Following the introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) by the Senate "Gang of Eight," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released the statement below on the bill:
"The Senate "Gang of Eight' immigration bill makes some progress in reforming our immigration system but it also repeats some of the same mistakes from the past. I'm encouraged that the Senate agrees with the House that we need to reform our immigration laws to attract the best and brightest from around the world to help make our country more competitive in the global economy.
"While the bill makes a good-faith effort to overhaul our broken immigration system, there are some flaws which could lead to the same problems in the future that we have today. The bill's enforcement components need to be strengthened and the new temporary agricultural guestworker program needs to be improved to make sure it meets the needs of farmers. I am also concerned about the bill's cost to the American taxpayer since it doesn't comply with "pay-as-you-go' and contains some budget gimmicks to avoid a high score from CBO.
"Since the Senate bill is so large and the issue so complex, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on this legislation soon to consider its merits and flaws. While I have concerns about the bill, I am hopeful that we can produce better solutions to make sure we get immigration reform right. One way to do this is for the House to examine these issues in a step-by-step process. The House Judiciary Committee continues to hold hearings on immigration and is receiving input from members from both sides of the aisle, as well as stakeholders and other interested parties, in order to reach consensus on many of the issues plaguing our immigration system. While many bills may be introduced, whatever is ultimately acted on in the House must go through regular order."