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Scam check is selective in its choice of targets

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 16, 2012

Some Tulsa college students are working to identify bogus lawyers who sell phony legal services to illegal immigrants. The students have found several disbarred attorneys and even non-lawyers bilking individuals who are desperate to obtain citizenship or legal resident status.

Most Oklahomans, including those who support enhanced border control and tougher immigration laws, would support this effort. Opposing illegal immigration doesn't mean that one supports the exploitation of illegal immigrants. Yet we suspect that those who support identifying fraudulent immigration attorneys undoubtedly oppose efforts to identify people fraudulently posing as legal residents, efforts such as Arizona's recently upheld law allowing police to check citizenship status when investigating crimes.

And we suspect that many liberals who cheer efforts to ID bogus attorneys vocally oppose Oklahoma's voter ID law, although it's clear the illegal practices targeted in both cases negatively affect individuals. Sham attorneys exploit vulnerable people who already struggle financially. To negate an Oklahoman's legitimate vote with an illegally cast ballot robs a citizen of that most cherished American right — the ability to directly influence our democratically elected government.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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