A controversial state immigration bill takes effect next week. Tulsa County says it's up to speed with the law, and on Friday the sheriff's office shared its knowledge with other law enforcement agencies throughout northeastern Oklahoma. News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz admits the new law is complicated, but he says his department has studied it and trained for its implementation.
On Friday, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz showed other law enforcement agencies what they've learned along the way. The Tulsa County jail actually has a finger print system that identifies and catalogs every illegal immigrant who has been arrested.
With House Bill 1804 taking effect next week, Sheriff Glanz says it's important law enforcement agencies know what to look out for, but he says there's a misconception about how they'll go about it.
"If they're criminals we don't want them here. We want them prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz.
"I don't think there is anything immoral or wrong about doing that and enforcing that law. This law is not about rounding people up like some people say. It's about going after criminal illegal aliens in our community," added Tulsa Congressman John Sullivan.
Under the new law, illegal immigrants can be deported if they commit a crime.
Originally aired 10/26/2007 4:30 PM - Updated 10/26/2007 7:38 PM