Metcalfe: Go home, illegal immigrants
HARRISBURG -- Illegal aliens who have babies in the United States should take their kids back across the border, Republican state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said Monday.
"If you have a child here illegally, you should pick that little baby up, take that child back home with you and come back the right way," said Metcalfe, of Cranberry.
His remarks came at a news conference he held to announce a new national group of state lawmakers seeking solutions to end illegal immigration. Metcalfe responded to the issue of potentially splitting up families if illegal immigrants are returned to their countries of origin, as he advocates.
"State Legislators for Legal Immigration" will be nationwide coalition aimed at ending the "illegal alien invasion," Metcalfe said.
The group will push for legislation in states and work to oppose federal bills, such as one pending in Congress to provide amnesty to illegal aliens already in the United States.
Metcalfe said legislators in 25 states have joined as "pioneer members." He hopes to involve lawmakers in all 50 states.
"Since Washington, D.C., remains AWOL on fulfilling its Constitutional responsibilities to secure our nation's borders against foreign invaders, it is not only incumbent, but the obligation of state lawmakers to step up and do the job that our federal government refuses to do," said Metcalfe.
Joining him at the news conference were a few other Pennsylvania legislators and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.
"It's not an illegal immigration issue, it's a crime and national security issue," said Morganelli, who claims about 5,000 illegal aliens in Northampton County have been responsible for a disproportionate share of the crime.
Five of 10 rapes in Northampton County last year were committed by illegal immigrants, Morganelli said.
Pennsylvania taxpayers are picking up the tab for illegal aliens housed in county and state prisons, he said.