House Republicans Work Immigration Behind Scenes

Erica Werner, ABC News, September 30, 2013

Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He’s also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, are working on a plan to create a visa program allowing more lower-skilled workers into the country.

Goodlatte and the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, hold out hopes for floor action by late October on a series of immigration bills that already have passed their committees.


Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other members of the House Republican leadership also support a resolution to an issue that has become a political drag for their party.

While Goodlatte has been outspoken about his desire to get legislation to the floor as soon as possible, House leaders have been more circumspect, adding to the uncertainty about whether or when anything actually will happen.


House leaders have said they plan a step-by-step approach, in contrast to the comprehensive Senate bill that added billions of dollars in new spending on border security, remade the legal immigration system from top to bottom and created a 13-year path to citizenship for the millions living here illegally.


But so far, there’s been no House GOP bill taking on the trickiest policy issue for Republicans: what to do about those already here illegally.

A bill in the works by Cantor and Goodlatte would offer eventual citizenship to immigrants brought here as children. The proposal appears have support from a fair number of Republicans. But many Republicans are wary of backing anything broader that could be perceived as “amnesty” for people who broke U.S. immigration laws to be in this country.

There’s no guarantee House Republicans ever will offer a bill to resolve that issue, much less bring it to the floor for a vote.

Still, Goodlatte has outlined in some detail what he would like to see in such a bill, and his approach may contain the seeds of compromise.

Goodlatte would allow immigrants here illegally to obtain legal work status, and from there, they could use the existing routes to citizenship: marrying a U.S. citizen or getting sponsored by an employer or U.S. citizen relative. Such an approach would allow Republicans to deal with millions of people in the U.S. illegally without bestowing a so-called special path to citizenship as the Senate did—a concept that’s become toxic to many in the GOP.


House Democratic leaders have grown impatient with Republicans’ inaction and are looking at introducing a sweeping immigration bill of their own—a modified version of the legislation that passed the Senate—in an effort to pressure the GOP. Advocates are promising rallies and protests around the country Oct. 5 to keep up pressure.


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  • Erasmus

    And when republicans help pass immigration “reform”, they’ll never win another presidential election and will be doomed to remain the country’s minority party.

    It’s not for nothing we conservatives call the GOP “the stupid party.”

    • Andy

      And more importantly, no replacement will have much of a chance either.

    • ms_anthro

      Why do you assume they’re acting in good faith? Controlled opposition is all they are. The usual suspects own and operate both parties seamlessly.

  • John Ulfsson

    Nice to know now the Republicans and Democrats are openly planning in concert to replace the white voting base.

  • WmarkW

    Sorry to be OT, but is anybody else having trouble on the Home page?
    I keep getting a “server default page” there.

    • Andy

      No, it’s working fine for me. I think someone else said the home page wouldn’t work on censored internet providers, even though the rest of the pages did. But that was in Germany or something.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the perfect example of the little sissy republican who needs to be removed from office on election day, even if it means getting a minority liberal democrat in his place.

    I mean, Good Gawd!! This pansy even looks like a democrat! This is what the GOP is serving up these days?

    • Xerxes22

      This guy is an eleven term congressman. Only once has he had an opponent in the Republican primary. Six times, he has run unopposed in both the primary and the general election. These gerrymandered safe one party seats are a big part of the problem. They allow the Bob Goodlattes to win time and time again without ever having to say or do anything to help the American people.

  • White Mom in WDC

    There is no two party system, just The Party who wants all the spoils in this class warfare and who wants to displace and subjugate the white working and middle class via cheap labor. These immigrants are the new slave class, black teens the new prison class, and middle and working class whites are the displaced people who at one time believed they were citizens

    • Mike Conrad

      Exactly right. It’s a single-party monster with two heads, both of which are beholden to a tiny tribal elite and both of which have been working together for decades to destroy this once-great nation. They’re doing a stellar job of it, not least because the media has the vast majority of merkins believing it’s one head or the other of this monster that’s at fault.

