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Tough New Oklahoma Immigration Law Goes Into Effect Thursday
« on: November 01, 2007, 06:02:44 pm »
OKLAHOMA CITY -- One of the toughest immigration laws in the country goes into effect in Oklahoma Thursday.

The new law will make it harder to get state-issued IDs and create fines for business owners who hire illegal immigrants.

Local activists said they would be holding a protest on the steps of the Capitol when the new law goes into effect.

They said the new law will only enlarge the gulf between citizens and non- citizens.

"These unjust laws in Oklahoma and those in other places across this country will tear this country apart," said activist Roosevelt Milton.

Legal immigrants said something needs to be changed, but the new law isn't the solution.

"If we want to better immigration in the United States and fix the problem of illegal immigration, let's fix first the legal process to become permanent resident and eventually citizens of United States," said Mauro Yanez, a legal immigrant.

A representative who pushed this law said he's just getting started.

"The illegal alien problem is a substantial problem to the safety of Oklahoma," said Randy Terrill.

He said he will introduce what he calls the son of House Bill 1804 in the next legislative session.

"It would focus on having some cleanup language that related to House Bill 1804, making English the official language," said Terrill.

A group of Latino clergyman said they're challenging the law and have filed a temporary restraining order to put the law on hold.

A judge will hear that case on Wednesday.

A protest rally will take place at the state Capitol at noon Thursday.