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A group supporting citizenship for undocumented residents plans to visit the Congressman's Monday town hall meeting.
The Roanoke Times | File 2012
Republican Bob Goodlatte, U.S. Respresentative for Virginia's 6th congressional district.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
A group of 20 to 30 members from a Virginia grass-roots organization interested in immigration reform will appear at 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Monday night town hall meeting in Verona.
Amanda Pohl, the communications director for Virginia Organizing, said the organization supports the U.S. Senate bill on immigration that passed in June because the legislation includes a path to citizenship. Pohl also said the legislation offers other provisions such as border security.
“We believe our system is broken and the Senate bill offers a chance to fix that,” Pohl said.
The Senate legislation passed in June would clear the path for millions of undocumented residents to achieve citizenship.
Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, has consistently said he does not support the Senate bill. His major objection to the bill by the Senate is that it fails to adequately address enforcement.
Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a joint statement last month with other House leaders on immigration reform.
The joint statement described the Senate legislation as flawed and said “House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken system.”
The statement further said “the American people want our borders secured, our laws enforced, and the problems in our immigration system fixed to strengthen our economy.”
Monday’s town hall meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta County Government Center.
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