House Chairman Rejects Special Path to Citizenship

House Chairman Rejects Special Path to Citizenship

“The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday rejected the idea of giving immigrants in the U.S. illegally a special pathway to citizenship, and said the House must chart its own course on immigration even if it never results in a bill President Barack Obama can sign,” the AP reports.

“Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia also said at a town hall meeting in the Shenandoah Valley that he’ll do everything he can to ensure the House never takes up the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, which includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.”

Comprehensive Bills Don’t Work

“[L]awmakers are piling up more than big debts. They’ve also fallen in love with enacting big, “comprehensive” laws. Obamacare is the perfect example of this. It stretched across hundreds of pages and aimed to regulate about one-sixth of the entire economy. As an added inducement, lawmakers were told they should pass the bill even though they hadn’t read it,” says Matthew Spalding in National Review.

“There’s a pattern here, and we see it repeated in the ongoing debate over immigration reform. In June, the Senate passed a 1,200-page immigration bill on a Monday afternoon. Lawmakers had received their final copies of the measure only two days before, on Saturday.”

Rubio Has Low Profile in August

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has kept a low profile on the subject of immigration reform this month even while others in the Senate Gang of Eight pressure the House to act. Rubio has taken a hit in the polls and his aspirations to run for president in 2016 may be in danger because of his outspoken support for the controversial Senate immigration bill,” The Hill reported.

“Unlike other members of the Gang of Eight, Rubio has not held special events to tout the Senate immigration bill. Instead, he has focused on building grassroots support for an aggressive plan to threaten a government shutdown unless the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, is defunded.”

Owners of Car Wash Chain Indicted

“Top managers of Danny’s Family Car Wash knowingly rehired undocumented workers and helped some of them create new fictional identities, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday in a major Valley work-site immigration-enforcement case,” the Arizona Republic reports.

“A 78-count indictment, handed up after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation targeted 13 Danny’s car-wash locations over the weekend, alleges that location managers fired about 900 workers identified in a 2011 government audit as undocumented and then systematically rehired many of them under different names and shuffled them among sites to avoid detection.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    America is having a hard time getting rid of illegal aliens because of the job scrutiny that millions of employers cost by hiring millions of illegal aliens under the table, these are employers who knowingly hires illegal aliens for their own purpose!! who do know that they are illegal! These very same employers slap their own jobless American in the face! why can our immigration laws stop this employer insanity? why can they penalize these employers???? I just can not believe how much our own American employment labor boards allow all this mess with illegal aliens working in our jobs illegally. many of these people should be fired from their jobs! It shows that our own millions of American employers feel that illegal aliens are more trust worthy to work in our Americans jobs with all their false information then Americans are, especially knowing that Americans are required to have background checks before they are consider hired!!!!

    America lawmakers had turn their backs on their own Americans, they seemed to be more concern about millions of illegal aliens, in reality that do not really belong here, yet they do nothing for millions of jobless Americans! Illegal aliens cry about their big American dream how they want to stay, how America must stop deportation to them, Americans cry about their big America dream, which is for millions of jobs, so they to can take of their families! Our own many politicians believe that solving the illegal immigration problem is to just give millions of illegal aliens amnesty or legalization, million of work permits will solve this problems, they can not see that this will not solve this problem at all, actually this will do nothing but just add gasoline to the fire, it will corrupt America period, America will end up being ruled by mostly another country’s poor who had set up house in America with the help of our own American politicians! Let’s hope that our house Republicans will stick to their guns, and not allow any kind of amnesty or legalization at all, lets hope that they focus strongly on enforcing America immigration laws that we already have, let’s hope they push for stronger workplace enforcements now, that will get millions of illegal aliens out of our jobs now, and replace their jobs with millions of jobless Americans, who would strongly focus on stopping Americans birthrights to illegal aliens children now, help stop illegal aliens growing population in America, stop Americans from having competition in getting jobs with illegal aliens! THIS WOULD BE A VERY POWERFUL START FOR AMERICA!!!!!

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      IT IS UNEQUAL TREATMENT UNDER OUR LAWS TO GIVE CITIZENSHIP TO THOSE WHO ENTER ILLEGALLY WHILE HAVING THOSE TRYING TO ENTER ILLEGALLY BE PUT THROUGH HOOPS AND EXTRA EXPENSE. If illegals go to a hospital, it is likely they will be treated whether or not they are able to pay. Their children enroll at our schools and therefore those schools may have to budget for Spanish speaking teachers. Are we harming the education given to citizen children by having to budget for Spanish teachers and to offer ESL for Spanish speaking illegals?

      Surely you suspect/know that many illegals are paid under the table, most likely being given assistance at taxpayer expense and are unlikely to be paying income tax.

      We airline passengers get frisked at airport security, but illegals enter freely and are not questioned or searched..

      We have a huge deficit. We are putting our country at risk of too much debt, but nevertheless we continue to give assistance to those who are illegal when we cannot afford to do so. We just keep on increasing our debt.


