Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) had an extremely bad idea when he introduced what has been known as the Goodlatte bill. The House Judiciary chair must really dislike children seeking shelter from violence.
The hardline bill went up for a vote in the House. Donald Trump supported it, and according to C-SPAN, it included:
- No DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrival) Citizenship.
- No Chain Migration (relatives, such as First Lady Melania Trump’s parents’ path to citizenship).
- No Immigration Lottery (entrance based upon skills only).
- No Anchor Babies (babies born in the U.S. are automatically citizens).
- Enforce Our Laws.
- Mandatory Voter ID.
- Build The Wall!
C-SPAN captured Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in its extensive coverage. They tweeted:
‘.@SpeakerRyan: “If these bills do not pass today then we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But the last thing I want to do right now is undercut the votes that we are about to have on what I think are pretty darn good immigration measures.” https://cs.pn/2JZIcVx ‘
The bill failed. Not one Democratic representative voted for it. The 193-231 vote occurred on the day after Trump signed into effect his executive order that rescinded his original order that separated children from parents seeking asylum.
Trump worsened the consequences of crossing the border illegally in his original policy, the Zero Tolerance Policy. ICE arrested people who may not have understood that they could not cross except at designated border points. Then, the commander-in-chief’s people placed their babies, toddlers, young, and older children in cages.
Since then, Trump’s people have stolen away infants as young as eight months and girls, and then they took them across the country in the dark of the night. On Trump’s orders, guards denied the country’s mayors and all journalists access. When these children are moved via U.S. military planes to bases, transparency will become worse — nearly impossible.
There was also a second bill that should come to the floor. The compromise measure has been temporarily delayed as the House leaders try to whip up support for it.
This bill allowed children brought to the U.S. by their parents, up to 1.8 million DACA or Dreamers, a pathway to citizenship. It also added $25 billion for the president’s ill-considered border wall, plus other security efforts.
Most importantly, it halted the government from splitting up families at the country’s borders.
The House leadership was not optimistic about either bill passing. Had either bill passed, it would have gone on to the Senate for discussion and a vote.
Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a discharge petition backed by a number of moderate Republicans and Democrats several months ago. It would have gone around the leadership and forced a vote. There were four individual immigrations offerings, but the Goodlatte vote killed that petition.
The bill that failed would have also provided for an agriculture guest worker program. For example, Kansas big farmers cannot find enough qualified people to do agriculture work.
Employers would have used the E-Verify program to show that workers were properly documented. Goodlatte’s bill would have also killed federal funding to any city designating itself as a sanctuary city.
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