Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says his party “missed an opportunity” on immigration by not holding a vote on his legislation to reform U.S. visa laws.
By passing his bill, Chaffetz said House Republicans could have put pressure on Democrats to take a step on immigration. He also argued it would show the GOP is not opposed to making some changes to immigration policy.
Democrats and the White House, Chaffetz noted, have opposed the bill because they argue Congress should take up more comprehensive immigration reform.
“It's frustrating, I want to do it right now,” he said. “I have stood up in our conferences. I have talked to my colleagues, I have implored them to please take this up sooner rather than later.”
Chaffetz’s bill would eliminate ceilings on the number of visas that can be given to immigrants from a specific country.
Please watch the video clip above to hear Chaffetz talk about his frustrations.