Study: Anti-illegal-immigrant bill to cost state $1.8B

Oklahoma City_A new study estimates that Oklahoma's anti-illegal-immigration law will result in $1.8 billion in economic costs as foreign-born workers flee the state.

The study, released Tuesday, was done by an economic consulting group from Edmond and was commissioned by the Oklahoma Bankers Association.

The economic loss is based on 50,000 foreign-born workers leaving the state, causing a 1.3% reduction in the gross state product.

The OBA says it has no stand on the immigration measure, but commissioned the study after reports from banks of problems incurred by companies that employ immigrant workers.

Oklahoma's House Bill 1804, authored by Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Norman, took effect Nov. 1st, 2007 preventing undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses and public services.

It criminalized transporting, concealing or harboring them, and eventually will require employers to check immigration status of prospective employees.

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