Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith: Nothing Extreme About Border Solutions Americans Support

Aug 1, 2014
Press Release
“Given the choice to stand with the president or the American people, I’d choose to stand on the side of the American people any day”

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement in response to statements made by President Obama characterizing a House border package as ‘extreme.'

Congressman Lamar Smith: “There’s nothing extreme about the House bills with border solutions Americans support. Recent polling shows that many Americans support specific provisions within our bill, and an overwhelming majority do not think the president is doing a good job of handling immigration issues. Given the choice to stand with the president or the American people, I’d choose to stand on the side of the American people any day.  

“The House bills contain strong language to address the border crisis. The crisis was created when the president issued an executive order to allow almost a million illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. The House stayed in town to address these issues before the August work period. The Senate should come back and do its job. And the president should focus on enforcing current immigration laws rather than threatening new actions outside of his authority.

“It is a shame the president has refused to take responsibility for his actions that created this crisis, and that he has refused to halt the border surge by enforcing current immigration laws. Contrary to his oath of office to enforce laws, he has given amnesty to almost a million illegal immigrants in the U.S. And he has repeatedly threatened to take even more unlawful actions to expand amnesty and make the current border problems worse. The only actions he should take in the coming weeks are to enforce current immigration laws and reverse his policies that got us into this mess in the first place.”  

The House package includes language authored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) that Rep. Smith cosponsored last week. That bill would end the expansion of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. It would also close loopholes in existing laws and allow Central American minors to be treated the same as Canadian and Mexican minors with regard to expedited deportations.

Smith recently sent a letter to President Obama listing actions he could immediately take to improve the situation along the border. The letter was signed by all 24 Texas Republican Members of the House of Representatives and both Senators.