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  • 09:00:20 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 09:00:22 AM

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      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE AND -- THE…

      THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE AND -- THE HOUSE WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING TODAY. THE TERRIBLE ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL-TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO DAVID -- DEBATE SHALL -- MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES EACH. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY

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  • 09:00:30 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 10:00 a.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 09:01:39 AM

      WATSON

      FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN FOR FIVE MINUTES. ASK A FEW DAYS…

      FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN FOR FIVE MINUTES. ASK A FEW DAYS AGO AT THE TRENTON ART ALL-NIGHT FESTIVAL A FIGHT BETWEEN TWO INDIVIDUALS RESULTED IN A MASS SHOOTING. 17 PEOPLE SHOT THROUGH WITH AT LEAST ONE CRITICALLY INJURED. ONE CRITICALLY INJURED. FORTUNATELY, THE ONLY CASUALTY, FATALITY, I SHOULD SAY, WAS ONE OF THE SHOOTERS. EVEN SO, NEARLY 20 PEOPLE SHOT AT A COMMUNITY FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THE CITY AND BRINGING BIG COMMUNITY TOGETHER AROUND SOMETHING THAT'S POSITIVE DESERVES OUR ATTENTION. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAD A BAD HABIT OF ASSIGNING SYMPATHY AND COVERAGE ONLY TO CERTAIN KINDS OF SHOOTINGS. IN FACT, IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT THERE ARE SOME WHO BELIEVE THERE ARE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH GUN VIOLENCE WILL ALWAYS BE AN UNAVOIDABLE NORM. THAT IS FALSE. THAT IS A HORRIBLE AND DESTRUCTIVE STEREOTYPE THAT IGNORES THE UNDERPINNING OF OUR CONVERSATION ABOUT GUNS. FROM ACCESS TO EXCESSIVELY DESTRUCTIVE ACCESSORIES, GUNS ARE THE PROBLEM. N.R.A. ADVOCATES WILL SAY IN PARKLAND THE SHOOTER GOT HIS GUN LEGALLY. BUT SHOULD AN 18-YEAR-OLD BE ABLE TO BUY A GUN? ESPECIALLY WHEN THAT GUN IS NEVER GOING TO BE USED FOR SPORT? THOSE SAME ADVOCATES WOULD ARGUE THAT MASS -- MOST SHOOTINGS IN URBAN AREAS SCUR WITH ILLEGALLY OBTAINED -- OCCURS WITH ILLEGALLY OBTAINED WEAPONS AND NO REGULATION WOULD PREVENT THEM. BUT BECAUSE WE REFUSE REGISTRIES TO REQUIRE THEM, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE GUNS COME FROM. PERHAPS IF WE DID, PERHAPS IF WE KNEW WHO THE FIRST BUYER WAS AND THOSE WEAPONS CAME FROM THEY WOULDN'T END UP IN THE WRONG HANDS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY'S GUN PROBLEM IS NOT A SINGLE SIDED ONE. IT'S MULTIFACETED AND WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN ONE ANGLE TO SOLVE. FORTUNATELY, FOR MEMBERS OF THE GUN PREVENTION TASK FORCE ALONE, THERE ARE MORE THAN 70 PROPOSALS THAT SEEK TO ADDRESS THE SINGULAR AND DEADLY CRISIS. I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR TWO OF THEM. THE STOP ONLINE AMMUNITION SALES OF 2017 TO FLAG FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT LARGE BULLET AND AMMUNITION PURCHASES THAT SUGGESTS THE KIND OF STOCKPILING THAT PRECEDES AN ATTACK. AND THE HANDGUN LICENSING AND REGISTRATION BILL WHICH WOULD CREATE THE KIND OF REGISTRY THAT MIGHT HELP US KEEP MORE WEAPONS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS. EARLIER THIS WEEK, I WROTE A LETTER TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, ASKING FOR CONSIDERATION OF ANY ONE OF THESE 70 BILLS IN HONOR OF THE VICTIMS OF SUNDAY'S SHOOTING. I HAVE YET TO RECEIVE A RESPONSE TO MY REQUEST AND WITH THE PARALYZING FEAR THAT SEEMS TO GRIP MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHEN WE MENTION GUNS, I HAVE HIGH HOPES I WON'T GET ONE BUT I DO KNOW THE LONGER WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE THIS PROBLEM THE MORE PEOPLE WILL BE HURT AND THE MORE LIVES WILL BE LOST. AT WORK, AT SCHOOL, AT THE GROCERY SCHOOL, AT THE PLAYGROUND, IN HOMES WITH VIOLENT PARTNERS, BY ACCIDENTS DURING PLAY DATES AT THE HANDS OF THOSE SUFFERING -- AT THE HANDS OF THOSE SUFFERING MENTAL ILLNESS, WITH OR WITHOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT BEING PRESENT, WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE IN THE AUDIENCE OR CLASSROOM IS ARMED, GUNS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE PROBLEM. WE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT SO WE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT AND MOVE ON IT. I HOPE AND PRAY FOR THOSE THAT WERE INJURED IN TRENTON AS WELL AS IN OTHER PLACES JUST AS I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:05:16 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 09:05:22 AM

