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Okla. rep wants to ban the issuance of birth certificates to the children of illegals

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By ANDREW W. GRIFFIN

Oklahoma Watchdog, editor

Posted: April 29, 2010

andrew@oklahomawatchdog.org

OKLAHOMA CITY — In an interview with Oklahoma news website Red Dirt Report at the first Oklahoma City Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2009, State Rep. Mike Christian (R-Oklahoma City) noted the large turnout at the State Capitol and commented that he is a big advocate of supporting the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Christian then noted something else: the growing problem of illegal immigration.

“I’m fed up with illegal immigration,” he said at the time.

Representing a district in south Oklahoma City, where a lot of immigrants – some of whom are illegal – live, Christian is well aware of the problem and the effect it is having on his district and in the state.

And for Christian it is a personal issue. A few months before that interview with Red Dirt Report, Christian and his wife were both injured in a hit-and-run accident involving someone he believed to be an illegal alien. Christian said he is still recovering from his injuries, which affected a disc in his back and will require future surgery. His wife has fully recovered.

“Oklahoma City Police Department told us it was most likely an illegal alien, but going out and finding the driver would be like finding a needle in a haystack,” Christian told Oklahoma Watchdog with a hint of resignation.

 The hit-and-run story was noted in the Oklahoma press at the time, but surprisingly, little more was said in the media about the incident.

And now, Christian is making headlines discussing the subject of illegal immigration again.

In a Wednesday report with Oklahoma City television station KOCO headlined “Lawmaker Hopes to ‘One-Up’ Arizona“, Christian noted his appreciation for Arizona’s tough anti-illegal immigration law.

“I think not only show we possibly mirror some of the laws in Arizona, but I think we should go a little further,” Christian told KOCO. Elaborating, Christian wants the children of illegal aliens born on American soil to be deported along with their lawbreaking parents.

“I’d like to go as far as to mirror some of the drug trafficking laws where if you’re an illegal alien and you get caught driving, we confiscate your vehicle,” Christian told KOCO.

Christian’s idea has some support among other lawmakers and KOCO noted the the lawmaker “hopes to put together a bill to propose this session.” He said he was not sure if his idea was even constitutional, however.

Christian spoke to Oklahoma Watchdog on Thursday, the day after the KOCO story ran, and said: “”I represent South Oklahoma City. I’ve knocked on thousands of doors. The number one issue is illegal immigration. It’s a big concern. We realize we’ve been invaded.”

Reiterating that he supports the Arizona law “100 percent,” Christian said he and State Rep. Randy Terrill, who has pushed HB 1804, which would address the problem of illegal immigration in Oklahoma, are discussing a “birthright citizenship” bill which would say that if you’re illegal and have a child in the state of Oklahoma, you will not get a birth certificate.

Naturally, Christian’s idea is dismissed by the ACLU and the local Latino Community Development Agency. And noted Chuck Thornton, deputy director of the local chapter of the ACLU, a person – like a child born in the US to parents who are here illegally – is considered an American citizen as part of the 14th Amendment.

Since this report has come out, amidst the wave of interest in the Arizona law, both pro and con, Christian said he is receiving overwhelming support for his idea.

“Over 90 percent are excited,” Christian said. “We’re getting calls of support from all over the state. They’re fed up. We’re tired of the federal government not doing their job. They have a blatant disregard for the American people. It’s now time for state and local governments to step up and do it themselves.”

Christian understands that the “left and illegal-alien apologists” will scream racism and racial profiling if such a bill were to become law. But as a former state trooper, Christian knows that it is illegal to do so. He then adds that the federal immigration authorities enforce immigration law “and they haven’t been accused of racial profiling.”

Added Christian: “It’s a red herring.”

“The government would seal the border. Democrats want their votes and big business wants cheap labor,” Christian said. “And we’re caught in the middle.”

Christian said he is going to draft measures to get his birthright citizenship bill on paper and see where it will go from there.

“I see that Texas is jumping on board … we stand aside our brothers and sisters in Arizona. We support what they’re doing,” Christian said.

Naturally, Christian’s idea is dismissed by the ACLU and the local Latino Community Development Agency. And noted Chuck Thornton, deputy director of the local chapter of the ACLU, a person – like a child born in the US to parents who are here illegally – is considered an American citizen as part of the 14th Amendment.

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Andrew Griffin is a freelance journalist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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  • redscout

    There is no law that gives the children of illegal residents of this country citizenship. This is just something that has happened and everyone assumes that is the law. Keep up the good work.

  • Lance

    Two of my grandkids were fathered by “illegals”. I hope he doesn’t plan on sending my grandkids “back” to Mexico. There might be some trouble between him and the rest of us. PS: Both Fathers were good people, and hard working. They can deport illegals all they want, but until the Federal Government secures the border they will just keep coming right back. Seen it!

  • JP

    Christian and other lawmakers have no right to strip away the Constitutional rights of other Americans. And if you’re born in the U.S., you’re an American. Christian has simply proved that he is anti-American. Throw the bum out.