Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, spoke with Jorge Ramos about the lack of movement from House Republicans on an immigration bill that passed the Senate last year with backing from 14 Republicans.
“There are two issues here,” Goodlatte said. “Enforcement of the law and finding a legal status for people who are not lawfully here. The Senate bill gives legal status to millions of people before they ever put anything in place to enforce the law.”
Goodlatte contends that President Obama is not enforcing current immigration laws. He takes issue with the executive orders Obama has issued, such as one limiting deportations for young undocumented immigrants.
Greg Sargent at the Washington Post makes the point that the GOP is stuck in a sticky political web. Calling for more enforcement implies support for deportations, while refusing to even consider the Senate bill makes the party seem intransigent on a key electoral issue as the 2014 midterms loom.
But the House isn’t being asked to accept the Senate bill in its entirety. They could pass a reform bill on their own terms:
Goodlatte: The overwhelming majority of Republicans in the House are interested in immigration reform. But they have got to trust that this will lead to enforcement of the law.
Ramos: Interested, but they’re not moving, Congressman, they’re not doing anything.
Goodlatte: Well, but remember this is a part of a larger problem with this president not enforcing the laws, and there’s a whole host of areas with regard to the Obama.
Ramos: But you’re still blaming the president, Congressman, with all due respect, and Republicans haven’t moved.