      MR. FLORES

      I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO…

      I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR PENNY CELESTE FLORES OF WACO, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 15, 2018. PENNY WAS BORN IN 1948 IN DALLAS, TEXAS. SHE WAS EDUCATED AT EAST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, NOW KNOWN AS TEXAS A&M COMMERCE, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON, MCCOLLEGEON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, TEXAS WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY. PENNY WAS VERY ACTIVE IN OUR WACO COMMUNITY. SHE SERVED ON ASSOCIATIONS, COMMISSIONS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING -- PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS CENTRAL MUSEUM DISTRICT, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTIN AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, CHAIR OF THE BOY SCOUTS AWARD COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF THE MCCOLLEGEON -- THE WACO-MCCOLLEGEON COUNTY COMMISSION, HISTORICAL COMMISSION, TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE BOARD OF REGENTS, CITY OF WASHINGO PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMISSION, WACO VISITOR'S BUREAU BOARD, AND WACO BUILDINGS AND STANDARDS COMMISSION. FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, PENNY HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF MY TEAM THAT SERVES OUR DISTRICT. SHE IS ONE OF THE FIRST THREE HIRES I MADE WHEN I ASSUMED OFFICE IN 2011. SINCE THEN SHE WORKED AT OUR WACO OFFICE AS OUR OFFICE MANAGER AND CASEWORKER. SHE LOVED HER JOB AND SHE ESPECIALLY LOVED BEING ABLE TO SERVE OTHERS. PENNY WAS ALSO IN CHARGE OF HANDLING THE MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS FOR OUR OFFICE. EACH YEAR SHE WOULD COMPILE ALL THE APPLICATIONS AND COORDINATE WITH OUR SERVICE ACADEMY BOARD, LOOK AT APPLICANTS. SHE TOOK GREAT PRIDE OF OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN GETTING ACCEPTED TO OUR ACADEMIES. SHE SERVED AS MATRIARCH AS OUR WACO OFFICE TEAM. SHE BEFRIENDED AND MENTORED EVERYONE WITH WHOM SHE WORKED. SHE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH ALL OF OUR INTERNS AND SHE WOULD ADVISE THEM DURING THEIR TIME IN OUR OFFICE. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT SOME OF THE WISDOM THAT SHE SHARED WITH THEM HAS HELPED SHAPE THEIR LIVES AND THEIR CAREERS. PEN HEY WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL AND DEVOTED PERSON WHO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED FOR ALL THOSE LIVES WITH WHOM SHE TOUCHED. THE THING I KNOW SHE LOVED MORE THAN SERVING OTHERS WAS LOVING HER HUSBAND, JERRY, AND HER CHILDREN. JERRY AND PENNY WOULD HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER EVERY DAY IN OUR OFFICE. THEY TRULY LOVED EACH OTHER'S COMPANY. THEIR DEDICATION WAS REMARKABLE AND SOMEBODY TO BE MODELED BY ALL OF US. I BURIED MY FATHER-IN-LAW. THE PASTOR SAID SOMETHING I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. HE SAID, WHEN WE LEAVE THIS EARTH WE SHOULD ALL ASPIRE TO LEAVE BEHIND THREE THINGS -- A GOOD NAME, A GOOD FAMILY, AND A FORWARDING ADDRESS. PENNY FOREST LEFT BEHIND ALL THREE THINGS AND PARTICULARLY -- IN PARTICULAR, SHE LEFT A FORWARDING ADDRESS. BECAUSE OF HER CHRISTIAN FAITH AND BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST AS HER LORD AND SAVIOR SHE IS NOW CELEBRATING WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. SHE AND JERRY LOVED TO GO ON CRUISES AND SHE'S ON THE ULTIMATE CRUISE RIGHT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, -- MADAM SPEAKER, PENNY'S LIFE WAS DEFINED BY HERSELFLESS SERVICE TO THOSE AROUND HER. SHE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BETTER OUR COMMUNITY. SHE'S CERTAINLY LEFT AN ENDURING IMPRESSION ON THE CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITY AND THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. SHE WILL BE KNOWN AS A SERVANT, A WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, DEAR FRIEND. MY WIFE ALONG WITH THE ENTIRE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL TEAM OFFER OUR DEEPEST AND HEART-FELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FORREST FAMILY. I HAVE REQUESTED THAT A UNITED STATES FLAG BE FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PENNY FORREST. AS I CLOSE TODAY I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO PRAYING MY -- FOR OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:09:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. ALL RIGHT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, FOR FIVE MINUTES. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS MONTH. EVERY JUNE THIS NATION IS REMINDED OF THE GREAT PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE OF ALZHEIMER'S, AND WE REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO COMBAT THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. THE NUMBERS ARE SOBERING. THE LIVES LOST TO THIS GRAVE ILLNESS HAVE INCREASED 123% OVER THE LAST DECADE. MANY FAMILIES HAVE LOST LOVED ONES AND MANY MORE STRUGGLE WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS WHO FIGHT THIS AWFUL DISEASE. THE WORK OF LOVED ONES TO PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND COMFORT IS EXTRAORDINARY. ADVOCATES ON THE FRONT LINES DESERVE OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE. AND THEY INCLUDE JEANNIE CASTILLO, DALY WHO WORK EVERY DAY IN THE CAUSE OF RESEARCH, OF TREATMENT, AND OF SUPPORT. THERE IS NEW HOPE THANKS TO THE WORK OF PEOPLE LIKE JEANNIE AND DALY AND THOSE OF US WHO SERVE IN CONGRESS. TOGETHER WE ARE COMMITTED TO MORE RESEARCH FUNDS AND KNOCKING DOWN BARRIERS TO 21ST CENTURY INNOVATION. TOGETHER DURING THIS AWARENESS MONTH AND INDEED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR, WE MUST CONTINUE TO RAISE OUR VOICES ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S AND ENSURE THAT THE FIGHT TO FIND A CURE IS A NATIONAL PRIORITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. IT WILL TAKE A UNITED EFFORT ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY, AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE UP TO THE TASK. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:11:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 09:11:46 AM

