Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have announced six bills aimed at curbing what they accurately described as the “illegal alien invasion” of their state.
“There is a new sheriff in the Oval Office who is serious about exercising his rightful authority to keep our nation safe from the illegal alien invasion,” House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, said.
“Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that our government ‘shall guarantee to every state in this union a Republican form of government and shall protect each of them against invasion,’” Metcalfe added.
“Now with the executive branch of the federal government no longer AWOL, it has never been more urgent for state lawmakers to actively do their part by advancing legislation to ensure that the economic and national security interests of law-abiding citizens and legal immigrants always come first.”
The package of six bills, known as National Security Begins at Home, addresses “sanctuary” cities and colleges, welfare benefits and jobs—all of which encourage illegal immigration, Metcalfe said, adding that they “need to ensure that we’re shutting off the faucets that attract illegals to Pennsylvania.”
The state’s illegal alien invader population grew by nearly 40 percent from 2009 to 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2014, the state had an estimated 180,000 invaders present, with at least 160,000 of them in the Philadelphia metro area.
House Bill 856 will require all government entities to enroll in the federal government’s free E-Verify program to confirm the validity of Social Security numbers for prospective employees. Failing to comply would result in the suspension of all state licenses, permits, registrations, or certificates held by any private business caught employing illegal aliens. Compliance audits could be initiated by the state labor department or any elected official in the state. The bill is modeled after the Legal Arizona Workers Act that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
House Bill 14 will prohibit any sanctuary campuses from receiving state funding. Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania have sanctuary policies for illegal invaders.
House Bill 28 will require state and local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the capture and detainment of illegal invaders or face criminal and economic sanctions. The bill would reinforce sanctions outlined in President Trump’s executive order, which would strip away federal funding from more than 300 sanctuary cities, including Philadelphia, that refuse to help ICE.
House Bill 826 will ensure that any state agency that administers public benefits must verify that those benefits are being paid to only those who are eligible through the Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlement (SAVE) program operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“Our public resources are not limitless, and my legislation would ensure that our hard-earned tax dollars are spent helping our legal residents,” Rep. Doyle Heffley, the sponsor of HB 826, said. “We are morally obligated to provide assistance to those who are legally residing in Pennsylvania, not illegal immigrants.”
Another bill that has not yet been numbered is the Professional Licensees Illegal Employment Act, which would revoke the license of any licensed professional, such as a nursing home administrator or a landscape architect, who knowingly employed or permitted the employment of an illegal immigrant.
“The business community needs to be doing their part and making sure those they hire are United States citizens or have a permit to work here,” said state Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin). “Employers who circumnavigate the law and knowingly employ illegal immigrants would be penalized under my bill.”
The sixth bill not yet named but expected to be introduced in the upcoming week focuses on the apprehension and detention of illegal immigrants. State Rep. Ryan Warner’s (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) upcoming bill would require state and local law enforcement agencies to fully comply with federal law and cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Detainers are issued when the federal government has decided that illegal aliens should not be returned to the community,” Warner said. “State and local law enforcement should not have the power to overrule the federal government, which has many more resources to draw upon to make these informed decisions.”
Metcalfe outlines the impact of illegal immigration in Pennsylvania in documents on his website, including stolen jobs and benefits that have been costly to taxpayers. He estimates the legislation, if passed, could save taxpayers $1.4 billion annually.
In addition, crimes committed by illegal immigrants in Pennsylvania are detailed, and stolen benefits are broken down into education, welfare, and healthcare for illegal immigrants.
Pennsylvania taxpayers spend $576 million per year to educate illegal alien children and $33 million for American children of illegal immigrants who are covered under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. An additional $221 million a year is spent on childcare for illegal alien children, according to Metcalfe.