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Immigration: Obama’s Lack of Enforcement Has ‘Come Home to Roost’ Says Key Chairman

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For The Weekly StandardFred Barnes writes:

Immigration reform is deader than ever in 2014 and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says President Obama is to blame.

Obama-shh-shhBy refusing to halt the current “surge” of illegal immigration, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said Thursday, Obama has made it “extremely difficult” to pass any reform of the immigration laws.  Enforcement at the border must be “the leading component” of reform legislation, he said, but it isn’t happening.

Instead, the president has created a broad new exception to immigration law to permit tens of thousands of young immigrants to cross the U.S. border with Mexico and stay in this country.  But he lacks the constitutional authority to make this change in the law unilaterally, Goodlatte said.

As judiciary chairman, Goodlatte is an important figure in the immigration debate. His committee passed five separate immigration bills earlier this year as part of the step-by-step approach favored by Republicans.  Obama and Democrats insist that immigration reform be packaged in a single “comprehensive” bill.

But this procedural disagreement is the least of the impediments to immigration reform at the moment.  Major legislation has no chance of House approval so long as Obama allows thousands to enter the country illegally.  And an even greater factor standing in the way is the lack of trust by the American people in any promise by the president to block illegal immigrants at the Southern border…(read more)

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2 Comments on “Immigration: Obama’s Lack of Enforcement Has ‘Come Home to Roost’ Says Key Chairman”

  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet For The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes writes: Immigration reform is deader than ever in 2014 and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says President Obama is to blame. By refusing to halt the current “surge” of illegal immigration, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said Thursday, Obama has made it “extremely difficult” to pass any reform of the […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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