Thursday, February 24, 2011

Legislative Leaders Praise Immigration Panel

House and Senate leaders said today they are pleased with the early progress of the joint immigration reform committee.

The group has held its first meeting and is now identifying advisory board members to assist their work.

“Given the scope of the issue they are tackling, I am pleased with the progress of the joint immigration reform committee,” said House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. “They have already begun dialogue with expert advisory officials to craft a comprehensive plan that ensures those who intentionally break the law, endanger public safety and divert taxpayer resources face significant consequences.”

“I am encouraged by the efforts of the joint immigration committee, they have wasted no time getting to work and engaging authorities for advice and information on one of our most challenging issues,” said President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “The work is far from over, but ultimately I am confident that they will recommend policies that will directly address Oklahoma’s needs as they relate to immigration reform.”

Among other things, the committee will develop a reform package that addresses public safety issues and targets crimes associated with illegal immigration. As part of the effort, the group will also consider proposals to better protect taxpayer money from subsidizing illegal immigration. Throughout the process, the special committee will seek input from private citizens and organizations.

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