Latino Caucus members react to preliminary injunction of unconstitutional law

Saturday, 29 June 2024 07:56

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in May that alleged HB 4156 violates constitutionality and the federal government’s sole jurisdiction over immigration and border issues. A preliminary injunction was issued, temporarily halting the law's enactment, which would have been on July 1, 2024.

“We stand firm in our commitment to uphold the constitutional rights of every individual residing in Oklahoma,” Rep. Arturo Alonso-Sandoval, D-Oklahoma City, said. “HB 4156 not only violates the fundamental principles of our nation but also instills fear and uncertainty within our communities. The Latino Caucus filed a lawsuit to challenge this unjust legislation and included a preliminary injunction to halt its implementation while the courts deliberate.”

The law further criminalizes illegal immigration by making the first offense a misdemeanor with jail time of up to a year, or a fine of $500, or both. The offender would have 72 hours from the time given to them to leave the State of Oklahoma and will not be allowed back in the state at any point afterward. The second offense would be a felony.

Rep. Annie Menz, D-Norman, says this law is political theater.

“This bill was a clear political stunt meant to secure the primary elections of our Republican leaders and it wasn’t even successful,” Menz said. “Instead, it targeted a large portion of Oklahoma, angered law enforcement officials, and attempted to bypass the constitution. An injunction is the obvious choice.”

Alonso-Sandoval assures Oklahomans that lawmakers will not stop working to protect them.

“We understand the anxiety and fear this legislation has caused among undocumented Oklahomans and their families,” Alonso-Sandoval said. “Please know that we are working tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure that this bill does not go into effect. HB 4156 is a cheap political move that will cost taxpayers millions and will only manage to lose an essential workforce to the state. Oklahoma will be so much better once we are willing to have conversations about actual solutions.”

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