Lamar Smith says he will stay away from controversial immigration policy for time being

December 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

Rep. Lamar Smith takes control of the House Judiciary Committee next month. After weeks of speculation that he would pursue a scorched-earth immigration agenda, Smith spoke with POLITICO — and it’s an early but important signal that the new House Republican majority plans to attack the issue of immigration through the prism of jobs, rather than red meat for the base. Smith’s 1st hearings will focus on expanding E-Verify, a voluntary electronic system for checking the immigration status of workers that President Obama supports and scrutinizing the administration’s record on worksite enforcement. “They are what I call 70% issues — 70% or more of the American people support those efforts,” Smith said. “I think they are popular across the board, and I think they will be appreciated by all American workers regardless of their ethnicity or background or anything else.” At the same time, he downplayed the key planks in the conservative immigration agenda. He won’t say when his committee plans to tackle birthright citizenship, the policy of granting citizenship to every child born in the country. He doesn’t want to talk about whether he will pursue reducing the level of legal immigration, family migration or work visas — all at the top of the wish list for anti-illegal-immigration advocates. “That is later on in this Congress; that is not our initial focus,” Smith said. “We don’t have any specific plans now in the early months to move on these issues. The focus is on creating jobs and protecting jobs.”

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