Immigration activists target Goodlatte fundraiser

Immigration reform activists plan to protest Wednesday evening outside a Silicon Valley fundraiser for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, asking guests to pressure Goodlatte to address House GOP leaders’ reticence on the issue.

Bob GoodlatteThe 5:30 p.m. protest near the Los Altos Hills home of Oracle Chief Financial Officer Safra Catz is organized by Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN); SEIU United Service Workers West; United Farm Workers Foundation; Student Advocates for Higher Education; and Youth United for Community Action.

“Workers in Silicon Valley and throughout the Bay Area have been calling for reform – from the tech workers and entrepreneurs in the Peninsula to farmworkers in the fields, workers call for reform that provides a pathway to citizenship, families to be reunited, and strong worker protections,” said the news release announcing the protest. “Will Goodlatte listen?”

House Republican leaders in late January rolled out a statement of principles for pursuing immigration reform, but within days were saying it’s not likely to happen this year.

Goodlatte’s website says he has “strongly advocated for immigration reform that focuses on enforcement and upholding the rule of law, including elimination of enforcement waivers that have been abused by previous and current Administrations.

“To be clear, any immigration reform proposal must first guarantee that our immigration laws are enforced both at the border and within the United States,” Goodlatte wrote. “I remain opposed to amnesty, as I always have been. I do not support a special pathway to citizenship that rewards those who have broken our immigration laws.”

The fundraiser for Goodlatte, R-Va., is organized through TechNet, a tech industry lobbying group; tickets cost from $10,000 to $40,000. Goodlatte is being challenged in this June’s GOP primary by Paul Bevington, a libertarian-leaning high school teacher.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    I strongly favor a pathway back to Mexico.

  • JohnW

    Path is wide open to you. Godspeed.

  • Elwood

    I am a native born citizen. Here is my handy, dandy immigration policy:

    If you’re not here, don’t come. If you’re not a citizen go home. Aid will be provided to help you achieve this goal How many jobs would be created for US citizens if we could deport 11 million illegals?

    Unemployment would fall to near zero.

  • Elwood

    109 New US Residents found in stash house!

    Bienvenidos to the new dimmiecrat voters!


  • annjohns

    Get a load of this….
    This is the deserving DACA “Dreamer”?

  • Willis James

    There is a element of the Republican stance that has some logic.

    I am not opposed to what some call “amnesty”, how ever I can agree with the insistence that “To be clear, any immigration reform proposal must first guarantee that our immigration laws are enforced both at the border and within the United States,”

    In other words, if we pass the comprehensive reform that is being called for, what do we have to trust that it will be enforced?

    Specifically, workplace enforcement, for the hundreds of thousands of subsequent undocumented arrivals who will come after enactment.
    Everyone knows the majority of the illegal flow will continue, so what enforcement will be in place to ensure those hundreds of thousands won’t be hired?

    I look at the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, (which I support) and see a completely mixed up management. I can only expect the roll-out and enforcement of a huge immigration reform package would be far worse.

    Honestly I don’t think there would be any substantial enforcement in any but the largest companies. Any company with 250 or less employees would just do business as usual.

    Janet Yellen, the new head of the Fed, said today, she was still very concerned about employment where even of those employed, over 5 percent are working part time when they want full time work.
    The real unemployment is well over the advertised 6.5%… First you add on that 5% who can’t find full time, then you add on all those who have given up, and very easily you are up to 15% or more.
    If you further look at those with a high school or less education, they are over 20% “real” unemployment. Yet that is the very type of worker that the new immigration bill intends to increase in supply.

    The Democratic Party seems unconcerned about the lower educated and lower skilled American citizens and legal residents.
    I don’t like the Republican attitude, but I don’t trust the Democrats either.

    Once passed, there will be new cries to stop deporting even newly arrived undocumented. Just you watch. It will be a combination of minimal enforcement at the workplace and changes that will make deportations very difficult.

    The progressives will join hands with the Chamber of Commerce and the outcome will be a mess.

    If I thought there would be future enforcement, I’d give amnesty to everyone today, regardless of when they arrived.
    But without a much stronger enforcement provision I rather have no bill.

    Think about that lower skilled, lower educated, long time citizen or legal resident who can barely find work now. What will his prospects be if we allow a million newly arriving unskilled workers to compete with him?
    That guy is left out of these discussions and protests.

    No one gives a damn about him. Not even the worker loving Democrats.
    He has been abandoned, then gets thrown crumbs like a higher minimum wage.
    Nice to get $10.10 a hour instead of $8.00…. IF you can find a job!

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Hey there fellas and gals! How come we seldom read about conservative “activists” picketing somebody virtually every day? Is it because unions have lots of idle members or conservatives have lives outside politics?

  • JohnW

    Whoa there, RR! I believe you can find a picketing activist or two among the Tea Party set.

  • JohnW

    One picketing activist who is not claimed by Conservatives or Liberals has just died. Fred Phelps of Westboro Church fame. May he NOT rest in peace.

  • SouthofCincy

    Conservative ‘activists’ often travel and ‘protest’ on their own dime – many sacrificing work days. Oh, and don’t forget that the main stream media (local and national) IGNORES press releases about these kinds of events.

  • Elwood

    Many conservatives are burdened by a thing called a job and family commitments. Doesn’t leave a lot of time for demonstrating.