Put Goodlatte immigration bill onto 2018 omnibus spending bill

Jan. 17, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House to add the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) immigration legislation to the 2018 omnibus spending bill and send it to the Senate:

“Speaker Paul Ryan is fortunate that his House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has crafted a strong answer to the illegal immigration question. While few thinking people want wholesale amnesty as presented in the Graham-Durbin Senate alternative, Goodlatte’s legislation ends chain migration, eliminates the visa lottery, builds the wall and institutes E-Verify. While it seems clear that the Democrats who used their minority in the Senate to threaten military pay and veterans’ benefits on behalf of illegal aliens, the immigration debate provides Speaker Ryan the opportunity to impose real substantive reforms through the government funding process. Stick the Goodlatte bill on the spending bill, send it to the Senate, and force Democrats to close the DACA door out of their desire to continue the current overrunning of America.

“Most of the increase of the U.S. population in 2016, 2.3 million, according to U.S. Census and DHS data was immigration at 1.18 million, 68 percent of which was chain migration, versus a 1.14 million natural increase, that is, births minus deaths. That almost never happens. The last time was 1991, when amnesty was implemented and chain migration was peaking. Before that, you have to go back to the early 1900s to find immigration outpacing natural population increases. Now is the time for real reform and the House needs to lead the way.”

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