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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.

More on Immigration

March 19, 2021 Weekly Columns

Following President Joe Biden’s loosened immigration policies enacted by executive orders, there is an unprecedented emergency at our southern border, where thousands are attempting to illegally cross into the United States and millions are hoping to be granted amnesty. Due to the swarm of migrants, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents are overwhelmed and mayors of border communities are begging for assistance and leadership from our commander in chief. There is no question that this humanitarian and security crisis could have been prevented.

February 8, 2021 Weekly Columns
Since President Joe Biden was sworn into office just a few weeks ago, he has signed a flurry of executive orders in an attempt to undo many policies of the previous administration. In fact, he has issued more executive orders than any other new president in American history.
May 8, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – As the United States faces the unprecedented public health crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) today joined a group of lawmakers in introducing bipartisan legislation that would grant immigrant visas to foreign-born doctors currently serving among the American healthcare workforce and additional visas to enable foreign-born nurses to come aid in providing care in the United States.
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.