Hispanics Moving Out Of Oklahoma Before New Law Takes Effect
Posted on: 2007-08-25 20:21:39
Tulsa - Tens of thousands of Hispanics have left the Tulsa area. And, a law designed to crack down on illegal immigration hasn't even taken effect yet. But, there's a catch.
East Tulsa is where the majority of Hispanics ended up settling. They came by the thousands and now they're leaving that way, too. And, it's all because of one word -- deportation.
Business owner Simon Navarro came to America for a better life. And, he found one on Tulsa's east side.
"I have 11 years here in Tulsa," he says. But, a tough new state law has much of Tulsa's immigrant population fleeing for fear of deportation.
"Two months ago I heard 25-thousand Hispanics have left Oklahoma," Navarro says.
That is about 30-percent of Oklahoma's Hispanic population.
"They are leaving. A lot have already left."
Francisco Trevino runs Tulsa's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.