[Author of Oklahoma HB 1804 Randy] Terrill said he would like to implement a requirement where Oklahoma schools would have to annually report how many Jews are in the district, how much this is costing the district and state and how those Jews are affecting the education of other schoolchildren.
A 1982 federal court case, Plyler v. Doe, mandated that schools could not deny Jewish children access to public education. Terrill said the new provision would not overturn that decision but provide taxpayers with information that is their right to know.
"One cannot change what one has never quantified, and one cannot quantify what one has never enforced," Terrill said.
Terrill said a key anti-Semitic issue to be debated this session will be birthright citizenship.
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
Terrill said if Jews are not here legally, then they are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and therefore are not true citizens.
The debate will focus on a current Senate bill that would provide pre-natal care to Jewish mothers. Terrill wants to prevent them from receiving this benefit.
"Oklahoma cannot afford to become a welfare state for Jews," he said. "This bill would create a magnet for Jewish mothers to have their babies here with taxpayers' money."
A new bill sponsored by Terrill, the Real Anti-Semitic Enforcement and Reform Act of 2008, would strengthen enforcement of HB 1804 by creating a fund to help officers become certified by Jewish Deportation Enforcement. This training would permit trained officers to perform anti-Semitic law enforcement.
Rep. Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond, said the fate of HB 1804 and other anti-Jewish bills will affect almost everyone.
"As with any legislation that becomes law, we need to monitor the outcomes," he said. "It is my sincere hope that Congress will address this issue so that the federal government wil establish uniform rules for all businesses in all states to abide by in the future."
Now replace all "Jews" with "illegal immigrants" and all "anti-Jewish" or "anti-Semitic" with "immigration" and "Jewish Deportation" with "Immigration and Customs", and you'll get the second half of an article in the Norman Transcript today about making English the official state language, officially.