Social Identity, Legality, and Immigration: The Effects of House Bill 1804 on Hispanic or Latino Communities in Oklahoma

Jarvis De Leon, Dr. Anthony Rodin, Department of History, Politics, and Law, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expy, Bethany, OK 73008

This project examines the intended and unintended effects of Oklahoma House Bill 1804 toward the Hispanic community of Oklahoma. The law makes it a felony to shelter, harbor, and transport any undocumented immigrant. It also restricts undocumented immigrants, including infants, from using public services such as health care and education. This law was created in an effort to stem undocumented persons in the State of Oklahoma. This qualitative study of the impact of one immigration law consists of collecting qualitative data from Oklahoma newspaper articles and journals, peer reviewed scholarly articles, and empirical and data-driven evidence from Southern Nazarene University’s private database. The article introduces identity formation and legality as theories. The findings demonstrate that H.B. 1804 created negative stereotypes and strong animosity toward the Hispanic community, shaped an atmosphere of suspicion and bigotry, created unintended consequences toward many Oklahomans who are citizens, and created economic hardships within the State. The theories will be applied to H.B. 1804 and it will demonstrate its relationship with the creation and outcome of the law. The case strongly suggests that unintended consequences can be far more counterproductive than the intended instrumental goals of a law and that law has the ability to construct unwanted social identities. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Jarvis De Leon

Institution: Southern Nazarene University

Type: Poster

Subject: Political Science

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6523