      MR. GREEN

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY…

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND I HAVE GREAT CONCERN FOR WHERE IT'S HEADED. I'M VERY MUCH CONCERNED, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN AND THE MULTITUDES HAVE SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. I HAVE HERE ONE SUCH DISPLAY. A CHILD WHO WAS SEPARATED FROM A PARENT. A CHILD THAT IS DISTRAUGHT. AND MY CONCERN EMANATES FROM THE NOTION THAT, IF YOU CAN TOLERATE THIS, IF YOU CAN LOOK AT THIS, AND IF YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, AND YOU WON'T, IF YOUR HEART IS SO HARDENED THAT YOU CAN LOOK AT THIS PICTURE OF THIS BABY AND CONCLUDE THAT THIS IS JUST A PART OF A PROCESS, THEN THAT SAYS TO ME I SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF MY COUNTRY. WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN MY LIFETIME. I HAD TO DRINK FROM COLORED WATER FOUNTAINS. I HAD TO SIT IN THE BACK OF THE BUS. I HAD TO GO TO SEGREGATED SCHOOLS. I KNOW WHAT SEGREGATION LOOKS LIKE. I KNOW WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE. I'VE HAD TO GO TO THESE FILTHY COLORED RESTROOMS. I KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. I WAS CALLED THE UGLY NAMES. I KNOW WHAT IT HURTS LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO WOULD CHASE YOU JUST BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE. SO WE'VE COME A LONG WAY, AND THAT CONCERNS ME BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHERE THIS SAYS WE'RE GOING. BUT I DO KNOW THIS. I DON'T WANT TO SEE US GO BACK TO THAT DARK PAST BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER -- MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW, HERE'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. THIS IS A PICTURE FROM LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. THIS IS A PICTURE OF A CHILD MERELY ATTEMPTING TO GO TO SCHOOL, COMMITTING NO CRIME. THIS IS A PICTURE OF WHAT HATE LOOKS LIKE. CHILDREN OUGHT NOT BE SUBJECTED TO THIS, NOT THIS LEVEL OF HATE, VITRIOL. THIS IS A PAST THAT I DON'T WANT TO REVISIT. . FOR THIS YOUNG LADY AND OTHERS TO GET INTO THIS HIGH SCHOOL THAT WAS BEING PAID FOR WITH THEIR TAX DOLLARS, I MIGHT ADD, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER HAD TO SEND IN THE 101ST AIRBORNE. OF THE ARMY. IT TOOK THE ARMY TO INTERGOLDEN STATE -- INTEGRATE CENTRAL HIGH. IT'S AN UNPLEASANT THING TO HAVE TO ENDURE AND TO VISIT, BUT FOR SOME OF US IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST A PROCESS. FOR SOFT MONEY OF US, IT'S ABOUT A WAY OF LIFE THAT WE ENDURED AND THAT WE SUFFERED -- FOR SOME -- FOR SOME OF US, IT WAS ABOUT THE WAY OF LIFE THAT WE HAVE ENDURED AND THAT A WE SUFFERED. FOR SOME OF US THIS IS A PAINFUL THING TO SEE. FOR THOSE WHO SAY WE'LL NEVER GO BACK THERE, YOU'LL NEVER SEE THAT AGAIN. WELL, I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE A DAY WHEN SEE. FOR A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD BAN PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTRY WHO HAPPEN TO BE OF A CERTAIN RELIGION. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE A DAY WHEN A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD SAY, THERE WERE SOME NICE PEOPLE AMONG THE BIGOTS, THE XENOPHOBES OF THE UNITED STATES, THE WHITE NATIONALISTS. THE KLANSMEN IN CHARLOTTESVILLE. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE THAT COME FROM THE PRESIDENCY, FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOT IN MY LIFETIME. SO TO THOSE WHO SAY WORRY NOT, WE WON'T GO BACK. I SAY, WE SHOULD BE WARNED AND WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE DECEIVED. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 09:17:15 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      TIME.

    • 09:17:22 AM

      MR. TESTIMONY OSON

      MR. TESTIMONY OSON: --

    • 09:17:26 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, RECENTLY INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION…

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, RECENTLY INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION WITH CONGRESSMAN NICKI TSONGAS TO DESIGNATE JULY AS PARK AND RECREATION MONTH. A FITTING TIME TO CELEBRATE OUR FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATIONAL SYSTEMS BECAUSE SO MANY AMERICANS WILL VISIT THEM THIS SUMMER. HOUSE RESOLUTION 941 RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT PUBLIC PARKS, RECREATION FACILITIES, AND ACTIVITIES PLAY IN THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK DAILY TO MAINTAIN OUR PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES ACROSS THE NATION. AS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF RURAL PENNSYLVANIA AND AVID OUTDOORSMAN, I STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR NATION'S PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES. OUR PARKS PROVIDE COUNTLESS RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO ENGAGE IN THE OUTDOORS. THIS PARKS, RECREATION FACILITIES, AND ACTIVITIES PLAY IN THE RESOLUTION SIMPLY RECOGNIZES AND SUPPORTS PARK AND RECREATION MONTH. AND THE MANY BENEFITS THAT OUR PARKS PROVIDE TO ALL AMERICANS. OUR PARKS GENERATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER AND EXPERIENCE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. THEY PAY DIVIDENDS TO COMMUNITIES LIE ATTRACTING BUSINESSES AND JOBS AND INCREASING HOUSING VALUES. THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC PARK OPERATIONS AND CAPITAL SPENDING GENERATES NEARLY $140 MILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ANNUALLY. 90% OF PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AGREE THAT PUBLIC PARK RECREATION FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES ARE AN IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT SERVICE. A FIGURE THAT DISPLAYS A BASE OF SUPPORT THAT SPANS ACROSS ALL PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY REGARD OF RACE, INCOME, GENDER, OR POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION. NEARLY 75% OF AMERICANS AGREE THAT IT IS AN IMPORTANT -- THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE ALL MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY WITH EQUITABLE ACCESS TO PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES. THOSE ECONOMICALLY SOUND COMMUNITIES ARE THOSE WITH AMPLE AND HEALTHY PUBLIC PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES. A KEY FACTOR IN BUSINESS EXPANSION AND LOCATION DECISIONS IS THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EMPLOYEES WITH A PREMIUM PLACED ON ADEQUATE AND ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC PARKS AND OPEN SPACE. MANUFACTURES, PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES FOSTER A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A HEALTHIER SOCIETY. PEOPLE WHO USE PUBLIC PARKS AND OPEN SPACES ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO ACHIEVE RECOMMENDED LEVELS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAN ON USERS. AMERICANS LIVING WITHIN A 10-MINUTE WALK OF A PARK HAVE A HIGHER LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LOWER RATES OF OBESITY. RECREATION PROGRAMS AND PUBLIC PARKS PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH A SAFE PLACE TO PLAY, ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOODS, OPPORTUNITIES TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE, AND ENRICHMENT FACILITIES THAT HELP PREVENT AT-RISK BEHAVIOR SUCH AS DRUG USE AND GANG INVOLVEMENT. AS SCHOOLS RECESS ENRICHMENT FACILITIES THAT FOR SUMMER BREAKS, SCORES OF AMERICANS WILL VISIT PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS. WE'RE BLESSED NEIGHBORS. WE'RE BLESSED WITH BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR FACILITIES AND IT IS MY HOPE THAT ALL AMERICANS GET OUT AND ENJOY THE PARKS IN THEIR AREAS. THEY ARE TREMENDOUS COMMUNITY TREASURES. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FOR SUMMER

