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House Republican Leaders Declare New Public Enemy #1: Young Immigrants

Goodlatte the latest to go after children fleeing violence and call for the deportation of DREAMers When it comes to immigration demagoguery, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is just the latest to pile on.  This week, at a hearing he chaired and another event, he made it clear that he believes immigrant children … Continue reading »

Goodlatte Comments, Eric Cantor Memo Show – Again – GOP is Not Serious About Immigration Reform

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the renewal process for DACA this week, and in response, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte had the gall to criticize the announcement and claim that it could hurt the prospects for legislative immigration reform.  As Goodlatte said according to Roll Call: These actions undermine Congress’ hard work to reform our immigration laws and … Continue reading »

Bob Goodlatte: Immigration Reform Will be "Top Priority" in 2014

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House announced Thursday that immigration reform will be ” top priority” in 2014 and that this office will address the issue of a “very serious and deliberative manner.” Goodlatte : #immigration reform top priority in 2014 — David Leopold (@DavidLeopold) December 12, 2013 Read more at … Continue reading »

Irish Immigration Advocates Push GOP To Support Reform

This weekend, our allies at the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform held a meeting in Virginia to plot their strategy to push reform. Via John Stanton at Buzzfeed: Immigration activists may have found an unusual ally in the daunting bid to convince Republicans that comprehensive immigration reform must happen: the nation’s 40 million Irish-Americans. “We … Continue reading »

Poll of Virginia Latinos and Asians Shows GOP: Politics of Exclusion Will Cost You Elections

Cross-posted at Latino Decisions blog. With Election Day in Virginia today and the gubernatorial candidates’ positioning on immigration reform on stark display, a new election-eve poll, sponsored by America’s Voice, People for the American Way and Latino Decisions reveals how Virginia’s changing demographics are also changing the state’s politics. The polling data present a sign of things … Continue reading »

Memo to House Leadership on Immigration: “Talk is Cheap”

Goodlatte, House Leaders Talk Up Reform, but Where’s their Legislative Proposal? When is the Vote? For months now House leaders have been using similar talking points and sound bites when talking about immigration reform.  However, they continue to fall short when it comes to actually putting their words into action. Case and point, House Judiciary … Continue reading »

How Will We Know the House GOP is Truly Interested in Passing Immigration Reform? When They Blow Past Goodlatte and Work With Democrats

Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) appeared on the Washington, DC NPR affiliate’s“Kojo Nnamdi Show.”  And once again, he made it painfully clear why he should not be entrusted with driving the House immigration agenda forward. According to MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin’s assessment of yesterday’s radio appearance, “Goodlatte said he expected votes soon, perhaps … Continue reading »

Actually, Rep. Goodlatte, You ARE Proposing A Permanent Underclass

Earlier this week, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte explained to Univision Radio his plans for creating a permanent underclass by giving undocumented immigrants “a legal status,” but not citizenship. Then he had the audacity to say, “So there is no permanent underclass, there is no distinction other than to say people who enter here unlawfully will not … Continue reading »

Goodlatte Goes Off the Rails on Modest Administrative Policy Directive

Continues to Disqualify Himself as Leader on Immigration  Last Friday, the Obama Administration issued a modest policy directive clarifying that the nation’s immigration enforcers should use basic decency and common sense in deciding how to deal with immigrants in detention who are also parents of minor children. Despite the very modest scope of the policy … Continue reading »

Bob Goodlatte Reverts to Form, Perhaps in Hopes of Winning Another Blue Ribbon from Numbers USA

A Hardliner Poses as a Reformer – Until the Truth Outs  As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has positioned himself to be a key player on immigration policy.  He’s the head of the lead committee of jurisdiction, he has championed a number of piecemeal bills and he has adopted a … Continue reading »