At a town hall meeting Monday evening, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) rejected efforts by some in Congress to give illegal aliens a "special" path to citizenship as offered by the Senate's amnesty legislation. Instead, he will carry on working with colleagues to pass legislation to secure the border and increase immigration enforcement:
"Will the Senate agree to [these bills]? I don't know. But I don't think Republicans in the House ... should back away from setting forth the right way to do things.
Even if it doesn't go all the way through to be signed by this president -- because I have a hard time, like you do, envisioning him signing some of those things -- it doesn't mean we shouldn't at least show the American people that we are interested in solving this very serious problem that we have in our country.
Rep. Goodlatte faced questions from pro-amnesty activists who travelled from outside of his district to confront the Judiciary Chairman on his refusal to support amnesty. Dayana Torres, an illegal alien attending college in northern Virginia, drove two hours to question Goodlatte on his refusal to support amnesty. Goodlatte responded:
I understand that. But I also understand how wrong it is for a family to take a small child across the desert, through dangerous tunnels, in the backs of tractor-trailers, where some of them suffocate. I don't want to see it happen again. So if we're going to have that kind of legal status, for me personally, I first have to be sure we're not going to see additional people, additional parents bringing 2-year-old, 5-year-old children" across the border.Congress remains on recess through the month of August.
Updated: Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 11:31am EDT