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Wed May 18, 2011
Tulsa, OK – Okla. House shoots down immigration proposal
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Facing opposition from both sides of the aisle, the House author of a plan to target illegal immigration in Oklahoma says the bill won't be reconsidered this year after the House shot down the latest version of the measure.
The Republican-controlled House voted 62-31 on Tuesday against adopting the bill that focused mostly on human smugglers and others who prey on illegal immigrants.
Both Democrats and Republicans railed against the bill for not targeting employers who hire illegal aliens. Several argued the measure contained no substantive reforms.
After the vote, Rep. George Faught said he doesn't plan to bring the measure back to the floor for a vote.
Hard-line critics of illegal immigrants wanted dramatic reforms this year, but business and industry leaders have resisted new requirements on businesses.