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January 29, 2013 8:35 AM
Rep. Lamar Smith: Senators' immigration plan won't pass the House
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Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith (R-TX), predicted that the bipartisan immigration reform championed by the “Gang of Eight” would fail to pass Congress, and that the House could act as a firewall.

“It is not inevitable,” Smith told Laura, “I don’t think it’s going to happen for lots of different reasons.”

He dismissed the notion that there was significant Republican movement towards amnesty. “The same individuals who have been for amnesty in the past are for amnesty today. I don’t see any surge in converts to the idea that we should legalize everyone in the country.”

Smith claimed that opposition to the plan would stem from the fact that “it’s going to cost taxpayers when they become eligible for government benefits, it’s going to cost Americans their jobs… I don’t see much good for Americans, for individuals in this country today….“

He projected that “The large majority of Republicans, and some Democrats as well, will oppose amnesty to virtually everybody in the country illegally.”

“I certainly don’t see a majority of the House voting for mass amnesty.” Smith stated firmly, “Maybe the House is going to be the firewall here.”

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