Rep. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithEducation Department changing eligibility for hundreds of rural school districts receiving aid: report Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Ex-Tea Party lawmakers turn heads on K Street MORE (R-Texas) accused the Obama administration of violating immigration laws by providing federal funds for unaccompanied child migrants' legal representation.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that it would authorize $9 million over the next two years to go toward unaccompanied minors' legal proceedings. Additionally, some states, such as New York and California, have also set aside funding for the child migrants' legal costs.


"The Obama administration has again ignored our federal immigration laws, which prohibit federal funding of legal representation to illegal immigrants before immigration courts," Smith said in a statement. 

Smith argued that taxpayer dollars shouldn't go toward the child migrants' court proceedings.

“Enforcing the law is not optional. If the president worked as hard to enforce our immigration laws as he does to consistently undermine them, he would not need to use millions in tax dollars from hard-working Americans to address the surge of illegal immigrants into Texas," Smith said.