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Rep. Lamar Smith vows to defeat Amnesty in the House

From Daily Caller…

Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday that the immigration reform plan pushed by the bipartisan Gang of Eight in the Senate is unlikely to pass the House of Representatives.

“It is not inevitable,” Smith said on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “I don’t think it’s going to happen for lots of good reasons.”

“This is nothing new, the same individuals who have been for amnesty in the past are for amnesty today. That shouldn’t surprise anybody,” he said, explaining he hasn’t seen a surge of new support for the idea “that we should legalize everyone in the country.”

“Why don’t we do what is good for America, what is good for American taxpayers, and American citizens,” he added. “Yes what they proposed is good for citizens of other countries, but that shouldn’t be our priority, as much as we welcome them, and we do welcome them — 1 million legal immigrants a year, as many as every other country combined.”

Smith stressed that America is a “generous country” and “welcoming nation,” but noted that there are proper channels to enter legally.