Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton, Pennsylvania testified before Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security on 2/26/13

Hi Gang:
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!
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!  Simply stated, the immigration laws were enacted to save

lives and protect the jobs of American workers.

Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within.  The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!

If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!


-michael cutler- 



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One thought on “Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton, Pennsylvania testified before Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security on 2/26/13”

  1. At some point there is a threshold that will be cssroed when the average law-abiding citizen can no longer shoulder the burden of the illegals exploiting the welfare system and other tax-dollar funded programs of this nation which are supposed to help hard working lawful-citizens who fell on tough times. If the system collapses it will be because taxes and interest rates have been raised to unreasonable levels (some might say they are already there) to support illegals. Already there is too much pandering to illegals, too many concessions given to the largest producers of crime in this nation. There was nothing unconstitutional about a city wanting to protect itself from the abusive nature of so many lawless bandits and leeches.As one who grew up on wellfare, I know that there are those who genuinely need it, such as a disabled single parent struggling to support a couple of kids. Most true Americans would hate being a burden on society. I joined the military to serve my country and repay the debt I felt. I am greatful to be an American and live in a land of opportunity, where no matter how humble your beginnings, if you are up for a challenge you can climb the ladder to success. However, those opportunities for lawful citizens are being snatched away by those who have absolutely no intent of being productive members of society, and seem fully dedicated on destroying it.I am sickened to see the abuse of a system designed to protect us, and I am sickened to see citizens needlessly and increasingly burdened to pay for criminals to leech off of our tax dollars and join gangs and extremist groups.Again there will come a point when the middle class will break under pressure. Even with all the other threats and dangers to our country this is one we can not ignore, because if we do it will erode us and lead to our destruction as surely as any terrorist infiltration.

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