Goodlatte Building “Consensus” for Amnesty, Legal Immigration Increases


Asked by a reporter to predict whether "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation will get a vote soon in Congress, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said, “My job isn’t to predict when it’s going to happen. My job is to build the consensus that we need to have immigration reform,” according to ABC News.

Goodlatte was attending an event in Washington, D.C. today when the reporter posed the question. He said that Congress must address immigration “starting with enforcement [and] going to legal immigration reform.” Goodlatte continued, “Our immigration laws are not being enforced in many ways…We’re blurring the distinction between legal immigration and illegal immigration, and the longer we wait, the worse that’s going to be. And there are new laws that are needed…“The grand bargain here is, we need to have an agreement that if we find the appropriate status for people who have been here a long time and pay back taxes and pay a fine and do some other things … allow them to stay here, but for the future, there would be zero tolerance of illegal immigration.”

He said Congress should also try to attract skilled foreign workers, including those educated at U.S. colleges and universities. “We want them to stay here and create jobs here,” Goodlatte said.

Some House Republicans are still reacting to Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) comments mocking their concerns about a comprehensive amnesty. “We have to man the watchtowers 24/7,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said “It is difficult to plan a specific course of action when the leadership keeps tossing out vague ways to give amnesty to illegal aliens. When we see a specific plan from the House leadership, then those of us who favor American citizens first will have a better idea of where the leadership is specifically going and how we will specifically respond.”

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Robert 4907 of DE's picture

Jed Bush said it‘s an “Act of Love” the illegal aliens are here. How about it’s an “Act of Defiance” they are here? Illegal aliens are here raping the American taxpayers because of their anchor babies, taking our jobs, overcrowding our schools, overwhelming our hospitals, jails and everything else. Let’s get some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform. Start with making it a felony to enter this country and mandatory E-Verify.

Illegal immigration is a cancer that has to be eradicated and not tolerated.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

How about a little compassion for children of Citizens that work hard and save for the opportunity to send their children to college but will only find that their children’s seats in the classroom are taken by ILLEGALS and they are paying for the ILLEGALS education using Citizen taxes!

Dave 362 of WI's picture

Only foreign-born individuals, especially those here illegally, are now entitled to search for a better life in this country.  Read just about any immigration news story these days and that's the only conclusion that you can reach.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

You are SO RIGHT!
supreme court essentially just made it legal for a cop to stop you for being to legal, doing too many things right. That would include a search of your car.

I think it is time for all of us to get a Mexican drivers license. With that and "No speeka da ingleesh" response you might have a much better chance of driving away/

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

I have heard more than once in recent months that the police do not think it is worth the problems they create for themselves to stop ILLEGALS, much easier to deal with citizens and ignore crimes by ILLEGALS; it is a real shame to realize that one is treated worse than an ILLEGAL outsider by law enforcement in his own nation.

Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

Don't you mean that there's one set of rules for illegals and different ones for us citizens?? Kinda like a double standard??

Robert 9027 of OR's picture

Why can't American law makers understand the concept of, "if you are continuing to break the law as an illegal, you don't deserve to have American citizenship." Since when do we as a civilization award illegal law breakers and punish American citizens'? Who pays for medical care, welfare, schools and other benefits these law breakers are taking away from LEGAL Americans? "We the people..." pay for these benefits(taxes), not the government. The Government doesn't have any money of its own except that of which they rape the people for.

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

“The grand bargain here is, we need to have an agreement that if we find the appropriate status for people who have been here a long time and pay back taxes and pay a fine and do some other things … allow them to stay here, but for the future, there would be zero tolerance of illegal immigration.”

The appropriate status for people who are here illegally (no matter how long they have been breaking our laws) is "convicts awaiting imminent deportation". You can't grant an amnesty to these scofflaws and then declare "zero tolerance for illegal immigration". That is what IRCA tried to do back in 1986 and it failed completely. Anyone who tries to sell us that rancid snake oil again is either a fool or a liar.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

If Citizens are found to be criminals they will be punished and only if they have "political pull", a little political contributions would help, will they receive Amnesty; but if someone would enter the United States as ILLEGALS "our" politicians want to grant AMNESTY. Wonder what the ILLEGALS have as their political pull?

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

How about making that fine about $15,000 per year or portion thereof for the time that they have been here. they kept An American from getting a job, that fine would be about minimum wage. If not paid in 90 days automatic deportation without stopping at the court.

'Scuse me, that would make some billionaires angry as hell. No, compromise would be that they could pay the fine for the alien. Now everyone gets something, or nearly so.

Best scenario, NO amnesty, immediate deportation!! IMMO, there is another better, but I will not share it today.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

If they get away with flip-flopping, the are never trusted again. Never know which side of the flip-flop they will stand for when the rubber meets the road! Usually it is NEVER the way I'd hoped.

Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

About a couple of months ago NumbersUSA's Roy Beck said that . . . we don't know where the real Bob Goodlatte is? He had a very good question. I would like to give you a figuration. Great silent movie actor and make-up artist Lon Chaney starring in "London After Midnight" (1927) is still one of the most sought silent films, even though it is believed to be lost. Please check your attic. Like that film, "real Bob Goodlatte is believed to be lost." NumbersUSA named him a Blue Ribbon for being "5-for-5" (Great Immigration Reduction Bills). He did a perfect score! Later he suddenly stopped defending the integrity of our country against lawless foreign nationals. He goofed! I can't imagine what happened to him. Sadly, today he is not that real Bob Goodlatte. Did Chamber of Commerce make him a best offer he could not refuse? Does he still obey his big boss John Boehner's order to support immigration reform? Let's try hard to pressure him into changing his mind to abandon his amnesty bill by calling him (202) 225-5431 or faxing him (202) 225-9681. It is worth trying. Hope we'll finally find real Bob Goodlatte pretty soon.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I do not know much about Goodlatte, but is this the real Goodlatte? Did he play political gamemanship, yeah the usual kind, to assure votes and or backing?

