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  • House Judiciary Committee Moves Bill to Improve Our Nation’s Asylum Laws
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 19-11 legislation to reform the asylum system. The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (H.R. 391), originally introduced by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and now sponsored by Representative Mike Johnson (R-La.), makes a number of improvements to our nation’s laws to prevent fraud and abuse in the asylum system and ensure that it is reserved for those truly fleeing persecution in their home countries. House Judiciary Committee... Read more

  • Goodlatte Applauds Attorney General Sessions for Efforts to Combat Dangerous Sanctuary Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the announcement from the Department of Justice that state and local governments obtaining federal law enforcement grant funding must comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts: “I applaud Attorney General Sessions for his commitment to combating dangerous sanctuary policies that needlessly jeopardize innocent lives. We are all too familiar with how these reckless policies have devastated fa... Read more

  • Fighting Human Trafficking Starts in Every Community
    Posted in Columns on July 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Human trafficking is a problem in communities of every size, including here in Virginia. Read more

  • Goodlatte & Judiciary Republicans Request Responses to Unanswered Oversight Letters Sent During Obama Administration
    Posted in Press Releases on July 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and all Judiciary Committee Republicans today sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting responses to the Committee’s unanswered oversight letters sent during the Obama Administration. The House Judiciary Committee has oversight over the U.S. Department of Justice and its components. During the Obama Administration, the Committee sought answers to a multitude of questions concerning various issues of interest stemming from ... Read more

  • The End of Regulating Behind Closed Doors
    Posted in Columns on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Wouldn’t you want to know how the outcome of settling a lawsuit would impact you? Odds are that the answer is yes, especially if it means significant costs for the business where you work or changes in operations that could cost jobs. But through a legal maneuver called “sue and settle” used by activist groups and past administrations, settlements are often written behind closed doors without the input of those affected. By the time the settlements see the light of day, it’s normally too late fo... Read more

  • House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Combat Synthetic Drugs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The House Judiciary Committee today passed a bipartisan, bicameral bill by voice vote to combat our nation’s synthetic drug epidemic, the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017 (H.R. 2851). The bill was introduced by Congressman John Katko (R-N.Y.). House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below on today’s Committee approval of the bill: “The drug epidemic currently plaguing the United States is destroying lives, families, and... Read more

  • Goodlatte Applauds House Passage of Bill to Fight Human Trafficking
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The House of Representatives today approved by voice vote the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act (H.R. 2480). This bill, authored by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and a product of the House Judiciary Committee, ensures that state and local governments are able to obtain and use federal law enforcement grant funding for programs that combat human trafficking, including programs aimed at reducing demand for commercial sex. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assis... Read more

  • The House Acts to Curb Sanctuary City Policies
    Posted in Columns on June 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Kate Steinle, Sarah Root, Grant Ronnebeck – all three of these individuals were killed at the hands of individuals illegally present in the United States. This week, I participated in a roundtable at the White House where I heard from many who have lost loved ones as a result of crimes committed by unlawful immigrants. Any loss of life is tragic, but their deaths are especially devastating since they could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been enforced. For years, the lack of immi... Read more

  • Goodlatte: House Republicans are Delivering on Promise to Strengthen Immigration Enforcement
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Today, the House of Representatives will vote on two bills authored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee – the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004). In an op-ed in The Hill today, Congressman Goodlatte explains why the reforms contained in these two bills are needed now to save American lives. The House can bolster immigration enforcement by passing two bills The Hill By Rep. Bob Goodlatte | June 29, 2017 House Republica... Read more

  • Goodlatte Applauds House Passage of Kate’s Law
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The House of Representatives today approved Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) by a vote of 257-167. Authored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, this bill protects public safety by enhancing penalties for deported felons who return to the United States. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco by an unlawful immigrant who had previously been deported five times and was convicted of multiple felonies. Goodlatte praised House passage... Read more