Virginia Lawmakers on Immigration Debate

May 6, 2013

Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte could play an outsized role in this year’s immigration debate.

At 844 pages, the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate is one of those whoppers that’s easy to decry on the campaign trail. You won’t be seeing anything like that coming out of the House if Chairman Goodlatte has anything to say about it. He wants his Judiciary Committee to examine immigration one subsection at a time. He says speed isn’t his concern.

“It is not whether you do it fast or slow, it’s that you get it right that’s most important," he says.

Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says Goodlatte and other Republican leaders are employing a tactic similar to what was used to kill gun control. Goodlatte counters that his members just need time.