Thursday, April 28, 2011
Oklahoma Legislature Passes Illegal Alien Legislation
Legislation was passed in the Oklahoma senate that would create criminal penalties for illegal aliens who work in Oklahoma and those who smuggle them into the state.The bill also gives police more authority to question immigration status.
The bill passed by a 37-8 vote, and now must be reconciled with the the Oklahoma House version before it can go to Governor Mary Fallin for her signature.
The Oklahoma bill is one of a number of similar bills being considered in several states that are based on Arizona's SB 1070.
One difference in Oklahoma's proposed legislation is that police officers would be trained to ask about immigration status in a federal program.
The bill is also aimed at day laborers, making it a misdemeanor to work, apply for work or solicit work in a public place on penalty of a year in jail and/or a $500 fine. it also makes it illegal for prospective employers to stop a vehicle in a roadway and impede traffic while picking up day laborers and prohibits illegal aliens from entering vehicles stopped in a roadway.
Smuggling illegal aliens into Oklahoma will now be punishable as a felony offense by no less than a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, plus possible forfeiture of the vehicles used.
As an extra, the Senate bill also repeals previous legislation that allowed illegal aliens in the state to pay in-state tuition for college.
It will be interesting to see if Obama's Justice Department sticks its officious nose in here.