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OK Immigration Law Faces Lawsuits

May 21, 2024 (1 min read)

Jordan Gerard, The Oklahoman, May 21, 2024

"In a war of words and threats of litigation, Oklahoma's new anti-immigration law faces two potential lawsuits.  The U.S. Department of Justice addressed a May 15 letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Gentner Drummond saying the federal government intends to file a lawsuit to stop the enforcement unless Oklahoma agrees in advance not to take such action.  The department’s letter says Oklahoma's state law is preempted by federal law and violates the U.S. Constitution. It also points out Oklahoma’s new law is like Senate Bill 4 in Texas. That state has been unable to enforce its law because of a federal appeals court. ... The state is facing another potential lawsuit initiated locally. Members of the Latino Caucus told The Oklahoman they also plan to work with national experts on filing a lawsuit against the law, citing similar points made in the Justice Department letter. Around 1,000 people rallied at the state Capitol in protest of the bill on May 15."