Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to the Senate's passage of legislation that gives amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants.
Congressman Smith: "The Senate has chosen to put illegal immigrants and foreign workers ahead of the interests of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants. The Senate bill does not secure the border. And it does not support effective interior enforcement of our immigration laws. Instead, it rewards lawbreakers by legalizing millions of illegal immigrants almost immediately. Meanwhile, those who played by the rules and followed the law are forced to continue to wait in line.
"America has the most generous immigration system in the world, admitting one million legal immigrants each year. While we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. And we have the right to expect that those who come to the U.S. do so legally.
"Amnesty will not stop illegal immigration. As we've seen in the past, it only encourages more illegal immigration. Unfortunately, the Senate bill does not fix the problem. By offering amnesty, it only makes matters worse.
"The Senate has failed to protect American taxpayers and workers. The House should reject this bill and instead support immigration policies that put the interests of American workers and taxpayers first."