The LuLac Edition #2102, June 25th, 2012
LOU VS. THE SUPREMOSThe Supreme Court decision today on immigration got a predictable response from 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta. Barletta sent an e mail missive:
This morning, the Supreme Court issued its opinion on Arizona’s illegal immigration law, SB 1070. The Court upheld the central provision, that if during the course of an investigation, or on a lawful stop, law enforcement may check an individual's immigration status with federal authorities, if there is reasonable suspicion a person is in the country illegally. This increased enforcement will be an additional deterrent to those who willfully break our laws. But the real problem is that the federal government isn’t enforcing its own immigration laws. Just a little over a week ago, President Obama unilaterally granted a back-door amnesty to up to 1.4 million illegal immigrants. It has to stop. I have been in this fight since it started. Before Arizona, when I was mayor of Hazleton, I created the Illegal Immigration Relief Act. Like Arizona, Hazleton was faced with a serious illegal immigration problem and the federal government refused to help. I took an oath to protect the people of Hazleton and when the federal government refused to do their job, I took action to defend my city. If keeping a steadfast, principled leader against illegal immigration in Washington is important to you, please click here to support my campaign. Make no mistake, those of us who are fighting against illegal immigration are under attack. It’s not just the president’s recent amnesty for illegals. The Justice Department is also suing Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana for enforcing immigration laws. Speaking from my own experience leading the nation as the first mayor in the country to put tough, common sense anti-illegal immigration laws on the books, immigration enforcement is not something our state and local governments want to do. States like Arizona and communities like Hazleton have found they have no other choice when it comes to combating crime and protecting their residents, but to enforce the laws the federal government willfully ignores. I appreciate your support and, as always, will keep you updated with the latest in our fight against illegal immigration. Very truly yours,
PS. If the White House is going to work around Congress and the courts are going to take options off the table, we’ve got to re-ignite our fight in Washington.
I like the Congressman personally. He is a nice man. This decision could have given him the opportunity to back away from this issue gracefully. Instead he’s diving back into it. Disagree with his stand but am amazed at his tenacity.