Goodlatte: “People have a pathway to citizenship
right now: It’s to abide by the immigration laws…”
Looks like there may be an unscheduled stop on the Obama-McCain-Schumer-Rubio amnesty express.
The head of the House committee tasked with overseeing the nation’s immigration laws has come out squarely against a “pathway to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants, yet another sign that an amnesty bill could face a tough road to passage.
ABC reported that “House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told NPR he opposes allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States from eventually gaining full citizenship”.
“People have a pathway to citizenship right now: It’s to abide by the immigration laws, and if they have family relationships, if they have a job skill that allows them to do that, they can obtain citizenship,” Goodlatte said in a piece that aired Thursday. “But simply someone who broke the law, came here, say, ‘I’ll give you citizenship now,’ that I don’t think is going to happen.”
ABC characterized Goodlatte’s position as “an alarming warning” for supporters of amnesty.
Of course “comprehensive reform” means blanket amnesty coupled with phony promises of “border security first”. Why can’t they just call it “amnesty”, which everyone knows it is? Well, in 2001 The National Council of La Raza (“The Race”) arranged focus groups, the result of whom showed that when you call amnesty, well…amnesty, public support for it declined rapidly. So they came up with various euphemisms, such as “legalization”, “comprehensive reform”, and “path to citizenship”. But amnesty by any other name is just as lousy, and it may have just hit a major roadblock in the House of Representatives and its new Judiciary Chairman.
Should the House take up an immigration reform bill using its traditional process, the legislation would have to be passed out of the Judiciary Committee before it reaches the full House floor. The committee includes several other high-profile Republican lawmakers such as Reps. Lamar Smith (Texas), Steve King (Iowa), and Louie Gohmert (Texas), each of whom have long opposed amnesty for illegals.
Ironically, leading groups such as Reform Immigration for America had celebrated the change of Chairmanship from the immigration hardliner Smith to Rep. Goodlatte, assuming that this was Speaker John Boehner’s signal that the GOP would surrender on amnesty.
Now that same group is bashing Goodlatte on Facebook, and asking its members to call Goodlatte’s office to demand he support a “path to citizenship” for illegals – they even setup a special toll-free number to call him.
That number is 1-866-XXX-XXXX. So you can call to SUPPORT Bob Goodlatte on their dime!
Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s phone number is: 202-225-5431 (or via email - use zipcode 24401 and area code 540 for webform).
Call Rep. Goodlatte NOW and thank him for rejecting a “path to citizenship” and tell him you want the borders secured and the fences completed – and NO AMNESTY for illegal aliens – and tell him Stand With Arizona sent you.
UPDATE: So many thousands of our members hammered the toll-free number that Reform Action for America setup that they have now disconnected it! Way to go folks, you must have cost them a pretty penny and hurt their cause as well. Please make sure to only use the direct, 202 number above from now on.