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Consultant Lamar Smith (R-Texas) was featured in an Immigration Newsmaker dialog hosted by the Middle for Immigration Research on Wednesday, September 5, at 9:30 a.m. on the Nationwide Press Membership.
Rep. Smith, who introduced his retirement earlier this yr, has been a pacesetter within the nation’s immigration debate for greater than 30 years. He was elected to signify the 21st District of Texas within the U.S. Home of Representatives in the identical week that President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Management Act of 1986, the amnesty whose penalties are with us nonetheless.
The one present member of Congress to have been chairman of three committees, Rep. Smith has left his mark in all kinds of areas. However the depth and longevity of his affect on the immigration debate stands out. Having served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and its Immigration Subcommittee, member of the Homeland Safety Committee, and founding father of the Border Safety Caucus, Rep. Smith has been a driving pressure behind main immigration laws, together with the Immigration Act of 1990, the Unlawful Immigration Reform and Immigrant Duty Act of 1996, the Homeland Safety Act of 2002, the REAL ID Act of 2005, the Safe Fence Act of 2006, and most lately, the Authorized Workforce Act, which might mandate use of E-Confirm.