver’s license but no insurance.

Albert Lloyd Rowland, a 53-year-old homeless man, was killed in Multnomah County on May 13, 2010, by Mexican national Alvaro Lugos-Ponce, who had no driver’s license or insurance.

John Zupan (founder of Zupan’s Markets), a 66-year-old father of two, was killed in Multnomah County on Aug. 30, 2011, by Mexican national Edy Porfirio Reynoso-Ramirez. He had no driver’s license or insurance.

The driver’s licenses of these illegal immigrants who possessed them have been revoked or suspended. But their criminal driving history may not prevent them from driving again in the state.

Problematic with SB833 is the law could allow some of these killers to use a Mexican matricula consular card to re-obtain a valid driver’s license or driver’s cad (Note: The DMV has no access to the driving histories of Mexican nationals from their home country).

If past history is any indicator, SB833 is a law that could once again open up Oregon’s roads to the slaughter of its citizens by foreign nationals illegally present in the state.

Oregon voters concerned about future public safety of the state’s roads can stop SB833 from becoming state law on Nov. 4, during the 2014 Oregon general election, by voting “no” on Measure 88.

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com.

http://www.oregonlive.com/forest-grove/index.ssf/2014/09/measure_88_only_persons_legall.html

Members of law enforcement community oppose driver card measure

The Bulletin
Letter: Members of law enforcement community oppose driver card measure

By David O. Cross /

Published Sep 21, 2014 at 12:02AM

On Aug. 1, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections Office assigned a title to the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizen’s veto referendum #301, Ballot Measure 88, to put before the state’s voters Senate Bill 833.

The passage of Ballot Measure 88 by the state’s voters during the upcoming Nov. 4 general election would require the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to grant to persons “who cannot prove legal presence in the United States” a special state-issued identification called a driver card.

In reaction to state driver card legislation, current and past members of county, local and federal law enforcement have stepped forward to oppose the ballot measure.

The Sheriffs of Oregon political action committee (SOO PAC), representing the political and public safety interests of the state’s 36 county sheriffs, has come out in opposition to the legislation with the following statement: “The Sheriffs of Oregon support the citizens veto referendum #301 to overturn SB 833. We urge a no vote.”

Tom Bergin, the current Clatsop County sheriff and past president of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, made these statements about the driver card legislation: “It is wrong to provide special driver’s licenses to people who cannot prove legal presence in the United States. For Oregon to do so, will only enhance the ability for criminal behavior, thus creating a larger risk to our citizens public safety. The Sheriffs of Oregon urge you to oppose this measure.”

Tim Mueller, recently retired sheriff of Linn County, made his thoughts known on driver cards: “Giving a person a driver’s license who is in this country illegally is flat out irresponsible and does nothing to protect the citizens of this state.”

Duane Fletchall, a retired Marion County sheriff’s sergeant, reacted this way to the undocumented being granted driver cards: “I am against Oregon Senate Bill 833, for two main reasons: the safety and tranquility of all (Oregon residents) and to protect our national security.”

Dave Driscoll, a retired Salem police officer, had strong words on whether those who could not prove legal presence in the state should be legally allowed to drive: “Fair and equal treatment under the law. This is just a way for a select group of people to avoid Oregon law. It will not increase traffic safety or lower the number of uninsured drivers in this state. If allowed to stand, Oregon could become a safe haven for criminals and terrorists.”

Moving beyond county and local law enforcement opposing Ballot Measure 88, opposition has arisen to driver cards for those not legally in the country from nationally recognized experts on federal immigration law enforcement.

Derek Hernandez, vice president of the Western Region National Border Patrol Council, the labor union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents, had this to say to Oregon voters on the granting of driver cards to foreign nationals illegally in the country: “You must oppose SB 833 in its entirety as this is a gateway to illegal citizenship and the benefits that one can receive from US citizenship.”

Michael W. Cutler, a retired senior special agent, formerly with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, expressed these thoughts on the possibility of SB 833 becoming an Oregon law: “Providing such documentation (driver privilege cards to illegal aliens) is wrong for a number of reasons beginning with national security and public safety. America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary goals, protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers.”

Oregon voters should heed the wisdom of members of the law enforcement community across the state and nationally who have joined together with the citizens from Protect Oregon Driver Licenses to oppose driver cards for those “who cannot prove legal presence in the United States,” and vote no on Ballot Measure 88.

