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Washington Post Blasts Goodlatte, House GOP, For Blocking CIR. By Roger Algase

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In a September 8 editorial, the Washington Post pulls no punches in laying the blame for blocking immigration reform squarely where it belongs: on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and the House Republican caucus.

About Goodlatte, the WP has the following to say:

"As it happens, Mr. Goodlatte has a long record of opposing immigration reform, including legislation to extend a path to citizenship to undocumented youngsters who grew up in the United States after being brought into the country by their parents...

Mr. Goodlatte's alternative to legalizing undocumented immigrants, most of whom have lived and worked in the country for more than a decade, is stepped up enforcement at the local level and making unlawful presence in the United States a federal crime."

But Goodlatte's history of anti-immigrant extremism goes well beyond that, as shown in a November 11, 2012 article on the website littlegreenfootballs.com by Charles Johnson: Likely House Judiciary Chairman Is an Anti-immigrant Extremist and Birther.

Goodlatte's record on immigration includes support for a) in effect, nullifying the 14th amendment by abolishing birthright citizenship for US born children of unauthorized immigrants, b) making English the official national language, c) sealing the Mexican border), d) reporting unauthorized immigrants seeking hospital treatment to ICE for deportation, and, e) backing the Minutemen. He also has a 100 per cent positive rating from the anti-immigrant group FAIR.

On the plus side, in 2000, Goodlatte voted to raise the number of skilled worker H-1B visas from 65,000 per year to 115,000 per year.

Here's how not to have immigration reform: put an anti-immigrant hard liner like Goodlatte in charge of the most powerful House committee dealing with immigration. And that is exactly what the House Republican leadership has done.

This was intended to set up CIR for failure in the House, even if there had been none of the other pretexts for letting it die, such as the debate over Syria, budget and debt ceiling issues, "crowded calendar", or whatever other excuses the media can come up with for refusing to look at the hostility toward Latino and other minority immigrants shown by most House Republicans squarely in the face.

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Updated 09-11-2013 at 03:24 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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