Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: September 23, 2010
Sen. Brian Crain
Sen. Crain Seeks Additional Immigration
Pro Tem Hopeful Calls for Comprehensive Approach
State Sen. Brian
Crain said it is time to refocus Oklahoma’s efforts to
demand meaningful immigration reform at the national level. Crain,
a former prosecutor, said Washington D.C.’s failure to act
has put the lives of American citizens at increasing risk.
“While the federal government continues to do nothing but
curry favor with internationalists, our border continues to leak.
The Obama Administration’s ineffectiveness is leading to rampant
lawlessness, increased drug trafficking and the growing potential
for more domestic terrorism,” said Crain, R-Tulsa.
Crain, a candidate for President Pro Tempore of the Senate, said
the passage of HB 1804 was an important first step, but said it
didn’t answer all the problems resulting from illegal immigration
into Oklahoma. He said comprehensive immigration reform must address
“First and foremost, we must gain control of our borders—without
that, all other efforts will make little impact. And, like all other
states, we must demand that the federal government pass and enforce
reasonable measures to target criminals who have entered our country
illegally and continue profiting at the expense of law-abiding citizens,”
Crain said. “Lastly, we need to facilitate the immigration
of those who, like the rest of us, want to enjoy the American dream
and reap the just rewards of hard work and good citizenship.”
Once borders are secured, Crain said the nation must determine who
is in the country illegally by calling on all undocumented aliens
to tell law enforcement who and where they are and how they support
“Likewise, we must launch a concerted effort to locate and
deport those who do not come forward and prevent them from returning.
Those who comply and can verify they are not criminals or gang members
would be required to continue reporting their location and activities
to law enforcement. They must also agree not to seek government
assistance and to obey all laws,” Crain said.
“If they comply with all these requirements, after five years
these now-documented aliens would no longer be tracked, although
law enforcement would monitor to see if they committed any crimes.
After seven years those meeting all requirements could apply for
U.S. residency or citizenship.”
Crain stressed this approach was not amnesty.
“I strongly oppose a blanket pardon for all illegal immigrants.
What I propose would give authorities seven years to determine whether
someone here illegally should be deported, never to return, or if
they should be allowed to stay because they would benefit our country,”
Crain, who chairs the Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittee
on Health and Human Services, said it would be impossible to deport
20 million people living here illegally and send them south of a
border that is not currently protected. He noted that the cost to
the nation in taxes and lost economic opportunity would be devastating.
“As Senate leader, I will demand that our federal government
meet its commitment to protect our national sovereignty as well
as the security of the state of Oklahoma. Since the Obama Administration
seems intent on doing nothing, I will keep up the pressure on Congress
to develop a plan to deport those who attack our society while providing
a method to integrate those who truly want to share in the American
For more information, contact:
Sen. Crain: (405) 521-5620