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House Plans More Work on Immigration Bill (May 03, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to give police in Oklahoma broader powers to crack down on illegal immigrants is being sent to a conference committee.

The Oklahoma House voted 63-15 for the bill Tuesday and sent it to the committee where lawmakers will develop the final language.

In its current form, the bill authorizes federally trained police officers to question people about their immigration status in certain circumstances, allows the seizure of vehicles used in human trafficking, and makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek employment.

Republican Rep. George Faught of Muskogee says his bill will be overhauled in conference to focus exclusively on "public safety" implications of illegal immigration.

Several Democrats argued that illegal immigration is a federal problem that can't be solved at the state level.

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