Oklahoma House panel backs comprehensive anti-illegal immigration measure

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: March 1, 2011
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HB 1446 would give state and local law officers the authority to ask about the immigration status of occupants of vehicles that are pulled over for legal traffic stops.

It also would prohibit employers from stopping their vehicles in public roadways to hire illegal immigrants and then take them to worksites.

Faught said his bill also would prohibit undocumented students from qualifying for state-funded scholarships.

“We want to make sure that those benefits given to our citizens are there for our citizens and not for those who are here illegally,” he said.

American laws

Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said her measure, HB 1552, would be a law patterned after State Question 755, which 71 percent of the voters supported in the Nov. 2 elections. A federal judge has blocked the ballot measure from taking effect after an American-born Muslim filed a lawsuit.

SQ 755 would forbid state courts from considering or using international law or Sharia law. An amendment described Sharia law as Islamic law based on the Quran and the teaching of Mohammed.

Kern said her measure, written by the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., should avoid a legal challenge because it does not mention a certain religion or law.

HB 1552 passed the committee 10-3.

“The big problem with State Question 755 was that it specifically mentioned one religion,” she said. “This bill has been written in such a way that it won't do that. We're talking about foreign law.”


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The big problem with State Question 755 was that it specifically mentioned one religion.”

Rep. Sally Kern,

R-Oklahoma City

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