House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement on today's passage of the Senate immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).
Chairman Goodlatte: "While I congratulate the Senate for working hard to produce immigration reform legislation, I have many concerns about its bill. The bill repeats many of the same mistakes made in the 1986 immigration law, which got us into this mess in the first place. Among my many concerns, the Senate bill does not adequately address the interior enforcement of our immigration laws and allows the Executive Branch to waive many, if not most, of the bill's requirements.
"While the Senate has every right to pass solutions it deems appropriate, the House does as well. That's the American legislative process. Since the beginning of the year, the House Judiciary Committee has taken a step-by-step approach to reforming our nation's immigration laws, embarking on a careful, methodical examination of various components of our immigration system. To date, the Committee has held numerous educational briefings for Members of Congress on our immigration laws, convened nearly a dozen hearings on immigration, and has approved several bills that address specific issues within our immigration system. It is important that we thoroughly examine each aspect of our immigration laws to ensure that the end result of this process is a real, workable solution."