Rep. Trey Gowdy to Head House Immigration Subcommittee -

Rep. Trey Gowdy to Head House Immigration Subcommittee Staff

Representative Trey Gowdy has been announced as the newly appointed head of the United States House of Representatives Immigration Subcommittee.

A prominent opponent of illegal immigration, Representative Trey Gowdy, has been chosen by House leaders to head the immigration subcommittee, a role considered to be integral on the debates for reforming the nation’s immigration laws.

It was announced last Tuesday by incoming House Judiciary Chairman Representative Bob Goodlatte that former South Carolina prosecutor, Representative Trey Gowdy, will head the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

Mitt Romney expressed his hard stance on illegal immigration throughout the presidential campaign which has prompted GOP members to advocate for a more moderate stance on immigration. However, the appointment of Gowdy, known for being hawkish on immigration issues, indicates that the GOP is not backing away from their tough immigration stance.

It was Rep. Gowdy who strongly opposed the decision to allow deferred deportation of illegal immigrants who are 21 years of age or younger.  The Prohibiting Back-door Amnesty Act was co-sponsored by Gowdy in an attempt to reverse the decision of the Obama administration on deferred deportations.

He also co-sponsored another bill aimed at protecting the states of Alabama, South Carolina, and Arizona from being sued by the Department of Justice over their tough immigration legislation. NumbersUSA, an organization aiming to decrease both legal and illegal immigration, gave Gowdy a grade of A- for his efforts.

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