Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Rep. Bob Goodlatte


An estimated 6.5 million illegal aliens could receive amnesty under ideas being publicly shared by House Republican leaders, according to a nonpartisan research group. The National Foundation for American Policy based its estimate mostly on statements made by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

The foundation's report estimates that 3.1-4.4 million illegal aliens would receive green cards because they're parents of children who are U.S. citizens. While Rep. Goodlatte has said he does not support a special path to citizenship for illegal aliens, he does support allowing them to gain citizenship through existing immigration programs. Existing law grants an unlimited number of green cards to parents of U.S. citizens.

The foundation also determined that another 600,000 illegal aliens could receive green cards because they're married to a U.S. citizen - another category that grants an unlimited number of green cards each year.

Finally, the foundation assumed that the House would pass an amnesty bill granting a path to citizenship to illegal aliens who were brought to the United States as children, adding another 800,000 to 1.5 million to the total. The Migration Policy Institute, however, estimates that the total number of "Dreamers" could be around 2.1 million.

Estimates of the total illegal-alien population range from 11 to more than 20 million currently residing in the United States. The most recent estimate from the Department of Homeland Security set the illegal-alien population at 11.5 million, so the foundation's estimate of the GOP plan would legalize more than half.

For more on this story, see the New York Times

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Updated: Wed, Jan 15th 2014 @ 11:24am EST

