BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Gov. Mary Fallin's re-election campaign has launched an online petition calling for the closure of federal facilities, including one at Fort Sill, holding unaccompanied juveniles who have entered the U.S. illegally.
"President Obama has chosen — instead of enforcing our laws or...
Most of the juveniles arriving in the United States from Central America are not covered by the terms of a 2008 anti-human trafficking law, 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Friday, the Tulsa World reports. The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was...
BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Gov. Mary Fallin harshly criticized the Obama administration’s immigration policies on Wednesday and said she fears the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Latin America will become a financial burden to the states.
“Many of our public schools are already at capacity and need additional...
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Guard spokesman Max Moss says there have been no discussions between the Oklahoma National Guard and any federal agencies about housing children at the training camp southeast of Muskogee.
As many as 1,200 mostly teenagers from Central America are being housed at troop barracks at Fort Sill...
McALLEN, Tex. — Jose Antonio Vargas, who has chronicled in minute detail the twists and turns of his life as a Filipino living illegally for years in the United States, was detained by the Border Patrol for most of the day on Tuesday and then released with a notice to appear before an immigration...
Pope Francis confronted the "racist and xenophobic attitudes" that often face undocumented immigrants by addressing the thousands of unaccompanied children included in their ranks, Huffington Post reports.
PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities in Parker County have arrested a man suspected of molesting a 9-year-old girl as she slept in her home. The man, 35-year-old Israel Andrade, has been deported from the United States on four different occasions. Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to...
By JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014
FORT SILL — First District Rep. Jim Bridenstine said he was satisfied with the transparency at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ juvenile facility at Fort Sill after his tour on Saturday, the Tulsa World reports. Less than two weeks after first being denied entry, Bridenstine said...
Much of President Obama's presidency currently falls into the category of damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, says NPR. That certainly is true on the question of whether he should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his two-day visit to Texas. Some have even taken if this isn't Obama's...
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014
A group of Republican leaders in Oklahoma is joining a coalition of business and manufacturing groups from across the country in urging Congress to pass immigration reform they say is vital to the nation’s economy.
Former Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele and ex-Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating...
By ERICA WERNER and JIM KUHNHENN, AP | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.8 billion to confront the influx of minors from Central America. The figure also includes extra money for fighting wildfires in the West.
The White House says the money would help increase the...
A comparison of some of theStates' immigration lawsFull text of House Bill 1804
Oklahoma Immigration Timeline
1990 to 2000:
Oklahoma's illegal immigrant population grows nearly 200 percent, a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service study shows.
Momentum begins in Oklahoma to designate English as the official language in the state. The English-only bill is defeated in March 2003.
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.
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.
HB 1804 filed
Passed the House, 88-9
Passed the Senate, 41-6
House concurred with Senate amendments, passed the bill 85-13 and sent it to the governor.
Signed by the governor
Law took effect
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.
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.
Terrill's English-only bill does not advance.
Tulsa District Judge Jefferson Sellers decides a lawsuit against HB 1804 will go forward.
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.
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.
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.
HB 3384 passes the House, 71-26 goes to the Senate. It doesn't make it out of a Senate committee.
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.
Arizona's immigration law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer