Rep. Goodlatte Says House Working Behind the Scenes on Immigration

Rep. Goodlatte Says House Working Behind the Scenes on Immigration, “Earned Path to Citizenship”

“Rep. Bob Goodlatte said the immigration issue needs to be solved and work is happening behind the scenes toward that goal.The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday pledged action on immigration overhaul legislation even as most of the attention on Capitol Hill is focused on fights over the budget and debt,” Fox News Latino writes.

“Goodlatte, R-Va., said members of his committee are working on four bills to address various aspects of the immigration system, in addition to four that the committee already has approved. He didn’t elaborate on the bills in the works, but he and others have previously discussed legislation to grant work visas to lower-skilled workers, as well as a bill to give immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids an ‘earned path to citizenship,’ as he described it Thursday.”

High Skill Visa Bill Dependent on Amnesty

“In April, the Senate put together a comprehensive immigration reform bill that was then sent to the House of Representatives where it currently languishes. Once wrapped into the larger comprehensive immigration reform push, high-skilled immigration reform’s success became dependent on the passage of the full bill,” says

“It wasn’t always this way. In the Senate, for example, the Immigration Innovation Act from early 2013 would have raised the hard cap of H-1B visas to 300,000 per year over time, and grant U.S. companies free rein to apply for H-1B visas for workers who graduated from U.S. universities with technical degrees. It was a simple and bipartisan proposal.”

Utah College, University Presidents Push Amnesty

“Utah’s college and university presidents again are calling on Congress to pass [amnesty]. In a letter addressed to Utah’s four members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the presidents of the University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Westminster College, Dixie State University and Snow College urge lawmakers to work toward a bipartisan compromise on immigration legislation,” writes.

“The letter also addresses the role foreign-born students play at Utah schools, particularly in master’s and Ph.D. studies and in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, collectively referred to as STEM. According to the letter, 29 percent of Ph.D. and master’s students in Utah schools were temporary residents with no clear path to American citizenship and more than half of students earning a Ph.D. in engineering are not naturalized citizens.”

House Gang of 7 Bill Not Moving, Says Gutierrez

“In a blow to the hopes of passing immigration reform anytime soon, the bipartisan House “gang of seven” plan is probably dead, and almost certainly won’t be introduced this fall as promised, a top Democrat on the “gang” acknowledges. “It doesn’t appear that we’re going to move forward with the group of seven,” Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a key player on immigration as a member of the gang, said in an interview with me. “The process is stalled. I don’t believe we’re going to produce a bill anytime soon,'” says Greg Sargent in the Washington Post.

“This undermines the already dwindling prospects for reform, because the House “gang of seven” plan — which would provide a path to citizenship but is significantly to the right of the Senate bill — was seen as a comprehensive plan Republicans who genuinely want to solve the immigration problem just might coalesce around. (The gang of seven plan would reportedly provide for a probationary period for the 11 million, in which they’d admit wrongdoing, and onerous conditions for the path to citizenship, which would be 15 years long.)”

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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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    The universities, especially public ones, love international students because they can charge them the full freight. Often the governments of those countries help pay, too. That’s why they’re allowed in. They’re good for cheap, docile labor after they graduate too.

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      Ludmila you forgot to mention they look for the best of the WOrld otherwise THEY ARE Not admiTTED…..SO you the cheap labor of what Univeristy>?

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    “Work visas to lower skilled workers”? I guess Rep. Goodlatte is unaware that unemployment is extremely high about American citizens of that class. But let’s make their plight even worse by importing more workers to pay nothing wages and no benefits. It’s an incentive not to hire American workers.

    Any wonder that someone named Bill Marriott has long been one of the prime movers behind so called “immigration reform”. That’s right, Marriott Hotels. Another multibillionaire whining about not getting enough workers at the price HE wants to pay, not what people need to live on.

    As for tech visas, why are we the only country stupid enough to use OUR educational system to educate foreigners to compete with us? And then we insist because we gave them an education, they have to stay here. How about educate our own. And if India is such a source of wonderful talent, how come they have to come here to succeed? Or is the truth, again, that they’re just cheap indentured servants for big tech companies?

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      Leland…….use some common sense…………………….if the illegals are still here is because they have jobs,,,,,,,because they get jobs SO if legalized then the unemployment will be slightly better,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no change pal…..
      use your head not your emotions…..

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        Why don’t you use yours. I never even mentioned “illegals”. I specified “work visas”, which means they bring them in legally at the wages THEY want to pay, instead of offering higher wages to attract an American. But you go ahead and protect billionaire’s desire to make more money while the working class gets an ever shrinking share of the pie. [and you can comment under as many different names as you want, it’s all the same person.]

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          Leland I did mentioned illegals especially for you because the same thing happens as an end result,,,,,,and the visas work out for the best of the country…not all of them start at a lower salary eventually they get their green cards and they make the correct amount……it has happened since the beginnings….it will never change mad of course the part I agree with you that they paid them low and abuse them I have seen it………SO

          Now that the Gang of seven is dissolved:
          Actually this was a bad move… the Republicans lost control on stalling the Bill and individual ones are being introduced the pressure increases and Boehner and his party will eventually crumble to pieces…..