Congressman Smith delivered the below statement on the House floor today criticizing the Senate's amnesty proposal.
Congressman Smith: "The Senate's immigration proposal contains a fatal flaw. It legalizes almost everyone in the country illegally, also known as amnesty, before it secures the border.
"As a result, the Senate proposal issues an open invitation to enter the country illegally. Millions more will do so before the border is secure. The Senate proposal will dramatically increase illegal immigration.
"The non-partisan Government Accountability Office found that only six percent of the U.S.-Mexico border is under "full control' of the Border Patrol.
"And 40 percent of all illegal immigrants are visa overstayers. Yet the Senate proposal legalizes almost everyone in the country before a system is set up to identify individuals who overstay their visas.
"The Senate proposal amounts to amnesty first, border security later, if ever. It is fatally flawed."