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Congressman Lamar Smith Gets It On Immigration

Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX-21) said the immigration-reform principles floated by a bipartisan group of senators would reward lawbreakers, increase unemployment and push enormous new costs onto U.S. taxpayers.

Rep. Lamar Smith"When you legalize those who are in the country illegally, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration," Smith said in a brief statement. "By granting amnesty, the Senate proposal actually compounds the problem by encouraging more illegal immigration.”

Other than that, the Gang of Eight immigration plan is a great idea.

Smith, Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, is a former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the House Ethics Committee and currently serves on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee, and clearly gets it.

As The Hill noted, although the Senate immigration principles have been endorsed by a number of influential Republicans — including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) — Smith's remarks are a warning that opposition to such a move is still alive and well, particularly in the Republican-led House.

Smith, the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who now sits on the panel's Immigration subcommittee, did not spare his Republican colleagues in attacking the Senate blueprint. “No one should be surprised that individuals who have supported amnesty in the past still support amnesty," he said.

The “Gang of Eight” bill purports to be a comprehensive proposal featuring efforts to strengthen border security, bolster a guest-worker program and create a path to citizenship for the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants estimated to be living the in the United States.

However, whatever claims the Gang of Eight may make about their plan, the reality is the current immigration reform debate has wandered very far afield from harmonizing and updating our immigration policies, increasing border security or even liberal claims that we need a more “humanitarian” policy to allow blended families of legal and illegal immigrants to stay together. It is now all about raw politics, and as usual, establishment Republicans are getting it all wrong.

Establishment Republicans are hoping to repair their image with Hispanic voters ahead of the 2014 election by tossing aside the principles of the rule of law and the sacred trust U.S. citizenship bestows in favor of a crude form of public bribery that would trade citizenship for the ephemeral opportunity to obtain a few more Hispanic votes.

The folly of this will be clear when every Hispanic vote establishment Republicans pick-up is offset by the loss of two or three votes from voters who believe in the rule of law and finally throw up their hands in frustration and either stay home or bolt for a political movement that actually has some principles and will stick to them.

Lamar Smith

Too funny! Those votes that favor the rule of law over recognizing the stupidity of alienating the hispanic population are tea party votes that wold already be in that category. Should be interesting to see how many votes the Republican party can muster whn they don't get suppoort from hispanics, blacks, and moderates.

Immigration Reform

Reform foreigners back to Mexico or whereever they came from...NOW!  They havent cost us what they will cost us later in loss of our Rule of Law (the Constitution) or the drain on our Welfare System.  McCain needs to go with them!

Dot Pate

State Chairman, Constitution Party of Texas (R)

Immigration

Rep. Smith can expect very strong opposition in his next bid for re-election. We hear him loud and clear. Absent are any solutions from Rep. Smith  

It would serve Mr. Pate well to accept some facts, first these immigrants all work they pay taxes everytime they buy, the taxes & social security monies deducted from their paychecks they will never receive any benefits from it, talk about sacrafice. I'm guessing you meant to say return and not "reform back to Mexico", which of course is impractical if not impossible. White Americans want to have it both ways, many of these jobs they will not fill especially in agriculture & the service industry; ex. Las Vegas would come to a grinding halt. Americans will not man these jobs. Alabama expelled these illegals only to watch their crops rot. 

Do you honestly believe Casino owners are with you on this or any business that depend on this cheap available source of labor.

You wrap yourself with the constitution and neglect the fact that you too are a decendent of immigrants, how do we know whether they came here legally or not.  As a matter of fact if we go back far enough none of us did. Stop acting stupid.