OK's stopgap to deal with immigration is not a humane solution

Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma signed an immigration bill this week that tightens employment standards to prevent illegal immigrants from finding work. On his state's action the Governor said, "States can take some actions on their own, but until the U.S. Congress enacts a comprehensive, national immigration policy, citizens will see little progress on this issue."

More on the bill from the Houston Chronicle:

The measure requires state and local agencies to verify the citizenship and immigration status of applicants for state or local benefits.

It also requires public agencies starting Nov. 1 to use a program to screen Social Security numbers to make sure they are real and match up with the job applicant's name. Private companies must comply by July 1, 2008.

The measure would not affect emergency medical and humanitarian services, such as visits to hospital emergency rooms and enrollment in public schools, that are required by federal law.

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"It's going to take us back," said Ray Madrid, state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. "I'm sure there's going to be neighbors turning neighbors in.

Things like this inspire us to work so hard to pass humane, comprehensive immigration reform.