This will be an uncharacteristically brief commentary. It is about a Congressional hearing that was conducted yesterday in Washington.
I hope you will get some encouragement from the fact that not only is Lou a member of Congress, but that he sits on the Homeland Security Committee in the House of Representatives.
I will simply ask that you listen to one of the rare members of the United States Congress, Lou Barletta from Hazleton, Pennsylvania, when yesterday, February 26, 2013, he addressed a Congressional hearing conducted by the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security that asked, “What Does a Secure Border Look Like?”
As he noted in his testimony- February 26, 2013 was the 20th anniversary of the first attack at the World Trade Center. It certainly did not escape his attention or ability to “connect the dots” drawing a clear line between failures of the immigration system and the attack that killed six people, injured more than one thousand people and inflicted horrific damage to what had been the centerpiece of the lower Manhattan skyline.
Here is the link to Rep. Barletta’s appearance before that hearing when he entered his prepared testimony into the record:
I know you will be encouraged by what he had to say!
Here is the link to the CSPAN broadcast of the hearing:
To provide a quick bit of background, before being elected to Congress, Lou was the Mayor of Hazleton, PA when his community suddenly had to confront a level of violent crime that was previously unknown to his quiet city. As it turned out, a large number of illegal alien gang members including MS-13 decided to set up shop in his city. He also had to confront a fiscal crisis that had not existed before the influx of large numbers of illegal aliens.
His pragmatic and commonsense remedy was to enact legislation that would penalize those who knowingly hired or provided housing to illegal aliens. He was, as he noted in his testimony yesterday, the first mayor in America to take such an innovative approach necessitated by the failures of the federal government to secure its borders and effectively enforce and administer the immigration laws.
The ink was barely dry on the new law when the ACLU filed a lawsuit to attempt to block this effort. I was his final witness at the federal trial.
I am proud to consider Lou a friend- he is certainly the friend of every hardworking American and lawful immigrant!
Several months ago I interviewed him for my website TalkBorder.com. Here is a link to a video of that interview:
I wish we could clone him!