In situations like this is why I never vote for anyone that does not know their principles. If they do not have them, they never will because gaming the system has worked well for them.

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

I suspect the reason is that Goodlatte and some others who once paid lip service to national sovereignty and the rule of law have succumbed to pressure from the donors. In Goodlatte's case this is likely the poultry-processing industry in his state, which employs huge numbers of foreign workers at dirt-cheap wages. Just follow the money.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Thanks, Albert, it seems to me that would explain it loud and clear! We have a chicken corporate farm spending boo-coo bucks establishing two operations within 10 and 25 miles of of my home. The resulting "employment" scares the chicken poop out of me!

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

It might be interesting to follow the hiring practices of these new facilities to discover how many of the jobs they create are filled by our citizens.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I also wonder if Congressman Hensarling will suddenly become pro-illegal immigration. In my opinion, he has been softening up for a while.

How the hell do we stop it????!!!

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Still trying to get foreign workers, any way possible. These pols need to stop saying "We're going to amnesty the 30 million illegals who are here, but then we'll never have another amnesty." What a load of tosh. It's exactly what they said the last time. If we amnesty all the illegals who are here, it's the end of democracy in America because there's enough of them to form a voting majority. WHY CAN'T THESE PEOPLE IN CONGRESS SEE THAT?

Karon 0150 of NC's picture

Other than just voting these crooked politicians out of there ANY OTHER legal way to go after these crooked politicians who aren't representing American citizens, but who seem to put illegal alien's rights, jobs, housing, services, etc., first? It amazes me that we have to pay the crooks to do this to us! To me, what they are doing is treason!

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I cannot deny that it is hard NOT to feel like a foreign object in your nation of birth, of parents who were legal citizens. I have felt that way strongly since 1990 and began feeling betrayed with Ronnie boy's amnesty of '86.

That is background, here is true experience. No, I do not know of any way to get rid of them but vote them out. I have advocated for voting them out since 1990, guess what their are more of them now than then.

Thus, the question I always ask is why does the American voter keep voting against his own families safety and interests? No way do I understand it!!!

At least I can look any American in the eye and say, "Don't complain to me. I did not vote for any darned one of them!"

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Because of the attitude and actions of both major parties, Van, we are talking about exactly why I do not and will not vote for either major party!!!

The end result in voting for one or the other is voting against the safety of your own family, as my family experience HAS PROVEN!

Van 0864 of VA's picture

I understand that is your position, Gene, but until there are viable 3rd parties we have to work within the two primary ones, especially in terms of getting more non-professional politicians to run

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

I want to agree with you but with the great amount of "political contributions" available to our politicians once they are in office it seems impossible for most to represent Citizens and not SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. The GOPers always seem to go with the "lesser of two evils" plan but that hasn't worked out in the past, for example the 08 presidential election many voters for one reason or another consider that both candidates may be the "lesser of two evils" the result is now the president is attempting to destroy our nation by bringing in as many ILLEGALS/Amnestied people as possible and had the GOP candidate been elected he would have legalized and granted Amnesty to at least the same number during his first year claiming he could provide political cover for his GOPers to side with Amnesty and our nation would have been lost much faster. Ten years ago we were able to fight off the Amnesty and Open Borders Gang but the more money the Special Interest pay our politician from the two major political parties, well hope is falling. At one time we had Pro Citizens politicians in both parties and now the Dems are in lock step with their Pro Amnesty leadership and the GOPers are electing Pro Amnesty Congressional leadership of their own.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Pity party over! I know that when I am tired of composing my emails to send members of the House and Senate protesting the never ending upcoming Amnesty votes in committee and on the floor I think of my children and grandchildren, so far that has seen me through.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

People, this is my stump speech if we could force enough elections into run-offs and maybe even send a few winners without a majority to D,C. politicians would see that they must give Americans consideration. Long shot, yeah, sure is, but it is the only way. One of us just admitted we can't fight the money easily, but we could sure as hell make them spend more! Could we make the big money weary, I do not know any more then you..however, would it not be cheaper for a big spender to concede something than finance another campaign for the same election all across the country. But that is why I do not vote major party. I'm trying, and I can say, "Don't scream at me, I did not vote for any one of THEM." ( Does that make me a member of the "No Party" party?)

James 7427 of KS's picture

Anyone who talks of zero-tolerance for illegal immigration in the future after amnesty is not to be trusted. If immigration laws can be enforced in the future, there is no reason they can't be enforced now.

Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Freedom.

I just want to remind everyone of this little tidbit, the author of which escapes me.

If we can't care for a population of 300 million now, why does anyone believe that we can care for a near future population of 400, 500, or 600 million ... or even more ??? China and India are examples: mass poverty.

Keep up the fight, because America is still worth saving.

Lincoln, NE, got a big win for us today with the Supreme Court.

The tide is turning against Illegal immigration and excessive legal immigration in countries around the world.

We are part of this trend.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I believe your "...eternal vigilance" quote is owed to Thomas Jefferson, who also advocated against political parties, and America should have listened. It would have kept all politics local, at least more so than now, and been harder for big money to pick a side.