On immigration, bi-partisanship in the Senate, and now in the House: a group of four Republicans and four Democrats led by Reps. John Carter, R-Texas, and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., say they’ve reached agreement on a comprehensive package.
While Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, who’s got a big voice in the issue as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly said he favors a more deliberate, step-by-step approach, he encouraged the House group to keep working on a proposal.
He’s introduced two standalone bills, one on electronic verification of employment status and one on seasonal workers, and said Friday he expects more bills tackling specific bills in the coming days.
Details of the House group’s proposal are still pretty sketchy, but Bloomberg News reports it includes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, though with a 15-year process that is longer than either pending Senate or White House suggestions.
Goodlatte has said he doesn’t like the idea of allowing people who have come illegally to gain citizenship, although he does think there are some who ought to have a chance to gain the right to stay permanently.