October 7, 2011
Here we go again. Every year for the last five, immigration hawks in Congress have sought to require all businesses to use an error-plagued federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that all new hires are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. This year's proposal, known as the Legal Workforce Act, deserves special attention because it's being disingenuously advertised as a jobs plan. Its author, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), says that expanding E-Verify nationally will exorcise illegal immigrants from the workforce and create new opportunities for unemployed Americans.
January 28, 2011 |
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday rejected a request from Democrats to hold hearings related to gun safety in the aftermath of the shootings in Tucson earlier this month. All 16 Democrats on the committee, which has jurisdiction over firearms laws, sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who recently took charge of the panel, asking him to convene hearings on the use of high-capacity magazines and improving background checks to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns.
February 28, 2003 |
Emmitt Smith has the NFL's all-time rushing record, but he now lacks something essential to every football player: A team. Smith was released Thursday after 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, cast aside in favor of Troy Hambrick, his younger, cheaper understudy. The move was expected -- Smith's salary-cap figure for next season would have been $9.8 million -- yet it's the highest-profile parting of the ways since San Francisco let go of Jerry Rice after the 2000 season.
September 23, 2002 |
It's hard to tell how good Carolina is this early in the season, but the Panthers are not surprised by their successful start. Lamar Smith carried 30 times for 154 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns Sunday in Carolina's 21-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since 1996. "Nobody really expected it, except for the people in this locker room," said quarterback Rodney Peete, a surprise choice to be the starter this year over Chris Weinke.
October 8, 2001 |
A weary Lamar Smith sat at his locker with sweat on his brow, dirt caked on his legs and his right forearm rubbed raw. The guys on the other side looked worse. In a punishing performance that gave the Miami Dolphins a badly needed boost, Smith rushed for 144 yards in 29 carries Sunday to spark a 30-10 victory over the New England Patriots. "Once I got the rock four or five times, I went into a zone," Smith said. "I'm not sore. I probably won't feel it until tomorrow."
January 6, 2001 |
Lamar Smith will talk, but only for five minutes, and no personal questions, you got that? Nothing about being behind the wheel of car that smashed into a utility pole six years ago. Nothing about admitting he had been drinking at the time. Nothing about how he walked away from the wreckage, but a former teammate probably never will. Lamar Smith of the Miami Dolphins can run for 209 yards in a playoff game, but he knows he can't escape what, until now, had been the defining moment of his life.