Something strange is happening in Oklahoma! While the nation's unemployment is on the rise - 5.1% in March, up from 4.4% in March of 2007 - Oklahoma unemployment is going in the opposite direction - DOWN to 3.1% in March from 4% in March of 2007.
So what is going on in Oklahoma that the rest of us could learn from? The answer is House Bill 1804, sponsored by State Representative Randy Terrill.
This new Oklahoma LAW (yes it passed and was signed by the Governor) has the following provisions:
- 1. Strict penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens
- 2. It's now a felony to transport or shelter illegal aliens
- 3. The State of Oklahoma is forbidden to issue drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants
- 4. The State of Oklahoma is forbidden to pay social welfare benefits to illegal immigrants or their families
- 5. State and local police are required by Oklahoma law to enforce Federal immigration laws.
"The bottom line is illegal aliens will not come here if there are no jobs waiting for them," Terrill said. "They will not stay here if there is no Government subsidy and they are probably already leaving because they know that if they encounter our State or local law enforcement officers, they will be physically detained until they are deported."
And after all of this, it has become clear that there are many Americans living in Oklahoma, doing the jobs we are told that Americans won't do. Without that being the case, surely Oklahoma unempoloyment would be sat at 4.7% today instead of 3.1%.
Now clearly what Oklahoma has done is shift the problem to a different State. But it has also shown the other 49 States that you don't need to round up anyone. If we all had these strict immigration laws, most illegals would simply go home - and hopefully apply legally to become citizens of this great nation - just as I have done.
(Copyright © 2008 By Simon L Conway All Rights Reserved.)
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