Let the Law Work

Congressman Bob Goodlatte
2017-04-25 14:32:48
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx link=VA06BG%2501176265%2501115.1%2bApril24%2bENews%250114452.5081086.294 5681.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501goodlatte%25 40unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx plain_text=Y&link=VA06BG%2501176265%2501115.1%2bApril24%2bENews%25011445 2.5081086.2945681.7665219%2501goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%250 1goodlatte%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2f&redir_log=698444897491189> Enforcing the Law Works What if the laws governing American citizens didn't matter? What if instead they were merely suggestions? It's difficult to imagine what our society would be like if our country's laws were altogether ignored, but I doubt many would be happy with the result. Since its founding the United States has been a country of laws. Maintaining the rule of law is a critical part of our society. However, in recent years we have seen parts of America's immigration laws disregarded. Why enforce the law? You don't have to look any further than crimes that have been committed against American citizens by individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. Recently, a young man from Lynchburg was allegedly murdered by three men involved in gang activity who were illegally present in the country. This is one of many unfortunate examples of crimes that could have been prevented, and my sympathy is with the families who have experienced these tragedies. Enforcing the law works. President Trump has sent the strong message that our immigration laws will be enforced and unlawful immigration will not be tolerated. Through his policies, he has empowered Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents to do their jobs. We are already seeing results. In the first months of 2017, illegal border crossings at the Southwest border dropped significantly. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.cbp.gov%2fnewsroom%2fstats%2fsw-border-migration&redir_log=87497975271 8385> , in March 16,600 individuals were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the Southwest border, compared to more than 46,000 in March 2016. That 64 percent decrease is not happenstance. It's a direct result of strong enforcement of the law. America has a bright future ahead. Immigrants will continue to play an important role in making our country the diversity rich nation it is today. Enforcing America's immigration laws doesn't change that, but it will help stem human trafficking, promote public safety, and strengthen national security and respect for the rule of law. Click here <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14452.5081086.2945681.7665219&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fgoo dlatte.house.gov%2fnews%2fdocumentsingle.aspx%3fDocumentID%3d864&redir_l og=720857542639455> to read my full weekly column. AG UPDATE: Congratulations to the new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue! I am pleased to have a strong leader with a firm understanding of the agriculture industry at the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He will be an outspoken advocate for rural America. Manufacturing is a Job-Creating Engine <iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/Customers/VA06BG/NAMAward.j pg> Manufacturing is at the heart of the Sixth District's economy, and I'm proud to be a strong supporter of this job-creating engine. It was an honor to receive the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at Altec Inc. in Botetourt County last week. I enjoyed touring the facility and speaking with a number of employees during my visit. Congress must work to help ensure that the U.S. is a nation in which manufacturing and innovation can thrive by advancing legislation that protects free markets and encourages job creation, while also reforming our tax code so that businesses are able to compete in the global economy. If we want a strong American economy, it will not come without a strong manufacturing economy as well. Protecting Our Children There are few crimes more jarring than those committed against innocent children. Much progress has been made over the past few decades in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting child exploitation crimes. Unfortunately, child abuse and exploitation still happens every day, and we still have a great deal of work to do, especially as predators exploit technological advances in order to hurt kids. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there is no time like the present to bring greater awareness to this issue. When it comes to protecting children, we must ensure our laws are airtight to help stop this crime before it happens and prevent predators from facing no consequences for their actions as well. Over the past month, the House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, has tackled head on the exploitation and abuse of children. In addition to holding a hearing to examine current laws pertaining to child exploitation, the Committee has now approved five bipartisan bills to help further protect children. We must keep up with this ever-evolving criminal behavior and provide additional resources to protect children from abuse and bring perpetrators to justice. 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Enforcing the Law Works

What if the laws governing American citizens didn’t matter? What if instead they were merely suggestions? It’s difficult to imagine what our society would be like if our country’s laws were altogether ignored, but I doubt many would be happy with the result. 

Since its founding the United States has been a country of laws. Maintaining the rule of law is a critical part of our society. However, in recent years we have seen parts of America’s immigration laws disregarded. Why enforce the law? You don’t have to look any further than crimes that have been committed against American citizens by individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. Recently, a young man from Lynchburg was allegedly murdered by three men involved in gang activity who were illegally present in the country. This is one of many unfortunate examples of crimes that could have been prevented, and my sympathy is with the families who have experienced these tragedies. 

Enforcing the law works. President Trump has sent the strong message that our immigration laws will be enforced and unlawful immigration will not be tolerated. Through his policies, he has empowered Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents to do their jobs. We are already seeing results. In the first months of 2017, illegal border crossings at the Southwest border dropped significantly. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in March 16,600 individuals were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the Southwest border, compared to more than 46,000 in March 2016. That 64 percent decrease is not happenstance. It’s a direct result of strong enforcement of the law. 

America has a bright future ahead. Immigrants will continue to play an important role in making our country the diversity rich nation it is today. Enforcing America’s immigration laws doesn’t change that, but it will help stem human trafficking, promote public safety, and strengthen national security and respect for the rule of law. Click here to read my full weekly column.

AG UPDATE: Congratulations to the new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue! I am pleased to have a strong leader with a firm understanding of the agriculture industry at the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He will be an outspoken advocate for rural America.

Manufacturing is a Job-Creating Engine

Manufacturing is at the heart of the Sixth District’s economy, and I’m proud to be a strong supporter of this job-creating engine. It was an honor to receive the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at Altec Inc. in Botetourt County last week. I enjoyed touring the facility and speaking with a number of employees during my visit.

Congress must work to help ensure that the U.S. is a nation in which manufacturing and innovation can thrive by advancing legislation that protects free markets and encourages job creation, while also reforming our tax code so that businesses are able to compete in the global economy. If we want a strong American economy, it will not come without a strong manufacturing economy as well. 

Protecting Our Children

There are few crimes more jarring than those committed against innocent children. Much progress has been made over the past few decades in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting child exploitation crimes. Unfortunately, child abuse and exploitation still happens every day, and we still have a great deal of work to do, especially as predators exploit technological advances in order to hurt kids. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and there is no time like the present to bring greater awareness to this issue. When it comes to protecting children, we must ensure our laws are airtight to help stop this crime before it happens and prevent predators from facing no consequences for their actions as well.

Over the past month, the House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, has tackled head on the exploitation and abuse of children. In addition to holding a hearing to examine current laws pertaining to child exploitation, the Committee has now approved five bipartisan bills to help further protect children. We must keep up with this ever-evolving criminal behavior and provide additional resources to protect children from abuse and bring perpetrators to justice. Click here to read more about these bills. To learn more about National Child Abuse Prevention Month and to find helpful resources, visit childwelfare.gov.

Snapshots from the Sixth

Left: I attended the 11th Annual Safety Fair at Integrity Windows in Roanoke. Great turnout! 

Right: 1) Last week, I met with representatives from Total Action for Progress (TAP) about some of their programs. 2 & 3) I always enjoy welcoming families from the Sixth District to Washington. If you are planning a visit and would like to learn more about available tours, visit Goodlatte.House.Gov. 4) On Saturday, Maryellen and I helped kick off the Blue Ridge Marathon. 

VIETNAM VETERANS COMMEMORATION PHOTOS: Click here to view the photo album from last month's Vietnam Veterans Commemoration in Staunton. To save a photo, right click on the image and select "Save As."

 

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