At a time when President Obama is failing to enforce our immigration laws and Congress remains passive, state legislators have taken it upon themselves to look out for the public’s best interests. While state officials cannot determine who enters and leaves the U.S., they do have jurisdiction over state-funded programs and how taxpayers’ money is allocated.
“As long as Washington, D.C. remains AWOL on fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities to secure our nation’s borders against illegal alien invaders, it will remain the obligation of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania and across the nation to step up and do the job that our federal government refuses to do,” said PA State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration.
During the 2014 legislative year (which runs from January through May in most states), state representatives and senators took a firm stand against illegal alien-friendly bills that would have rewarded these lawbreakers by providing them resources, including driver’s licenses, college financial aid and other gratuities.. As of June 30, 2014, only 132 laws and 84 resolutions had been enacted, down 43 percent in comparison to the same time last year. Although the federal government may not be listening to the people, state politicians are representing their concerns.