Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith: Amnesty is Not the Answer

Jun 30, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to pursue amnesty by executive action.

Congressman Smith: “When it comes to the crisis on the border, President Obama has no one to blame but himself.  He is the one who promised amnesty to illegal immigrant minors already in the U.S.  As a result, tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors are now flooding across the border.  Why are they coming? Because of the promise of legalization and amnesty that President Obama advocates.

“It is laughable that President Obama now is trying to point the finger at House Republicans.  We’re the ones who have been calling for border security rather than amnesty.  The President insists that the Senate amnesty bill will improve our immigration system.  But amnesty is not the answer. 

“As we’ve seen in the past, amnesty only encourages more illegal immigration.  We saw it after the ’86 amnesty.  Congress legalized three million illegal immigrants.  And what happened?  More illegal immigrants came to the U.S.  There are now 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., and an estimated seven million working here illegally. 

“The Founders in Constitution gave Congress the right to establish immigration laws – not the President.  His job is to enforce the laws enacted by Congress.  We don’t need amnesty.  We need border security.  And we need a President who will enforce all of our nation’s immigration laws, not just a select few. 

“If the President insists on enacting amnesty by executive order, he will undoubtedly face a lawsuit and will find himself, once again, on the wrong side of the Constitution and the law.”