Smith: Amnesty Kills American Jobs

Statement

By:  Lamar Smith
Date: Feb. 12, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today issued the below statement in response to President Obama's continued calls for amnesty.

Congressman Smith: "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. More than 12 million Americans are looking for work; meanwhile eight million illegal immigrants have jobs in the U.S. Amnesty means fewer jobs for legal immigrants and unemployed Americans."

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