Immigration Bill Cracks Down On “Sanctuary” Cities; Barletta Forms New Anti-Immigration Caucus

U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania.
U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania.
U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania.

A freshman U.S. congressman, who in 2006 made headlines when he signed a law that cracked down on undocumented immigrants as the mayor of a Pennsylvania town, is now focusing his first legislative effort on stripping all federal funding to “sanctuary” cities that fail to enforce federal immigration laws.

Republican Rep. Lou Barletta said he expects to formally introduce the  bill within a few weeks. The bill will attempt to  “crack down on cities whose elected officials have willfully chosen not to enforce immigration policy by withholding all federal funding from them as long as their sanctuary policies are in place,” he said, during a press conference.

The legislation, called the “Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act,” would target more than 100 cities, where Barletta believes federal immigration policy is not being enforced. If the legislation is adopted cities could face losing all federal funding.

“Local officials who choose not to enforce immigration laws are aiding illegal immigrants,” Barletta said. “My bill makes sure that sanctuary cities no longer get federal money as long as federal officials ignore federal law.”

Barletta also announced on Wednesday that he was creating  a new congressional caucus that will offer ways to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. Referred to as the 112th Congress Immigration Reform Caucus, Barletta is currently looking for members to join him.

“I’m putting together a group of freshman members to address the problem of illegal immigration in this country,” Barletta said in a statement on Wednesday. “I’m optimistic that other new members of Congress who are concerned about our flawed immigration system will join this caucus so we can devise some real solutions.”

The congressman’s vision of how to deal with undocumented immigration stands in stark contrast to that of the Obama Administartion, which while tightening  security at the nation’s borders also plans for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. Many Republicans argue that the pathway to citizenship is a form of amnesty and oppose the plan.

“The President reaffirmed that he will continue to work to forge bipartisan consensus and will intensify efforts to lead a civil debate on this issue in the coming weeks and months,” said the White House readout of Tuesday’s meeting between Obama and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Photo: U.S. House of Representatives @ Wikicommons.

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  1. Remember who your Political adversaries are in coming elections, whose main concern is more votes and additional amounts of illegal cheap labor.

    PLEASE TAKE AN ACCOUNTING OF WHICH POLITICIAN IS WORKING FOR YOU THE TAXPAYER? ARIZONA WAS JUSTIFIED AS A FRONTIER STATE, TO STOP THE FINANCIAL DEGRADATION BY ILLEGAL ALIENS SETTLING THERE. THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER AND STATE SENATOR PIERCE ARE STILL FIGHTING OVERWHELMING ODDS IN THE MILITANT COURTS AND THE LIBERAL CZARS IN OUR FEDERAL CAPITOL. AMERICA IS A LAND OF LAWS, WHICH LEFTISTS AND SOME OF THE RIGHT TEND TO FORGET? THE STATE OF ILLINOIS WILL SOON ENOUGH LEARN OF THEIR ERROR FOR NOT LISTENING TO ITS PEOPLE. UNKNOWN NUMBERS OF FRESH ECONOMIC MIGRANTS WILL ATTACH THEMSELVES TO THE COMMUNITIES, EXHAUSTING EVEN MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. ILLINOIS WILL BECOME ANOTHER CALIFORNIA OR NEVADA, WITH INCREASING CRIME AND A WELFARE TROUGH FOR EVERY FOREIGN NATIONAL TO DRINK FROM?

    We need more tough new politicians as US Rep. Lou Barletta to strengthen our borders fence, build a legal barrier of cutting further settlement of illegal nationals. He showed his abilities when he stood against the US government, the (ACLU) American Communist Lawyers Union, US Chamber of Commerce and the open border rapid leftists. As a man of conviction he would appreciate the TEA PARTY platform as a great organizer to draw in more Americans to our causes.

    Our lawmakers must be persuaded by the threat of being voted out of office, that they must mandate such logical laws as mandating E-Verify, Secure communities and the 287 G. These people are not just the Senators or Congressmen-Women in Washington, but it’s also a mixed bag of Governors, Mayors, Police Chiefs and a wide range of city managers. Many of these Liberal-Democrats are in Congress to feather their own nests from special interest groups; there are no mitigating circumstances for hard line, wealthy Republicans either. Good Righteous Americans have come to the end of their tether, that’s why “THE PEOPLE’S” TEA PARTY was born?

    The Obama government of today and yesteryear administration has seen fit, to cater to the illegal immigration invaders, and now years of disgusting failures and complete incompetence is driving federal and State treasuries into bankruptcy. How many Trillions of dollars could America have packed into infrastructure, welfare nets, balancing federal State and local government, if that deceased Lib-Democrat Ted Kennedy hadn’t rescinded the nationality “Quota System?.” If the previous President LBJ’ Immigration law had remained steadfast? But today with have nothing but economic illegal aliens threading their way across a poorly funded border; undermanned with no troops present to stop this incursion. Now America is going through a huge crime wave, as the sewers of South America have opened spilling there offal and bringing with it unfettered death and destruction to the American people.

    To ensure America’s future and your children, we must bring to a halt this invasion of our sovereign nation. The Liberal progressives and their philosophy have no respect for people’s freedom and self determination. We cannot afford to feed the world or allow activist judges to supersede laws such as illegal alien schooling or free health care. Our only real choice is to unseat the factions of “Tax and Spend” We have massive US deficit through entitlement programs that is partially caused by the 300.000 annual Birthright baby citizenship law illegal parents to settle with expenditures in the billions of taxpayer dollars. The TEA PARTY has an unparalleled growth membership that is threatening the two party system of government, which is totally destroying this country through partisan economics. But the TEA PARTY is rapidly moving ahead with the assurance, that the illegal immigration occupation will be halted. The TEA PARTY will not vote for any Sanctuary State policies; NO Chain Migration; NO more Amnesties as promised by the late Teddy Kennedy; NO more Immigration Reform packages of any kind.

    All new members are welcome as long as you entered this country legally, without any prejudiced to your previous skin color, religion or allegiance to a foreign nation. This is a firm commitment to honest legal immigrants, who have assimilated into the American culture. America can no longer support the impoverished peoples in our country or across the Earth. COME! Join us today! Join your local chapter or national TEA PARTY, and make your single voice join tens of millions more against the corruption in Washington. Call and raise hell with your local and federal lawmaker at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121 or locate the in your phone directory blue pages. Learn the immigration grades of those amongst lawmakers at NumbersUSA.

    Attn: America is being ripped-off by Communist China, Mexico and other countries in unfair trade agreements. Our nation is losing our manufacturing to foreign cheap labor countries. As Donald Trump stated, “Place a 25% import tax on every product that enters our country. Stop subsidizing American companies that have disappeared overseas. They businesses will return if we begin taxing everything that comes through customs?

  2. We have 17% real unemployment in this country. Why do we continue to protect illegal workers that the American taxpayers have to support. Roughly $7000 to $8000 a year per illegal immigrant child for education costs alone, you tell me if these low paid unskilled workers are paying enough into the system to cover even these costs.. No… We taxpayers are paying through the nose to support these illegal aliens, in fact we are paying for them to drive down our wages!!

    Stop importing poverty, we have enough of our own!

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