There is bound to be a great deal of excitement over House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte's (R-VA) latest interview, which is set to air Sunday with Telemundo according to Politico's top immigration reporter, Seung Min Kim. See her article: Bob Goodlatte pushes immigration reform, January 9.

Most encouraging is Goodlatte's statement that if interior enforcement is "up and operating" then he would support legal status for "people who are not lawfully here".

This could be a major breakthrough, and it could be evidence of two very positive developments. One could be that Republican leaders may be catching on more and more to the importance of the Latino and other minority vote in this year's election - not just in 2016.

The other is that more rational Republican leaders may be becoming less scared to take on the Neanderthal anti-immigrant and anti-minority Tea Party nut cases in their own party.

But, as always, it is essential to read statements by Goodlatte and other Republican leaders very carefully. Exactly how much interior enforcement {i.e. deportation) does Goodlatte want to see in place before legalization could happen?

Will there be enforcement "triggers"? If so, will they be reasonable ones, or impossible to achieve?

And most disturbing of all, Kim 's article reports that Goodlatte wants to give state and local authorities power to enforce the immigration laws, in effect overruling the 2012 Supreme Court decision in Arizona vs. US.

Does America really want to put Sheriff Joe Arpaio back in the anti-Latino persecution business and to reinstate Alabama's rejected and discredited immigration law?

Kim also reports that Goodlatte wants to tie the president's hands on "not enforcing" the law, i.e . granting administrative deferments or exemptions from deportation.

It is good to know that Republican leaders such as Goodlatte and Speaker John Boehner are talking reform in this election year. It could be an encouraging development.

But if reform is going to mean more GOP poison pills, Boehner's "principles" and Goodlatte's latest talk may not be as serious as we would like to think.