Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Rep. Smith Leads House Effort for Legal Immigration Reform

Sep 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), held a press conference to announce the introduction of two bills to reform our legal immigration system: the Legal Workforce Act and the Immigration in National Interest Act. Rep. Smith plans to introduce the bills in the House on Friday.

Rep. Smith, the sponsor of the bills, was joined at the press conference by seven members of congress who have signed on as bill cosponsors: Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42), Rep. Steve King (IA-4), Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50), Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-1), Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10), Rep. Dave Brat (VA-7) and Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-19).

The Legal Workforce Act discourages illegal immigration and ensures jobs are protected for American workers. It would expand the E-Verify system to cover all new employees. The Immigration in the National Interest Act is the House companion to Senators Cotton and Perdue’s legal immigration bill, the RAISE Act, which protects American workers by prioritizing immigration based on those who have the skills to succeed, expand the economy, and create jobs.

Full video of the press conference

Text of Congressman Smith’s Opening Statement