— David O. Cross writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He lives in Salem.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/2422308-151/letter-members-of-law-enforcement-community-oppose-driver?entryType=0

Law enforcement community opposes Ballot Measure 88

The Argus Observer
Law enforcement community opposes Ballot Measure 88

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:04 am

David Olen Cross Argus Observer |

On August 1st the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections office assigned a title to the Protect Oregon Driver Licenses citizen’s veto referendum #301, Ballot Measure 88, to put before the state’s voters Senate Bill 833.

The passage of Ballot Measure 88 by the state’s voters during the upcoming November 4th, 2014 General Election would require the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles to grant to persons “who cannot prove legal presence in the United States” a special state issued identification called a driver’s card.

In reaction to state driver cards’ legislation, current and past members of county and local law enforcement across the state have stepped forward to oppose the ballot measure.

The Sheriff’s of Oregon political action committee (SOO PAC), representing the political concerns of state’s county sheriffs, has come out in opposition to the legislation with the following statement: “The Sheriffs of Oregon support the citizens veto referendum #301 to overturn SB 833. We urge a NO vote.”

Tom Bergin, the current Clatsop County Sheriff and former President of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, made these statements about the driver cards’ legislation: “It is wrong to provide special driver’s licenses to people who cannot prove legal presence in the United States. For Oregon to do so, will only enhance the ability for criminal behavior, thus creating a larger risk to our citizens public safety. The Sheriffs of Oregon urge you to oppose this measure.”

Tim Mueller, recently retired Sheriff of Linn County, made his thoughts known on driver cards: “Giving a person a driver’s license who is in this country illegally is flat out irresponsible and does nothing to protect the citizens of this state.”

Duane Fletchall, a retired Marion County Sheriff’s Sergeant, reacted this way to the undocumented being granted driver cards: “I am against Oregon Senate Bill 833, for two main reasons: the safety and tranquility of all (Oregon residents) and to protect our national security.”

Dave Driscoll, a retired Salem Police officer, had strong words on whether those who could not prove legal presence in the state should be legally allowed to drive: “Fair, and equal treatment under the law.

This is just a way for a select group of people to avoid Oregon law. It will not increase traffic safety or lower the number of uninsured drivers in this state. If allowed to stand Oregon could become a safe haven for criminals and terrorists.”

Oregon voters should heed the wisdom of members of the law enforcement community across the state who have joined together with the citizens from Protect Oregon Driver Licenses to oppose driver cards for those “who cannot prove legal presence in the United States,” and vote “No” on Ballot Measure 88.

David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com.

http://www.argusobserver.com/opinion/law-enforcement-community-opposes-ballot-measure/article_815b5600-3f4d-11e4-bf03-73ac5e2acac6.html

Illegal immigration affects Oregon

Herald and News 
empowering the community

Illegal immigration affects Oregon

■ Crime committed by foreigners lessens the safety of residents Posted: Sunday,

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

By DAVID OLEN CROSS H&N Guest Writer Herald and News

The current ongoing immigration surge, call it an invasion, across the United States of America’s border with Mexico by persons who have illegally entered the country is really old news revisited to those who have been victimized by foreign national criminals in Oregon.

An unpublished July 1, 2014 report from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated there were 1,099 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system.

Criminal aliens made up approximately 7.5 percent of the DOC’s July 1 prison population.

All 1,099 DOC criminal aliens had U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, detainers.

A detainer placed on a prisoner is an indicator that the department believes he or she may be a deportable alien.

According to the DOC’s July numbers, 28 of the 36 counties in the state (77.8 percent) had been affected by at least one alien crime that resulted in a foreign national being sent to prison.

(See list “Counties” for where the crimes were committed.)

The types of crimes, the level of violence, being committed by aliens who have illegally entered the country against the state’s residents are the type of crimes one might read about in an international newspaper or view on a television news program covering Mexico or third-world counties located in Central and South America or the Caribbean.

(See accompanying chart and list “Countries of origin.”)

Criminal aliens incarcerated in the Oregon prison system by numbers per county, by types of crime or even by countries of origin, reveal only three elements of how foreign national crime has affected and victimized the residents of this state.

Another element of foreign national crime that has affected the residents of this state is the cost to incarcerate criminal aliens in the state’s prisons; 1,099 alien prisoners cost the state’s taxpayers $34.9 million per year.

