"He did not disclose details but emphasized the need to resolve the status of people living in the country illegally."
What exactly is this great need? Many of these illegals have been here illegally for over a decade. Why exactly does their status have to now be resolved? What are the overwhelming benefits that will accrue to this country once the illegals status is resolved? I can't really think of any. Some might say that they can start paying taxes, but the reality is that most of them will actually be eligible for the earned income tax credit -- i.e. they will actually pay negative taxes.
Legalization will only allow the illegals greater and easier access to the copious array of welfare and other benefits our country provides. Yes the defacto amnesty given to us by a Government unwilling to enforce their own laws is bad, but legalization (AKA amnesty) will be far worse. Mr. Goodlatte, how about resolving their status by prosecuting and deporting the offenders rather than by rewarding them for their crimes?