Debunking myths about migrant children at Ft. Sill

As most Oklahomans have heard and seen on the news, there are currently between 1,000 and 1,500 migrant children being housed in dormitories on Fort Sill, an Army base in southwestern Oklahoma near Lawton (among other places across the country).… Read more [More...]

Read This: Kind of Kin

This post was written by OK Policy intern Carly Putnam. Carly is an undergraduate at the University of Tulsa majoring in Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies. She can be found on Twitter at @CarlyPutnam. It’s rare to find a… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Illegal

Illegal is a compelling 6-minute documentary about undocumented American youth.  The film was financed, produced, and directed by a diverse team of independent advocates and professionals from across the country.  Through a series of interviews, this short film illuminates the… Read more [More...]

2012 Session: Prospects look better for immigrants, worse for the poor, loaded for gun enthusiasts

The 2012 legislative session convened last Monday and will run until the end of May (click here for a complete run-though of how this works in our handy Legislative Overview). With 1,934 new bills  filed, it takes awhile before we… Read more [More...]

Guest Blog (Juan Pedroza): Should I stay or should I go?

Juan Pedroza is a Research Associate at The Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services and Population. This originally appeared on the Urban Institute Metro Trends blog and is reposted with permission. Juan’s research will appear in a forthcoming issue… Read more [More...]

People as Commodities: Some profit by detaining immigrants

This post is by OK Policy intern Kasey Hughart. Kasey is attending the University of Tulsa as a Sociology major/Spanish minor. Aside from being simultaneously employed at three jobs and going to school full-time, she is active in advocating for… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Panic Nation preview trailer

A few months ago, we blogged about a special screening of the feature-length documentary Panic Nation at the University of Tulsa, and the film did not disappoint.  Filmaker George Adams was on hand to discuss the movie and the rise… Read more [More...]

A Perilous Path: Final version of HB 1446 shows greater caution but still goes too far

With just days left in the legislative session, HB 1446 is the only immigration bill that remains alive out of several dozen introduced this session. Last week, the conference committee report for HB 1446 was introduced. Compared to the original… Read more [More...]

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Oklahoma wades back into immigration debate

Immigration is back on the agenda in Oklahoma, four years after passage of  HB 1804, a law intended to give the state new powers to stem illegal immigration.  The issue is once again highly contentious, as Oklahoma wades further into… Read more [More...]

From Poland to Chicago to Oklahoma: Reflections on immigration and citizenship

Note: These remarks were originally delivered by  Alice Blue upon receiving the Tulsa Coalition of Hispanic Organizations Annual Thanksgiving Award in November 2010. Alice  is a Senior Planner with the Community Service Council of Tulsa. I come to this gathering… Read more [More...]