Unfortunately for Oregonians, this seemingly unchecked wave of foreign national crime and violence has gone on in the state under watch of recalcitrant Washington, D.C. politicians like Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden along with Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden; politicians whose political parties during their elected tenure in office at one time controlled all three elected branches of government (The Presidency, The Senate and The House of Representatives).

These congressional representatives have done nothing legislatively that has been passed and signed into law by President Barack Obama to stop the invasion of criminal aliens preying on the residents of this state.

With leadership comes responsibility, they as a collective group of lawmakers, it would be fair to say, have the blood of those victimized by alien criminals on their hands.

Oregon’s registered voters during Oregon’s Nov. 4, 2014 election will have a chance to replace six of the seven politicians who have failed to protect citizens and resident aliens from the invasion of foreign national criminals, only Sen.Wyden is immune from the voters’ wrath during this election cycle.

Along with the possibility of replacing their congressional representation, voters in the state also will have the unique opportunity in the fall to show their members of Congress leadership on immigration legislation by voting “no” on Measure 88; legislation that would grant Driver Cards for those who cannot prove legal presence in the United States; legislation if it were to pass that could send a new wave of foreign national criminals into the state.

Crimes committed by those who have entered the state of Oregon illegally

http://www.heraldandnews.com/members/illegal-immigration-affects-oregon/article_69c09ad6-3b9d-11e4-8df2-0fc93374cfe2.html?mode=image&photo=0

The author David Olen Cross of Salem writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime and is writing in opposition to Ballot Measure 88. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com.

Countries of origin
Focusing on the Americas and Caribbean, 976 of the 1,099 criminal aliens (88.9 percent) in the DOC prison system self-declared their citizenship from the following nations:

■ 884 Mexico, 80.4%
■ 34 Guatemala, 3.1%
■ 15 El Salvador, 1.4%
■ 11 Honduras, 1.0%
■ 11 Cuba, 1.0%
■ 5 Canada, 0.4%
■ 3 Ecuador, 0.3%
■ 3 Peru, 0.3%
■ 2 Costa Rica, 0.2%
■ 2 Jamaica, 0.2%
■ 2 Nicaragua, 0.2%
■ 1 Argentina, 1 Belize, 1 Brazil and 1 Panama, (Combined: 0.4 percent of prisoners)

[One hundred twenty-three criminal aliens were sent to state’s prisons from various other counties around the world, 11.2 percent of the alien prisoners.]

Oregon counties involved
This is a list of 15 Oregon counties whose County Circuit Courts adjudicated cases that sent the most criminal aliens (95.2 percent) to serve time in Oregon prisons.

■ 267 Multnomah, 24.3%
■ 264 Marion, 24.%
■ 186 Washington, 16.9%
■ 76 Clackamas, 6.9%
■ 57 Lane, 5.2%
■ 49 Jackson, 4.5%
■ 29 Yamhill, 2.6%
■ 26 Linn, 2.4%
■ 18 Deschutes, 1.6%
■ 17 Umatilla, 1.5%
■ 16 Polk, 1.4%
■ 14 Benton, 1.3%
■ 12 Malheur, 1.1%
■ 9 Lincoln, 0.8%
■ 8 Klamath, 0.7% Oregon’s remaining 11 counties sent 51 foreign nationals to prison, 4.6 percent of alien prisoners.

http://www.heraldandnews.com/members/illegal-immigration-affects-oregon/article_69c09ad6-3b9d-11e4-8df2-0fc93374cfe2.html

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

September 11, 2014

Lars:

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

This week we put another face to alien crime in the state for your radio listeners.

Monday, August 18, 2014 Mexican nationals Humberto Salgado-Salgado, age 36, and Juan Albert Lopez-Moroyoqui, age 50, were arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s SWAT team at a marijuana growing operation in rural Jackson County, Oregon on U.S. Forest Service Land in the Neal Creek drainage six miles South of Ashland.

The Sheriff’s SWAT team seized approximately 5,000 pot plants that were up to five feet in height at the grow site.

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, Salgado-Salgado and Lopez-Moroyoqui have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.

Beyond the federal marijuana charges, Juan Albert Lopez-Moroyoqui, was charged with being an alien who illegally returned to the United States after being deported for a drug related conviction (See link).

http://www.justice.gov/usao/or/news/2014/20140905_salgado.html

Some background information: the marijuana grow site was discovered in January 2014 by a Forest Service employee who was hunting.

