Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 3, 2011
Sen. Ralph Shortey
Shortey praises House efforts on immigration reform
Citing a House panel’s approval of an immigration reform
proposal this week, Sen. Ralph
Shortey on Thursday said he was encouraged to see reform efforts
winning support in both houses of the Legislature.
House Bill 1446, authored by Rep. George Faught, was approved
by the House Judiciary committee on Monday. The measure includes
multiple provisions addressing immigration law, including sections
that mirror those in Senate Bill 908, authored by Shortey.
“I’m pleased the House sees the importance of acting
on this issue,” said Shortey, R-Oklahoma City. “It’s
encouraging to see these measures advance through the process. As
a freshman Senator, I’m humbled the House author has chosen
to use language from my legislation and I look forward to working
together as we seek to address this very important issue.”
Senate Bill 908 contains numerous reforms, including a section
allowing for the seizure of an illegal immigrant’s property
if the property is used in the commission of an immigration crime.
Shortey is also the author of Senate Bill 905, the Oklahoma Official
English Language Implementation Act, and Senate Bill 898, which
targets birthright citizenship.
All three measures have been advanced by Senate committees.
“Our constituents have made it clear that they expect a
proactive approach from state leaders,” Shortey said. “We
owe it to the citizens of Oklahoma to act on these issues. The costs
to the state are simply too great for us to continue waiting for
the federal government to get serious about the enforcement of immigration
law. We have to do what we can with the tools we have at our disposal.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Shortey: (405) 521-5557