WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote today on its first immigration bill this year, a tough enforcement measure giving state and local officials new powers to act against people here without documentation.
Democrats and immigrant groups are protesting the measure. They say it represents bad policy and bad politics by House Republicans at a moment when the Senate is considering a comprehensive bill including a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
But the Judiciary Committee chairman, Republican Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, says any real immigration reform must ensure that immigration laws are enforced. He says the Senate bill is lacking in that regard.