Rep Lamar Smith is attacking one of the most successful Mexican-American columnists that has ever existed — Ruben Navarrette. You can read the full article here. What is up Lamar’s sleeve? E-verify is. He claims it is voluntary but every single Senate office I visited last month in Washington D.C. told me that Lamar wants to introduce a national e-verification program in August. He’s setting out the pillows because Lamar Smith thinks e-verify will happen without protest.
The State of Florida rejected their state version of e-verify and no thanks to Lamar Smith, we are going to lose the State of Florida in 2012 because in essence he is not listening to the business community. The business community does not want to embrace more government bureaucracy via e-verify without a reasonable immigration solution. Businesses depend on competitive labor, and Lamar wants to increase the wage rate.
Why is Lamar Smith attacking Ruben but ignoring the backbone of our economic engine? Did he forget small businesses and farmers are the backbone of our country?
More importantly, the DREAM Act activists have already declared that they will not trade e-verify programs in exchange for passage of the DREAM Act. You can read their response here. They already know Lamar Smith wants them to forget about their mother and father for a cheap trade. Lamar Smith is NOT in support of maintaining the family unit and he wants to give Latinos the scraps in exchange for harsh enforcement policies by dangling the DREAM Act carrot in front of our DREAMers noses. Pretty revolting if you ask me.
It looks like we are headed back to the days of Sensenbrenner where massive protests were sparked with enforcement only policies. When massive protests are sparked again WE ARE GOING TO BLAME LAMAR SMITH.
(Above) Photo taken in 2006 during the Sensenbrenner enforcement policy days.