The Washington Times - November 3, 2007, 05:01PM
Stephen Dinan and Jerry Seper report
The nation’s strictest immigration crackdown went into effect this week in Oklahoma after a federal judge refused Hispanic and immigrants rights groups’ attempt to block it.\ \ \ The new law prevents illegal aliens from getting driver’s licenses, denies them every possible public service or benefit not required by federal law, gives state and local police the ability to enforce immigration laws, and, beginning next year, requires employers to check new employees’ identities through a federal database.\ \ \ “It is the toughest state-level immigration reform bill in the nation,” said state Rep. Randy Terrill, the Republican who wrote House Bill 1804, which became law on Thursday. “The judge has effectively validated this approach, and he has effectively given the green light to other states to begin to proceed with measures that are similar to House Bill 1804.”\ \ \ As important as the new law was this week’s decision by U.S. District Judge James H. Payne, who rejected immigrants rights groups’ request for an injunction. In his ruling on Wednesday, Judge Payne said the groups didn’t have any evidence to support their claims of harm.

Hot Air KOCO-TV — Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times