Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ask Gov. Henry to Veto HB 1840

The Jewish Federation of Tulsa Community Relations Committee has been a founding member of the “Say No To Hate Coalition” since 1988.
The coalition is asking Governor Henry to veto HB 1840, the “Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007.”
The Hispanic-Jewish Task Force has also reviewed HB 1804 and agreed with the “Say No To Hate Coalition”.

We believe this is a mean spirited bill that will lead directly to discrimination against Hispanic/Latino people and others
throughout the state.

HB1804 should arrive on Governor Henry’s desk by this Friday so if you agree, act as soon as possible.

Call Tulsa Office: 581-2801

OKC Office: 405-521-2342
Ask Governor Henry to not sign HB 1804 into law.


Governor Brad Henry April 26, 2007
State Capitol Building

2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Room 212

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Dear Governor Henry,

I am writing to ask that you veto HB 1804, the “Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007.”
Though the supporters of this bill must feel they are protecting Oklahomans but, in fact, this legislation will
have a critical impact on all Oklahomans, both documented and undocumented alike.

I believe that this legislation contains numerous provisions that will only serve to harm our great state. I am
especially concerned that the bill would make it a felony for a person to knowingly transport, move or attempt
to transport any immigrant or act in reckless disregard of the fact that the immigrant is illegally present in the
U.S. This felony would be punishable by not less than one year in prison and/or a fine of not less than $1,000.
Even though the bill makes exceptions to this rule for emergency medical and humanitarian situations, it is likely
that many individuals and non-profit organizations will not know or recognize the exceptions, leading to confusion,
inaction and potentially harmful consequences for sick or injured individuals who are presumed to be illegal

I am a descendent of immigrants who also suffered discrimination while seeking the American dream. Therefore I
am especially concerned with hate-based violence and bigotry directed at a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion,
national origin, ability, ancestry or sexual orientation. I believe that HB 1804 falls into this category.

To that end, I ask again that you veto this bill.