Edwin 7739 of TX's picture
What about the 10 year bar for unlawful presence? We were promised that this would be enforced to discourage unlawful immigration. Let them go back home and wait until they paid their time.
April 4356 of FL's picture
Agree. Please tell Gov. Perry your thoughts. FYI -- he was the first governor in the US to PUSH FOR THR DREAM ACT FOR ILLEGALS IN TEXAS!!!
Esther 7135 of CA's picture
OMG. I'm soooooooo tired of these darn do-gooders who insist on citizenship for these law-breakers. Send them and their anchor babies back to where the parents came from.
Mike 1111 of CO's picture
6.5 million is 4% of the workforce. Adding workers does not create jobs. So, we suddenly have a huge rise in unemployment. Also, if you offer amnesty, how do you prevent even more illegals from sneaking in. Nix this plan. Secure the border, so they stop coming in, and the problem stops growing. Mandate e-Verify so they start going home, and the problem starts shrinking.
Andrew 4879 of TX's picture
There are way more than 11.5 million illegal aliens in the US, this is a federal government estimate from the same department that said the border is "nearly 100% secure" The real number of illegal aliens in the US is over 20 million. ANY amnesty legislation will be much worse than what it's reported. This is an invasion of America.
Dave 362 of WI's picture
The man's report card shows a current grade of B. Why? It should be reduced to F- for his saying in so many words that 20 million jobless Americans mean nothing to the Republican Party.
John 4110 of MI's picture
This is not a B performance. He is better than Reid, Durbin and a few others- but. Is a C grade a average grade or a normative grade? Being of average weight in West Virgina, Michigan or Ohio in a statistical sense does not mean that one is at a healthy weight.
GlenR 1973 of WV's picture
"An estimated 6.5 million illegal aliens could receive amnesty under ideas being publicly shared". How many more millions will be amnestied with information not "publicly shared"? These guys are great with the smoked filled backroom deals.
Richard 807 of CA's picture
The real objective for house Republicans is expanded guest worker programs. To get this expansion, they have to compromise with Democrats over amnesty. Republicans who push for expanded guest worker programs, no mater how tough they talk on immigration, are not to be trusted.
Albert 3441 of PA's picture
Posted to NUSA 15 Jan 2014 - There is an old English proverb that I would commend to every Republican congressman and senator: “You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.” Any support for illegal immigration is a betrayal of the American people. This kind of in-your-face hypocrisy is just further proof (if any were needed) that the GOP is not a real opposition party.
Gene 1925 of IL's picture
Politicians still continue to treat us like we are stupid and make the argument about Citizenship which has nothing to do about Amnesty. Amnesty is quite clearly in the violations of the laws, which is Illegals being here illegally and holding jobs illegally. Which it the violations Republican Leadership seems willing to quite clearly forgive them for (and the whole Democrat Party lock stock and barrel), that is Amnesty. Don't let them change the argument to something else. Citizenship is just an additional reward they have yet to receive so unamnestiable (my new word) at this point.
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Jeff 2418 of PA's picture
Why are the very people who are supposed to represent the LEGAL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS of this country breaking our laws and committing treason by aiding and abetting these people to continually invade our country without punishment and to pander to a group of LAWBREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS who have no regard for our laws and are demanding things they are not entitled to? Why aren't these politicians doing something to help create jobs for the millions of LEGAL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS who cannot find a decent job instead of trying to make life easier and better for a group of LAWBREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS who should not be here in the first place? Why are these politicians not working to improve the economy or reducing the debt or deficit instead of spending all this time trying to make life easier for foreign born invaders that are living in this country illegally instead of doing what's right for the LEGAL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS of this country? WHY???? JUST SAY NO TO IMMIGRATION REFORM AND ENFORCE OUR CURRENT LAWS INCLUDING ARRESTING AND JAILING EMPLOYERS WHO CONTINUE TO HIRE THESE ILLEGALS!!!
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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture
Roy Beck (NumbersUSA) said that Goodlatte is under intense pressure from House Speaker John Boehner who is trying to pass an amnesty-and-guest-worker bill, so "we don't know where the real Bob Goodlatte is." I totally agree with Roy Beck. Sadly, we already lost a real Bob Goodlatte, who was involved in NumbersUSA 5-for-5 Blue Ribbon Club. Perfect score! Yes, he was our big hero. What changed his mind? I do believe Boehner forced him to do something about an amnesty bill for him. Goodlatte happened to have no ability to say NO to him because he is the big boss in Congress. When Goodlatte became a brand new traitor, the disappointment seemed too great to bear. He reminds me of Henri-Phillippe Petain who was a big military hero in WW1 of France and became a convicted traitor in WW2.
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Albert 3441 of PA's picture
Gen. Benedict Arnold was a highly decorated (and wounded) hero of the Revolutionary War until he decided that the British were probably going to win and switched sides. Unfortunately for him, his prediction was wrong and he lived to regret it. Let's work to ensure that Goodlatte learns the same lesson,
Ralph 7980 of CO's picture
The last provision would grant amnesty and a path to citizenship to children brought here illegally by their parents at early age. The rational is that these children were not guilty of wrongdoing. But then after these children obtain citizenship, the parents could be granted amnesty because they have American citizen children. You are thereby rewarding the parents for wrongdoing.
