Immigration articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Fallin starts petition to close facilities for unaccompanied minors

    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...

  • Bridenstine says 2008 law shouldn't apply

    Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    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...

  • Fallin slams Obama on immigration, says kids will be financial burden to states

    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...

  • Oklahoma National Guard downplays Camp Gruber talk

    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...

  • Immigration Advocate, Detained on Texas Border, Is Released in Visa Case

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    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: Immigrant Children Must Be 'Welcomed And Protected'

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    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.

  • Four-Time Deportee Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Young Girl In Texas

    Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    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...

  • Bridenstine tours Fort Sill, satisfied with facility's transparency

    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...

  • Obama administration wants to place 5,000 more unaccompanied minors on U.S. military bases and extend their stays

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole criticizes request, which may mean more children at Fort Sill in his district for longer than the 120 days first approved.

  • Media allowed to tour Oklahoma military facility housing immigrant minors

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    A series of three tours Thursday were the first time the media have been given access to the facilities in southwestern Oklahoma.

  • Should President Obama visit the Texas border?

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    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...

  • Oklahomans call for immigration reform

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A group of Oklahoma leaders are calling on Congress to reform the country’s immigration laws to secure its borders, preserve human dignity and allow immigrants to contribute to the economy.

  • U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says it was illegal to bar U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine from Fort Sill facility housing minors

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    At a Senate hearing, the Oklahoma Republican grills an Obama administration official about the tight control over facilities used to shelter minors streaming over the southern U.S. border.

  • Oklahoma leaders push immigration reform

    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...

  • Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

    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...


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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