Goodlatte Pledges Action on Immigration Reform as Gang of 7 Fades
September 20, 2013
WASHINGTON — On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) said his party is committed to immigration reform. This positive statement from a House Republican leader stands in contrast to the news that the bipartisan House Gang of 7 — which never introduced legislation and had long been dormant — lost two Republican members earlier today.
Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the news:
“The important news today is that Chairman Goodlatte has pledged to take action in October on immigration reform that addresses visa shortages and gives DREAMers an earned path to citizenship.
“Goodlatte’s commitment is a significant development. It mirrors similar statements that more than two dozen Republican representatives have made in the past few months. We remain optimistic that the work put in by members of the faith, business and law enforcement communities these past 18 months — and particularly in August — has changed the debate in Washington.
“While pledges are good, dates for floor votes are even better. From their perch, House leadership can see a consensus emerging from their conference: Passing commonsense reform will boost our economy, help us treat our neighbors compassionately and keep our communities safe.”