DOJ Sues Oklahoma Over Law Imposing Criminal Penalties On Illegal Immigrants

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) sued Oklahoma on Tuesday for imposing criminal penalties on illegal immigrants, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

The DOJ has sued Oklahoma to overturn a new law that criminalizes residing in the state without legal immigration status, according to AP. The lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma City’s federal court, is part of the DOJ’s wider effort to contest comparable immigration laws in Texas and Iowa. The newly enacted Oklahoma law imposes up to two years in prison for residing in the state illegally.

BREAKING: DOJ sues Oklahoma over new law setting state penalties for those living in the US illegally — The Associated Press (@AP) May 21, 2024

This measure reflects a growing trend among GOP-led states to enforce immigration laws on their own.

U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton said in a statement that the federal lawsuit aims to uphold constitutional principles …

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