Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2011
Sen. Ralph Shortey
Measure targeting birthright citizenship clears Senate Judiciary
A measure that would redefine criteria for state citizenship won
approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
“We’re trying to remedy what we consider to be an
incorrect interpretation of citizenship requirements by the federal
government,” said Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City. “We
cannot change the federal government’s definition of citizenship,
but we can change the criteria for state citizenship. We want to
urge Congress to reconsider birthright citizenship, while discouraging
illegal immigrants from coming to Oklahoma.”
Senate Bill 898 would require that state citizens be born in the
United States; be a resident of the state of Oklahoma; be the child
of at least one parent who owes no allegiance to any foreign sovereignty,
or be a child without citizenship or nationality in any foreign
Shortey said the denial of Oklahoma citizenship would prohibit
illegal immigrants from owning property.
“This would not deny children access to health care or education
– these provisions have been spelled out in federal statutes
and court rulings,” said Shortey. “What we can deny
is property ownership. Denying that important privilege of citizenship
to those who are not citizens would provide a strong deterrent to
House co-author Randy Terrill called birthright citizenship one
of the strongest incentives for illegal immigrants.
“Along with jobs and government benefits, birthright citizenship
is an incentive for illegal immigrants,” said Terrill, R-Moore.
“I applaud Sen. Shortey for his efforts to remove that incentive.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Shortey: (405) 521-5557