Immigration

Hern joins Republican Conference to introduce "Commitment to America" platform

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This morning, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and the rest of the House Republican Conference to formally announce the Commitment to America agenda, which will focus on restoring the American way of life, rebuilding the greatest economy in American history, and renewing the American Dream. “The atmosphere was... Read more »

House OKs bill letting illegal immigrants seek damages from employers

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House lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to be eligible for damages from their employer if their labor rights are judged to have been violated -- while rejecting a measure that would prevent unions from recruiting those in the country illegally. The Democrat-sponsored "Protecting the Right to Organize" (PRO) Act seeks to expand labor protections and boost unions ... Read more »

Senators Face Tough Vote on Diverting Funds From Local Military Projects

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The Senate will vote for the second time on blocking President Trump’s plan to transfer military construction funds to the border, forcing many Republicans to choose whether to strip millions in funding from their home states. Trump will likely veto the resolution, introduced Wednesday morning by Sens. Susan Collins, Jeanne Shaheen, and Tom Udall. Congress first voted to cancel the emergency in M... Read more »

Inhofe, Lankford, Hern all OK with redirecting to border barrier $8 million earmarked for Tulsa Air National Guard base

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Oklahoma’s two U.S. senators and 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern all said Wednesday that they are fine with the Trump administration’s taking $8 million earmarked for a small-arms firing range at the Oklahoma Air National Guard base in Tulsa and using it for new and replacement barriers on the nation’s southern border. “Not one of the vital national security projects in Oklahoma will be impac... Read more »

Congressman Hern Visits Bartlesville, Talks Immigration Bill and Flood Remedy

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It was a busy Friday for Representative Kevin Hern (R, OK Dist 1) with visits to Vera and Bartlesville. Hern stopped by our radio station studios for an appearance on Community Connection hosted by Tom Davis after a stop in Vera and before his speech and Q and A at the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce Forum held at the Bartlseville Community Center. Representative Hern talked about a bill he'd int... Read more »

Rep. Hern and Sen. Inhofe introduce asylum relief bill

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This afternoon, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act in the House of Representatives. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate this morning by Senator Jim Inhofe. Both Sen. Inhofe and Rep. Hern have visited the Southern border to see firsthand the state of the crisis that Customs and Border Patrol are dealing with. The uptick in asylum applicants is caus... Read more »

House passes border security measure, headed to President Trump's desk

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) released the following statement after the passage of HR 3401 in the House of Representatives. “After 57 days of obstruction and denial, Democratic leadership finally came face to face with reality,” said Rep. Hern. “Speaker Pelosi does not have the iron grip on her caucus that she thought, they are tired of her blatant disregard for the will of the American peopl... Read more »

The Border Crisis: My Firsthand Experience

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Partisan talking points are insignificant in the face of reality of the humanitarian and national security crisis on our hands. Here are the facts: in the month of May alone, 144,237 people were apprehended crossing the border illegally, totaling 650,000 since the start of 2019. In 2017, there were about 25,000 apprehensions per month, a 576% increase in less than 2 years. This puts an incredible ... Read more »

Congressman Kevin Hern: 'This whole argument is really about 2020'

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First District Congressman Kevin Hern hasn’t been in Washington long, but he has been there long enough to conclude the current impasse hasn’t all that much to do with policy. “This whole argument is really about 2020,” Hern, who took office in November, told the Tulsa Republican Club on Friday. “It’s unfortunate. Sad. But that’s the politics of what’s going on.” The $5.7 billion President Donald ... Read more »