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Oklahoma Voices: A Debate on OKís Anti-Illegal Immigration Measure (Nov 25, 2007)
This month, a new law took effect making it a felony for Oklahomans to knowingly aid, transport or conceal undocumented immigrants. It also creates barriers to hiring them and requires proof of citizenship for immigrants to receive certain government benefits including driversí licenses. Supporters of the measure formerly known as House Bill 1804 say itís a model for other states to follow, and they cite anecdotal evidence that seems to indicate it has already had an enormous effect on the size of Oklahomaís undocumented immigrant population. Critics respond that immigration enforcement is the job of federal authorities, that this law only duplicates federal laws already in place, and that it could have unintended consequences and cost too much for local police agencies to enforce.

This week on Oklahoma Voices, we air a forum on immigration issues organized at the state capitol earlier this month by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. Itís moderated by University of Central Oklahoma Political Science Professor Randall Jones, Jr. and includes HB 1804 author Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore), Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-OKC), Carol Helm of the advocacy group I.R.O.N. (Immigration Reform for Oklahoma Now) and University of Tulsa Professor and immigration expert Linda Allegro.

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