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Throughout our nation’s history, the United States has drawn immigrants searching for opportunity and a share in the American Dream. It is a massive testament to the United States that people around the world are eager to become a part of our country.

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. Indeed, we must begin to fill in the gaps of where we are falling short in our immigration system and work to properly secure the border.

Unfortunately, our current immigration system is broken and desperately needs comprehensive reform that puts America citizens first.  While not the only answer to border security, walls and barriers are effective when it comes to limiting the illegal movement of people and drugs across our borders. Indeed, we must propose real solutions to deal with 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.

However, any significant reforms to our existing immigration system should be bipartisan. As Congress considers any reforms, 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 remain hopeful that these urgent issues can be solved.

More on Immigration

April 15, 2013 News Stories

Bloomberg - Kathleen Hunter & Roxana Tiron

Movement on gun control and immigration in the U.S. Senate obscures an inevitable roadblock to either measure: a resistant Republican-run House.

Obstacles in the House of Representatives to expanding background checks for gun buyers may be enough to scuttle an initiative that President Barack Obama has pressed in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings.

June 28, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (OK-4) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress due to his repeated refusal to cooperate with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's investigation into Operation Fast and Furious:

May 29, 2012 Weekly Columns

More than one year after the congressional investigation into "Operation Fast and Furious" began, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice continue to obstruct all efforts to bring accountability to those responsible for the disastrous gun-walking operation that left one Border Patrol agent dead and put hundreds of weapons in the hands of dangerous Mexican drug cartels. 

July 6, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) today issued the following statement after the Obama Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block implementation of Arizona's immigration law:

"Arizona was forced to act because of President Obama's failure to enforce federal immigration laws, and this lawsuit can't hide that fact. Undermining state laws will not make the country safer. Rather than waste time and taxpayer money suing Arizona, the Obama administration should focus on securing the border."


May 29, 2007 Weekly Columns
America is a land of opportunity. And we are also a country that has always been comprised of immigrants searching for the promise of the American Dream.