Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Immigration

America has a unique history.  We are a melting pot, a nation made unusually strong by the wonderful blend of those who legally entered our country in pursuit of dreams and limitless opportunity made possible through hard work, not lineage or privilege.  My ancestors came from Europe, and part of my wife’s family emigrated from Lebanon.

Today, the melting pot is under stress because of a broken immigration system and unsecured borders.  The senseless murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco is just one tragic example.

The existence of “sanctuary cities” flaunts the rule of law and provides incentives for illegal immigrants to continue breaking our laws.  Common sense says we must enforce the law, which is why I have co-sponsored the Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act (H.R. 2964).  The CLEAR Act will ensure local governments do not prohibit their law enforcement agencies from assisting the federal government in enforcing immigration laws.

Sanctuary cities aren’t the only ones making matters worse by ignoring the law.  Last year, President Obama’s politically-motivated Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program gave desperate Central American families the false impression of a free pass into the United States, leading to a flood of unaccompanied minors and a crisis at the border.

The President’s executive overreach has been blocked by two Federal courts, and the House of Representatives continues to take action to hold the President accountable.   As your Congressman, I have supported and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to block President Obama’s executive orders, including H.R. 1148, introduced by my friend Congressman Gowdy, which would prevent any funds (appropriated or collected by the agency) from being used to implement President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty plans.

The first and most critical step to immigration reform is securing our borders.  No immigration reform will be successful until we block the flow of illegal immigrants.  Currently, the Government Accountability Office reports only 129 miles out of the 873 miles studied are under full control along the southern border.  To help push for better border security, I serve on the House Border Security Caucus.

Border security is also a critical national security issue, as it is vital that we know who is in our country.

We must remember that we are proudly a nation of immigrants, and I salute those who play by the rules and undergo the substantial effort to enter America legally.  Surprisingly, I was the first United States Congressman to speak at a citizenship ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Charlotte, and I continue to speak at these deeply moving ceremonies on a regular basis.

My office works daily to help constituents navigate the legal immigration system, including assistance for those who fall through the cracks.  Any resident of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District who needs help navigating federal red tape is encouraged to call my Charlotte office at 704-362-1060.

We need to secure the borders, ensure the rules are fair, support a suitable work-visa program, and provide real consequences for those who break the rules.

America is a nation of laws, and we function best when those laws are applied fairly and equally.

More on Immigration

Dec 1, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement after learning illegal immigrant Jose Zarate had been acquitted of the murder of American citizen Kate Steinle:
Sep 15, 2017 Press Release
Currently, membership in a violent gang is not sufficient grounds for deportation. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to change that.
Sep 5, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who in June urged his colleagues to support legislation cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” had this response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
Jul 28, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump’s $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America’s military.
Jun 30, 2017 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO CRACK DOWN ON SANCTUARY CITIES
Increases liability for cities who release criminal aliens into neighborhoods

 

Jun 30, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) urged his colleagues to support “Kate’s Law,” which would better protect American citizens by increasing penalties for deported felons who illegally return to the United States.
Jun 26, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate key parts of President Trump’s travel ban in the name of national security:
Jun 19, 2017 Press Release
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly formally rescinded President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents” (DAPA) order, which had already been blocked by federal courts. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), a strong supporter of legal immigration and law enforcement, had this reaction:
Jan 30, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger had this statement on President Trump’s executive order on refugees from nations impacted by terrorism:
Jun 23, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a lower court ruling that President Obama’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants is unlawful: