Rep. Gowdy selected to head key immigration committee

Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced Tuesday that Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former South Carolina prosecutor who was part of the GOP freshman wave of 2010, will head the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which opposes plans to legalize the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants, said Gowdy’s appointment means the GOP isn’t about to cave in on Immigration Reform.

Gowdy opposed the Obama administration’s decision to grant deferred deportations to some young illegal immigrants. He co-sponsored a law titled the “Prohibiting Back-door Amnesty Act” aimed at reversing that decision. And he co-sponsored a bill that would have stopped the Department of Justice from suing states such as Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina that passed tough illegal immigration laws.

Source: USA Today