Goodlatte Discusses Immigration Reform

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Congressman Bob Goodlatte was in Harrisonburg on Thursday, talking about some of the hurdles the country faces.

He said immigration reform is a priority and that it will need to address a lot of different issues as well as not make the same mistakes Congress did with immigration reform in the 80s.

At a meeting with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, Goodlatte talked about the state of America today and took questions from the audience about spending, regulations and immigration.

Goodlatte said Congress needs to take a detailed approach to immigration reform, tackling the issues one a time instead of a big, quote, "Obamacare-like" bill.

"We've already passed five bills through the appropriate House committees, including the Judiciary Committee which I chair, and we're working on about five more. The most important thing is that we do this carefully, that we not repeat the mistakes made in 1986 and we take this step-by-step approach and take the time to get it right," said Goodlatte.

With the partisanship in Washington, will Congress be able to come together to pass immigration reform?

Goodlatte said he does think they'll be able to build a consensus to pass something, but did say no bill is better than a bad bill.


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