An immigration reduction advocacy organization says if Congress fails to pass a bill sponsored by Congressman Goodlatte, then it would be better to pass no immigration bill at all.
First the Senate shot down a bill sponsored by Republican John McCain (AZ) and Democrat Chris Coons (DE) that proposed amnesty for perhaps three million illegal immigrants in exchange for a study of border security and a promise of action by 2021.
Another bill pushed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and eight Republican senators would have granted legal status to illegal aliens who are already in the country and protected illegals who manage to sneak into the country between now and June 30th. That measure also bit the dust.
In all, four immigration bills have failed to make the 60-vote threshold needed for passage.
Numbers USA has endorsed HR 4760, the Securing America's Future Act introduced by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
"All of the other proposals that have been set forth both in the House and in the Senate -- none of them are good," says Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism for Numbers USA. "Even the White House plan has some significant weaknesses to it, specifically clearing out the backlog of four million foreign citizens awaiting chain migration green cards; that will take 15 to 20 years for that to happen. So nothing really is great, at least from our perspective, except for the Goodlatte bill. So the best thing may be for just nothing to happen at this point, unless the Goodlatte bill can get through the House and eventually get to the Senate and make its way to President Trump's desk."
Chmielenski believes passing the Goodlatte bill or doing nothing will help Republicans in the 2018 midterms, while passing anything else would hurt the GOP.