Lou Barletta (R-PA)

Lou Barletta: GOP Can Never Win Over Latinos Because Undocumented Immigrants Depend On Social Programs. According to the Huffington Post, “[Pennsylvania Rep. Lou] Barletta went on to say that the GOP should have no interest in providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, claiming that most are uneducated, government-dependent individuals who wouldn’t support the party. ‘I hope politics is not at the root of why we’re rushing to pass a bill. Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken,’ Barletta said, according to the Morning Call. ‘The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.’” [Huffington Post, 1/29/13]

Barletta: “Once I Saw Illegal Aliens Getting More Rights Than The Average Citizen, That’s When I Started My Crusade.” According to National Review, “When he was a mayor, he introduced an ordinance to prevent the city from working with businesses that hired undocumented workers. Immigrant groups promptly sued the city, and the ordinance was later ruled unconstitutional. But the support his effort gained him among conservatives helped Barletta win a House seat. ‘Once I saw illegal aliens getting more rights than the average citizen, that’s when I started my crusade,’ he says.” [National Review, 4/15/13]