Stall measure's enforcement, opponents ask at Capitol
BY ANGEL RIGGS World Capitol Bureau
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
10/30/07 at 11:32 AM
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Hispanic community leaders and
others opposed to House Bill
1804, an anti-illegal immigration law, gathered Monday at
the Capitol to call for a delay in
enforcment of the statute until
the federal government comes
up with a better solution.
The law, which is to take effect Thursday, has sparked intense fear in the Hispanic
community that families will
be separated, several speakers
"We're asking for a moratorium on all raids, arrests and
deportations until such a time
as our Congress assumes the
responsibility of an immigration law that is just and comprehensive," said the Rev. Victor Orta, the president of the
American Dream Coalition.
"We are for fair and comprehensive immigration reform,
and our Congress has failed
us," he said.
The group also announced
plans for a protest meeting at
noon Thursday on the Capitol's south steps.
"These individuals are not
beggars asking for a handout,"
Orta said. "All they want is
permission to work."
House Bill 1804 by Rep.
Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and
Sen. James Williamson, R-Tulsa, makes it a felony to transport or shelter an undocumented immigrant. The bill
also tightens rules on identification cards, employment and
Rep. Al Lindley, D-Oklahoma City, told the group: "1804
is a very popular law. But so
was Prohibition, and it didn't
take us long to figure out that
Prohibition caused more problems than it solved."
Terrill said the immigration
issue is just as much a federal
as a state problem.
States can't wait for Congress to act, because of the
strain illegal immigration places on the country's social services, education and infrastructure, he said.
"The federal government
should have the responsibility
to protect our border, but it
just isn't doing so," he said.
The bill does not target any
one group, and it includes
safeguards to prevent racial
profiling, he said.
Angel Riggs (405) 528-2465
against law set
On the eve of House Bill
1804 taking effect, the United
Front Task Force will have a
candlelight vigil from 6:30 p.m.
to midnight Wednesday at the
plaza level of City Hall, near
Fourth Street and Denver Avenue.
People who wish to participate are asked to wear white.
Candles, signs and posters will
be provided for the vigil and a
silent demonstration afterward.
For more information, call