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    • 09:20:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 09:20:45 AM

      MR. POCAN

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A TRIP I DID ON…

      THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A TRIP I DID ON SUNDAY TO THE UNITED STATES SOUTHERN BORDER IN TEXAS. TO VISIT THE PROCESSING CENTERS AND DETENTION FACILITIES THAT WE'RE USING TO ENFORCE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY THAT THE PRESIDENT'S PUT FORTH. A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY THAT APPARENTLY MEANS ZERO HUMANITY. IT IS A POLICY THAT IS CRUEL, INHUMANE, AND UN-AMERICAN. I WANT TO SHARE MY FIRST HAND OPERATIONS -- OBSERVATION WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. FIRST OF ALL IT IS A CRUEL POLICY. WE ARE SEPARATING MOTHERS AND FATHERS, PARENTS FROM THEIR CHILDREN, BROTHERS FROM THEIR SISTERS ACROSS THE BORDER AS PEOPLE COME IN TO THE UNITED STATES. I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN CHILDREN ARE TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, SOMETIMES THEY ARE TOLD A LIE, OF LIES, SOMETIMES THEY ARE JUST TAKEN AWAY, THAT THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS ASKED OF THE PARENTS ABOUT THE CHILDREN. DO THEY HAVE AN ALLERGY? HAVE THEY EVER BEEN ABUSED? DID THEY HAVE ANY DISEASES? THE BASIC QUESTIONS THAT YOU WOULD ASK IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CRUEL POLICY AREN'T ASKED. SO YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY SEPARATING THE PARENTS FROM THEIR CHILDREN WITHOUT ANY INFORMATION WHATSOEVER. I TALKED TO MOTHERS AT THE I.C.E. DETENTION FACILITY AND WE ASKED ABOUT THE SITUATIONS. IF THEY KNEW WHERE THEIR CHILDREN WERE. ONE WOMAN PULLED OUT A LITTLE SLIM OF HAVE A CRUEL POLICY AREN'T PAPER THAT SAID WHERE HER CHILDREN WERE. AS IF SHE KNOWS NEW YORK. AS IF THE OTHER MOTHERS KNEW FLORIDA. IT'S NOT LIKE THE CHILDREN ARE HELD IN THE NEXT ROOM, NEXT BUILDING, NEXT CITY. BUT THEY ARE BEING HELD SEVERAL STATES AWAY. ONE WOMAN TOLD US SHE WAS TOLD HER CHILDREN WOULD BE PUT UP FOR ADOPTION. ANOTHER WOMAN TOLLS US -- TOLD US SHE WOULD BE RELEASED AND EVENTUALLY HER 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HELD BY CERTIFICATE HEFF IN NEW YORK WILL BE RELEASED. PEOPLE ARE BEING HELD IN CAGES. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO CONTEST THAT COME TO MY BACKYARD AND I WILL STOW SHOW YOU THE DOG RUN IN MY BACKYARD MADE OF THE SAME MATERIAL AND CONSTRUCTION ONLY SHORTER WALLS THAN THE CAGES THAT WE'RE HOLDING PEOPLE IN IN THE PROCESSING CENTERS. THERE ARE NO PILLOWS. YOU HAVE A MAT. THERE ARE NO TOYS ALLOWED FOR CHILDREN. THEN I VISITED THE SUPERWAL-MART CENTER WHERE WE HAVE 1,500 10 TO 17-YEAR-OLD BOYS HELD IN A SUPER WAL-MART CENTER WHERE THE SLEEPING SPACE IS SIX BY 10. EVEN THOUGH IT'S A LARGER ROOM, SIX BY 10 ALLOCATION. I HAVE DONE WORK WITH SUPERMAX PRISONS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, A SUPERMAX PRISON CELL IS EIGHT BY 12. THAT'S 40% LESS. YOU GET OUTSIDE TWO HOURS A DAY IN A SUPERMAX PRISON, YOU GET THE OUT ABOUT AN HOUR A DAY. THIS IS WRONG. PARENTS DON'T OFTEN KNOW THE STATUS OF HOW THEIR CHILDREN ARE DOING. WHEN WE WERE SET UP TO INTER-- TO INTERVIEW ONE WOMAN, SHE HADN'T SEEN HER 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN TWO DAYS. THIS IS UN-AMERICAN. WE'RE TAKING POINTS OF ENTRY, LEGAL POINTS OF ENTRY AND MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO GET INTO THE UNITED STATES. WHAT HAPPENS YOU EITHER GO BACK INTO MEXICO, WHERE YOU CAN GET KIDNAPPED BY A CARTEL AND GET EXTORTED FOR MONEY, BUT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET KIDNAPPED YOU CROSS ILLEGALLY AND GET DETAINED UNDER THE ZERO TOLERANCEPOLICY. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THE SITUATION. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, DONALD TRUMP BUT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET KIDNAPPED YOU DID NOT DO ANYTHING NOR DID THIS CONGRESS TO ACTUALLY FIX THE SITUATION. DONALD TRUMP FINALLY CAVED TO ENORMOUS PUBLIC PRESSURE, SAYING HE WILL NO LONGER SEPARATE CHILDREN AND PARENTS, BUT HE WON'T FIX THE 2,300 CHILDREN WHO ARE CURRENTLY SEPARATED AT ALL. THAT'S NOT IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. WE DON'T HAVE THE FACILITIES TO DEAL WITH THIS. AGAIN, THIS POLICY CHANGE IN SIX WEEKS THE POPULATION OF THE SUPER MAX WENT FROM -- DETENTION CENTER AT WAL-MART WENT FROM 500 TO 1,500 IN SIX WEEKS. EVERYTHING I SAW SHOWED THE PRESIDENT DID THIS WITHOUT ANY THOUGHT. BECAUSE NO THOUGHT WAS PUT INTO IT PEOPLE ARE TREATLY THOUGHTLESSLY THROUGH THE PROCESS. ULTIMATELY THE PRESIDENT DID THIS FOR ONE REASON. HE WANTS TO FORCE CONGRESS TO PUT UP AN UNNEEDED AND UNNECESSARY WALL AT THE BORDER AND HE'LL DO ANYTHING AND USE ANYONE TO GET WHAT HE WANTS. THIS CONGRESS TODAY HAS A COUPLE BILLS UP THAT WILL NOT DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE. WE NEED TO ACT. THIS IS A CRUEL, INHUMANE, UN-AMERICAN POLICY. THIS IS A TRUMP POLICY. AND IF WE DON'T ACT, WE'RE ALSO COMPLICIT IN THE HORRORS THAT ARE HAPPENING. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:25:55 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES. YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:26:00 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

