Out of the Blue: Oregon Voters Send the New GOP Majority a Message on Immigration

Oregon_90In an op-ed published on Townhall.com, I discuss why a ballot initiative in solidly Democratic Oregon, in conjunction with a slew of recent polling data, should give the new Republican majority in Congress the confidence to act decisively when President Obama announces an authorized amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Last week’s elections make it clear that defunding any effort to implement an unlegislated amnesty is not only the right thing to do, but is also strongly supported by voters across the political spectrum.

You can read the full op-ed here.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


  1. avatar

    Great op-ed Ira! Also, I remember hearing going back to at least the early 90’s, from people in California that know people in Oregon, that a lot of people in Oregon absolutely hate it when Californians move to their state because they do not want their state to become destroyed and ruined by overpopulation the way that California has been. So I am sure that they would really, really not like having their beautiful state overrun with millions of illegals. And I don’t blame them, having seen what mass immigration/overpopulation has done to California over the years.

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    We’ve got to watch asylum seekers even more carefully than illegal aliens from Mexico. People from Yemen, Syria, Chechnya all hate our guts and wish us only death and destructions of our nation. The Boston Marathon bombers were asylum seekers from Chechnya. Why then is our government letting these people immigrate into the US? The UN says we’re obligated to relieve the rest of the world from its misery! We don’t want their diseases, overpopulation, suicide bombers. Go ruin someone else’s country.

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    Actually, Oregon is solidly Conservative, only Multnomah county is liberal. The mail in ballot make it so that no one knows if the democrat senators & governor were really elected or not. This now polling data shows that Oregon is really Conservative and may be subject to voter fraud.

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    The Vote Against IAs Getting Drivers Licensing

    Was really unnecessary, to it bluntly, its already current immigration laws on the books, apparently sidetracked by open border pundits.

    Dealing with the open border pundits is like baby sitting an unruly 3 YO in a china shop.

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    CORRECTION. With a population increase by 8%, and per capita pollution decrease by 5%, the math is
    108,000 x 3.8 = 410,400 units of pollution. Still more pollution despite diligent efforts of individuals to cut down pollution.

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    It could be an environmental issue – more cars, more pollution. Portland is said to be very environmentally conscious. Yet, per an article a while back, while many people there patted themselves on the back for reducing PER CAPITA pollution, they ignored increase in TOTAL POLLUTION, due to population increase. If they’re now trying to correct the situation, I give them a lot of credit.

    It’s in the math:

    –if a city’s population is 100,000 – just to pick a round figure, with an average of 4 units of pollution per person in a given time period – that’s 400,000 units.

    — if population grows to 108,000, despite people’s diligence in reducing per capita pollution by 5%, there’s MORE TOTAL POLLUTION: 108,000 x 3.98 = 429,840 units of pollution).

    It’s total pollution, not the per capita pollution, that the environment feels.

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      You’re absolutely correct in what you’re saying. But a lot of people who support reducing pollution of all kinds will subsequently turn around and support increased immigration. The two things are incompatible. The Sierra Club used to support limiting immigration for environmental reasons but now the leadership portrays limiting immigration as hate speech.

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    There is no way to spin this. It was one issue and one alone. And liberal blue Oregon said no drivers licenses for illegals. Maybe the Democrats need to rethink that mindset that pandering for amnesty is going to get them elected.