Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) delivered a one-minute speech on the House floor today, touting a recent poll from the Washington Post and ABC News reflecting voter views on amnesty. When asked if they would be more or less likely to support a candidate who supports a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, the poll found that registered voters who would be less likely to support a candidate outnumbered those who would be more likely by a 39-to-27 margin.
Here is the text from Rep. Smith's speech:
The American people continue to oppose amnesty. And they are putting their Member of Congress on notice.
A Washington Post-ABC national survey released last week shows that 39% of registered voters are less likely and only 27% more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who supports a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.
There is even less support for amnesty among self-described Independents. 41% are less likely and only 28% more likely to back a candidate for Congress who favors a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Considering the media bias in favor of amnesty, these are astounding figures.
And according to the poll, a supermajority of Republicans, 60%, claim that they are less likely to support a candidate who favors amnesty. This stands in stark contrast to the meager 14% of GOP voters who want their candidate to confer citizenship on those here illegally.
We should listen to the voters, not amnesty proponents.
On Wednesday, a group of Irish-Americans will be meeting with House GOP Members urging them to support legalization and work permits for illegal aliens.
Updated: Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 8:13am EDT