Illegal Immigration

While Lou Barletta was mayor of Hazleton, they city’s population increased by 50 percent, but its tax revenue remained flat. He knew there was an illegal immigration problem. His response was rooted in a pragmatic approach to government. Barletta introduced the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA) in 2006. This first-of-its-kind legislation cracked down on businesses who knowingly hired illegal immigrants and landlords who knowingly provided refuge to them. This legislation went on to serve as a blueprint for state and local governments across the country.

Washington’s fixation on granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is an offense to every out-of-work American and foreign-born citizen who followed the law to come to this country. Lou introduced immigration reform legislation in 2013 that would make overstaying an American visa a felony criminal offense and would require biometric exit requirements such as digital fingerprinting to more accurately tell whether non-U.S. citizens have departed the country on time or remained in the country illegally.

Recent News:

Standard Speaker: Barletta wants to give towns a say on immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, said today that he will introduce a bill that will give municipalities and states a say in whether the federal government can house immigrant children in their communities through programs that have brought at least 456 young people to five centers in Pennsylvania and four teenagers to the Hazleton Area School District.
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The Morning Call: Lou Barletta sees immigration as a border issue

Ex-Hazleton mayor at forefront of latest immigration crisis.
WASHINGTON — As federal officials scramble to deal with a massive influx of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the country’s southern border, Rep. Lou Barletta is again speaking out on the issue that led him to national prominence.

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Roll Call: Rep Lou Barletta: The Day Immigration Reform Died

The recent revelation that the Obama administration had released more than 36,000 illegal immigrants who had been convicted of other crimes should be the brightest red flag yet for those who claim to want to improve the laws that supposedly protect our borders.

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Citizen’s Voice: Barletta questions U.S. response to surge of immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta wants to know how the federal government will respond to the crisis of unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America streaming across the nation’s southern border.
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CBS Philadelphia: Congressman On Proposed Immigration Reforms: ‘What The President Wants To Do Is The DREAM Act On Steroids’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano spoke with Congressman Lou Barletta, from Pennsylvania’s 11th District on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about his opposition to an executive order being considered by the White House that would modernize the immigration system.

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