Congressman Bob Goodlatte: Our First Line of Defense against an Obama Amnesty

Published on November 19th, 2012

Meet one of our best friends on Capitol Hill, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). With House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) term-limited out pursuant to GOP seniority rules, Goodlatte is poised to replace him.

President Obama is making loud noises and promises he may not be able to keep about delivering amnesty. We need a tough, dedicated man like Goodlatte at the Judiciary helm.

Here’s what we may be up against. In his November 14 White House press conference, Obama said:

“My expectation is that we get a bill introduced and we begin the process in Congress very soon after my inauguration. And in fact, some conversations, I think, are already beginning to take place among senators and congressmen and my staff about what would this look like.”

The best news about Goodlatte is that the open borders lobby calls him “hard core” because of his dedication to enforcement and ending immigrant entitlements. A blog posted on America’s Voice, a leading immigration advocacy group headed by long-time foe Frank Sharry, charged Goodlatte as well as Smith, Steve King and the retiring Elton Gallegly as promoting an “ugly agenda” and being “anti-American extremists.”  Van Le, the blog’s author, mockingly referred to Goodlatte, Smith and King as the “three amigos.” More about America’s Voice here in the Spanish-language version of its website. For English, read here.

What’s anti-American and extremist to Le and his America’s Voice colleagues is patriotic and enforcement oriented to us. Goodlatte, who earned a NumbersUSA  “True Reformer” accolade by cosponsoring five key bills to reduce immigration, has an outstanding enforcement record. Included among the legislation Goodlatte signed are Phil Gingrey’s H.R. 878 to end chain migration, Gary Miller’s H.R. 1868 to end birthright citizenship, Marsha Blackburn’s H.R. 2406 to strengthen local enforcement, Heath Shuler’s  H.R. 3308 to mandate E-Verify and Goodlatte’s own H.R. 2305 to terminate the visa lottery.

During his ten-term congressional career, Goodlatte has also voted to build a fence on the U.S./Mexico border, supported English as America’s official language, backed a measure that would have required hospitals to report illegal aliens seeking medical treatment and opposed efforts to pass guest worker bills. When he cast his “nay” 2010 DREAM Act vote, Goodlatte called the legislation “unfair” and “ripe for fraud.” [Likely House Judiciary Panel Chairman Is Strong Opponent of DREAM Act, by Molly K. Hooper, The Hill, November 11, 2012]

Goodlatte’s resume indicates that he’s unlikely to cooperate with House Leader John Boehner on his possible Obama amnesty sell-out. Please go to the CAPS action alert to FAX your Congressman a strong message to resist amnesty calls.

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