Arguing that he is only looking to keep communities safer and combat undocumented immigration, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is pushing through two problematic bills with serious ramifications for due process of the law and for workers, including citizens and permanent residents.

Representative Lamar Smith and Elton Gallegly wrote an op-ed in the LA Times about their E-Verify bill. They forgot to mention their plan would cause the loss of almost 800,000 jobs, force 4 million more workers into an administrative quagmire, cause an undue burden on small businesses, nearly wipe out the agricultural workforce, result in the loss of tax revenue – and, to top it off, E-Verify a failure rate of over 50%.

Commercials are the product of imagination, fanciful thoughts, or, in some cases, outright absurdities. We all know that geckos can’t talk, ducks can’t alert us of danger at every turn, and that toddlers aren’t fully conversant in the complexities of trading stock.

For years, politicians have been preying on the American people’s fears of terrorism and the hysteria over illegal immigration, to push for a national ID. Concerns with government snooping and citizen privacy have taken a back seat to these efforts.

Critics say a Homeland Security program that requires fingerprints of arrestees to be shared with immigration agents erodes trust between immigrants and police. Now some California congressional members are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to suspend the state’s participation in the Secure Communities program.

Hanging on the wall of my office library is a framed poster of famous Americans, including Albert Einstein (greatest physicist of the 20th century), I.M. Pei (architect who designed the 1988 Louve Museum Pyramid addition), Joseph Pulitzer (newspaper publisher). What common characteristic did these people share?

Last month, Georgia passed one of the harshest new immigration laws in the country. Today, the AJC reports that nearly half of the 132 Georgia businesses polled in a private survey this month say they are experiencing agricultural labor shortages.

Two of the masterminds behind the GOP’s mass deportation (of immigrants) strategy, Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Elton Gallegly (R-CA), chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, are introducing new legislation intended to bring about their extremist fantasy: the expulsion of 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families.  That’s what their… Continue »

A new study from UC Davis found that stricter Immigration enforcement could have a harmful effect on California’s agricultural industry. It could lead to more imports and “significantly boost labor costs.”

Because of the mandatory E-Verify legislation being pushed by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Associated Press reports that “The agriculture industry fears a disaster.” Smith and his GOP colleagues are telling the American Agriculture industry to “Drop Dead.”