Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt ‘Not Going to Make a Decision’ on Signing Illegal Immigration Bill

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt delivers his State of the State address at the Oklahoma State Ca
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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) says he is “not going to make a decision” regarding signing an illegal immigration bill that would allow law enforcement officials to remove illegal aliens from the state.

In a press conference on Friday, Stitt said that while he supports having restrictions on illegal immigration, he is unsure if he will sign House Bill 4156 if it passes the Oklahoma Senate, according to KOCO News.

“I’m not going to make a decision right now whether I will sign it or not,” Stitt said during the press conference. “There’s too many variables on, you know, what’s in the bill. Our team will look at it, and we will review that.”

When asked if he is worried about families being separated under HB 4156, Stitt explained that while it is not his intention, Oklahoma is going to be a “law and order state.”

CIUDAD JUAREZ , MEXICO - MARCH 21: Hundreds of foreigners who camped at the border, broke the fence with their hands, sticks and different tools they had, placed blankets over the spikes and entered the United States, through the area known as Gate 36 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on March 21, 2024. American authorities kneeled migrants waiting to be processed. On the Mexican side, an operation is implemented by the Municipal Police and the National Migration Institute, who they remained waiting for what might happen. (Photo by Christian Torres/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Hundreds of foreigners who camped at the border, broke the fence, placed blankets over the spikes, and entered the United States through the area known as Gate 36 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on March 21, 2024. (Christian Torres/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Oklahoma Majority Floor Leader and state Rep. Jon Echols (R) explained that HB 4156 would create a crime called impermissible occupation, which would apply to people who have entered the United States illegally and remain in the country.

Under the crime of impermissible occupation, those found guilty would receive a misdemeanor for a first offense.

Those found guilty would also face a fine of up to $500, serve up to a year in jail, or possibly both, and would have 72 hours to leave the state of Oklahoma, according to Tulsa World.

“I can’t think of another 1st world country that is not in the middle of a war that allows 10,000 people a day, unchecked, to come across their borders at a checkpoint they’re aware of,” Echols said in a statement.

States such as Iowa and Texas have enacted similar bills.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed Senate Bill 2340 on April 10 making illegal immigration a state crime if the person has previously been deported or denied entry. The bill also allows law enforcement officials to send illegal aliens back to their home country.

Texas passed a similar law in 2023, which was placed on hold several times as a handful of courts weighed in on the law.


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