Key House chairman slams Senate immigration bill

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 | Finance News

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee chairman says a wide-ranging immigration bill just passed by a Senate committee falls far short of what is needed to end the problem of illegal immigration.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte also says the bill is unlikely to secure the border and may just repeat mistakes made in 1986, the last time Congress passed a sweeping immigration bill.

The comments from the Virginia Republican came at a hearing Wednesday a day after the Senate Judiciary Committee passed sweeping legislation on a bipartisan vote to offer eventual citizenship to millions.

Goodlatte's comments underscored difficulties ahead in getting the House and Senate to agree on any immigration measure that could reach President Barack Obama's desk.

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