    • 09:26:01 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HIGH SCHOOL IN OUR COMMUNITY…

      MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HIGH SCHOOL IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS COMMITMENT TO SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES. THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, MY ALMA MATER, RECENTLY WON THE HIGH SCHOOL SEAT BELT SAFETY CHALLENGE. OF 19 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS, THEY HAD THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO WORE SEAT BELTS AT 97%. THEY ALSO HAD THE LARGEST JUMP FROM STUDENTS NOT RECENTLY WON THOSE WEARING THEM, WEARING SEAT BELTS TO RISING 9% FROM THE FALL. THIS IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF SEVERAL KEY STUDENTS IN PROMOTING SAFE DRIVING INITIATIVES. THEY ARE ROBERT, TODD, AND EMMA WHO WORKED BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A DEDICATE THE FACULTY, IN PARTICULAR FACULTY MEMBER JOSH. I COMMEND THESE INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR WORK IN ENCOURAGING SAFETY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGHOUT BUCKS COUNTY AND FOR MAKING ALUMNI LIKE MYSELF VERY PROUD. MADAM SPEAKER, AS OUR NATION CONTINUES TO GRAPPLE WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS, I'M PROUD TO BE WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO ADVANCE NECESSARY LEGISLATION TO FIGHT DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION IN OUR COMMUNITIES. JUST AS IMPACTFUL AS TREATMENT AND SOUND POLICY IN FIGHTING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IS A PERSONAL TOUCH TO PROVIDE COMFORT AND MOTIVATION TO THOSE STRUGGLING. THAT IS WHAT MARTY AND HER BUCKS COUNTY CHARITY GIVES TO THE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN OUR AREA. HOW TO SAVE A LIFE WAS STARTED BY MARTY IT HONOR THE MEMORY OF HER SON, CARL, WHO TRAGICALLY PASSED AWAY OF A DRUG OVERDOSE IN 2006 AFTER HE WAS DENIED TREATMENT. TODAY, MARTY AND VOLUNTEERS PASSED OUT FOOD, TOILETRIES AND RESOURCE SOURCES TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHO IN MANY INSTANCES HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO TURN. I APPLAUD MARTY AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS OF HOW TO SAVE A LIFE FOUNDATION FOR THEIR GOOD DEEDS AND DEDICATION TO ENDING ADDICTION AND THE STIGMA THAT OFTEN COMES WITH IT. TOGETHER WE CAN AND MUST PUT AN END TO THE OPIOID CRISIS. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE WHICH CELEBRATED ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY. THE LEAGUE FOUNDED BY SOUDERTON SERVES TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS OVER 60. AND TO DATE IT HAS GROWN TO AN ORGANIZATION WITH 16 TEAMS AND CLOSE TO 200 PLAYERS. IT HAS BECOME SO POPULAR THAT OVER TIME THERE IS NOW A WAITING LIST TO JOIN THE LEAGUE. IN AVICK, THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER PLAYERS WHO PLAYED EACH YEAR SINCE THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON, INCLUDING RAY, 0, AND ANGELO, 90 FROM HARLEYSVILLE. I'M PROUD OF THE COMMITMENT THAT THESE PEOPLE IN THIS LEAGUE HAVE TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE. I'M PROUD OF THEIR CAMARADERIE THEY ADD TO OUR COMMUNITY AND RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING ACTIVE. TO VICK, RAY, AND ANGELO I LOOK FORWARD TO TAKING THE FIELD WITH YOU IN 2034. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:29:21 AM

    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. today.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      YIELD BACK.

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    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 21.

