Tulsa Hispanic groups challenging Oklahoma's new immigration law suffer a setback. A judge has shut down their attempt to stop the law before it takes effect. A federal court has thrown out a lawsuit, aimed at proving House Bill 1804 is unconstitutional. The bill prevents undocumented immigrants from receiving public benefits and jobs. The group's attorney says they'll have a new game plan by Tuesday morning.
"Whether to re-file the case or to appeal it. I think those are probably the only two options we have right now. But we definitely will continue one way or the other," said attorney Rohit Sharma.
In the meantime, the Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office met with Hispanics Monday night. Many are still asking questions about the new law, and how it will affect their daily lives.
Considered one of the toughest in the nation, House Bill 1804 creates barriers for undocumented immigrants to receive public benefits and jobs. It also makes it illegal to transport or harbor illegal immigrants, making violations a felony punishable by a minimum of one year in prison or a $1,000 fine.
House Bill 1804 goes into effect on November 1st.
Originally aired 10/22/2007 8:50 PM - Updated 10/23/2007 9:52 AM
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