Concerns Over New Immigration Law

Sunday, October 14th 2007, 8:01 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Police and district attorneys say authorities do not have sufficient training, money or manpower to effectively enforce one of the nation's toughest immigration bills. House Bill 1804 will go into effect on November 1st. It creates barriers for undocumented immigrants to receive public benefits and jobs. It also makes it illegal to transport or harbor illegal immigrants.

Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland says the new law creates serious problems for the people who are responsible for enforcing it.

Jim Cox, the executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Police Chiefs, says at a recent meeting of about 30 police chiefs, concerns were expressed, especially about who will pay for the cost of enforcing the measure.

State Representative Randy Terrill of Moore co-authored the bill. He says it's the job of the Legislature to make the law, and it's the job of the police to enforce the law.

He says he finds it troubling that law enforcement would be complaining about doing their job.

To read H.B. 1804, click here.

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