Goodlatte Holds Town Hall Meeting

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

VERONA -- Congressman Bob Goodlatte held a town hall meeting Monday night and he wanted to hear your thoughts.

The Augusta County boardroom was filled with people wanting answers. One question was on many people's mind, what will children of undocumented immigrants do if or when their parents are deported?

Dulce Elias lives in Harrisonburg and moved to the United States when she was three. She said most of her family members are undocumented immigrants.

"I know he's not very supportive for pathway citizenship for our parents, but we wanna hopefully give him the extra push so that he is more supportive about it," said Elias.

Goodlatte said he understands that the United States was made from immigrants.

"We are also a nation of laws and for the rule of law is very very important," said Goodlatte.

Goodlatte said he wants more enforcement before the government gives legal status to undocumented immigrants.

Elias said if her parents get deported, she doesn't know where she will go. She wants something done.

"As soon as possible. We don't really have a time but as soon as it can get done," said Elias.

There were some at the meeting wanting to drop the immigration topic completely.

With signs held in the air, many say immigration reform can't wait.

Goodlatte said he and other members of Congress are looking into possible bills for children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

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