Lou Barletta

Congressman (R-PA 11th District) and member of FAIR's Board of Advisors

The FAIR Board of Advisors member once stated that his 2006 Hazleton effort was inspired by self-described “proud nationalist” Joseph Turner. Turner pushed a similar effort in San Bernardino, California in order to prevent the state from becoming, as he claimed, a “Third World Cesspool.”

About

  • U.S. Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA) has been in Congress since 2011.
  • He previously served as mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he implemented and defended a draconian anti-immigrant housing ordinance, which had been devised by Kris Kobach, in 2006. Since arriving in Congress, Barletta has continued to champion the organized anti-immigrant movement and made no secret of his support for their work.
  • A federal judge ultimately ruled that the ordinance was unconstitutional, and ordered Hazleton to pay $1.4 million to attorneys who challenged the law. Barletta showed no remorse for city taxpayers following the ruling.
  • After working with FAIR on the Hazleton ordinance, Barletta joined their advisory board and remains a member today.

Beliefs and Associations

  • In addition to FAIR, Rep. Barletta has praised the work and counsel of NumbersUSA. “I rely on Numbers USA whenever there’s an immigration-related bill in the House,” he told MSNBC in 2013. ”I like to get their input and their opinion on pending legislation, and I like to hear what they have to say about immigration-related bills and amendments I’m considering offering.”
  • Rep. Barletta lauded the publication of a report by anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) in 2014, claiming that the release of the report should be referred to as “the day immigration reform died.”
  • Barletta was a recipient of Tanton’s political action committee USIRPAC in ‘08, ‘12, ‘14, ’16 and 2018, is a featured speaker at the 2011 Writer’s Workshop of The Social Contract Press, an annual event organized by Tanton’s U.S. Inc., and is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual immigrant bashing “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event.
  • In 2009, he spoke at a conference hosted by The American Cause, a group which promotes white supremacy. American Cause’s executive director was previously charged with carrying out a hate crime against an African American woman.
  • In 2013, as Congress was considering another bipartisan immigration compromise, Barletta joined Reps. King, Brooks, Lamar Smith and Senator Sessions on a CIS teleconference to argue against it.
  • The Pennsylvania Congressman supports revoking birthright citizenship as laid out in the 14th Amendment and is cosponsor of Rep. King’s H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017, which would eliminate granting automatic citizenship to the U.S.-born children to undocumented parents.

Attacks on DACA

  • The close ally to Kris Kobach has attacked Dreamers for years, including introducing a piece of legislation introduced this Congress, the Defense of Legal Workers Act of 2017, which would prohibit DACA recipients from receiving work authorization.
  • 2013 Barletta has voted in favor of legislation that would defund DACA and subject the program’s recipients to immediate deportation.
  • In the summer of 2014, Barletta worked with Reps. Blackburn and King to pass a bill that would have halted DACA. Barletta released a statement congratulating himself saying that he, “played a key role” in stopping a “non-deportation policy in it’s tracks”
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