Forest Service Special Agent Robert D. Caruthers Jr. led the investigation and filed a complaint on August 25th in a U.S. District Court of Medford concerning the marijuana grow operation.

In the complaint, Special Agent Caruthers described the marijuana grow site as a “Mexican style Drug Trade Organization grow.”

Since May, both federal and county law enforcement monitored the marijuana grow site until the marijuana grow was raided on August 28th.

Some fast facts:

– On August 1, 2014 the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system incarcerated 1,093 criminal aliens (prisoners with immigration detainers); 154 of those alien prisoners (14.09 percent) were serving time for drug crimes;

– The self-declared counties of origin of the 154 criminal aliens serving time for drug crimes in DOC prisons by numbers and percentage per country equated to the following:

– 139 Mexico, 90.26 percent of alien prisoners;
– 3 Guatemala, 1.95 percent of alien prisoners;
– 3 El Salvador, 1.95 percent of alien prisoners;
– 2 Laos, 1.30 percent of alien prisoners;
– 2 Honduras, 1.30 percent of alien prisoners;
– 2 Russia, 1.30 percent of alien prisoners;
– 3 from other unidentified counties, 1.95 percent of alien prisoners.

– The following Oregon County Circuit Courts sent the most criminal alien to serve time for drug crimes in the DOC prison system:

– 63 Multnomah, 40.91 percent of alien prisoners;
– 26 Marion, 16.88 percent of alien prisoners;
– 20 Jackson, 12.99 percent of alien prisoners;
– 13 Washington, 8.44 percent of alien prisoners;
– 10 Clackamas, 6.49 percent of alien prisoners;
– 5 Deschutes, 3.25 percent of alien prisoners;
– 4 Douglas, 2.60 percent of alien prisoners;
– 4 Lane, 2.60 percent of alien prisoners;
– 3 Polk, 1.95 percent of alien prisoners;
– 2 Klamath, 1.30 percent of alien prisoners.
– 2 Yamhill, 1.30 percent of alien prisoners;
– 1 Benton, 0.65 percent of alien prisoners;
– 1 Umatilla, 0.65 percent of alien prisoners.

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

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Criminal Aliens in the Oregon Department of Corrections Prison System

Criminal Aliens in the Oregon Department of Corrections Prison System

August 31, 2014

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Inmate Population Profile dated August 1, 2014 DOC indicated there were 14,670 prisoners incarcerated in DOC’s 14 prisons.

Not included in DOC’s August 1st Inmate Population Profile was DOC data indicating there were 1,093 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in its prison system.

All 1,093 criminal aliens incarcerated on August 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 identifying 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 7.45% of the DOC August 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
August 1, 2008 13,595 12,518 1,077 7.92%
August 1, 2009 13,903 12,687 1,216 8.75%
August 1, 2010 14,054 12,809 1,245 8.86%
August 1, 2011 14,027 12,810 1,217 8.68%
August 1, 2012 14,215 12,975 1,240 8.72%
August 1, 2013 14,602 13,418 1,184 8.11%
August 1, 2014 14,670 13,577 1,093 7.45%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 AUGUST 08rtf – 01 AUGUST 14.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 14.

Comparing DOC criminal alien incarceration numbers from August 1, 2008 (1,077 criminal aliens) and August 1, 2014 (1,093 criminal aliens), the DOC prison system incarcerated 16 criminal aliens more than it did on August 1, 2008, a 1.48% 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
August 1, 2008 1,077 ———— ————
August 1, 2009 1,216 139 12.91%
August 1, 2010 1,245 29 2.38%
August 1, 2011 1,217 (28) (2.25%)
August 1, 2012 1,240 23 1.89%
August 1, 2013 1,184 (56) (4.52%)
August 1, 2014 1,093 (91) (7.68%)
Total 16 1.48%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 AUGUST 08rtf – 01 AUGUST 14.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 14.

When comparing DOC domestic criminal incarceration numbers from August 1, 2008 (12,518 domestic criminals) and August 1, 2014 (13,577 domestic criminals), the DOC prison system incarcerated 1,059 domestic criminals more than it did on August 1, 2008, an 8.46% 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
August 1, 2008 12,518 ———— ————
August 1, 2009 12,687 169 1.35%
August 1, 2010 12,809 122 0.96%
August 1, 2011 12,810 1 0.01%
August 1, 2012 12,975 165 1.29%
August 1, 2013 13,418 443 3.41%
August 1, 2014 13,577 159 1.18%
Total 1,059 8.46%

Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Unit-ICE inmates lists 01 AUGUST 08rtf – 01 AUGUST 14.rtf and Inmate Population Profile 01 AUGUST 08 – 01 AUGUST 14.

