Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte pledged action on immigration overhaul legislation Thursday, noting that the issue finally needs to be resolved.
Goodlatte said members of his committee are currently developing four bills that address aspects of the immigration system, with four others already approved.
While Goodlatte did not say what the bills specifically detail, he has previously discussed granting work visas to lower-skilled workers and allowing children brought illegally to the U.S. to earn a path to citizenship.
An “earned” path to citizenship would involve citizenship through education, military or other routes.
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In a second compromise approved by immigration advocates, Goodlatte proposed giving legal status to illegal immigrants, who would then gain citizenship through work or family sponsorship instead of being granted it immediately.
Goodlatte also promised that the House would address major problems like enforcement and security, legal immigration and the status of millions who live in the U.S. illegally.
“We have objections to the Senate bill, but we don’t say we want to kill the Senate bill,” Goodlatte said. “We say we want to do immigration reform right.”
The representative said he hopes to have the House vote on the committee-passed bills next month, despite a crowded House agenda and Republican disinterest in discussing immigration reform.