Barletta: No Sanctuary for Illegal Activity

Nov 21, 2017
Press Release

HAZLETON – On Monday, a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.  The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick, an Obama appointee, has been appealed by the Trump Administration sending the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I’m confident local officials will eventually realize it is better to discourage illegal activity rather than to encourage it,” Barletta said.  “The local leaders who choose to follow this path are choosing to provide sanctuary to illegal activity.  This puts Pennsylvania’s local communities and law enforcement in danger.

“While I was Mayor of Hazleton, the town was overrun by illegal aliens who brought with them gangs, drugs, identify theft, fraud, other crimes that I had to deal with.  When the government fails to enforce the law, all sorts of criminal activity fills the vacuum of law and order.  I sat with people who lost loved ones who were victims, and I have compassion for them.  Where’s the compassion for the American citizen?  It is a fool’s errand for local officials to continue to provide sanctuary to illegal activity and I urge them to reverse this disastrous course.”