Immigration Newsmaker: A Conversation with Chairman Bob Goodlatte

Video: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Talks Immigration

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Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) was featured in an Immigration Newsmaker conversation hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies on Tuesday, December 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the National Press Club.

Rep. Goodlatte has represented the Sixth District of Virginia (in the southwestern part of the state) since 1993 and presently chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He has been a strong advocate for border and interior enforcement, and sponsored a number of important reform bills, most recently including asylum reform, a national E-verify mandate, ending the visa lottery and reducing chain migration, measures to streamline the deportation of criminal aliens, and penalties for sanctuary jurisdictions. In addition, Mr. Goodlatte conducted vital oversight over executive branch policies such as the controversial prosecutorial discretion scheme implemented by the Obama administration and the government’s handling of the recent influx of unaccompanied minors and family units. Rep.

Goodlatte has announced that he will retire from Congress at the end of this term. After his departure, there will be major changes in the composition of the committee.

The conversation was moderated by Jessica Vaughan, the Center's director of policy studies, and covered prospects for immigration legislation and the challenges the country will face in upcoming years. 

Introduction and Moderator

Jessica Vaughan
Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies

Participant

Rep. Lamar Smith
R-VA, Chairman of of the House Judiciary Committee


Full Interview

 

Interview Clips

Rep. Goodlatte on how House Politics Effected His Immigration Bill

 

Should Judges be Allowed to Issue Nationwide Injunctions?

 

Is a Border Wall Needed?

 

Should E-Verify be Mandated?

 

Changes Needed for Immigration Laws

 

Sanctuary Cities

 

How to Fix Asylum Policies