I have received quite a few questions about developments on immigration reform. I believe our immigration system is broken, but do not believe that legislation recently passed by the Senate is the solution.
The Senate passed one nearly 1,200-page bill. This is a large bill that tries to deal with all of the nation’s immigration issues.
In contrast, the House of Representatives is taking a step-by-step approach to immigration reform. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke) and the Judiciary Committee are holding hearings and briefings on this issue in the effort to ensure that we properly and individually address the various weaknesses in our immigration system.
In order for any legislation to become law, identical language must be passed by both the House and Senate, and then sent to the President for his signature. However, the legislative process established by our Founding Fathers requires each chamber of Congress to advance its own legislation. After each has made an independent decision and passed its own solution, the two houses are supposed to confer and work out their differences, if they can.
I do not expect that the Senate’s immigration bill will come before the full House of Representatives, but want to reassure you that I will not support that unfortunate Senate bill should it come before me for a vote."