On Friday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a memo home with other House Republicans to help them deal with questions on immigration reform. Titled the “Immigration Resource Kit,” the package summarizes the various bills proposed in the House, as well as op-eds and scripts for public exchanges. The memo states, according to Politico, “House Republicans are currently discussing a way forward on how to provide legal status to unlawful immigrants living in our country.” It also says, “solutions may vary.”
Op-eds are included from the pro-immigration reform groups Americans for Tax Reform, the American Action Forum, the American Conservative Union, and the Southern Baptist Convention. An article is included that subtly critiques FreedomWorks and Club for Growth for not getting involved in the immigration reform effort, and points out that those groups have backed primary challenges.
The memo does include a 10-point critique of the Gang of Eight immigration bill that passed through the Senate. “This August,” a House Judiciary Committee aide told Politico, “members will go home to their districts to listen to their constituents on immigration reform, as well as other important issues. It is important for members to receive feedback from the American people on immigration reform.”