STOP THE "SAFE" ACT AND VOTE ON CITIZENSHIP INSTEAD
Have you heard of Rep. Bob Goodlatte? Iâm guessing no.
As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee he has a lot of power to shape the immigration proposals that will come out of the House next year. What is he doing with this power? Some really bad stuff. First, heâs blocking a path to citizenship, even for DREAMers, and second, he wants to make Arizona's horrible "Show Me Your Papers" law the law of the land.
This means that instead of promoting what most Americans support -- a path to citizenship -- one of the most powerful voices in the House is joining forces with extremists like Michelle Bachmann to pass a law that would criminalize millions of undocumented Americans.
Unfortunately, this is par for the course for Rep. Goodlatte. This summer he voted with Rep. Steve King to reinstate the deportation of DREAMers. Recently, he said he wants to ban DREAMers from ever becoming citizens, and told his constituents that he doesnât mind if immigration fails. "Weâll try, but if we fail, thatâs okay," he said.
Needless to say, with Rep. Goodlatte in charge, immigration reform will go nowhere! If Republicans are serious about reform, they need to stay away from Rep. Goodlatte and what we like to call the âunSAFE" Act.
We know the path to citizenship has majority support in the House. With a single action, Speaker Boehner can save his party from irrelevancy by bringing citizenship to a vote. Will he side with the majority of Americans and let the path to citizenship come to a vote in the House? Or will he side with extremists in the Arizonafication and Arpaioification of the country?