Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Smith Praises RAISE Act

Aug 2, 2017
Press Release
Representative to Introduce House Version

Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue’s (R-GA) introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. Senators Cotton and Perdue announced the introduction of legislation to reform our legal immigration system Wednesday morning with President Trump at the White House.

Rep. Smith: “Each year one million legal immigrants are admitted to the United States. Our immigration system is the most generous in the world. However, our current system fails to prioritize immigration based on skills and abilities. Less than 15 percent of green card holders are admitted based on education and skills. Existing immigration policies do not prioritize the interests of American workers and taxpayers.

“The RAISE Act ensures that our legal immigration system admits those with the highest training and abilities to spur economic growth and innovation. These reforms make sure that our immigration policies protect hard-working Americans.

“I thank Senators Cotton and Perdue for introducing the RAISE Act. We’ve been working with the senators for months on this effort and I plan to introduce the House companion bill soon. We appreciate President Trump’s support of this legislation and his help in fulfilling the pledge we made to make our immigration laws better serve America.”