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Latinos react to immigration law ruling

Oklahoma City_Some Latino groups fear a new state immigration law that targets illegal immigrants may force documented and undocumented workers to leave their jobs and homes.

A challenge to the law was rejected yesterday by a federal judge who ruled that the plaintiffs didn't provide enough evidence in their effort to get an injunction blocking the law's implementation.

The measure's principal author, Moore State Representative Randy Terrill, says he's thrilled with the judge's decision and said it means those on the side of meaningful immigration reform in Oklahoma have been vindicated.

Pat Fennel of the Latino Community Development Agency in Oklahoma City says many Latinos have left the state, and she predicted dire economic consequences for Oklahoma businesses that rely on immigrant labor.  Rey Madrid is the Oklahoma representative for the League of United Latin American Citizens. Madrid says he believes many won't leave but will go underground.

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