Action Item: Stop the Goodlatte Immigration Bill

FOCUS:  Immigration & Migrant Families
GOAL: Kill the Goodlatte immigration bill in the House
DEADLINE: Thursday, 6/21



The House may vote on a very conservative immigration bill sponsored by Rep. Goodlatte (R-Virgina), the “H.R.4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018.” According to an article on Vox, the bill includes the following:

Much narrower legalization, with no access to green cards or citizenship, for DACA recipients … only temporary legal status for some unauthorized immigrants who came to the US as children … they won’t have access to applying for citizenship … and it’s very easy to lose legal status once they have it. (Immigrants can lose their status, for example, if their income dips for too long below 125 percent of the poverty line.)

Criminalizing visa overstays … Immigration hawks want to … make it easier to punish and deport the 40 to 50 percent of unauthorized immigrants who came on visas.

Deep cuts to family-based immigration — and minimal increases to employer-based immigration. The summary of Goodlatte’s bill brags that it would ultimately cut overall legal immigration by 25 percent — 260,000 fewer legal immigrants a year. It would do this by eliminating the diversity visa lottery and most existing categories of family-based immigration, including parents and adult unmarried children of US citizens. (Parents of US citizens would be eligible for renewable visas.) And it would expand employer-based green cards by fewer than 50,000 a year.

And the compromise bill includes many similarly distasteful things including cuts to legal immigration, an asylum crackdown, and a promise of $25billion for the blasted wall.

These are no good.



Call your U.S. Reps


I am a concerned voting constituent from [ CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE ] and I am calling to ask the representative to vote NO on the Goodlatte bill, HR 4760, as well as on the compromise bill. These bills unfairly target black and brown immigrants and eliminate the diversity visa which will affect immigrants from African countries.

1. Reach MOCs via the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
2. Look up your elected senators and reps.
3. Use Faxzero to send free faxes from your computer to your Senator or Congressperson.
4. Use Resistbot to send faxes to your senators right from your phon.: Text the word “RESIST” to 50409.



And here’s a quick list of some of the things in the Goodlatte bill:

  • This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise immigrant visa allocation provisions, including family-related visas. A nonimmigrant classification for parents of adult U.S. citizens is created.
  • The diversity visa program is eliminated.
  • Annual immigration levels are revised.
  • The limit on the worldwide level of employment-based immigrants is increased.
  • The H-2C visa temporary agricultural worker program is revised. A trust fund is established to provide incentives for such workers to return to their country of origin.
  • DNA testing to establish family relationships is authorized.
  • Employment eligibility verification provisions are revised. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall establish an employment verification system.
  • No federal, state, or local government entity or individual may prohibit or restrict a federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with the immigration laws or assisting related federal law enforcement activities.
  • The bill revises provisions regarding: (1) detention of aliens in removal proceedings; (2) illegal entry and reentry; (3) inadmissibility and deportability of criminal aliens, gang members, drunk drivers, and sex offenders; (4) repatriation; (5) asylum and asylum fraud; (6) unaccompanied alien children; (7) foreign students; and (8) visa fraud.
  • The bill: (1) transfers authority for strengthening the southern border from the Department of Justice to DHS; (2) revises border security provisions; (3) provides for additional border security personnel; (4) authorizes new ports of entry along the northern border and southern borders; (5) authorizes National Guard border security activities; (6) provides contingent nonimmigrant status for certain aliens who entered the United States as minors; (7) authorizes appropriations for specified border barriers and infrastructure; and (8) establishes Operation Stonegarden to make border security grants to law enforcement agencies.
  • DHS shall: (1) submit a southern border threat analysis, (2) establish the Integrated Border Enforcement Team program, (3) implement the Border Security Deployment Program, (4) review social media activities of visa applicants, and (5) establish a biometric exit data system.