    • 10:00:14 AM

      Today's prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Alexander Campbell, South Carolina State Guard, Anderson, South Carolina

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST…

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND DR. ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GUARD, ANDERSON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

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      • 10:00:27 AM

        THE CHAPLAIN

        LET US WORSHIP GOD. GOD, WE BLESS YOU THIS WEEK AS WE CELEBRATE THE…

        LET US WORSHIP GOD. GOD, WE BLESS YOU THIS WEEK AS WE CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES, ADOPTED BY THIS AUGUST ASSEMBLY ON JUNE 20, 1782, ON THE FRONT OF THAT SEAL, A SHIELD OF RED SYMBOLIZING VALOR. WHITE STANDING FOR PURITY AND INNOCENCE, AND BLUE STANDING FOR JUSTICE. THE BACK SHOWS A PYRAMID, A SYMBOL OF STRENGTH AND DURATION. ABOVE THAT PYRAMID IS A TRIANGLE CONTAINING THE EYE OF PROVIDENCE. YOUR EYE, GOD, WATCHING OVER US WITH THE INSCRIPTION GOD HAS FAVORED OUR UNDERTAKINGS. THEREFORE, GOD, WE ASK THAT YOU FAVOR THE UNDERTAKINGS OF THIS GREAT HOUSE BY STRENGTHENING IT TO FULFILL THE NOBLE SYMBOLS OF THE GREAT SEAL AND ACCOMPLISHING THE CONTINUED BUILDING OF OUR GREAT NATION GUIDED BY THE GOD IN WHOM WE TRUST. I PRAY THIS PRAYER IN THE NAME OF MY LORD, JESUS CHRIST. AMEN.

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      • 10:01:27 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

        THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO…

        MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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  • 10:01:38 AM

    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

    The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Trott demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Trott objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker's approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. ALL…

      THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

      MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. THE SPEAR PRO MPORTE PURT TO CLAUSE 8 RE FURTHER PREES OCST

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  • 10:01:59 AM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    The Chair designated Mr. Gene Green of TX to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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      ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

      The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.

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        The House received a communication from Mr. John Wingrove, Community Liaison, Representative Andy Harris. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Mr. Wingrove notified the House that he had been served with a subpoena for testimony issued by the Circuit Court for Queen Anne's County, Maryland, and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he had determined that compliance with the subpoena was consistent with the privileges and rights of the House.

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          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDA PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, AN ORDER…

          MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDA PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, AN ORDER THAT HE SAID WAS TO STOP SEPARATION OF FAMILIEST THE BORDER. THIS IS A POLICY THAT HE CAUSED AND IS NOW TAKING A VICTORY LAP. IT IS RIDICULOUS.

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        • 10:13:54 AM

          MS. BARRAGAN

          MY RESPONSE, TO STOP FAMILY SEPARATION ONCE AND FOR ALL. PRESIDENT TRUMP…

          MY RESPONSE, TO STOP FAMILY SEPARATION ONCE AND FOR ALL. PRESIDENT TRUMP MUST END HIS FAILED ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. REPLACING FAMILY SEPARATION WITH INDEFINITE FAMILY DETENTION IS NOT THE SOLUTION. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO OVERWHELM OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND INCARCERATE FAMILIES WHO POSE NO THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES TO PLEASE IMMIGRATION HARDLINERS. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 10:14:21 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU FROM CALIFORNIA.

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          MR. LIEU

          THEY SAID THERE WAS NO POLICY OF FAMILY SEPARATION. THEN REVERSED AND SAID…

          THEY SAID THERE WAS NO POLICY OF FAMILY SEPARATION. THEN REVERSED AND SAID THERE IS A POLICY BUT SHE WON'T APOLOGIZE FOR DEFENDING IT. AND SAID, ONLY CONGRESS CAN CHANGE THE LAWS ON IT. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER BY TRUMP PUTS HER STATEMENTS VERY CLEARLY IN A SPOTLIGHT AS ALL LIES. HER CREDIBILITY HAS BEEN SHREDDED. SHE NEEDS TO RESIGN. AND BY THE WAY, THERE'S STILL 2,300 BABIES AND CHILDREN STILL SEPARATED FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS. THAT IS EVIL. THAT IS SINFUL. WE NEED TO KNOW WHERE THOSE CHILDREN ARE, HOW WE ARE GOING TO REUNITE THEM. 20 DAYS AGO I LED A LETTER TO SECRETARY NIELSEN ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ASKING VERY BASIC QUESTIONS -- HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THAT SOME OF THOSE KIDS ARE NOT PUT WITH CHILD MOLESTERS? HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE WE REUNITE THOSE KIDS WITH THEIR PARENTS? SHE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. SHE NEEDS TO GO. SHE NEEDS TO RESIGN. SHE'S A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT AND EXECUTING AN EVIL POLICY. I YIELD BACK. .

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        • 10:15:46 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION.

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          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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          MR. PASCRELL

          I STAND TODAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKERS WHO ARE PAID IN FOR YEARS FOR…

          I STAND TODAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKERS WHO ARE PAID IN FOR YEARS FOR THEIR RETIREMENT SECURITY ONLY TO HAVE THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER THEM. MONDELA'S INTERNATIONAL, MAKER OF NABISCO PRODUCTS, HAS IN RECENT YEARS MOVED HUNDREDS OF GOOD-PAYING MIDDLE CLASS JOBS TO MEXICO. NOW THEY HAVE DOUBLED DOWN ON SHAFTING THEIR U.S. EMPLOYEES. ON MAY 23, THEY ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD WITHDRAW FROM THEIR EMPLOYEE'S TENSION PENSION PLAN, HOW NICE. THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS PLAN FOR 60 YEARS. THIS DECISION JEOPARDIZES THE HARD-EARNED RETIREMENT SECURITY OF 110,000 CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES. THIS DECISION COMES AT THE SAME TIME THAT THIS CORPORATION PAID ITS NEW C.E.O. $42.4 MILLION FOR 41 DAYS OF WORK. IN 2017. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION THEIR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS AS A RESULT OF THE PASSAGE OF THE RECENT TRUMP TAX CUTS. THEY SAID INCREASINGLY SHIFTED PRODUCTION FROM U.S. TO MEXICO AND TAKEN MAJOR JOBS. ON DECEMBER 15, I WROTE A LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES TRADE REP ASKING THEM IN THE CONTEXT OF NAFTA TO PRIORITIZE STRONG ENFORCEABLE LABOR PROVISIONS TO DISCOURAGE THIS KIND OF OUTSOURCING TO MEXICO. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A EPIDEMIC. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 10:17:34 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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          THE CLERK

          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, THIS IS TO…

          THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA FOR TESTIMONY ISSUED BY THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR QUEEN ANSWER COUNTY, MARYLAND. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED, SINCERELY, JOHN WINDGROVE, COMMUNITY LIAISON.

