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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Oklahoma governor signed immigration reform legislation
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 8, 2007, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed the Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007 — a strict reform bill meant to discourage illegal immigration. The law denied state identification to all illegal immigrants and required all state and local agencies, along with public employers, to verify citizenship status before authorizing benefits or employment. Earlier in 2011, the Oklahoma Senate approved even stricter immigration reforms modeled on legislation originally passed in Arizona that ultimately led to a federal lawsuit over the ability of the states to regulate immigration.

Learn more about Oklahoma and the controversy surrounding immigration reform in the US from the JURIST news archive.




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