The real losers in this debate will unfortunately be those immigrants who have come here legally ó new Americans ó who have chosen our country to improve their own lives and those of their families. They have obeyed our laws and will see untold millions of illegal aliens emerge and compete for jobs, opportunities and resources that are already scarce. The message we will be sending to them is that their hard work and perseverance were pointless, because we will reward lawbreakers with the chance to take jobs at lower wages and cut in line in front of them.
On the serious question of illegal immigration, America can do better. I will oppose both of these plans until we get serious about border security.
Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., represents the stateís 11th District.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.