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Covering the immigration issue on NewsOK

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm •  Published: June 1, 2010

We added another key piece of coverage on NewsOK this weekend.

Reporters Ron Jackson and Vallery Brown covered the immigration story as it relates to Oklahoma.

Ron’s story focused on a family that had been in Oklahoma City for years before the oldest son was deported. The family is separated and desperate.

“For all those people who don’t want us in America, I just wish for one day they could walk in our shoes — just for a day,” Gabriel Jr. said. “Then they might understand better. Then they would know what it felt like to be on the other side.”

Ron’s story sparked quite a  series of comments from people who wanted a voice on that story. Here are a couple of examples:

I’m really sorry the pain is heavy for families, but why the complete disregard for ownership in the personal decisions made by Gabriel? He made the risk/reward decision to slip here illegally. He can not complain that he is a victim or his family’s treatment was unfair, because he made the decision. At some point, he knew there could be penalties for the decision, and made the decision anyway.

or this one:

Excuse me. Why would a law-breaker put his wife and son at risk? That is similar to a bank-robber bringing his wife and son during the crime. I don’t feel any sympathy for this man. Instead of breaking in, why couldn’t they go the to front door and knock? America accepts legal immigrants every day.

Our package this weekend included a national view of the issue with an ongoing coverage page, plus an interactive graphic that shows how other states are dealing with the issue.

It also includes Vallery’s article, detailing how HB 1804 came to pass in Oklahoma.

Spend some time this week seeing the work from Ron, Vallery and more. Then look to our immigration page as we continue to cover this issue in the future.

by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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