Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to implement President Trump’s executive orders on border security and immigration enforcement:

“I applaud President Trump and Secretary Kelly for taking the actions needed to help end the surge of illegal immigration at the Southwest border and restore the integrity of our immigration system. For the past eight years, the Obama Administration refused to enforce our laws and enacted policies that encouraged more illegal immigration. These actions were catastrophic: hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied minors and families attempted to illegally enter the United States, criminal aliens were allowed to roam our neighborhoods, and the rule of law was undermined. The Trump Administration has begun work to end the Obama Administration’s disastrous policies in order to ensure our immigration laws are actually enforced. I look forward to working with President Trump and Secretary Kelly to ensure they have the necessary tools to do this work and to take legislative action to make reforms permanent so that future administrations must also enforce our immigration laws.”