Rep. Lamar Smith
Rep. Lamar Smith


Appearing on a San Antonio radio station, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith made clear what he thinks of the Obama Administration's new policy to prioritize deportation cases, allowing non-criminal illegal aliens to stay in the country and apply for work permits. Rep. Smith called the policy an "amnesty" and said the new actions will supercede court orders.

"This is clearly amnesty," Rep. Smith said on WOAI News Radio. "It is clearly circumventing the right of Congress to try to implement policy."

Rep. Smith said that Pres. Obama is trying to make up for not trying to move an amnesty bill through Congress when Democrats controls both chambers of Congress.

"[Pres. Obama] believes in a super-powerful, centralized federal government and that is what he wants whether or not Congress goes along and whether or not the American people go along. ... That’s fine if you don’t live in a democracy. It’s not fine in the United States of America where he has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and the law and not just to pick and choose which laws to enforce. He needs, as president of the United States, to make sure all laws are faithfully executed and that is really troublesome."

Rep. Smith said Congress has two options to stop the new policy. It can hold oversight hearings or defund the agencies, but he said the best solution is to elect a president that won't provide amnesty through executive actions.

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Updated: Mon, Aug 22nd 2011 @ 2:37pm EDT