Statement from Rep. Lamar Smith

Congressman Smith: "We still have a long way to go both in the House and the Senate. I expect that when Members see the actual legislative language, there are going to be a lot of legitimate questions. We need to make sure that we give Congress and the American people time to review and weigh in on the proposal.  Any immigration reform bill should honor three principles:  1) secure the border and increase interior enforcement; 2) put the interests of American workers first; and 3) give preference to immigrants who have played by the rules and waited their turn in line over those who are in our country illegally.


"When I talk to constituents in my District, it is clear that the majority are opposed to the President's call for amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.  They understand amnesty costs hard-working American taxpayers millions of dollars and hard-pressed American workers thousands of jobs.  As we've learned from the past, amnesty only encourages more illegal immigration. Congress should oppose policies like amnesty that put the interests of lawbreakers above U.S. citizens and legal immigrants."


Congressman Smith is the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and current chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  He serves on the Immigration Subcommittee.