LatinaLista — As an email was circulating this afternoon alerting Oklahoma educators that State Rep. Randy Terrill, known for authoring some of the most punitive anti-undocumented immigrant legislation in the nation, was going to try yet one more tactic to “sneak” his “English Only” bill into law:
Representative Randy Terrill, author of last legislative session’s well-known anti-immigration HB1804, failed this session to gain support for a “Son of HB 1804,” in which he planned to impose additional sanctions and restrictions, including requiring schools to report the number of illegal immigrants enrolled to the state and strengthening tools for law enforcement.
When Terrill faced strong opposition from the business community to “Son of HB 1804,” he dropped it and decided to focus instead on making English the official language of Oklahoma.
He missed the deadline to submit his Official English bill, but on March 13, he openly acknowledged in an article by Oklahoma City NEWS 9 staffer, Amy Lester, that he plans to take a bill sent to the House from the Senate, completely gut it, and turn it into his English as Oklahoma’s official language bill. His strategy is also to use the legislative tactic of “suspending the rules” – especially effective when there are few members on the House floor – and adding his “Official English” as an amendment to a Senate bill (the content of the bill does not matter – he can add his amendment to any bill).
an interesting study estimating the long-term impact of Oklahoma’s punitive HB 1804 bill meant to drive out undocumented immigrants was released.
The findings create a less than OK state of affairs.
The study found that if the bill drives even 50,000 foreign-born workers out of the state, it would cause a loss of $1.3 billion a year. The state’s gross product in 2007 was estimated at nearly $144 billion.
The study was commissioned by the Oklahoma Bankers Association which has not taken a position one way or the other on the HB 1804.
In these tight economic times, state legislators are kicking themselves over passing HB 1804 before doing the analysis.
Now, it is a game of wait and see to see just how badly the state will suffer because they let themselves believe that undocumented immigrants’ presence in the state was a drain on their economy â€” when in reality, they could be the buffer factor in a recession.