Oklahoma Getting it Right on Illegal Immigration
Posted by Joshua Price on October 15, 2007
While certain states like California, New York, and Illinois are passing immigration laws favorable to illegals, Oklahoma, on the other hand, is doing the right thing by passing some of the toughest laws cracking down on illegal immigration. Oklahoma’s laws make Georgia’s look relatively weak, and Georgia has some of the toughest laws against illegal immigration in the country.
According to an article in The Washington Post, Oklahoma’s laws include:
a package of tough new laws will not only make it a crime to transport or harbor illegal immigrants, but will also strip such immigrants of any right to receive most health care, welfare, scholarships or other government assistance; penalize employers who hire illegal workers; and force businesses to verify the legal status of new hires.
An Oklahoma state legislator, Randy Terrill (R), has it right:
That “comports with my philosophy that illegal aliens will not come to Oklahoma or any other state if there are no jobs waiting for them. They will not stay here if they know they will get no taxpayer subsidy, and they will not stay here if they know if they ever come into contact with one of our fine law enforcement officers, they will stay in custody until they are physically deported.”
And what are the results so far?
Hispanic business groups, citing school enrollment losses and church parish figures, say the laws, which start going into effect later this year, have caused as many as 25,000 undocumented workers to flee the state in recent months. The loss is being decried by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association.
But just as states like Oklahoma and Georgia are ramping up efforts to thwart illegal immigration, states like Illinois, California, and New York are taking actions to aid and coddle the illegals.
New York’s ultra-liberal Governor Elliot Spitzer has announced that his state will allow illegals to obtain driver’s licenses.
With the federal government offering not viable or appropriate solution to this problem the states are having to deal with this on their own. Perhaps that’s not such a bad thing. States like Oklahoma and Georgia may be providing the framework for future federal laws, at least we can hope.