Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Enforcement Comes First
There are many issues plaguing our nation's immigration system,
but the biggest problem is that immigration laws are not
enforced. While presidents of both parties have not fully
enforced our immigration laws, President Obama has made several
moves to unilaterally gut them altogether. In order to protect
against this, it is essential that any immigration reform start
Over the last several weeks, the House Judiciary Committee, which
I chair, has approved four bills focused on enforcement of the
law. These bills would strengthen the interior enforcement of our
immigration laws, remove the ability of the President to
unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement, ensure jobs are
preserved for American citizens and legal workers, reform the
United States' asylum laws, and make sure unaccompanied alien
minors who make the dangerous trek to the U.S. are safely
By refusing to enforce the law, the President's immigration
policies collectively undermine our immigration system and send
the message to the world that our laws can be violated without
consequence. These four bills end many of the Obama
Administration's disastrous polices that wreak havoc on our
immigration system and strengthen the interior enforcement of our
immigration laws. I hope that the full House of Representatives
will take up these bills soon. We must ensure enforcement of our
immigration laws before we can address other broken aspects of
the system. Read more on these bills in my full weekly column.
Congressional Art Competition Deadline Approaching
There is just one month left until the April 22 deadline for
submissions to the Congressional Art Competition. All high school
students who reside in the Sixth Congressional District are
invited to participate. The winner's artwork will be on display
in the U.S. Capitol for one year!
Each year I am impressed by the skills of young artists in the
Sixth Congressional District, and I look forward to reviewing
this year's submissions. I encourage students to pick up their
paint brushes and pencils and submit their original artwork by
April 22. For information on the competition, please visit my
Next Week: Wrecking the Internet to Save It?
That's the question raised by the FCC's recent rules issued on
net neutrality. On Wednesday, March 25, at 10AM, the House
Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine these rules
and the impacts they will have on Internet service, including
cost and choice for consumers. The Internet doesn't need an
inflexible 'one-size-fits-all' government mandate to ensure net
neutrality. You can watch the hearing live on the Committee's
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