Sunday, February 10, 2008

Undocumented Fleeing Oklahoma

As many as 1500 punitive immigration measures had be introduced in state legislatures last year. Among those that got through are Arizona's sanctions on employers of the undocumented and Oklahoma's that declares it a felony to harbor or assist them. As a consequence, an estimated 100,000 undocumented have fleed the state. (See Chicago Tribune article.)

At first the federal courts ruled against such state measures, arguing that immigration is the responsibility of the federal government. But lately, as the challenges appear in more conservative courts, the federal judiciary is sustaining the new laws. Most recently it was in Arizona, and before that in Oklahoma and Missouri. Nothing is settled because the decisions are on appeal, but these laws are in effect. (See NY Times article.)

The preference of Hispanic voters for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama has been attributed to their familiarity with the Clintons and Bill record as president. But Professor Mrian De Los Angeles Torres of UI- Chicago atributes it as much to Obama's conduct and clumsy handing to the Latino vote. (See Chicago Tribune article.)

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