Congressman Lou Barletta Gets It Wrong Again:
Persecution of Children Through Deportation
In my statement on Why I Am Running for Congress, I cite the general discontent that Americans are having with all branches of our government. My background and a significant focus of my campaign, will be on the judicial branch, and we will talk about things that no other candidates talk about in our system, and how they affect all of us, and are related to the incremental loss of freedom we are experiencing.
As a first time candidate in any election, however, I think it is important for me to contrast myself with my opponent, and how he symbolizes everything that is wrong with Washington, D.C., and the political establishment, and to show the voters that there is a clear alternative to that status quo in this election.
We are going to run a forward-looking campaign, focusing on lasting, cooperative solutions to some intrinsic institutional problems, but, at the outset, want to introduce me to the voters in the Eleventh Congressional District in direct contrast to my opponent, the incumbent.
That is why we are giving him attention here, not to sling mud, but to show the voters what their choice ultimately is – Andy Ostrowski, a lifelong fighter for the constitutional rights of the individual, or Lou Barletta, a career politician and member of the do-nothing Congress, with its single-digit approval ratings.
Just like Luzerne County Kids for Cash?
Harrisburg Patriot News - 'Congressman Lou Barletta and others are supporting the Expedited Family Reunification Act of 2014, written by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, to allow immigration officials to quickly deport the minors back to their home countries.'- Harrisburg Patriot News, July 12, 2014
The New York Times, Op-ed dated July 11, 2014, The Children of the Drug War, - This refugee crisis is actually the product of the failed U.S. drug war and drug policies. By sending these children away, “you are handing them a death sentence,” writes the Times. “This is not how a great nation treats children."
The Huffington Post - “Such checkpoints are located throughout the Southwestern U.S. border, comprising of a 100-mile wide, Bill-of-Rights-free strip where authorities have claimed the privilege to do things they would not be permitted to do anywhere else in the country, such as executing a ‘routine search’ without a warrant or probable cause, or asking American citizens for papers,” reports the Huffington Post on July 13, 2014.
When you think about it, there’s not much difference between Lou Barletta’s approach to shipping kids away south of the boarder, and the way minority kids were treated in the Luzerne County Kids for Cash scandal.
Andy Ostrowski's response: “Let’s send Lou Barletta home. This is classic Barletta demagoguery. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable among us. We need to find thoughtful, comprehensive solutions to this complicated problem. We need leaders who will do right by these kids, and America.”