Goodlatte: Senate Immigration ‘Repeats Mistakes From Past’

Image: Goodlatte: Senate Immigration ‘Repeats Mistakes From Past’ U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 09:28 AM

By Courtney Coren

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is not happy with the bipartisan Senate version of immigration reform unveiled this week, saying it "repeats some of the same mistakes from the past."

The Virginia Republican described the proposed measure Thursday as "a good faith effort to overhaul our broken immigration system," but he warned of "some flaws which could lead to the same problems we have today," The Hill reported.

“The bill’s enforcement components need to be strengthened and the new temporary agricultural guest worker program needs to be improved to make sure it meets the needs of farmers,” said Goodlatte, whose committee will oversee the House version once it's ready to be announced.

The chairman said he was also concerned about the bill's cost "since it doesn't comply" with ‘pay-as-you-go’ budgeting requirements and contains what he called "budget gimmicks to avoid a high score" from the Congressional Budget Office.

He said his panel plans to meet Friday to begin going through the 844-page Senate bill that aims to provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. He added that the committee would likely break the bill down to examine it section by section since "the issue so complex."


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