Senate Immigration Bill Helps Illegal Immigrants, Not Americans

Floor Speech

By:  Lamar Smith
Date: May 20, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, sometimes it's hard to believe that the immigration debate is taking place in the United States of America.

Those who favor the Senate immigration bill talk a lot about helping foreign workers and undocumented immigrants, but you never hear them talk about helping American workers and American taxpayers. They can't, because the immigration bill will cost many American workers their jobs or decrease their wages. That's what happens when you give work permits to 10 million illegal immigrants.

As for the cost of additional government services, the American taxpayer picks up that bill--about $43 billion every year.

The air is coming out of the Senate bill fast. It doesn't secure the border, and it hurts American workers and taxpayer