Oklahoma Immigration Law? – With the nation’s eyes fixed on the immigration situation and recent law changes in Arizona, you wouldn’t imagine that other states would be eager to throw themselves in the middle of the mess. The recent immigration legislation that was passed in Arizona is being boycotted around the nation, and has received negative input from several government officials, including President Barack Obama who stated that he felt that the bill was not properly reviewed before it was passed. The bill calls for police in the state to use reasonable suspicion to request documentation that individuals are legally in the United States. According to a recent Gallup poll, the bill is supported by 51% of Americans. Those that don’t support the bill have said that they believe that the bill will cause unjust racial profiling, as a large number of the illegal immigrants in the state are from Mexico.
At a recent Tea Party rally that was held in Ramona, California, Republican Representative Duncan Hunter told the crowd that he supported the bill, and that he also supported the deportation of children of illegal immigrants – even those that were born in the United States.
“Between $10 billion and $20 billion in this state that we spend on immigration – that’s health services, that’s education and jails. We just can’t afford it anymore.” He told the crowd.
Conservative lawmakers in the state of Oklahoma have also been considering a similar bill, reportedly. Republican Representative Randy Terrill recently told the Associated Press that Oklahoma could even take the example set by Arizona farther, and include asset seizure provisions and harsher penalties for illegal immigrants than the provisions that were previously included in the similar Arizona bill.