Ralph 7980 of CO's picture
So the parents come here illegally and have "anchor baby" children. The parents are then rewarded because they now have American citizen children. What a bunch of hogwash. Let's get back to basics. If you are here illegally, you need to return to your native country. What is to stop this nonsense from happening?
Ralph 7980 of CO's picture
Immigration Insanity!! This article really supports the argument against the "anchor baby misinterpretation and misapplication of the 14th amendment". How can any rational individual argue that is ok to enter this country illegally, have children who will be American citizens and use that as justification to grant amnesty to the parents. It reminds me of the story of the son who killed his parents and then threw himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan!!!! But at least that story is funny. Immigration insanity is not!
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Scot 3827 of OR's picture
Amnesty solves NOTHING~ Unless and until there is a COMPREHENSIVE solution - including but not limited to Supreme Court interpretation/precedent dissolving birthright citizenship and 'anchor babies' - there can be no justification for ANY form of Amnesty~
Jon 1773 of CA's picture
You jerks advertise food stamps in Mexico, then you let them illegally come across the border where they take our jobs, take our housing, etc. I honestly believe that those of us (and other Americans) that have served in the military deserve better treatment than this. So what is the difference between democrats and republicans? not much. they can both be bought off !!!
Philip 5927 of AZ's picture
I read that strong amnesty supporter Mike Huckabee wants to ban the term "RINO" in the Republican Party. He complained that too many Republicans were attacking each other and calling them names. He was upset that someone called him RINO.At the time he was a Republican governor of Arkansas. He had a bad record. In fact, he was RINO. He acted like a Democrat. He was too soft on illegal aliens. He opposed a bill to reject taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens. He supported Mexican consulate ID cards and driver's licenses for them.
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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture
It's simple, "Just follow the money". How many Arkansas companies utilize cheap ILLEGAL labor and would be more than happy to hire cheap "amnestied" labor.
William 4998 of GA's picture
Illegal is Illegal. Anyone in Congress that votes for Amnesty should be looking for other work as soon as possible. They do not deserve to serve in Congress. Starting to believe that anyone that has been in Congress for 8-years needs to be removed. Career politicians are not looking out for the needs of the American Taxpayer. They are just feeding their bank accounts.
Marvin 1280 of NV's picture
All of our politicians are corrupt, they work for payback money only! None of the axxess care about us. Lets vote all of them out this time and show them! When they do a bill, so much excess is written into it that really hurts us. Vote them out if they are in office. Vote anyone in that is a true republican if we have any of them left. WTF is wrong with this country? it can still be the best but we need to get rid of that piece in the WH! No to amnesty, no to anchor babies, no to making anyone legal unless the border is secure! Illegal is illegal! Not our faullt that they came here illegally and their babies are american citizens but, come on, don't reward and make them a citizen for being dishonest, how stupid! Illegal IS illegal!
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Robert 1656 of SC's picture
This is ridiculous; enforce our nation's immigration laws! We should give amnesty to a few outstanding individuals, not to millions of illegal aliens. Why on earth should we be giving amnesty to D+ students?
Caroline 7445 of CO's picture
I could accept amnesty for valedictorians. My compromise would be to accept amnesty for salutatorians also. They could visit their parents in the home country as much as they wished.
GlenR 1973 of WV's picture
Do these politicians represent the world as their International Corporation Political Contributors think or do they represent the United States Citizens? To the Politicians that support the ILLEGALS and Amnesty against the interests of the Citizens it is for certain they back the International Corporations? Again the reason is simple for the Amnesty supporting Politicians, "Just follow the money!". As I stated before, "The Politicians and their Elitist Political Contributors consider your, your children and your grandchildren's futures as small sacrifice for their cheap ILLEGAL/Amnestied labor.
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Albert 3441 of PA's picture
I think that the use of a former amnesty opponent is part of the Beltway Conservatives' strategy. They seem to be pretty sure that they can sell this policy to the base if only they can get the right spin on it. Of course, it will be up to us to disabuse them of this idea.
GlenR 1973 of WV's picture
Again, these children have only their ILLEGAL parents to blame; they became ILLEGALS when their parents entered the U.S. as ILLEGALS and setup their own Children as ILLEGALS. The parents most likely continued the invasion with the exploitation of the 14th Amendment to create children for U.S. Citizens to furnish benefits! The Elitist Politicians and Elitist Political Contributors are socializing benefits to the ILLEGALS for the ILLEGAL EMPLOYERS, veiled as social programs for U. S. Citizens, on the backs of U.S. Citizens through our assets such as the Education System, Social Security, and Health Care not to mention our National Security while privatizing the profits for themselves!
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Jimmy 9800 of IA's picture
We should have a say in how our tax money is spent. I don't want it spent on illegals, there is a proper way to enter the U.S. make them use it.
Dick 8771 of TX's picture
