First District Congressman John Sullivan asks data on immigration arrests

Thursday, January 6th 2005, 6:16 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Representative John Sullivan is asking officials for statistics on the number of illegal immigrants detained in Oklahoma.

Sullivan is trying to get a federal immigration enforcement office in Tulsa.

In a letter to assistant secretary of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Michael J-Garcia Sullivan wants to compare Oklahoma's needs and resources to other states.

Sullivan says Oklahoma only 12 immigration agents in a state that has $3.5-million people.

Sullivan pointed to a case in Catoosa in which federal immigration officials authorized the release of 18 undocumented immigrants.

Sullivan says he also wants to know how many similar releases were made without judicial review.