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    About time somebody did something thumbs up Goodlatte I’m a migrant myself and had to wait inline and using the correct way and granting amnesty or whatever you want to call it is unfair to us come legally and go through the process therefore granting path citizenship to somebody who is illiterate and just crosses a fence is unacceptable.

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    If our legislatures think we are stupid enough to fall for these huge bills that we can’t know fully what is in them , then we need new legislatures altogether .

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    Kudos to Rep Goodlatte. I wonder if the immigration bill comes under the jurisdiction of his committee. If it did, then he would have a key influence on stopping the ridiculous Senate bill. I also wonder what the head count in the House appears to be at the present time with regard to the amnesty and related pork bill.

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    Thank you Rep. Goodlatte andJeff Sessions! Finally, elected officials who put the needs of We the People first!
    According to Congressman James Lankford in a town hall meeting, e verify takes about 168 days. We think of it as a quick email but apparently, it isn’t. No amnesty! No path to citizenship!!

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    Well, let us just believe he is going to hold to his word. Progress is being made, albeit slowly. I can share that in Los Angeles, Special Order 7 was struck down by a Judge, and found to be illegal. Unless the state expressly has existing legislation towards granting undocumented drivers with insulation from impoundment of their vehicles can LAPD Chief go in and interpret own policies. ACLU joined efforts w/ LAPD but they FAILED. No sanctuary policies for illegals, and the sooner the get that message loud and clear, the better! Next matter to address AB60.

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    Please send Goodlatte an e-mail voicing your support. Then tell Tom Coburn (R) Oklahoma, that Obama should be impeached. Obama is a master at dropping legislation in a nanosecond and expecting Americans and, especially, Republicans to just vote for the legislation. We NEED TO KNOW what Obama is doing to us. In most cases, his form of government is very harmful to the success of our country.

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    I applaud Rep. Goodlatte for his courage to stand up to the “cheap labor” lobby. There are almost unbelievable special-interest “immigration pork” provisions in the version of S. 744 passed by the U.S. Senate. There is a huge increase in the annual H-1B Visa cap, with greater increases in future years. The legislation makes it easier for foreign nationals to work in the national laboratories, thus, facilitating intellectual property theft of sensitive technology like nuclear weapon construction. If the foreign national earns a master’s or doctoral degree in STEM fields, they obtain automatic permanent residency. And, if an immigrant presents a doctoral degree from ANY college or university in the world, they obtain automatic permanent residency. If these changes become law, many more U.S. citizen families would be harmed as their breadwinner is displaced by a young foreign national. Innovation would be further imperiled by worsening of the “disposable worker” mentality of many firms, and economic and military security would be further undermined. These provisions of S. 744 should be soundly rejected, either in a comprehensive immigration bill, or in stand-alone bills.

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    cynthia curran on

    Re: Rep. Goodlatte…Finally a congressman with common sense and courage. I recently worked in south Virginia for about 5 months on a bridge construction job. It was like working in a foreign country – not seeing illegal Mexicans everywhere like we have here in Georgia. Thank you Mr. Goodlatte for your integrity and loyalty to the citizens of Virginia and keep up the good work.. I wish my state and all the other states had congressmen like you who look out for the American working class.
    Good point, the GOP or Joel Konkin will tell you to go to Texas or Georgia where illegal immigration is even more on a daily basis unless you live in a nice suburb. Georgia like Texas has the cheap labor theory while Virginia has less of this thinking. Cheap housing is not everything.

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    Living With Open Eyes on

    Re: Rep. Goodlatte…Finally a congressman with common sense and courage. I recently worked in south Virginia for about 5 months on a bridge construction job. It was like working in a foreign country – not seeing illegal Mexicans everywhere like we have here in Georgia. Thank you Mr. Goodlatte for your integrity and loyalty to the citizens of Virginia and keep up the good work.. I wish my state and all the other states had congressmen like you who look out for the American working class.

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      The problem is that most politicians lie even when they say they will do something. Rick Scott and the Republican legislative leadership in Florida promised mandatory e-verify if elected in 2010 and then they backtracked because they claimed, to their apparent surprise, that business didn’t support it. Like they didn’t know from the start business would oppose it.

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        John Winthropp on

        Leland you are correct….just sit back and watch…………………..NEXT he will go ahead and sign the Bill.

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    Good fact to know on the Senate immigration bill. Senators had only received their 1000 plus page copies two days before they voted for it. You can have one line in a bill that can change the entire meaning, but they want everyone to drink the kool-ade and sign on to this.

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      John Winthropp on

      Leland a 1000 pages in a Bill is not big deal…..that is what the do for a living………..I read it myself………..not much of an effort really……………….it is their job to do this and if they got old and lazy and have other people to do that for them and only for those……they should retired.

      Amazing, you are telling me you cannot read the whole Bill????may be true but those guys supposedly do that for a living………………….