"They are selling drugs to our kids and raping our kids," said Daniel Miglavs of Sherwood. "Our public officials, our state employees, are in there right now aiding and abetting them."
He defended his statement by waving a stack of papers that showed the high rate of incarceration for Hispanics in Oregon.
"They're disproportionately committing crimes versus the general public," Miglavs said. "It really is an underlying crime syndicate."
I did say "underground" rather than "underlying" though. And the "stack of papers" was all the current inmates in the Marion County Jail who had an immigration hold. It was quite a stack.
Peaceful protests don't stop immigrant program
Protesters peacefully carried signs and sang ballads about the blight of illegal immigration Saturday during an event put on by the Mexican government.
Among the services offered at the daylong event were matricular consular cards, Mexican birth certificates to children born in Oregon and information about paying taxes, receiving health care and getting a driver's license in the state.
Noe Nuñez, 21, shook his head.
"I've never seen anything like this," he said about the protesters. "This surprises me a lot and shows me what kind of people live in my community."
The kind of people who want legal and orderly immigration? The kind of people who frown on crime?
"We're only here to work," said Raul Aguirre, 29, who lives in Eugene. "But, wherever we go, there are people like this."
Look at form I-9. It is illegal for you to work Mr. Aguirre. All employees are required to fill out this form. You commit perjury when you sign this form and you are not eligible to work in the United States. (That's yet another crime for those of you who are paying attention)