Immigration reform supported by Oklahomans, poll shows
Oklahomans are all for stricter immigration laws but might be more open than rhetoric suggests to letting those already in the country illegally stay, the latest Oklahoma Poll found.
More than three-quarters of the 755 Oklahomans surveyed by SoonerPoll.com July 16-21 said they favor allowing illegal immigrants to remain if they admit they broke the law, pay fines and back taxes, learn English and begin the process of obtaining legal residency.
"I think they should be given that opportunity and not just up and deport them unless they're part of some criminal element," said poll respondent Lee Oliver of Bixby. "I think they should at least be given a chance."
Ninety-three percent of those surveyed said they support stronger border security and immigration law enforcement throughout the country.