As the mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, I introduced the Illegal Immigration Relief Act in 2006. The IIRA was the first local law of its kind in the nation. It cracked down on local employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens and landlords who knowingly provided refuge to them. My concentrated effort served as a blueprint for other jurisdictions, such as Valley Park, Missouri; Fremont, Nebraska; and the State of Arizona, to enact their own anti-illegal immigration legislation. On May 26, 2011, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to create and enforce their own anti-illegal immigration policies. A few days later, the high court overturned the lower court rulings that prevented the City of Hazleton from enforcing the IIRA, and ordered a federal circuit court to re-hear the case. In Washington, I continue to fight for the rule of law.
There should not and cannot be a plan to offer amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens present until we secure the borders. Various proposals are inadequate, in that there are no standards for what a secure border truly is. Putting the northern, southern, and water-bound borders aside, what about all of the inland portals? If your state is home to an international airport, then you effectively live in a border state, given that 40 percent of all illegal aliens present today arrived on visas that have now expired.
A homeowner would never replace the wet carpet while there was still a hole in the roof.
The real losers in this debate will unfortunately be those immigrants who have come here legally – new Americans – who have chosen our country to improve their own lives and those of their families. They have obeyed our laws and will see an untold number of illegal aliens emerge and compete for jobs, opportunities, and resources that are already scarce. The message we will be sending to them is that their hard work and perseverance was pointless, because we will reward lawbreakers with the chance to take jobs at lower wages and cut the line in front of them.
As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over border security, protecting the country from terrorist attacks, responding to disasters, and protecting national infrastructure, I will be a loud voice to fix our broken borders and immigration system.
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WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today applauded President Trump’s announcement that he will be using his constitutional authority to strengthen security standards for foreign nationals traveling to the United States. President Trump’s enhancement of national security measures per Executive Order 13780 temporarily suspended travel to the United States from eight countries that have strong connections to terrorism, inadequate information sharing serv
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement regarding the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) at the White House alongside President Trump:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today applauded a recent announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will stop providing Byrne JAG grant funding to sanctuary cities.
Click here to watch Barletta’s floor speech.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today was one of four U.S. House members who met at the White House with President Donald J.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) tomorrow will once again participate in the annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” Radio Row event, hosted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Barletta, a national leader in the effort to combat illegal immigration, will join radio hosts from across the country to discuss the problem of illegal immigration and efforts underway to combat it.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to review two lower court rulings blocking President Donald J. Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending travel to the United States from six countries with strong connections to terrorism. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the executive order during its next term starting in October. In the meantime, much of the executive order will take effect.
Click here to watch video of Barletta's floor remarks on the Verify First Act.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow will vote on legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to stop fraud in the distribution of health care tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars.
Under Obamacare, the federal government pays the Advanced Premium Tax Credits to people before first verifying that they qualify to receive those benefits. If individuals cannot verify their legal immigration status, the Internal Revenue Service is forced to chase after the money.