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        • 10:18:08 AM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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          THE CLERK

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        The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on June 21, 2018, at 9:31 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 770, with an amendment.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          L. HAAS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

          L. HAAS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS FOR LESS THAN 15 MINUTES.

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    • 10:18:49 AM

      Recess

      The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.

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        MINUTES.

    • 10:30:39 AM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 21.

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        HOUSE FLOOR FOR DEBATE ON IMMIGRATION. CONSIDERATION.

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        Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 954 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4760) to amend the immigration laws and the homeland security laws, and for other purposes."

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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          THE CLERK

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 157, HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

          HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 157, HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 4760, TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND THE HOMELAND SECURITY LAWS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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    • 10:31:08 AM

      DEBATE

      The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 954.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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        MR. BURGESS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 10:32:09 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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        MR. BURGESS

        DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES…

        DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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      • 10:32:20 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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        MR. BURGESS

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 954 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF A BILL AIMED AT…

        HOUSE RESOLUTION 954 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF A BILL AIMED AT CURBING THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER BY COMBINING A STRONG BORDER WALL AND SECURITY MEASURES WITH TARGETED MODIFICATIONS TO THE CURRENT IMMIGRATION VISA PROCESS. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE ON H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT OF 2018, WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES CONTROLLED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE GOODLATTE AMENDMENT, REFLECTING A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS WHICH WERE NEGOTIATED WITH NUMEROUS PARTIES SINCE THE BILL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO H.R. 4760 UPON ADOPTION OF THE RULE TODAY. IT ALSO INCLUDES THE MCCAUL AMENDMENT, WHICH MAKES TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. FURTHER, THE RULE PROVIDES THE MINORITY WITH ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. THE LAWS AND LEGAL AGREEMENT CURRENTLY GOVERNING OUR ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 60 YEARS OLD. AMERICA IS A NATION BUILT AND CONTINUALLY SUPPORTED BY IMMIGRANTS. HOWEVER, THE WORLD HAS CHANGED AND HOW WE ACCEPT NEW IMMIGRANTS MAY ADAPT AS WELL. H.R. 4760 BEGINS THE PROCESS OF REFORMING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, AND I ENCOURAGE THE PASSAGE OF THE RULE TO CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT REFOCUSES LEGAL IMMIGRATION FOR THE SKILLS THAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS. IT ALSO SECURES OUR BORDER, STRENGTHENS INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT, AND MAKES DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD -- MAKES CHANGES FOR THE DAK DAK -- FOR THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM. 50,000 GREEN CARDS IS ELIMINATED ALONG WITH VISAS FOR RELATIVES EXCEPT FOR SPOUSES AND MINOR CHILDREN. OVERALL, IMMIGRATION LEVELS ARE DECREASED WHILE VISAS FOR SKILLED WORKERS ARE INCREASED AND THE AGRICULTURE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM IS REFORMED TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR FARMERS AND FOOD PROCESSORS. CONSTRUCTION OF A BORDER WALL SYSTEM IS AUTHORIZED, INCLUDING THE USE OF ADDITIONAL CAMERA SENSORS AND AVIATION ASSETS. RECENTLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP APPROVED THE USE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD ALONG THE BORDER, INCREASING CAPACITY BY OVER 1,100 PERSONNEL AND 14 AIRCRAFT. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AVIATION AND INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT. IT REQUIRES FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BIOMETRIC ENTRY-EXIT SYSTEM OF ALL PORTS OF ENTRY AND PROVIDES FOR 10,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS AND OFFICERS. TO STRENGTHEN INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT, THE BILL MANDATES EVERIFY SO THAT ALL EMPLOYERS CHECK THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. IT COMBATS SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES BY WITHHOLDING LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS, AND ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DETAIN DANGEROUS IMMIGRANTS WHO CANNOT BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM THE COUNTRY. MANY IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS CLAIM ASYLUM. WHEN APPREHENDED BY BORDER PATROL AGENTS. WHILE THERE ARE LEGITIMATE CLAIMS OF FEAR OF PERSECUTION, THERE ARE ALSO INSTANCES OF IMMIGRANTS BEING COACHED TO SAY THE CORRECT PHRASE TO OBTAIN ASYLUM. TO COMBAT THIS, THE BILL INCREASES THE CREDIBLE FEAR STANDARD. IT ALSO MAKES BEING A GANG MEMBER A REMOVABLE OFFENSE AND QUALIFIES ILLEGAL PRESENCE AS A FEDERAL MISDEMEANOR. IN 2015, KATE STEINLE WAS KILLED BY AN UNDOCUMENTED -- AN IMMIGRANT WITHOUT STATUS WHILE WALKING WITH HER FATHER IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HER