Oklahoma Republicans argue over immigration bill

While typically immigration reform has been a partisan issue, with Republicans backing stronger enforcement measures and Democrats opposing them, GOP members in Oklahoma are reportedly debating immigration proposals amongst themselves.

The debate took place in the state’s Senate over Senate Bill 908, which was proposed by Republican Ralph Shortey, according to the Oklahoman. The bill is a large-scale crackdown on illegal immigration, with one of its provisions allowing for the seizure of property from illegal immigrants if that property is used in an immigration crime.

According to the news source, Senate GOP members argued among themselves over whether some of the most controversial measures in the bill should be cut or softened.

Republican Senator Clark Jolley reportedly had introduced an amendment to the bill that would have eliminated the provision that would allow for police to ask about a person’s immigration status if there is “probable cause” that they are in the country illegally.

Jolley said that that part of the bill might be unconstitutional and was “fatally flawed,” reports the news source. Jolley had been unsuccessful in repealing two other provisions of the bill.