The immigration bill ht one of its first obvious bumps in the road today as House Republicans, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) began to discuss a decidedly punitive set of amendments to the bill. Everyone involved in the immigration debate knew from the start that the House would be the place where immigration reform would have trouble. They were right with regard to issues of enforcement.
The second House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) hit the gavel to begin today’s hearing, a large group of protesters chanted, “shame, shame, shame!” and had to be removed from the room.
The Gowdy immigration bill would give money to state and local officials to enforce federal immigration laws. Funny how budgets that are tight suddenly become not-so-tight when law enforcement money needs to be spent.
Below, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) speaks on the status of immigration reform. Gutierrez is a member of the Judiciary Committee.