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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Immigration

America is a land of opportunity and a country that has always been comprised of immigrants searching for the promise of the American Dream. Just as we are a nation of immigrants, America is also a nation of laws, and those laws must be obeyed and enforced in order to maintain our social compact with one another as citizens of the United States. Therefore, securing our borders and stopping the flood of illegal immigrants must be a top priority for our nation.

Executive Orders

Without question, the flood of illegal immigrants at the southern border is due to the President Obama’s refusal to enforce our laws. I believe we should prioritize helping those who follow the legal process for coming to the United States and that the Administration should return those who enter America illegally to their country of origin as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the president has chosen to evade Congress and act unilaterally and illegally. I strongly oppose his unconstitutional actions and the impact they will have on day-to-day life in Oklahoma. And I have supported successful efforts to stop the president's unconstitutional overreach in the courts. 

Sanctuary Cities

Certain Obama Administration policies have permitted local governments to ignore federal statutes and create “Sanctuary Cities” where illegal immigrants do not fear deportation based solely on their immigration status. The fact that President Obama supports any such policy anywhere in the United States is shameful. Recent events have shown that criminal aliens have used these areas as safe havens to avoid detection and deportation. For those reasons, I support legislation to protect our communities from illegal aliens and prevent state or local governments from ignoring federal law.  

Border Security

Our nation has many brave men and women who are working tirelessly to protect our borders. Their fight against illegal immigration is complex and ever-changing. To provide better enforcement, our border agents need access to innovative equipment and technology. They also need special instruction and training to do the important job of keeping our borders secure. That’s why I have supported legislation and policies to better equip, train and fund our border agent programs.

E-Verify

I support protecting businesses and American workers using verification systems that instantly check a worker's legal status; some states have instituted e-Verify. Employers should have the best tools to check an applicant’s work status quickly, accurately and efficiently. In addition, employers who knowingly hire illegal workers should be prosecuted.

More on Immigration

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 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 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.
June 10, 2019 Weekly Columns

Throughout history, our nation 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 existing immigration system falls far short in that regard and desperately needs comprehensive reform.

May 17, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Donald Trump unveiled a commonsense proposal to improve America’s immigration system.
May 8, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Full Committee met to consider the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee’s appropriations bill.
April 16, 2019 Weekly Columns
It’s now been more than 100 days since Democrats have held the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. And from day one, House Democrats have misused that majority by playing political games, casting show votes and embracing radical ideas—instead of working in a bipartisan manner to craft legislation that can realistically become law in divided government.
July 10, 2018 Weekly Columns
It is often said that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Indeed, other than our Native American population, that is true. Historically, the United States has been one of the most generous countries in terms of allowing people born in other parts of the world to legally enter the country and live the American dream. The U.S. currently accepts over a million immigrants a year legally. Despite this generous policy, many people continue to enter the country illegally.
 
February 6, 2018 Weekly Columns
After his first year in the White House, President Trump and his Administration have much of which to be proud. Their accomplishments have delivered actual results, and the country is continuing to reap the benefits of those changes. During his first State of the Union speech, the President reinforced those achievements – many of which will certainly be remembered as signature accomplishments of his Presidency. Looking forward, he outlined an optimistic future for our nation, with a strong legislative agenda for the next year.
 

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