Congressman Goodlatte Dicusses Immigration Reform Bill

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte made an appearance in Harrisonburg Tuesday, touching on a hot topic on the table in the house right now, immigration reform.

Goodlatte tells me America's immigration system is broken. There are 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the united states. He says this is neither good for the economy or the country.

The landmark immigration bill passed in senate, plans to tighten border security and crack down on employers hiring undocumented immigrants.

It requires every business and worker to play by the same set of rules, pay taxes, learn English, and go through background checks before they can be eligible to earn citizenship.

Goodlatte, as a former immigration attorney, says this bill makes it easier for immigrants to become citizens.

"We have a poorly designed legal immigration system that could be better designed to promote growth in the American economy and create jobs for Americans. All of that is failing, but the senate bill is not going to fix that. In fact it's going to make it worse," says Goodlatte.

Goodlatte says this bill repeats mistakes made by the last immigration reform bill from 1986. He says that time, 3 million people got an easy pathway to citizenship. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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