Comment: Gowdy on Immigration -
Representative Trey Gowdy was recently selected as the Chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. While this, at first, might seem like a step backwards when it comes to CIR due to his hardline stance on immigration, it is important to take a closer look at how his selection as chairman might not be all that bad.

Gowdy has outwardly criticized President Obama's efforts to help undocumented youths and has also co-sponsored a bill that bars the Department of Justice from suing any state that passes anti-immigration policies similar to those of Arizona. However, Gowdy is member of the Southern Baptist Church. The Southern Baptist Convention has endorsed the DREAM Act. He has stated, " in my district, what's said from the pulpit carries a lot of weight in terms of how we define morality." Gowdy's moral values play a part in his empathy towards immigrants who have come to the United States in hopes of finding a better life.

Additionally, he disputes the claim that undocumented immigrants are detrimental to the nation's economy. Instead, he admits that undocumented immigrants are unable to gain employment, particularly mentioning farm workers in his Upstate South Carolina district. This lack of gainful employment, Gowdy says, is one of the reasons that enabling undocumented immigrants to work legally is essential.

Gowdy will, needless to note, play an important role in immigration reform which is said to be a top priority for the House Judiciary Committee in the 113th Congress. As the House immigration subcommittee is largely concerned with issues revolving around citizenship rights and border security, Gowdy's role as the chairman will be a major determining factor in regard to the speed and efficiency with which immigration reform will take place. Share your thoughts by writing to

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