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For more now on the future of immigration form reform the latest on the in this a leaking scandal were joined by the House Judiciary Committee chairman congressman Bob good -- All of Virginia mr.
chairman good to have you with this let me first ask you for your a valuation.
You are -- already -- -- forward.
Standalone bills -- the -- Act which is the agricultural guest worker program the legal workforce act which is.
Employer verification of those hired the skills -- for high skilled immigration which is an even being discussed on the other side of of the hill.
And the safe act out.
How how confident are you that.
We're going to see sensible.
Reform emerge from the house and the senate this this year.
Well I feel very good about -- -- fact that you mentioned last.
-- -- -- something that is not being dealt with in the senate in any significant way and that is interior enforcement.
35 to 40% of the people who are.
Unlawfully present in the country entered legally so fixing the border is certainly.
Part of our agenda in the house but that doesn't cover the problem because once you're in on a student visa visitor visa business visa visa waiver.
And you don't have interior enforcement involving state and local government involving.
Other measures that prohibit the president from basically flipping a switch and not even enforcing.
Aspects of our immigration laws -- happens today you're not addressing the problem so senator crews made some good points in the remarks you just broadcast and -- -- attempting to go in a very different direction in the house where we fix all of these problems.
As we address the overall -- agree.
You're incremental approach and I should point out that you -- in congress entry -- A leading the way on the safe -- It is taking on the issues that matter most they are the elemental.
Issues if you will of illegal immigration into this country and it's I think and and at this point.
How confident are you that you're going to have the leadership support and the support.
-- the house.
We think that we have gotten a very good response.
From our rank and file members in the house and our leadership on the step by step approach.
That we're taking and I feel very good about producing.
Good solid legislation that addresses these problems.
Before we jump to the conclusions about what kind of legal status should be given to people who are not legally.
Present -- United States so we're gonna start that process in terms of mark ups very soon we'll have an announcement on that very soon.
And we're gonna pursue it aggressively but we don't feel like we're bound by a timetable we're -- we're bound by getting it right.
And getting a grind involves for your committee.
Obviously the NSA you've been briefed upon what is going on there the leaker.
Edwards -- not like to get your characterization if you will of what is what has occurred and what is occurring.
And this young man.
And his role.
And I'd also like to hear tomorrow you're going to have a classified meeting with.
Robert Mueller the head of the of the FBI.
Essentially what -- -- -- Actually we had the classified briefing yesterday.
With the deputy director of the FBI the deputy.
Attorney general and two the deputy director of the National Security Agency.
And we had a few hundred.
House members present for that briefing which I conducted.
But tomorrow will be on the record with the director of the FBI.
And so while there'll be some things that are classified if you will not be able to discuss I think it will be an opportunity for him.
To answer questions from members about the scope of the authority.
Of the FBI under the the laws as they are written including the Patriot Act.
And to explain.
How these programs not work or do not work to apprehend terrorists and others that.
Are obviously people that we want to.
Have out of circulation who are -- great risks in our society.
And then the congress is gonna have to weigh that against.
Increased knowledge that the public has and a lot of members of congress now have.
About the information that the government has gathered so that they can investigate these matters and whether they are indeed protecting.
Innocent US citizens from violations of there.
Constitutional rights you know and I'm mr.
chairman I want apologize -- for saying that it was classified iPhone or was it is an open hearing obviously as you say.
In the mind alike because we want to see and hear as much as possible what was happening but.
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