Sen. Lankford visits Yukon leaders

'Meet-and-greet' at city hall; topics include border, pipeline, constitutional powers

U.S. Sen. James Lankford with Yukon City Council members during his March 30th visit to Yukon City Hall: From left, Ward 4 Council Member Aric Gilliland, Mayor Shelli Selby, Sen. Lankford, Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton, and Ward 1 Council Member Rick Cacini. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) discussed a wide range of topics with Yukon city and community leaders during a March 30th stop at Yukon City Hall, 500 W Main.

Attending the morning meet-and-greet were: District 60 State Rep. Rhonda Baker (R-Yukon), Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar, Assistant City Manager Mitchell Hort, Yukon Police Chief John Corn, Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby, Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton, Ward 1 City Council Member Rick Cacini, and Ward 4 City Council Member Aric Gilliland.

Also attending were: Yukon Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth, Yukon Chamber of Commerce CEO Pam Shelton, INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital President Teresa Gray, Spanish Cove Retirement Village CEO Don Blose, Yukon Deputy City Clerk Jason Beal, and Mustang Mayor Brian Grider.

Sen. Lankford was asked about topics ranging from the U.S./Mexico border and police qualified immunity to the Keystone Pipeline and constitutional powers of executive and legislative branches.

Since President Biden has opened the southern border, Sen. Lankford said border crossing numbers have risen from less than 40,000 in February 2020 to 100,000 this February.

Lankford recently toured a facility for migrant youth in south Texas – a place meant to house 80 was housing 709.



The Keystone Pipeline was another topic of discussion during this week’s Yukon meet-and-greet.

Sen. Lankford noted the Biden administration is not allowing the permit for this pipeline so oil can flow from Canada into the United States.

But the senator said the U.S. will “never be free” from petroleum. He noted that Canada will file lawsuits claiming they have the right to transport across the northern border, and the pipeline is a safe way to accomplish that.

Meanwhile, Sen. Lankford said he “realistically” would never foresee the U.S. Congress following only the enumerated powers listed in the Constitution.

“It would be like trying to put the genie back in the bottle,” he said. “The best we can hope for is a chipping away of what Congress has given to the president.”

Since taking office, President Biden has signed numerous executive orders and actions without congressional approval.

Sharing some good news, Sen. Lankford said God is still in control.

“We are Americans,” he told the group. “There is a reason why people want to come to this country. We will prevail. Lots of good things are happening here.”