The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.
These two pieces of legislation would allow authorities to seize property from people not in the country legally and deny citizenship in the Sooner State to babies born in the U.S. to unlawful residents, respectively, according to Fox News Latino.
Freshman Senator Ralph Shortey authored both bills and said that he does not agree with the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that automatically gives citizenship to anyone born on American soil.
The news source described the first bill, which Shortey said will give law enforcement an incentive to crackdown on illegal immigrants, as an “Arizona-plus” law in reference to the bill that was passed last year in the Grand Canyon State that in part requires police to inquire about a suspects’ immigration status if they believe that they might be in the country illegally.
Democratic Senator Judy Eason-McIntyre told the news provider that she felt the proposals were “mean-spirited.” In addition, she said that Shortey was pandering by introducing the bills.