Smith: Immigration Laws Aren't Broken, They Just Aren't Enforced

Statement

By:  Lamar Smith
Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's call for amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Congressman Smith: "The President's message to the American people is the wrong one. This Administration ignores what is really broken -- our fiscal future.

"Our immigration laws aren't broken, they just aren't enforced. According to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, the Border Patrol only has control of 44% of the southern border. That's a failing grade.

"Meanwhile, worksite enforcement efforts have plummeted, making it easier for illegal immigrants to take scarce jobs from legal workers. Under the Obama administration worksite enforcement is down 70%.

"We've been down this road before with politicians promising to enforce the law in return for amnesty. And then after the amnesty, they fail to make good on the enforcement promises. The American people should not be fooled. 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."

Congressman Smith is the former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and serves on the immigration subcommittee.