Thursday, February 21, 2013

Goodlatte: Send 'em All Home Now

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke used to be an immigration lawyer before he became a Congressman. He used to be against term limits. He used to be at least on the far right fringe of moderation, back when he was carrying water for Newt Gingrich.

Now, he's a radical who's been in the House of Representatives for far, far, far too long and he has just said, in a national interview, that if you came here illegally, you can't be a citizen and he doesn't even want to hear that possibility discussed for an immigration bill. I'm wondering how his ancestors got here and how many of us he'd send back to the land of our illegal ancestors. Here's his quote on NPR yesterday (report here):

"People have a pathway to citizenship right now: It's to abide by the immigration laws, and if they have a family relationship, if they have a job skill that allows them to do that, they can obtain citizenship. But simply someone who broke the law, came here, [to] say, 'I'll give you citizenship now,' that I don't think is going to happen."

Is it too much to ask that our representatives--who have no chance of representing us--at least not embarrass us with their xenophobia?

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