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Capitol Report for July 2: Immigration Reform still needed, High Court disfavors rights actually in the U.S. Constitution

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan
News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan

On this week’s “Capitol Report” segment for News9, Patrick B. McGuigan shared themes found in a recent op-ed written by Francisco J. Treviño, the Executive Director at the Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

While one leading presidential candidate has called for deportation of millions of illegal aliens, the CapitolBeatOK editor shared an analysis estimating that could cost as much as $600 billion. Further, the Pew Research Center reports three of every four Americans oppose mass deportations.

McGuigan shared Trevino’s hope that new immigration reforms could be crafted along the lines of previous proposals to secure the borders, end de facto blanket amnesty, create employee verification programs and boost U.S. prosperity by welcoming workers needed in the economy.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision banning hospital-like regulation of abortion clinics could impact at least 10 American states, including Oklahoma, McGuigan said. Although Justice Stephen Breyer contended such laws had no medical purpose, McGuigan supported Justice Clarence Thomas’ lament that “The Court has simultaneously transformed judicially created rights like the right to abortion into preferred constitutional rights, while disfavoring many of the rights actually enumerated in the Constitution.

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