Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) released a video Thursday night reminding the nation that the Republican Party is the party of legal immigration.
The video includes clips from a 2018 naturalization ceremony in Oklahoma City to illustrate the importance of legal immigration in the United States.
“This afternoon, if you want to apply for any job in the country, you can. You’re an American. You can buy any place. You can live anywhere. You can travel anywhere. You can go to any house of worship you choose to go to...because you’re in America,” Lankford says in the video, welcoming the naturalized citizens to their new home.
Lankford added that he looks forward to seeing them around local neighborhoods.
The video states that over 3,600 naturalization applications were approved in the state of Oklahoma last year, and that between 700,000 to 750,000 immigrants become legal naturalized citizens every year, with 7.4 million immigrants becoming naturalized citizens in the last decade.
In an exclusive statement to The Resurgent, Lankford said the Republican Party rejoices at legal immigration, adding that illegal immigration diminishes the efforts naturalized citizens put into getting call America “home.”
“With all of the noise surrounding illegal immigration, it’s important to remember and celebrate the millions of people who have entered legally and waited in line for years to complete the American citizenship process,” Lankford said in a statement.
“We welcome immigrants who do it the right way,” he continued. “The United States is a very special country that is the envy of most of the world. We should welcome those who work hard, go through the legal process, and earn the right to become an American citizen.”
Lankford says his views on immigration have been shaped by his desire for strengthening national security, and his uncompromising pro-life convictions, specifically his belief in the human dignity and intrinsic value of every person.