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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Immigration

Throughout our history, the United States has drawn immigrants searching for opportunity and a share in the American Dream. But just as we are a nation built largely and impressively by immigrants, America is also a nation of laws that must be obeyed and properly enforced to maintain order and ensure the safety of all citizens.

Unfortunately, our current immigration system is broken and desperately needs comprehensive reform that puts America first by strengthening security at the southern border, addressing the flood of illegal immigrants, improving enforcement of existing law and making the system fairer and more just for all. I applaud President Trump for proposing real solutions to deal with the nation’s broken immigration system and to preserve America’s great standing and leadership in the world.

However, for any successful reforms to become law in divided government, bipartisanship is critical. As Congress considers reforms to update our immigration system, I will be guided by three basic principles: we must secure the border first; we must have tough sanctions for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants; and we must not reward those who broke our laws by providing them with amnesty. I also support elimination of the diversity lottery. In the days ahead, I look forward to working with the president to solve the urgent issues related to reform of and enforcement within our current immigration system.

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September 10, 2019 Weekly Columns

Even though the U.S. House of Representatives was not in session, I kept a busy schedule during the extended work period. Throughout the last six weeks, I spent a great deal of time in Oklahoma hearing directly from constituents, local community leaders and small business owners at town halls and other meetings. In addition to these valuable conversations with fellow Oklahomans, I participated in two insightful learning trips with some of my colleagues in Congress.

September 5, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-Okla.) returned yesterday evening from a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. The group toured a number of facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and met with officials from CBP, ICE and ORR to hear more about and assess funding needs related to the security and humanitarian crisis there.
September 5, 2019 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement in response to the diversion of federal funds from military construction projects to border security needs.
June 27, 2019 Weekly Chats

June 27, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a supplemental appropriations bill providing emergency funding to manage the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
June 27, 2019 News Stories
The House passed a $4.6 billion emergency spending bill for the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, after Democratic leaders retreated from efforts to amend the legislation to add more restrictions on the Trump administration.
June 26, 2019 News Stories
U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn supported an emergency spending bill for the southern border Tuesday night, while three Oklahoma Republicans in the House voted against the $4.5 billion measure.
June 26, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 3401, a supplemental appropriations bill crafted by Democrats to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
June 16, 2019 News Stories
Fox 25 sat down with U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK 4th District) Sunday to discuss major topics in Washington, and how they might impact Oklahomans.
June 12, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following statements after the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services announced their temporary plan to house unaccompanied minors at military installations, including Fort Sill.

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