Federal judge upholds block on state immigration law
BY ANDREW KNITTLE NewsOK.com
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12/20/12 at 3:14 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - A judgment signed by a federal judge Wednesday upholds a block on two provisions in the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007, ending a lengthy legal battle over the anti-illegal immigration law, which was described by many as one of the harshest in the nation.
A third provision of the law, which requires contractors working for public entities to use electronic employment authorization services such as E-Verify, was upheld in the judgment.
One of the provisions permanently blocked by the judgment would have allowed civil penalties for "any employer who discharges an authorized employee while retaining an unauthorized employee," court records show.
The other would have required businesses to verify that all "individual independent contractors" had legitimate authorization statuses before hiring them.
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Attorney General Scott Pruitt: "This joint motion puts into place what the circuit court and U.S. Supreme Court already had decided on these issues," he said. "We now can shift our focus to implementing and enforcing the law." A portion of the law forcing contractors hired by public entities to verify employment statuses is now in effect