Saturday, January 26, 2008

Okla. Immigration Law Blamed for Death reported Edgar Castorena had diarrhea for 10 days and counting, and the illegal immigrant parents of the 2-month-old didn’t know what to do about it.
If this is an Oklahoma story, why is it covered by Minneapolis. MN TV, Rochester, NY TV, and the International Herald Tribune. And at the time I am writing this, the article on Topix for Tulsa has 6 comments, all supporting House Bill 1804
They were afraid they would be deported under a new Oklahoma law if they took him to a major hospital. By the time they took him to a clinic, it was too late.
This occurred months before House Bill 1804became law. How could it be to blame.
A ruptured intestine that might have been treatable instead killed the U.S.-born infant, making him a poster child for opponents of House Bill 1804 months before it was enacted as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007.
If he child died before the law went into effect, the law was not the cause.
"The sad part of it was the child didn’t have to die if House Bill 1804 didn’t ever come around," said Laurie Paul, who runs the clinic where Edgar was finally taken. "It was a total tragedy because the bill was there to create the myths and untruths and the fear."
No the law is in place to get people who are here illegally to deport themselves, so we don't have to do it.
The law, billed by its backers as the nation’s toughest legislation against illegal immigration, took effect Nov. 1. It bars illegal immigrants from obtaining jobs or state assistance and makes it a felony to harbor or transport illegal immigrants

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