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Legal Wrangling Continues Over Immigration Law

December 29, 2008
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TULSA, Okla. – A new state law targeting illegal immigrants remains in legal limbo more than eight months after attorneys argued legal points in a Tulsa County courtroom.

After listening to lawyers address the issues on April 11, District Judge Jefferson Sellers did not resolve the matter and set no decision date.

Sellers recently said the case is still awaiting his decision, and he declined to estimate when that will be issued.

The suit contends the law known as House Bill 1804, enacted in 2007, creates a Bureau of Immigration in Oklahoma and allows for appropriation and expenditure of public funds in violation of the state constitution.

The suit lists Gov. Brad Henry and the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners as defendants. The commissioners have been dismissed from the case.

On Henry’s behalf, Assistant Attorney General Daniel Weitman has argued that the law touches on immigration but does not establish a Bureau of Immigration.

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