WASHINGTON (AP) - A soft-spoken conservative from Virginia is emerging as a central player on immigration as the issue nears a critical juncture on Capitol Hill.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte took over chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee this year. Last week, immigration activists were alarmed when he announced his committee will consider the immigration issue piece-by-piece, instead of starting with a single sweeping bill like the Senate is doing.
Some advocates fear this could drag the issue out interminably. But Goodlatte says he thinks it's the best way to craft a good product involving lawmakers from the ground up.
Goodlatte also sees the potential for common ground on the contentious issue of legalizing the 11 million immigrants now here illegally.
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