Thursday, December 06, 2007
SUMMATION OF OKLAHOMA'S HB 1804 LAW
Did you believe the HB1804 was intented to racial profiling, Hate, Ignorance, and bigotry. I would like to see the law being implemented for equal conditions for any Human Being under their constitutional rights.
1.-Bigotry: Now, if you call people who violate a law, "illegal" then call everyone who violates a law, illegal. Almost everyone has violated a law. Have you ever in your life driven over the speed limit? Then you are “illegal”.
Now, you do not support criminals. Going to a country without documents is not a crime. Educate yourself but since we are talking about criminal activity, here I have an example on how 1804 is promoting crime; here is a letter that an apartment complex in Tulsa sent to its residents:
I need for you to bring me and ID and Green Card for yourself and any other adults living in the apartment by October the 26th. I will make a copy of them and keep them in your file. Failure to do so could possibly lead to an eviction.
Again, if this is beyond your comprehension of tenants rights, ask someone educated, such as an attorney or go the library. This is harassment and it is a criminal offense. I am glad that you do not support criminals.
2.-Racial profiling- You say: "Nothing in the law says that it is targeting a specific race".
However, a friend of mine who is an attorney questioned one of the legislators of HB1804, and she openly said: don’t worry is only for Hispanics. Of course, they know better to include this wording in the text of 1804. Hispanics are the ones being chased and discriminated against. Hispanics are U.S citizens, legal residents and undocumented residents as well.
First, are you a or look like Hispanic citizen? Or when you are talking about an Illegal; what ethnicity or group comes to your mind? Australians, Canadians, Russians.. Noooo. Hispanics like Mexicans right!!. Isn't The conservative, extremist media planted on your mind? according to the stereotype?
You will be racially profiled by police, who will stop you in hopes of learning that you are illegally here so they can take you to the sheriff's office. You did not commit any traffic violation; it is all based in your appearance.
So, here is racial profiling for all those who do not look "American", it does not matter that you are a citizen, all that matters is how you look.
Get it? You are a citizen and you will be racially profiled.
Let me tell you about a case of a teenager in California who was a citizen and was deported to Mexico. (It was in the news). He had mental retardation and since he looked "Hispanic" he was unfairly deported. The American authorities refused the request of the family for assistance in locating the boy.
So, citizens are too being wrongfully deported
Abuse: Examples of abuse are numerous and they will be documented, Lawsuits will be the result.
Racism: Again, Oklahoma has gained notoriety for its 1923 Tulsa Riots against African-Americans and its mistreatment of Native Americans. Now is the Hispanic community. Different victims, same hate.
Ignorance: The Sheriff who took only a couple of weeks training for acting as an immigration agency, said that they are deporting people not only from Mexico but from El Salvador, Germany and Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States; so Puerto Ricans like Oklahomans are U.S. citizens.
Do you see the ignorance of the people in charge of enforcing this law?
Aren’t you glad ignorance is not a crime?
HB1804, the Citizens and Taxpayers Protection Act, dealing with clamping down on illegal immigration was signed into law by Governor Henry on May 8th.
This legislation is a product of several years' consultation with state legislators from both parties. It is an important step for the IRLI strategy on incremental state-by-state reform. IRLI provides technical assistance to legislators based on successful measures from other jurisdictions.
HB 1804 is tough on employers violating the law and prevents illegal aliens from obtaining drivers license and benefits, while still protecting the privileges and immunities of U.S. citizens and respecting constitutional rights for all persons. HB 1804 includes a mix of criminal, fiscal and anti-fraud provisions that collectively restrict the ability of illegal aliens to unlawfully work and reside within the state.
The Statement of Legislative Intent (Section 2) declares the states compelling interest in immigration law compliance, finding that illegal immigration causes economic hardship and lawless and has been improperly encouraged by public agencies within the state.
Section 3 replicates the federal provision that makes it a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than 1 year or a fine of $1000.00, for any person to transport, harbor, or shelter an alien in reckless disregard for their illegal immigration status. State and local prosecutors now have the tools to stop illegal aliens from "residing" in Oklahoma, or traveling instate in search of unlawful employment.
Section 4 restricts issuance of most official identification documents to U.S. citizens, legal permanent resident aliens or holders of valid unexpired visas. Illegal aliens cannot operate in-state if they lack official documentation. Use of foreign consular cards issued to illegal aliens has been prohibited.
Section 5 requires police to verify the immigration status of persons who have been arrested and detained at a local jail for felony crimes, and report all illegal aliens to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Section 7 requires all public employers to use the Basic Pilot electronic work authorization verification program. State and local public contractors are prohibited from commencing work on a taxpayer-funded contract before they register with the Basic Pilot Program.
Section 8 requires every public agency to verify the lawful presence of aliens aged 14 years or older who applies for state or local public benefits, using the online SAVE system, as authorized by the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Standard federal exceptions for emergency health care treatment or other public health services apply. This measure builds on similar provisions developed by IRLI that have been successfully adopted by Virginia, Colorado, and Georgia.
Section 9 provides that employers shall withhold state income tax for independent contractors who failed to provide a Social Security number. Reduces the incentive to hire illegal aliens as cheap day laborers and "contractors," and helps safeguard workers compensation and other labor law protections against abuse.
Section 10 directs the Oklahoma Attorney General to negotiate a "287(g)" cooperative agreement between the State of Oklahoma and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase state and local police joint enforcement of federal immigration law with DHS. 287(g) agreements help insure that illegal aliens discovered by Oklahoma police officers are quickly and safely transferred into federal custody. Helps fight "catch and release" abuses that allow criminal aliens back into the neighborhoods where they were arrested.