2007 May 13 Sunday
Oklahoma Passes Law Against Illegal Aliens

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.

The immigration legislation passed in Oklahoma has 4 main parts:

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.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 May 13 06:26 PM  Immigration Policy State Local

Kyle de Beausset said at May 13, 2007 10:54 PM:

I came across your blog through a technorati search and I was wondering if you'd be interested in a link exchange with Immigration Orange. I'm always looking for different perspectives to interact with and value all viewpoints. Email me at kyledeb at gmail dot com if you're interested.

John S Bolton said at May 14, 2007 12:20 AM:

When the people speak this strongly, disloyalistic elites scramble to find some unspeakably
malicious shysters in the federal courts to subvert the democratic process.
These activists and power-amassers are committed to freedom-for-aggression.
They were unable to block the popular movement against crime, even though they had insisted that only racism, nazism and general insanity would not be all for rehabilitation of murderers,
now they have their hopes pinned on mass immigration, as the
preferable route towards the goal: freedom-for-aggression, on an ever-larger scale.

Purenoiz said at May 14, 2007 3:07 PM:

could John Bolton be less robotic when writing a message.

freedom-for-aggression? Please illuminate , I've tried reading your website, but the way it's written combined with the black on gray format is just all to painful to read.

"They were unable to block the popular movement against crime, even though they had insisted that only racism, nazism and general insanity would not be all for rehabilitation of murderers,"

John, this makes no sense after your first comma, what are you trying to say? that murders will

Mensarefugee said at May 14, 2007 3:55 PM:

Seeing how the Supreme Court has more conservatives now, and how the 1960's nitwit generation is leaving office. Things will get better and saner over time.

John S Bolton said at May 14, 2007 11:14 PM:

Purenoiz: Instead of freedom-for-aggression I might say latitude for aggression.
The point of the 'robotic' exercise is to jar people out of their robotic, programmed
and all-but-brainwashed, tendency to proceed as if every sort of freedom had to be good.
This is how we get policies to give undefined freedom to Iraqis, the Islamic countries in general, to immigrants, to illegal aliens, to ill-behaved minorities,
and to the sufferers of all the world.
Almost every time though, that this undefined freedom is invoked, it turns out to mean that there is to be more aggression permitted, on those to whom we do actually owe loyalty.
Rewriting the quoted sentence:
There was an inability to block the reaction against crime, even when this popular reaction was smeared as fascism of some extreme kind.
The smears suggested that we should all be for the rehabilitation even of murderers,
and that only racism, nazism and general insanity, would not prefer rehabilitation over enforcement-only options.
This is mentioned to draw an analogy to the present popular reaction against illegal
immigration; suggesting that the powerful may again fail to suppress public preferences with smears.

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