Last updated on: 10/19/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Lamar Smith, JD Biography

Title:
US Congressman (R-TX)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“We will continue to welcome legal immigrants, but no nation can survive without secure borders. Illegal immigration threatens our homeland security, the stability of the economy, and the rule of law. Those who come to work illegally depress wages and use government benefits at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. And foreign worker programs only attract more illegal immigrants. No nation can protect its residents without knowing who is entering and why. Thousands of people continue to cross our borders illegally every day, instead of playing by the rules and coming into the country the right way. Immigration is an emotional, sensitive, complex subject. But Americans – citizens and legal immigrants alike – have every right to secure borders and a safe homeland.”

“Immigration and Border Security” Congressman Lamar Smith’s official website (accessed Sep. 7, 2007)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Congressman (R-TX), 1987-present
  • Ranking Republican Member, House Judiciary Committee
  • Member, Homeland Security, and Science & Technology Committees, US House of Representatives
  • Member, House Republican Steering Committee, US House of Representatives
  • Former Chairman, Ethics Committee, US House of Representatives
  • Former Member, Budget Committee, US House of Representatives
  • Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas, 1982-1985
  • State Representative, Texas House of Representatives, 1980-1982
  • Practicing attorney, 1975-1980
  • Financial writer, Christian Science Monitor, 1970-1972
  • Management Intern, US Small Business Administration, 1969-1970
Education:
  • JD, Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1975
  • BA, Yale University, 1969
Other:
  • Named 100 most influential people in Washington by National Journal
  • Named one of the nation’s top influencers and innovators by Fast Company Magazine
  • Received 73 percent of the vote in the 2002 election against college administrator John Courage
  • Received 62 percent of the vote in 2004 to defeat then-Democrat Rhett Smith
Quoted in:
  1. Should E-Verify Be Mandatory for All Employers?
  2. Does Illegal Immigration Disadvantage American Workers?