Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 17, 2010
Shortey Files ‘Arizona-Style’ Immigration Reform
Sen. Ralph Shortey on Wednesday announced his intention
to introduce immigration reform legislation modeled after a statute
approved last year by the Arizona Legislature.
Citing the extraordinary impact of illegal immigration on state
resources, Shortey said it was time for Oklahoma to once again step
to the forefront on immigration reform.
“I believe it’s time to make immigration enforcement
a reality in Oklahoma,” said Shortey, R-Oklahoma City. “In
the absence of federal action on the issue, it has become abundantly
clear that the states must act to reaffirm the authority and intent
of the law. In order to reduce the tremendous and increasing burdens
associated with illegal immigration, we first need to empower Oklahoma
law enforcement officials to check for immigration status.”
The Arizona measure, Senate Bill 1070, permits law enforcement
to check the immigration status of individuals they have encountered
in lawful contact, if they have reason to suspect the individuals
may be in the country illegally.
“Oklahomans want their government to enforce its immigration
laws,” Shortey said. “We understand the costs and dangers
of an open-borders approach, and we will do everything in our power
to enact meaningful immigration law at the state level. Addressing
this issue will be among my greatest priorities as a Senator, and
I will pursue it with every tool at my disposal.”
Recently elected by the citizens of District 44, Shortey said
voters were insistent on the need for strong immigration reform.
Just one day after being sworn into office, the Oklahoma City Republican
made it clear he would follow through on his campaign promise.
“Throughout my campaign I assured the people of District
44 that I would fight illegal immigration, and now I’m here
to fulfill that promise,” Shortey said. “I will introduce
Arizona-style immigration reform, just as the people of my district
demanded. A broad majority of Oklahomans supported Arizona’s
immigration law, and it’s time for our state Legislature to
For more information contact:
Senator Shortey’s Office: (405) 521-5618