Immigration articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • New federal programs bring deportation relief for some undocumented Oklahoma residents

    By Ben Felder Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Jair Pacheco, 20, has applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program after an executive order by President Barack Obama gave undocumented residents protections if they had entered the country before turning 18, were not yet 30, and were able to pass a background check.

  • Exclusive: U.S. agencies split over fingerprinting parents of child immigrants

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    U.S. immigration enforcement officers are proposing that fingerprints be taken from all people claiming custody of children who have entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, a measure that opponents said could keep thousands of families apart. As a new wave of...

  • Construction worker hangs Mexican flag atop Trump tower in Vancouver

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    A Mexican flag hung from the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver over the weekend. The flag  was placed atop the nearly complete building by Mexican-born construction worker Diego Saul Reyna, according to a Facebook post published Sunday. The post seems to reference Trump’s...

  • MS-13 gang recruiting 'border surge' kids, fueling violence in D.C. area

    Published: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    Authorities in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area are concerned that the surge of unaccompanied migrants coming across the United States’ southern border could be helping the notorious MS-13 street gang recruit new members and is fueling a spat of violence around the nation’s capital. There...

  • Poland refuses to accept refugees after Brussels attack

    Published: Thu, Mar 24, 2016

    Poland's prime minister says his country is no longer prepared to take the 7,000 refugees it agreed to accept in negotiations with the European Union because of the deadly Brussels attacks. Beata Szydlo said on Wednesday that she does "not see any possibility for the refugees to come to...

  • Washington Examiner: ICE: 124 illegal immigrants freed from jail later charged in 138 murder cases

    Published: Mon, Mar 14, 2016

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revealed that 124 illegal immigrant criminals released from jail by the Obama administration since 2010 have been subsequently charged with murder. A Center for Immigration Studies report on the data from ICE to the Senate Judiciary Committee added...

  • Deported Mexican citizen now suspect in five murders in Kansas and Missouri

    Published: Thu, Mar 10, 2016

    PAOLA, Kan. -- Family and friends continue to mourn the loss of four Kansas City, Kan., men who were allegedly shot and killed by a man who had illegally entered the United States after he had previously been deported. Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, 40, has been charged with four counts of...

  • Americans Really Don't Like Immigration, New Survey Finds

    Published: Tue, Mar 8, 2016

    Sixty-one percent of Americans agree that "continued immigration into the country jeopardizes the United States," according to a new poll commissioned by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney that revealed pessimism across a wide range of issues. The degree of concern is remarkable...

  • Washington Examiner: Record 61 million immigrants in U.S., 15.7 million illegally

    Published: Mon, Mar 7, 2016

    There are a record 61 million immigrants and their American-born children in the United States, including an estimated 15.7 million illegally here, according to a new analysis of 2015 U.S. Census data. The estimated number of undocumented immigrants is one of the highest ever. The analysis...

  • Refugees buying one-way tickets home after finding Germany intolerable

    Published: Wed, Mar 2, 2016

    With a one-way ticket home to Iraq in his hands and seven months' worth of frustration over intransigent German bureaucracy in his heart, Gazwan Abdulhasen Abdulla gave up on his dreams of a better life in Europe. Homesick and eager to be back with his wife and four small children in Basra,...

  • Washington Examiner: Families victimized by illegals vow to block pro-immigration candidates, 'You will never occupy Oval Office'

    Published: Tue, Mar 1, 2016

    The families of 30 Americans raped, tortured and murdered by alleged illegal immigrants are urging Republican voters ahead of Super Tuesday to reject Sen. Marco Rubio or any presidential candidate who isn't strong on protecting the country from undocumented criminals. "We do not want other...

  • Washington Examiner: HHS: Immigrants with HIV, STDs welcome

    Published: Tue, Feb 23, 2016

    The administration has decided to let immigrants with three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing sores or lesions on genitalia to enter the United States, an expansion of a previous decision to let in those with HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services this month opened the...

  • Washington Examiner: Almost 90,000 dangerous illegal immigrants go free

    Published: Mon, Feb 22, 2016

    Nearly 60 percent of illegal immigrants identified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as criminal threats are not deported and are eventually released, the latest example of the Obama administration's failed immigration policy. Internal ICE figures show that in fiscal 2015, the...

  • Washington Examiner: Report: MS-13 foot soldiers use 'surge' to cross border, 'colonize new criminal territory'

    Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Criminal networks with Latin American roots, such as MS-13 and the 18th Street gang, are using the administration's open-door policy at the border to slip in recruits that are causing a huge spike in murder and violence throughout the nation, according to an immigration expert. Testifying...

  • Washington Examiner: DHS plans New Year's Eve present for millions of foreign workers

    Published: Thu, Dec 31, 2015

    The Federal Register will publish a new Department of Homeland Security regulation Thursday that instructs the State Department to give millions of employment authorization documents to aliens prior to authorizing green cards. The new regulation was designed to override current visa caps...


Important Information

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Oklahoma Immigration Timeline

1990 to 2000:

  • Oklahoma's illegal immigrant population grows nearly 200 percent, a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service study shows.

  • 2002:

  • Momentum begins in Oklahoma to designate English as the official language in the state. The English-only bill is defeated in March 2003.

  • 2005:

  • Former state Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Del City, proposes legislation requiring state employees to report illegal immigration. The measure would have required state and local employees to report suspected violations of immigration law to federal authorities. The bill fails to get a vote in the full House.

  • 2006:

  • Rep. Randy Terrill's HB 3119, a bill that would have required proof of citizenship when getting identification cards at school, registering to vote or seeking public assistance, is killed in a Senate committee.

  • 2007:


  • HB 1804 filed
  • March 7:

  • Passed the House, 88-9
  • April 16:

  • Passed the Senate, 41-6
  • May 1:

  • House concurred with Senate amendments, passed the bill 85-13 and sent it to the governor.
  • May 8:

  • Signed by the governor
  • Nov. 1:

  • Law took effect

  • 2008:

  • Rep. Randy Terrill files "Son of 1804," the Oklahoma Real Immigration Enforcement and Reform Act of 2008. Known as the English-only bill, it also would have set up a fund for law enforcement to be trained and certified to perform federal immigration law enforcement.
  • February:

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The State Chamber, the Oklahoma City and Tulsa chambers of commerce, and the Oklahoma restaurant and hotel and lodging associations file a lawsuit against HB 1804 challenging its constitutionality.
  • Attorney General Drew Edmondson asks a U.S. District Court to dismiss the lawsuit.
  • March:

  • Terrill's English-only bill does not advance.
  • April:
  • Tulsa District Judge Jefferson Sellers decides a lawsuit against HB 1804 will go forward.
  • June:

  • U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron grants a preliminary injunction against some employer-related provisions of the law.
  • The 10th U.S. Court of Appeals opens an appeals case for the Oklahoma attorney general to challenge Cauthron's decision.

  • 2009:

    Feb. 11:

  • Tulsa District Judge Jefferson Sellers upholds the constitutionality of the law except for a provision regarding resident tuition for higher education to those who have successfully completed the General Education Development test.

  • 2010:

    Feb. 24:

  • Terrill's HB 3384, a bill requiring school districts to report to the state the number of students who are illegal immigrants and how much it's costing to educate them, passes a House committee and goes to a full House vote.
  • March 10:

  • HB 3384 passes the House, 71-26 goes to the Senate. It doesn't make it out of a Senate committee.
  • April 19:

  • The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reconsider its decision barring Oklahoma from enforcing parts of a law intended to crack down on the hiring of illegal immigrants.
  • April 23:

  • Arizona's immigration law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer