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Immigrants Leave Okla. After Tough Law Enacted

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Immigrants Leave Okla. After Tough Law Enacted

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Immigrants Leave Okla. After Tough Law Enacted

Immigrants Leave Okla. After Tough Law Enacted

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Oklahoma's local law against illegal immigration is among the toughest in the nation. The law went into effect Nov. 1, and advocates for undocumented workers and activists for tougher immigration measures both say that since then, thousands of immigrants have left Oklahoma.

Among other things, the new law makes it a felony to harbor, transport or aid an illegal immigrant. Hispanic leaders say the law is causing widespread fear in the Hispanic community. Builders say they can't get enough workers and are threatening a lawsuit to try to block the law.

But backers of the measure say it's doing what the federal government has failed to do: address the problem of people working in the U.S. illegally.