Bringing the preceding numbers together, from August 1st 2008 – 2014, six years, the DOC prison population grew by 1,075 domestic and criminal alien prisoners; 1.49% of the overall growth was in criminal alien prisoners.

A review of the 1,093 criminal aliens in DOC prisons by number per county and percentage (%) per county equated to the following: 261-Multnomah (23.88%); 260-Marion (23.79%); 187-Washington (17.11%); 79-Clackamas (7.23%); 54-Lane (4.94%); 51-Jackson (4.67%); 29-Yamhill (2.65%); 26-Linn (2.38%); 19-Deschutes (1.74%); 18-Umatilla (1.65%); 16-Polk (1.46%); 14-Benton (1.28%); 12-Malheur (1.10%); ); 9-Lincoln (0.82%); 8-Jefferson (0.73%); 8-Klamath (0.73%); 6-Josephine (0.55%); 5-Coos (0.46%); 5-Douglas (0.46%); 5-Hood River (0.46%); 5-Morrow (0.46%); 3-Clatsop (0.27%); 3-Tillamook (0.27%); 3-Wasco (0.27%); 2-Crook (0.18%); 2-Union (0.18); 1-Columbia (0.09%); 1-Gilliam (0.09%); 1-OOS (0.09%); 0-Baker (0.00%); 0-Curry (0.00%); 0-Grant (0.00%); 0-Harney (0.00%); 0-Lake (0.00); 0-Sherman (0.00%); 0-Wallowa (0.00%); and 0-Wheeler (0.00%).

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 1,093 criminal aliens incarcerated in DOC prisons.

A review of the 1,093 criminal aliens in the DOC prison population by numbers per crime and percentage (%) per crime equated to the following: 202-sex abuses (18.48%); 173-rapes (15.83%); 154-drugs (14.09%); 145-homicides (13.27%); 102-assaults (9.33%); 95-sodomies (8.69%); 67-robberies (6.13%); 42-kidnappings (3.84%); 23-burglaries (2.10%); 12-driving offenses (1.10%); 11-thefts (1.01%); and 5-vehicle thefts (0.46%); 2-arsons (0.18%); 1-forgery (0.09%); and 59 other types of crime or a combination of the preceding crimes (5.40%).

Oregon State Legislators should not overlook the source of the preceding crimes, the country of origin of the 1,093 criminal aliens in DOC prisons.

The self-declared counties of origin of the 1,093 criminal aliens in the DOC prison population by numbers and percentage (%) per country equated to the following: 882-Mexico (80.69%); 33-Guatemala (3.02%); 18-Vietnam (1.65%); 15-El Salvador (1.37%); 12-Cuba (1.10%); 11-Honduras (1.01%); 10-Russia (0.91%); 10-Ukraine (0.91%); 8-Federated States of Micronesia (0.73%); 7-Laos (0.64%); 6-Philippines (0.55%); and 81 from other counties (7.41%).

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 incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($87.08) per day (See link).

http://www.oregon.gov/doc/GECO/docs/pdf/IB_53_Quick_Facts_06_14.pdf

The DOC’s incarceration cost for its 1,093 criminal alien prison population is approximately ($95,178.44) per day, ($666,249.08) per week, and ($34,740,130.60) per year.

Even taking into account fiscal year 2013 United States Federal Government State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) award of $2,146,935.00, if the State of Oregon receives the same amount of SCAAP funding for fiscal year 2014, the cost to incarcerate 1,093 criminal aliens to the DOC will be at least ($32,593,195.60) (See link).

https://www.bja.gov/Funding/13SCAAPawards.pdf

None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 1,093 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, August 2007, Redacted-Public Version” identified the State of Oregon as having an official “state sanctuary statute,” ORS 181.850 Enforcement of federal immigration laws (See link).

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 August 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 . . . (See link).

http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2013ors181.html

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, maim or abuse Oregonians.

Oregonians should contact their Oregon State Senator and Representative and ask them to reintroduce, support and pass legislation like HB 2803 (legislation offered during the 2011 session) during the next legislative session that would empower law enforcement to fight foreign national crime in the state.

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