Smith: President's Policies Should Put Americans First

Statement

By:  Lamar Smith
Date: Feb. 11, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today called on President Obama to put the American people first when it comes to his immigration policies. The President is expected to continue his push for amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants during his State of the Union Address tomorrow.

Congressman Smith: "The President claims that his policies will improve the economy and create jobs. But his rhetoric doesn't match his record. If the President was serious about creating jobs and spurring economic growth, amnesty for illegal immigrants would not be on his agenda.

"The President's plan to legalize all those in the U.S. illegally will make it easier for 11 million illegal immigrants to compete with hard-pressed American workers. That means fewer jobs for legal immigrants and unemployed Americans.

"American taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill for the overwhelming costs of amnesty. Under current law, once 11 million illegal immigrants receive probationary status, they will immediately have access to federal benefits like Social Security and Obamacare coverage. If we thought we had a problem with government spending before, just wait.

"Illegal immigration is a drain on the economy and amnesty is not the answer. As we've seen in the past, amnesty actually makes matters worse by providing an incentive for more immigrants to come to the U.S. illegally.

"America already admits one million legal immigrants every year, more than all other countries combined. That generosity should continue. But our immigration policies must put America and Americans first. Unfortunately, the President's policies put the interests of foreign citizens ahead of the interests of American citizens and legal immigrants."

Congressman Smith is the former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a current member of the immigration subcommittee.