The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld nearly every provision of the state’s anti-immigration law, which went into affect in November 2007, according to multiple reports.
The decision supports the heavy-handed legislation that seeks to crack down on illegal immigration in the state. The bill, authored by Representative Randy Terrill, is reportedly considered one of the toughest in the nation and was previously challenged in a lower court.
Sources report the high court upheld four of the bill’s key provisions, which states that illegal aliens cannot receive a government issued ID or drivers license and are not eligible for most state benefits funded by taxpayers. In addition, it enables state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law and requires employers to check the legal status of their workers.
However, a provision that would have denied bail to illegal immigrants arrested for felonies or DUI’s was not passed.
The court decision comes as many states are reassessing their own immigration reform laws. Utah, Georgia and Alabama have all recently passed stricter laws in an attempt to curb immigration levels.