OK STATE SENATOR WANTS $2,500 BACKDOOR AMNESTY PROGRAM
Oklahoma State Senator Harry Coates submitted Senate Bill 995 last Monday in response to House Bil 1804, which cracked on illegal immigrants across the state. The intention of Coates’ bill is to allow illegal immigrants to legally work in the state, a measure Coates believes will provide a boost to sales and tax revenues. Following the passage of House Bill 1804, illegal immigrants fled the state for friendlier ones like Texas which Coates calls a “devastating” blow to many of Oklahoma’s industries including agriculture, energy and construction.
Under Coates’ SB 995, individuals 18 years or older would be able to purchase a guest worker program for $2000 and find a sponsor who would agree to hire them and provide basic health insurance. For an additional $500, illegal immigrants would also be entitled to an immediate family permit that would protect the guest worker’s immediate family from deportation.
Opponents to Coates’ backdoor amnesty plan argue that HB 1804 helped reduce the state’s unemployment rate and increased pay in certain fields previously flooded with illegal immigrant labor.