Thursday, January 10, 2008

Oklahoma Immigration Law Scares Employers

We have heard much lately -- including on this blog -- about the new Arizona employer sanctions law that went into effect on January 1.  Emily Bazar in USA Today discusses the new Oklahoma law, which in some ways is broader than a controversial Arizona law that suspends or revokes business licenses of employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. Challenges to the law have been dismissed.  Among other things, the Oklahoma law makes it a felony to transport or shelter illegal immigrants and denies illegal immigrants driver's licenses and public benefits such as rental assistance and fuel subsidies. Many business owners are especially nervous about provisions of teh law to go into effect on July 1, when employers with government contracts must start checking new hires against a federal database to make sure they are legally eligible to work.


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'Oklahoma Immigration Law Scares Employers'

I think that's the idea! Scare 'em into going straight.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 10, 2008 9:31:44 PM

This is probably exactly what they needed to do to work on the immigration problem. Go after the employers.

Posted by: EP3 | Jan 11, 2008 8:46:03 PM

I hope other states do the same.

It may surprise many people, but Minnesota has a serious illegal alien problem. We have several "sanctuary" cities, and even when we arrest in illegal for a crime, they are seldom deported.

Posted by: Tundra Politics | Feb 22, 2008 4:54:02 PM

Rep. Randy Terrill, the man who wrote the bill, says he thinks it sends a clear message: if you're an illegal immigrant, you're not welcome.

cruel? i think so. is that really the message we want to send to a group of people who did something drastic to make a better life for their families? come on people, where's compassion?

and going after the employers is unfair and i believe its an example of how people are willing to do anything and inconvenience or hurt anyone for the purpose of their own agendas.

Posted by: LLEG | Feb 24, 2008 2:35:08 PM

There is legal immigration if they want to come here so bad. The problem the illegal aliens are only making a better life for themselves. They have no interest in becoming part of the United States. They want the benefits without paying for them. They are taking more and more jobs which is increasing unemployment and they are using services here that taxpayers are funding while they skate. Take a look at this video of the testimony of a director of Martin Memorial hospitel in Florida These people are a blight on the nation.

Posted by: JoeMelch | Jul 18, 2008 11:35:21 AM

It would be scare me, too. Just force them to become legal citizens.

Posted by: Immigration Attorney | Nov 12, 2008 8:40:13 AM

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