Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4) who represents much of the Upstate in the US House of Representatives, has been named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Gowdy received the appointment from House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.
Gowdy spent a good portion of his first term in the House investigating the Fast and Furious scandal along the U.S.-Mexico border, which eventually led to finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
The appointment puts Gowdy in a key position to navigate one of the most impotant issues facing the Republican Party heading into the next election cycle. Republicans performed woefully among Latinos in the November election, with Barack Obama getting 71 percent of the vote compared to Mitt Romney's 27 percent.
Greg Siskind of Immigration Law and Policy criticized Gowdy's selection, saying, "it certainly sends the signal that the GOP is not serious about immigration reform."