Barletta Supports President’s Decision to Rescind DACA

Sep 5, 2017
Press Release
Calls for Congress to Stand up for the Forgotten American by Securing our Borders and Enforcing Our Immigration Laws

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):

“I commend President Trump for placing a deadline on ending DACA and recognizing that decisions regarding immigration in this country rest with Congress, not the executive branch.  When President Obama illegally granted amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, he improperly created more competition for American workers and legal immigrants who are already finding it difficult to get work.  American citizens, or people who have come to the United States legally, should not have to suffer from others butting in line after they have broken the law to enter this country.  Today, by putting such decisions back in the hands of Congress, President Trump is putting America first and making it clear that no president has the authority to create immigration law.

America is a proud nation of hard-working citizens and legal immigrants.  Today’s announcement is a victory for the forgotten American worker and legal immigrants who followed the rule of law to become part of our nation.  Too often in the debate about illegal immigration, the media and politicians focus on the person who came to this country illegally. No one talks about the American worker and legal immigrant whose wages are depressed and jobs are threatened by illegal immigration.  I am proud to stand with those hard-working individuals and their families.

On this issue, I have been clear:  We cannot have a conversation about those who are in our country illegally before we stop the flow of illegal immigration.  We are dealing with this problem today because Congress has failed to enforce our laws and secure our borders.  By putting the debate about fixing our broken immigration system into the hands of Congress, where it belongs, President Trump is giving the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate the chance to put the forgotten American first.  The American people deserve to know that their government is serious about defending their security and protecting their jobs. Our country cannot afford for Congress to fail on this issue again.”