The Hill reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), will be leaving Congress to spend more time with his granddaughters.

Goodlatte has distinguished himself for introducing anti-immigrant legislation, including, recently, a bill that would allow state and local jurisdictions to enact their own immigration enforcement measures.

This would lead to passing state racial profiling immigration laws, such as Arizona's notorious SB 1070, in many parts of America. It would create a nightmare, not only for immigrants who may be without legal status in the United States, but for almost anyone whose appearance does not happen to fit in with that of the white majority Americans in the GOP base whom this bill is meant to pander to.

This column extends best wishes to Chairman Goodlatte for a very happy retirement and congratulates the young ladies on being able to spend more time with their grandfather.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants, from many different parts of the world, obtain work visas and and green cards for more than 35 years His email address is