Goodlatte says he will introduce an immigration reform bill today

Goodlatte says he will introduce an immigration reform bill today

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is the lead sponsor of The Securing America's Future Act

WASHINGTON- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in a Wednesday morning tweet announced that later today he will introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Goodlatte and fellow GOP co-sponsors Reps. Michael McCaul (Texas), Raul Labrador (Idaho), and Martha McSally (Ariz.) teased the legislation in a Tuesday Wall Street Journal op-ed.

The legislation, according to the Journal article, would allocate funds for the construction of a wall along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border as well provide money for technological advances designed to enhance security. Funds for 10,000 additional border and customs patrol officers also would be provided.

The legislation seeks to end chain-migration and the diversity lottery.  The Department of Justice would be authorized to withhold grants from jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The legislation would allow recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) to apply for three-year renewable status.

Goodlatte was included Tuesday’s bipartisan-bicameral White House meeting with President Donald Trump in which lawmakers discussed a path forward on DACA.

Trump during the meeting referenced Goodlatte’s bill and suggested that the administration favorably views the measure.

The legislation reportedly has the backing of House GOP leaders.

The DACA program expires on March 5.

Several DACA bills are under consideration.

The debate over DACA comes as lawmakers are attempting to negotiate a comprehensive budget agreement. The government will run out of money at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 19 if Congress does not pass some sort of spending bill. Many Democrats have said they will not vote for a spending bill that does not include a DACA fix.

Republican congressional leaders have said DACA should be kept separate from appropriations.

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