Lamar Smith, JD, US Representative (R-TX), in a Jan. 26, 2010 statement, "Illegal Immigration Hurts Lower Skilled Citizens and Legal Immigrants," available at the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee website, stated:

“The fact is that illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers, particularly poor and disadvantaged citizens and legal immigrants. The best outcome for low-skilled citizen and legal immigrant workers is the removal of the illegal immigrant population. The very jobs that illegal immigrants occupy rightfully belong to out of work citizens and legal immigrants.

With 15 million Americans out of work, we need to enforce immigration laws and oppose amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants. We must stand up for citizens and legal immigrants.”

Jan. 26, 2010