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Congressman Jason Smith

Representing the 8th District of Missouri

Capitol Report: Senate Immigration Reform is Amnesty

Jun 28, 2013
Weekly Capitol Report

This week the United States Senate passed a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. In my view, the Senate’s immigration bill does not adequately secure our borders and it grants amnesty to people who knowingly break the law. I do not support the Senate amnesty bill and I am working to ensure it does not come to a vote in the House of Representatives.

My view on immigration is simple and has not changed:

  • I am opposed to amnesty in any and all forms.
  • I do not believe Congress can even begin to talk about immigration reform without first securing the borders.
  • I believe Congress must ensure that anyone who is here illegally is not receiving government benefits.
  • I believe a pathway to citizenship already exists for people who follow the law and special treatment should not be given to those who have knowingly broken the law.

The House of Representatives has a much different approach to immigration reform than the 1,000 page amnesty bill passed in the Senate. The House is focused on securing our borders. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I voted for legislation that will provide a strong enforcement strategy and strengthen the security of our country. The Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act, also known as the SAFE Act, grants state and local law enforcement officials the authority to enforce federal immigration laws. It also strengthens national security, protects American communities from dangerous criminal aliens, improves visa security, aids U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in doing their jobs, and strengthens border security.

Like many of you, I am concerned about the U.S. Senate’s controversial immigration bill. In contrast to the SAFE Act, the U.S. Senate’s bill lacks border security and allows amnesty for illegal aliens. I oppose the Senate’s comprehensive approach to immigration reform. Please know I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to protect our Nation’s borders, oppose amnesty for people who have knowingly broken the law and promote stronger immigration policy.