U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo brought his presidential campaign to Oklahoma today and thanked supporters for backing Oklahoma’s anti-immigration bill passed earlier this year.
Tancredo, a Republican congressman from Colorado, is a leading advocate of strong action against illegal immigration. He said Oklahoma’s anti-immigration law, which takes effect Nov. 1, is one of the strongest in the country.
“No state has done more; there’s no bill that’s been passed that’s more comprehensive than the one you guys developed here,” Tancredo told about 20 supporters at the Oklahoma Training Center, 520 W. Main St. “It’s something we hope that every state would replicate.
“We also hope that no other state has to” if Congress would pass legislation dealing with illegal immigration, he said. Tancredo said it’s doubtful Congress will take up immigration legislation until after the 2008 elections.
Legislators this year passed House Bill 1804, which backers said would crack down on the estimated 75,000 illegal immigrants in the state. The measure sets criminal penalties for knowingly and willingly harboring illegal immigrants.