Employment Law: Immigration
Immigration has become a huge topic in the United States for the last several years. House Bill 1804 has transitioned Oklahoma business owners to find individuals with legal status to fill their staff. In this paper I will discuss how this bill has impacted farmers and local businesses with labor work the average American wouldn’t do for the low pay. House Bill 1804
In 2007, House Bill 1804 was established in Oklahoma. This is a strict anti-illegal immigration law introduced by Randy Terrill, Republican State Representative. Under this law it is considered a felony to give an illegal person any type of help if you knowingly have grounds to suspect them of being illegal. It also restricts the State from providing healthcare, education, or any other services to include infants as well. According to Marisa Trevino’s article, “Oklahoma latest State recognizing anti-immigrant law was bad business”, said that “Since the passage of House Bill 1804, we’ve seen a mass exodus of undocumented immigrants who have taken up residence in Texas and other surrounding states where they pump millions of dollars into those economies, House Bill 1804 did little more than put Oklahoma companies at a disadvantage by sending dedicated, knowledgeable workers to competing companies in other states. Losing that workforce has been devastating for many of Oklahoma’s industries, including agriculture, energy and construction.” How Oklahoma Businesses are affected
House Minority leader, Danny Morgan, Democrat from Prague states that “the lack of a well-trained and educated workforce is the top issue holding the state back financially. We have to develop a work force and we have to start now, and to be honest, I am not sure House Bill 1804 is going to help Oklahoma business owners”. Both farmers and your everyday mom and pops stores are feeling the pressure of closing business because of the drop off of immigrant labor. As stated earlier the average America...
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