Group Urges Goodlatte to Pass Immigration Reform

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- People with Virginia Organizing were at Rep. Bob Goodlatte's office to deliver a petition in support of immigration reform Monday afternoon.

Part of that petition, signed by about 300 people, included a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

This is one of several drop offs members of Virginia Organizing have done in recent months.

The Senate passed an immigration reform bill in June and since then, the House has not voted on the Senate's plan.

The goal of members is to have Goodlatte and other Republicans support immigration reform with path to citizenship.

Now that the government shutdown is over, Congress could start to take a look at immigration once again.

"This is a prime opportunity for the government to redeem itself and show that they can be about the business of the country," said Stan Maclin with Virginia Organizing.

In a statement, Goodlatte said he has met with Virginia Organizing several times, "legislation that does not adequately address enforcement, like the Senate immigration bill, will not fix the immigration system and is a non-starter in the House."

Members of Virginia Organizing said their efforts are part of a movement and they're not giving up.


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