Oklahoma joined the anti-immigration state on Tuesday; the state Supreme Court declared all of its anti-immigration laws constitutional. Oklahoma’s anti-immigration bill, HB 1804 was put into effect in 2007 and now, it has been re-approved by the state Supreme Court.
There is a difference between the old and new version of the bill. The old HB 1804 denied undocumented people bail under arrest of felony counts or driving under the influence. The new version gives the Supreme Court power to denied whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed bail. The HB 1804 also refuses undocumented people an official government-issued ID. They are also denied public assistance and benefits. HB 1804 also gives power to state and local enforcement officials to require employers to check the legal status of their workers and the right to enforce federal immigration laws. Republican Randy Terrill is a strong supporter of the HB 1804 bill, who plans to introduce legislation that suggest that voters are the ones who should decide to give or deny bail for undocumented people. Terrill believes that the state has the power to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the United States, more than the federal government.
In 2008, Michael C. Thomas, of Tulsa, a worker at a local mental health association, filed a lawsuit against the HB 1804. Thomas reasons was that the HB1804 was unconstitutional because there was a section that denied resident tuition for a higher education to undocumented students who earned a good score on their GED.
Undocumented immigrants come to the United States in search of a better future. They only want to improve their lives and help their children improve themselves. like all common people, they wish to have the opportunities that they did not have like the chance to go to college. They do not wish to do any harm, yet they are treated like criminals. Those who come here end up falling in love with this country that is supposed to offer them freedom and a better future. Some undocumented immigrants even fight and die for this country, a country that does not always recognize their worth; a country that is treating some people with more privileges than others; a country that is tightening the choke hold on the very people who built their roads, trains, and houses.
Oklahoma’s high court upholds state’s anti-illegal immigration bill. By: Michael Mcnutt. Publish: June 15, 2011