May 23, 2024

Biden Administration Sues Oklahoma Over Immigration Law

The Biden administration is once again looking out more for illegal immigrants than it is for American citizens.

The latest effort is a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against Oklahoma.

The suit is over a law that is similar to the Texas law that would allow local law enforcement to arrest illegal immigrants, forcing them to voluntarily go back over the border or face prosecution and then be deported.

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When the Texas law went into effect, Democrats were up in arms, but several red states decided to mimic the law, with Oklahoma’s law being HB 4156.

The law calls for any illegal immigrant being arrested for having committed a crime to leave the state within three days of release or after a conviction.

In terms of illegal immigration, the precedent is firm that this falls under the purview of the federal government.

However, local crimes are a different matter, so Oklahoma, like Texas, is trying to find a loophole that will allow the state to expel illegals.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, announced the lawsuit.

Boynton stated, “Oklahoma cannot disregard the U.S. Constitution and settled Supreme Court precedent.

“We have brought this action to ensure that Oklahoma adheres to the Constitution and the framework adopted by Congress for regulation of immigration.”

Oklahoma now joins Iowa and Texas in being sued by the Biden administration on this front, but it will surely not be the last state. Legislation similar to this is in the works in several other red states, but it has not yet been passed.

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond responded to the suit, stating, “Regrettably, this administration has adopted a one-size-fits-all, they’re the federal government and they know best, all states are stupid and unconstitutional.”

He added, “If you’re an illegal immigrant in Oklahoma and obeying the law, I don’t have any concern for you I wish you to have success as you work through the process of legally immigrating.”

This will present the court with a very interesting dilemma… even though immigration clearly falls under federal purview, what rights does a state have when the federal government fails to fulfill its obligations on this front?

After all, Oklahoma is not actively hunting down illegals, only looking to expel those who have broken the law, which seems perfectly reasonable.

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