Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, a Democrat, very unenthusiastically signed into law legislation that makes Oklahoma's laws against illegal immigrants the toughest in the nation. Henry had no choice because the law passed by veto-proof margins.
State lawmakers praised Henry’s action. Supporters had urged Henry to sign the measure into law since it received final passage in a bipartisan 84-14 vote by the state House last week. The bill was approved 41-6 by the Senate last month.
“This important new immigration reform ensures we’re upholding the rule of law in Oklahoma. Our citizens deserve nothing less,” said House Speaker Lance Cargill, R-Harrah.
The measure’s author, Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, credited public outcry at the federal government’s inability to address illegal immigration for his measure’s success.
“I’m glad the governor received the message,” Terrill said. “It puts Oklahoma effectively at the forefront in the state-level immigration reform movement.”
State and local governments, being closer to the people, continue to set examples to the federal government about how illegal immigration can be cut back via tough laws and enforcement of existing laws. The elites in Washington DC disagree with the masses and have sabotaged immigration law enforcement at the federal level for many years. Popular anger at federal immigration policy is finding an outlet through state and local level law and policy.
According to Terrill, author of HB 1804, the bill focuses on four main points.
It contains provisions to ensure taxpayer-supported benefits are made available to American citizens and legal immigrants only.
It also restricts access by illegal aliens to driver’s licenses and ID cards and allows state and local law enforcement the power to enforce federal immigration law.
It also provides for severe penalties for employers who employ illegal immigrants.
A group called the League of United Latin American Citizens plan to file suit to stop the enforcement of this law. They do not think we the citizens have a right to stop people from entering the United States. Think about that.
In another example of popular will fighting against elite will the people of a town in Texas have enacted a regulation aimed against illegal aliens. Against opposition of mayor Bob Phelps, the voters of Farmers Branch Texas voted for a regulation that prevents illegal aliens from renting apartments.
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- Farmers Branch residents on Saturday became the first in the nation to pass a regulation aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting apartments.
Voters in the Dallas suburb approved the measure, which requires apartment managers to verify that potential renters are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.
Meanwhile, in Washington DC the elites are negotiating with each other behind closed doors on how to enact legislation that will grant amnesty to all the illegal aliens.
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