June 4, 2013

(Reuters) – A top Republican lawmaker predicted on Tuesday that the House of Representatives could pass an immigration bill by
August, as the Senate gets ready to debate legislation to give millions of undocumented residents a way to earn citizenship.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, whose panel oversees immigration, defended the House’s progress on immigration legislation and said lawmakers were focused on getting the reforms right.

Unlike the Senate, which is set to work on a sweeping immigration bill that boosts border security, overhauls the visa system and gives a path to citizenship to immigrants, the House has yet to introduce a comprehensive immigration bill.

In an interview with MSNBC television, Goodlatte said he thought the House could pass an immigration bill by August.

The scope of Goodlatte’s bill is unclear, because in the past he has left open the option of considering a series of individual bills, unlike the Senate’s comprehensive approach.

Goodlatte’s committee is considering bills to increase high-skilled work visas, make it easier for farmers to hire foreigners and require employers to electronically verify the immigration status of potential employees.

The House bills being considered do not offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

Representative Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat, said he did not know what kind of measure Goodlatte was considering.
But he did not welcome the possibility of a narrow solution to immigration reform.

“Mr. Goodlatte has been talking about doing individual bills. We do not believe that’s a viable or appropriate way forward,” Hoyer told reporters.

Hoyer added that while narrowly crafted measures could gain strong support in the Republican-controlled House, that approach would
“leave behind the overwhelming majority of people who are confronting a broken system that needs to be fixed.”

He was referring to the estimated 11 million undocumented residents who want to become legalized and eventually earn U.S. citizenship.

“I don’t think Democrats in the final analysis are going to support fixing one part of the immigration process” and leaving other parts unaddressed, Hoyer said.

With a small group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House so far unable to produce comprehensive legislation,
Goodlatte’s piecemeal approach may be the chamber’s only way of passing an immigration bill.

The Senate and House must pass identical bills before President Barack Obama can sign one into law.

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  • jorge buesa
    5 June 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

    They should send them all Back to the Philippines than come Back to AMERICA the RIGHT WAY ! It’s not RIGHT and FAIR to the ones that came to America the RIGHTWAY ! ! Please get RID of them all go Back were you belong ! ! That’s how to settle all this ? I’m Filipino BORN IN AMERICA ! !

    • Delia
      5 June 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Amen to that Jorge . I agree

  • buloknaisda
    6 June 2013 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Born in america with Filipino blood… well,well,well.

    • jorge buesa
      6 June 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Yes Born In America My Dad came to America in 1946 to work for the sugar co. My mom is american born in America ! I seem alot of filippinos waited for long years to come to America the RighWay ! !So can’t the filippinos that came here the WRONG WAY go Back to Philippines and come Back the RightWay ! !

      • buloknaisda
        7 June 2013 at 8:09 am - Reply

        Really 1946, at your age you still can’t spell right? well, well, well.

  • Delia
    9 June 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Jorge , watch out , your fellow Filipino will only see your spelling mistakes then throw an insults , but they dont see their wrongdoing . Most of them act so self righteous .

  • buloknaisda
    10 June 2013 at 6:19 am - Reply

    @Delia – alam mo bakit ikinahihiya mo ang pagiging pinoy mo? Ang ibang Filipino talaga gagawin ang lahat makapagyabang lang. Natatandaan ko ang iyong illegal ay naging ellegal. Abah ! Sinong puti ang magsasabi ng ellegal kundi ang mga pekeng puti !