Skip to comments.Istook Rebukes Henry On Immigration Issue (Oklahoma)
Posted on 08/02/2006 9:16:04 PM PDT by LouAvul
Oklahoma City (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ernest Istook takes aim at Governor Brad Henry's immigration policies today, accusing the Democratic incumbent of not doing enough to fight illegal immigration and end public benefits for undocumented aliens.
Henry spokesman Paul Sund replies that delays in immigration reform policies are the fault of Istook and his colleagues in the G-O-P-controlled Congress.
Istook is leaving his 5th Congressional District seat to run for governor.
Istook says Henry has done little to crack down on illegal immigrants while governors in other states are taking sweeping action.
Istook pointed to laws in Colorado and Georgia that deny public benefits and jobs to illegal immigrants. He says Henry has shown support for providing public benefits to illegal aliens, including legislation Henry signed three years ago that provides in-state tuition to the children of undocumented aliens.
Sund says Henry signed the immigrant tuition bill after it got bipartisan support in the Legislature.
Hope this is a "safe" district.