Last Friday, Fred Bauer noted on the Corner that the website of Representative Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) had been edited to remove mention of the congressman’s opposition to “amnesty.” It appears that that language has been restored.
The “Immigration Reform” section of Goodlatte’s website now includes the following passage: “I remain opposed to amnesty, as I always have been. I do not support a special pathway to citizenship that rewards those who have broken our immigration laws.”
As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Goodlatte will play a leading role in any House action on immigration reform. The debate over a “special” pathway to citizenship has been seen as a potential area of compromise between Senate Democrats and House Republicans. Goodlatte has reportedly proposed allowing illegal immigrants, after a period of time on some sort of temporary legal status, to apply for citizenship through existing channels (rather than the Gang of Eight’s quicker process for amnestied illegal immigrants, which offers citizenship after having a green card for three years); even left-wing activists have expressed a willingness to consider the idea if it helps get a bill through Congress.