If Republicans are stupid enough to reward illegal aliens for their "anchor babies" with permission to stay in the USA legally, they desperately need to review the current mythology outlined below: IDIOTIC MYTHS about the AMNESTY issue: 1. MYTH: Democrats give Republicans SINCERE amnesty advice in order to help Republicans beat Democrats in future elections…. FACT: If you believe Dems want to lose elections, you’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid waaaay too long. Maybe you should notice that the Dems desperately want 30+ million people legalized that they KNOW will vote 80% Democrat. Who does that help? 2. MYTH: If Republicans vote for this amnesty, Hispanics will vote Republican in future elections. FACT: SERIOUSLY? Is everyone in D.C. brain-dead? A. After Reagan signed the 1986 amnesty, our Hispanic vote in 1988 DECLINED by 7%! And this was in a landslide Republican victory. B. Romney got 27% of the Hispanic vote, versus 31% for McCain, probably the biggest amnesty supporter in the RINO ranks. So 4% of the 8.4% Hispanic vote meant a difference of 1/3 of a percent of the 2012 voters. And this is what Republicans think cost them the election? Byron York showed that if Romney had won 70% of the Hispanic vote, he would still have lost. No Republican presidential candidate in at least 50 years has won even half of the Hispanic vote. C. The (pro-amnesty) Pew Research Hispanic Center has produced poll after poll showing that Hispanics don’t care about amnesty. In a poll last fall, Hispanic voters said they cared more about education, jobs, health care, and even the federal debt than they cared about “immigration”. A Latina commented on that if an amnesty passed, “Latinos would resent the added competition for jobs.” 3. MYTH: Without appeasing [read out-pandering] the Hispanic vote by allowing an amnesty, the Republicans can’t win elections. FACT: The tiny attainable change to an 8.4% segment of the voters is NOTHING compared to the millions of Republicans who currently stay home from the polls. If we would stop looking like “Democrats Lite”, and give them a CONSERVATIVE REAL ALTERNATIVE, we would replace that Hispanic fraction of 1 percent MANY TIMES OVER! 4. MYTH: All amnesty supporters want to do the right thing for the USA, and/or the Republican Party. FACT: Can we cut the delusional characterization? A. Amnesty supporting lobbyists/donors claim a shortage of workers in spite of 25 MILLION unemployed/underemployed Americans who need jobs. Meanwhile, millions are drawing unemployment, food stamps, and other drains on the federal budget. B. Do you think La Raza, LULAC, and the Cheap Labor lobby are concerned about the status of the U.S. economy or the costs to American citizens for supporting unqualified immigrants? 5. MYTH: There is no significant damage being done to U.S. safety by allowing our borders to be a joke and having our enforcement efforts being hamstrung by administrative fiat. FACT: Notwithstanding the BS from Janet Napolitano, our nation is wide open to terrorists, drug cartels, or other malefactors. Once across our painfully porous border, aliens are protected from deportation until they have been convicted of a felony or more than 3 misdemeanors. If you do not live in a gated, secure, high dollar housing area, this problem would be more immediately obvious and relevant to you. If you care about America, you should be desperately concerned for our nation, even if you do manage to live in a protected [for now] enclave.
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Frank 2881 of FL's picture
Obama's lecture to the GOP House members about if you ever want to win you need to do amnesty - proves we have a one party system. Obama's bosses rigged 2008 and definitely 2012. The vote fraud in Florida was off the charts in 2012..
Donnie 9679 of NC's picture
William2966,was it not a true American conservative who awarded the last amnesty in 1986.If memory serves me correctly that would be the republican God Ronald Reagan.
Albert 3441 of PA's picture
Recall that it was also Ronald Reagan who cowed the Washington press establishment and started the deregulation juggernaut that resurrected Robber Baron capitalism and put these vultures back in control of congress. This led directly to the economic collapse of 2008 that impoverished millions of our countrymen. He was the leader of the "opposition party" that was (and is) supposed to curb the excesses of big government.
Linda 1548 of CA's picture
It is a shame to know that illegal aliens can out smart our American politicians, they had found many ways to keep them self in America, one of them is riding on the back of their children, it said millions of illegal aliens will get green cards or amnesty or legalization because of their born American children, this is why they take fully advantage of our birthrights, and there is no one who have any kind of sense to stop them! They also know once they get their children in our schools and claim they have residence for years, that they will get some kind of amnesty, all their schemes and scams of America seems to be working for them, and all of what the do in America, is the hell with Americans, in reality their frame of mind is that America belongs to them, and they come here to get it back, they do not care how they do it, They have laws in America, that tells them that it is alright for them to just spit and walk all over Americans, they know they can do this, because they are fully protected by our American laws! What happens if this amnesty becomes another disaster like the 1986 one, will the excuse be again that America have an broken immigration system, and therefore to fix it America must give amnesty to millions of more illegal aliens and foreigners???????
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Sonia 5977 of VA's picture
I do not believe that people who break the law should be rewarded. It is said that we can't send 12million people back home, but they should do it on their own and come back legally. If they do not leave in the time allotted, they should be felons with no right to vote or receive any kind of help from the government. This country is going broke trying to help people who do not believe in a free America and do not respect our laws and way of life.