The following letter was sent to the Portland office of ICE today. This is the third request from OFIR that ICE attend the Carousels of Information. Both Pres. Ludwick and V.P. Hickey made earlier requests. As an eye witness to the presence of State employees at these carousels, V.P. Hickey wrote the following:
Mr. Anthony Ho
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
511 NW Broadway
Portland OR 97209
RE: Interior Enforcement in Oregon of Federal Immigration Laws
Dear Mr. Ho:
This letter is addressed to you and all members of the federal immigration enforcement team in Oregon.
This letter will serve as our third notice requesting enforcement of the laws against illegal immigration. The purpose of your taxpayer-funded positions is to enforce the immigration laws. Our next course of action will be to involve the U.S. Attorney's office. We will no longer accept your non-enforcement of applicable immigration law and will utilize all legal actions available to us. In this era of terrorism and drug trafficking from foreign nations, we have been extremely patient, to no avail.
A foreign government is succeeding in undermining your efforts to enforce immigration law.
On December 3, 2005, in Woodburn, Oregon, the Mexican Consulate will again sell their version of photo ID, called a Matricula Consular card, regardless of the legal status of the Mexican nationals to whom the cards are issued. We understand that LEGAL immigrants have proper identification as presented to them by U.S. authorities and understand that these U.S. issued immigration ID/papers are sufficient to work/drive/bank in the United States of America.
We therefore conclude that a majority, if not all, of the applicants for this Matricula Consular card are NOT authorized to be in the United States. In fact an Attorney for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington DC group, said that "possession of this Matricula Card is prima facie evidence that the person is unlawfully present in the United States." Also the Mexican Consulate in San Jose, CA, said "We estimate 70% of applicants are undocumented" & "immigration status is a concern of U.S. authorities, not us."
Also on this same day, Dec. 3, several Oregon state agencies will be present to assist likely illegal aliens in "How to find an available job in Oregon," "register to vote in Oregon," "How to get a drivers license," "information about unemployment benefits," "What to do if injured on the job." We understand that ANY State or local official/employee who provides any benefit or service, such as those explained on the "Carousel of Information" poster, would be subject to criminal liability under 8 USC sec. 1324. They posses the criminal intent (mens rea) necessary for a felony indictment under 8 USC 1324.
Mr. Ho, state/local employees/officials are in the building, and they are assisting. I am a witness and have several more witnesses. In addition, we have newspaper and TV reports verifying the same.
We conclude that the Mexican Consulate and Oregon State officials and employees are undermining your efforts to enforce immigration laws. We conclude that they assume you will NOT do your duty as an ICE agent assigned to carry out ICE's mission.
We formally request your presence on 12/03/05 in Woodburn to enforce immigration law. This could be facilitated by pre-screening applicants for the Consular card and by arresting the State or local employees/officials for violation of federal laws.
We understand that your presence at this "Carousel of Information" just one time, could set a precedent that ICE is doing its job. We suspect that the Mexican Consulate may stop traveling throughout our state to sell their ID, and that Oregon agencies will then cease participating for concern that they may be prosecuted, as they should be.
This "Carousel" is happening soon, within about two weeks. We anticipate your quick response to this notice.
Rick Hickey, Vice President
OFIR, and Rick in particular, are doing a commendable job in pursuing this fight through the various legal mechanisms. We aren't going to lose. I would suggest we step up the pressure by using this contact info and requesting ICE to have a presence at the next carousel.
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