Defending the immigration law

Friday, January 4th 2008, 10:34 pm
By: News 9

The state may once again be defending the new immigration law.

Considered one of the toughest in the nation, House Bill 1804 creates barriers for undocumented immigrants to receive public benefits and jobs.

A new lawsuit is challenging its constitutionality.

A group of attorneys claim the law is in direct violation of Oklahoma's constitution because it uses public funds to "search out and turn-over illegal immigrants to federal agencies."

"Every agency has been charged with the responsibility of searching out illegal immigrants and turning them over to some federal agency and to me that's a bureau," said Plaintiff Prof. Jim Thomas.

No court date has been set.