House Freedom Caucus members want an immigration bill that matches what is in the Republican platform and does what they promised when they ran for office, which was not to pass an amnesty bill, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said Tuesday.
"There has been a little misreporting on it," Brat told Fox News' "Happening Now."
"There are 25 Republicans that are working with [Rep.] Steny Hoyer [D-Md.] and 200 Democrats to do Democrat policy," Brat said. "The Freedom Caucus always wants to do what's in the Republican platform . . . we want a vote on the [Bob] Goodlatte [R-Va.] bill. Two hundred Republicans, we don't want to vote on this queen of the hill thing that will produce an amnesty."
There are four bills involved in the Democratic legislation, and "no one knows" what is in them, Brat added.
"They are pushing that process," he said. "The Democrats will offer up a huge amount of votes for pure amnesty of up to 10 million folks over a decade."
Democrats, though, "never want to compromise," but Republicans have already dealt with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he added.
"That's the Goodlatte bill dealing with all the kids who are DACA qualified, and they get a new status and can join the workforce," Brat said. "The major problem in this latest piece is that it is a political cycle. They are saying, 'Let's just do a wall in exchange for DACA. Then you will have another DACA in five years.' Everybody knows that."
The border wall is not the major problem with immigration legislation, Brat said.
"Over half the problem we have is from visa overstays and lack of e-verify and chain migration," he said. "That's in the Trump plan. The Goodlatte bill is even better than the White House proposal, in my view. It has been studied for 30 years. Sen. [Barack] Obama [D-Ill.] agreed with most all the points I mentioned. E-verify. Bill Clinton and Barbara Jordan did."
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