As Congress returned home for August recess, many House Republicans were meeting with voters to discuss immigration reform and how the chamber can move forward. According to Greg Sargent at the Washington Post, Rep. Robert Goodlatte can play a key role in killing any legislation that tries to move through the House.
Goodlatte is the Judiciary Committee chair and although he has been willing to entertain the idea of a pathway to citizenship, Sargent argued that Goodlatte is likely to talk the talk without committing to giving undocumented immigrants legal status. The Republican representative said that the House should still show the American people that the chamber is interested in solving the immigration reform problem even if they can’t agree on comprehensive legislation.
According to the article, the view is that House Republicans feel that if they can at least solve a few of the immigration issues in the U.S. then they have shown Americans they’re willing to work toward solving the problem.
“Despite the fact that a majority of the public and a bipartisan majority of House members back reform with a path to citizenship, Rep. Goodlatte seems to accept that the House will get to ‘no,'” Frank Sharry, head of America’s Voice told Sargent of Goodlatte’s comments on immigration reform.
Sharry said Goodlatte wants to avoid negotiations with the Senate because it could lead to comprehensive reform, something the representative doesn’t want.