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Goodlatte Talks About Immigration Reform - With Poison Pills. By Roger Algase

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There is bound to be a great deal of excitement over House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) latest interview, which is set to air Sunday with Telemundo according to Politico's top immigration reporter, Seung Min Kim. See her article: Bob Goodlatte pushes immigration reform, January 9.

Most encouraging is Goodlatte's statement that if interior enforcement is "up and operating" then he would support legal status for "people who are not lawfully here".

This could be a major breakthrough, and it could be evidence of two very positive developments. One could be that Republican leaders may be catching on more and more to the importance of the Latino and other minority vote in this year's election - not just in 2016.

The other is that more rational Republican leaders may be becoming less scared to take on the Neanderthal anti-immigrant and anti-minority Tea Party nut cases in their own party.

But, as always, it is essential to read statements by Goodlatte and other Republican leaders very carefully. Exactly how much interior enforcement {i.e. deportation) does Goodlatte want to see in place before legalization could happen?

Will there be enforcement "triggers"? If so, will they be reasonable ones, or impossible to achieve?

And most disturbing of all, Kim 's article reports that Goodlatte wants to give state and local authorities power to enforce the immigration laws, in effect overruling the 2012 Supreme Court decision in Arizona vs. US.

Does America really want to put Sheriff Joe Arpaio back in the anti-Latino persecution business and to reinstate Alabama's rejected and discredited immigration law?

Kim also reports that Goodlatte wants to tie the president's hands on "not enforcing" the law, i.e . granting administrative deferments or exemptions from deportation.

It is good to know that Republican leaders such as Goodlatte and Speaker John Boehner are talking reform in this election year. It could be an encouraging development.

But if reform is going to mean more GOP poison pills, Boehner's "principles" and Goodlatte's latest talk may not be as serious as we would like to think.

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Updated 01-12-2014 at 10:59 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Dave Francis's Avatar
    Before anymore immigration laws are passed, we must have a written guarantee that the borders will be sealed from further invasion. That laws will be enforced unlike those inherited from the 1968 Reform and Control Act. America is in peril! An issue that must not be overlooked is the identity crisis. Growing in numbers are citizens and lawful residents falling prey to theft of Social Security number. It?s becoming an epidemic on a scale not seen before, especially in the employment market. By now thousands have seen the ads for protecting your identity, from the three major credit history companies, or an assortment of other businesses who are claiming to inform you, when they detect an unknown somebody stealing your credit information over the Internet. It is a growing concern that credit card theft is out of control. It is high time we were protected by the U.S. Government in the form of a national Social Security card, a biometric card that will not only dry-up thefts of a Social Security card number, so illegal aliens can get access to American jobs, but also remove the controversy continuing over voter fraud.

    All we get from any administration is a cheap, obsolete Social Security card that even a blind man with a copier could duplicate. A universal card can only be used by its possessor, not a thief? A photo and thumbprint would identify?YOU from further theft. From what I have read even filing a police report doesn?t alleviate the anxiety of suffering from constant bombardment of debt collectors. Every victim has to go through a living nightmare, to clear their name, which can last months and even years. In the meantime somebody is using your social Security number to get a job, to vote and of course to steal your credit. They can even produce documents to buy a house in your name, sell it and you get stuck with the mortgage that was never yours in the first place.

    If we want to assuage voter fraud we need a counterfeit proof document, because non-citizens don?t care as all they get these days is a slap on the wrist for perjury from a judge?should you be caught and that?s uncertain. We can only look to THE PEOPLE?S TEA PARTY, which is splintering from the Republican Establishment. The Tea Party is moderation in Conservatism, a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty, or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, the United States of America. From our founding, the Tea Party represents the voice of the true owners of the United States: WE THE PEOPLE.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The above comment is a good example of the Tea Party mentality, one which has had enough influence to hold up immigration reform up to now.

    I thought that the Tea Party people were all for small government, not for a police state with sealed borders and a national ID card.

    That sounds more like North Korea than America. Is the writer of the above comment a basketball fan, by any chance?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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