House Chairman Rejects Special Path to Citizenship

“The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday rejected the idea of giving immigrants in the U.S. illegally a special pathway to citizenship, and said the House must chart its own course on immigration even if it never results in a bill President Barack Obama can sign,” the AP reports.

“Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia also said at a town hall meeting in the Shenandoah Valley that he’ll do everything he can to ensure the House never takes up the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, which includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.”

Comprehensive Bills Don’t Work

“[L]awmakers are piling up more than big debts. They’ve also fallen in love with enacting big, “comprehensive” laws. Obamacare is the perfect example of this. It stretched across hundreds of pages and aimed to regulate about one-sixth of the entire economy. As an added inducement, lawmakers were told they should pass the bill even though they hadn’t read it,” says Matthew Spalding in National Review.

“There’s a pattern here, and we see it repeated in the ongoing debate over immigration reform. In June, the Senate passed a 1,200-page immigration bill on a Monday afternoon. Lawmakers had received their final copies of the measure only two days before, on Saturday.”

Rubio Has Low Profile in August

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has kept a low profile on the subject of immigration reform this month even while others in the Senate Gang of Eight pressure the House to act. Rubio has taken a hit in the polls and his aspirations to run for president in 2016 may be in danger because of his outspoken support for the controversial Senate immigration bill,” The Hill reported.

“Unlike other members of the Gang of Eight, Rubio has not held special events to tout the Senate immigration bill. Instead, he has focused on building grassroots support for an aggressive plan to threaten a government shutdown unless the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, is defunded.”

Owners of Car Wash Chain Indicted

“Top managers of Danny’s Family Car Wash knowingly rehired undocumented workers and helped some of them create new fictional identities, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday in a major Valley work-site immigration-enforcement case,” the Arizona Republic reports.

“A 78-count indictment, handed up after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation targeted 13 Danny’s car-wash locations over the weekend, alleges that location managers fired about 900 workers identified in a 2011 government audit as undocumented and then systematically rehired many of them under different names and shuffled them among sites to avoid detection.”