The pro-enforcement movement has defeated amnesty attempts by both this and previous administrations. Whether it was the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform proposal or last yearís push for amnesty under the DREAM Act, time and again the American people have rejected calls to reward lawbreakers and put the interests of illegal workers ahead of the interests of American citizens and legal workers.
Thatís why Kondracke and others who support amnesty resort to name-calling and misrepresentations to attack supporters of the pro-enforcement approach to illegal immigration. They know the American people are overwhelmingly opposed to amnesty. Enforcing our immigration laws, not engaging in misleading partisan rhetoric, will ensure that the needs of citizens and legal workers are placed before the desires of lawbreakers.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.