Okla. Bill to Check Driver Immigration Status OK'd

Friday, 11 Mar 2011 01:44 PM

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Oklahoma lawmakers in the state House Thursday approved an immigration reform bill that will give local and state authorities the ability to check the immigration status of motorists, the Oklahoman reported Friday.

oklahoma, police, check, immigration, status, driverUnder the proposed law, modeled after Arizona’s get-tough approach, federally trained state and local law enforcement officials will have the ability ask immigrants their status during traffic stops. The measure now goes onto the state Senate.

The bill was authored by state Rep. George Faught, a Republican from Muskogee.

“This is a work in progress so there may be areas where we tighten some of that language up,” Faught told the newspaper. “We want to make sure the conversation's broad, and the bill is narrowed down to issues that we actually can affect.”

Faught said only one section is similar to a part of the Arizona law being challenged in court. It may be taken out later, he said.

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