      • White Mom in WDC

        We beat them by getting our money out of the system and by developing stealth economies for whites only

  • Alfred the Great

    78% or so of latinos voted for obama, It is absolute lunacy to legalize the over 30,000,000 that are here illegally! 80% of Asians and 70% of Jews also voted for obama. I conclude that they vote for the one who ain’t white.

    • Erasmus

      Yup. We know why republican Eric Cantor supports amnesty for illegal aliens.

    • John Ulfsson

      But it isn’t about race! That’s outdated and primitive talk! Whites need to stop thinking in a tribalistic manner, they’re the only obstacles to the US being a multicultural post-racial paradise!

    • Bossman

      No! they will vote for anyone who has their best interest at heart. He doesn’t have to be a non-white. John. F. Kennedy got most of the non-white vote.

      • Thor Bonham

        Yeah, that was over 50 years ago things are WAY different now, case you haven’t noticed .. Besides, Kennedy was a democrat ..

    • Thor Bonham

      Now who thumbs this down and then doesn’t debate what is said ?

      Cowards on here, I’ll tell you ..

  • MekongDelta69

    But so far, there’s been no House GOP bill taking on the trickiest policy issue for Republicans: what to do about those already here illegally

    You do what Ike did in the 50s: Operation Wetback

    Problem solved…

    • Bossman

      Something like Operation Wetback can never happen again. The times are different. In the 1950s, the USA was still a segregated and very racist society.

      • Thor Bonham

        Yet you think that minorities will vote for a white republican in the present day .. SMH .

      • ms_anthro

        Please explain why Operation Wetback 2.0 can’t happen. Our shipping technology is better than ever.

      • Greg Thomas

        It’s not “racist” to defend one’s country from invading hordes. Besides, under the circumstances, racism is the best option.

  • Puggg

    I don’t know, if the open border louts in the House Republican leadership couldn’t find a way to con its back benchers to sign on to amnesty, I don’t see how the opportunity of the fake government shutdown and the quarrel over ObamaDontCare is going to help that situation.

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      We can only hope. Those amnesty forces are always maneuvering, always trying to slip something by. I figure the GOP traitors think they will be repaid with some sinecure provided by a cheap labor industry advocacy group. I can’t see why else they would be so willing to move the GOP to permanent minority status.

  • Spartacus

    They’re all the same. And when the time comes, deal with them both in the manner that they deserve .

  • IKantunderstand

    Republicans, Democrats. NO DIFFERENCE. All of our reps in Congress are Benedict Arnold and Judas of Iscariot. GET RID OF THEM.

    • Rhialto

      I don’t agree. There is a major difference: The Democratic party is dedicated to advancing the Liberal agenda. Its strategies are dedicated to this end. The Republican party is dedicated to electing Republicans. The Republicans do or say anything to get elected. Once elected, Republicans do or say anything to be reelected. If they can’t be reelected, they don’t give rodent’s rectum what happens i.e. Bush II’s second term.

  • Do I think the row over ObamaCare and the “shutdown” was totally manufactured as a controlled burn just to distract from immigration? No. Thinks don’t work that way and cannot work so easily.

    What I do think is that the open borders traitors are using the controversy as a convenient opportunity to try to throw together some compromise bill that sounds sweet enough or non-threatening enough that they can try to scam the rank and file into voting for.

  • JohnEngelman

    Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, are working on a plan to create a visa program allowing more lower-skilled workers into the country.

    – Erica Werner, ABC News, September 30, 2013

    Why am I not surprised?

  • mobilebay

    Guess the Republicans are just a little slower than the dems in getting on the gravy train. Must be pretty profitable in many ways to sell out your country.

  • kjh64

    The republicraps are in with big business interests and want the illegals because big business wants them. They are too short sighted to realize it will spell the end of their party. I’m looking outside my window at construction workers working on the street, not a single White man or even Black man, all Mexicans. It used to be that construction sites were all White men or Black.

  • Greg Thomas

    With traitors like this, who needs democrats!

  • kenfrombayside

    Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
    – text everybody in your cell phone queue now.