DEATH HAD BEEN AN IMMIGRANT DEPORTED MULTIPLE TIMES AND SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN THE COUNTRY ON THAT DAY. CONSTITUENTS OF THE 26TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR TRAGEDY IN 2013 WHEN A YOUNG GIRL AT A CROSSWALK WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY SOMEONE IN THE COUNTRY WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS. WHILE THE RECENT ENFORCEMENT POLICIES AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER HAVE LED TO A TEMPORARY SEPARATION OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN, A GRANDFATHER WILL NEVER BE REUNITED WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER. INCLUSION OF THE KAINE STEINLE LAW WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY -- KATE STEINLE LAW WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF THE KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. AND IT PROVIDE FOR A THREE-YEAR RENEWABLE STATUS FOR DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL CITIZENS. THIS WILL APPLY TO APPROXIMATELY 700,000 INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE UNITED STATES. WHILE IT WAS NOT THE FAULT OF THESE THEN CHILDREN THAT THEY ENTERED THE COUNTRY WITHOUT LEGAL DOCUMENTATION, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THEY ARE HERE NOW AND WE NEED A SOLUTION. WHILE I DO NOT SUPPORT AN EXPEDITED PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, I DO SUPPORT ALLOWING THEM TO GET IN LINE AND APPLY, JUST LIKE ANY LAW -- OTHER LAW-ABIDING POTENTIAL IMMIGRANT. THE BILL DOES NOT ALLOW FOR A SPECIAL PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. HOWEVER, IT DOES ALLOW THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL RECIPIENT TO OBTAIN A GREEN CARD AND APPLY FOR CITIZEN LIKE ANY OTHER LAW-ABIDING APPLICANT. RECENTLY, WE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE ENFORCEMENT POLICIES ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CRISIS IS NOT NEW. IN 2014, A NUMBER OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN -- THE NUMBER OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY AND REACHED CRISIS LEVELS. IT REMAINED STEADILY ABOVE 300,000 APPREHENSION FATHERS 2014 TO PRESENT. DURING A VISIT BY THE HONDURAN FIRST LADY WAS ASKED IF HONDURAS WANTED THEIR CHILDREN BACK AND WITHOUT HESITATION SHE RESPONDED THAT THEY DID. SO A PLANE LOAD OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE SENT BACK TO HONDURAS AND RESULTED -- AN IMMEDIATE REDUCTION IN THE ATTEMPTED CROSSINGS OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO FOLLOW-ON ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS, THE NUMBERS BEGIN BEGAN TO INCREASE, REACHING ABOVE 563,000 IN 2016. IN THE LEADUP TO THE 2016 ELECTION, THE NUMBERS INCREASED BECAUSE THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP SPOKE ABOUT SECURING OUR BORDER WITH A WALL THAT WOULD FINALLY END THE POSSIBILITY OF ILLEGAL ENTRY ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. WHEN CANDIDATE TRUMP BECAME PRESIDENT TRUMP, THIS NUMBER DECREASED BECAUSE POTENTIAL IMMIGRANTS BELIEVED THAT CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL WAS IMMINENT. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING A BORDER STATE, I HAVE MAINTAINED REGULAR CONTACT WITH CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AND IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. WHAT WE HEARD DURING THIS PERIOD, 2016, WAS THAT IMMIGRANTS CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY WANTED TO GET IN THE COUNTRY BEFORE THE POSSIBILITY OF A TRUMP ELECTION OCCURRED AND COULD DIRECT CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL. THEY WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT IF YOU CROSS THE BORDER AT A POINT OF ENTRY OR ILLEGALLY, YOU WOULD BE GRANTED AMNESTY AND WELCOMED INTO THE COUNTRY. WHILE WE DO WELCOME LEGAL IMMIGRANTS, THIS PERCEPTION LED TO ONLY MORE VULNERABLE CHILDREN BEING ENTRUSTED BY PARENTS TO HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, TYPICALLY FOR LARGE SUMS OF MONEY, TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE UNITED STATES. ON THIS JOURNEY, CHILDREN COULD EXPERIENCE HARSH CONDITIONS, SOME WERE ABUSED PHYSICALLY, SEXUALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY, AND THIS ABUSE IS NOT JUST A THREAT FROM THE ADULTS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO CARE FOR THEM BUT IT CAN OCCUR FROM THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS. A LOT OF THESE KIDS ARE JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE, TRYING TO MAKE IT TO A LIFE WHERE THEY MAY ONE DAY THRIVE, BUT THIS EXISTENCE IS OFTEN ALL THEY HAVE KNOWN AND THEY REACT IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS THIS REALITY. WHILE THERE IS A CONCERN ABOUT CHILDREN ARRIVING WITH PARENTS WHO ARE THEN PROSECUTED FOR ILLEGAL ENTRY AND SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED IN THE PLACE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, MANY DON'T MAKE THE JOURNEY WITH THEIR PARENTS AND MANY ARE ATTEMPTED TO BE RELEASED IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH THE CHILD, THEY BECAUSE, BECAUSE OF THE FLORES AGREEMENT FROM 1997, BE HELD IN CUSTODY. WHEN THE INFLUX OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN BEGAN EXCEEDING THE CAPACITY OF THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT, I TRAVELED TO THE BORDER AREA SPECIFICALLY TO VISIT THESE FACILITIES. I ENGAGED WITH THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE CARE THESE CHILDREN WERE RECEIVING IN 2014, 2015, 2016. THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT RESPONDED TO MY CONCERNS, CONCERNS ABOUT THREATS OF COMMUNICATEABLE DISEASES FROM COUNTRIES BEING BROUGHT TO THE HOMELAND. MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS NOT A PHYSICIAN EMPLOYED IN THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE AND RESETTLEMENT IN 2014 BEFORE I RAISED THIS ISSUE. THE ISSUE BECAME A CONCERN BECAUSE THERE WERE MEMBERS OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL THAT ACTUALLY FELT THEY WERE PERHAPS DEVELOPING A CONDITION AS A RESULT OF CONTACT WITH PEOPLE, BECAUSE OF A SKIN PAIR SITE THAT WAS EASILY COMMUNICATED -- PARACITE THAT WERE EASILY COMMUNICATED. PEOPLE WERE RIGHTFULLY CONCERNED. IT'S NOT LIKE AN ILLNESS LIKE SCABIES. IT'S MULTIPLE DRUG RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS THAT MOST PEOPLE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT. WHILE TREATMENT IN FACILITIES VASTLY IMPROVED IN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, THE PATH BY WHICH IMMIGRANTS COME HERE ARE STILL DANGEROUS. ON ONE OF MY VISITS MCIN MCALLEN, TEXAS, I TRAVELED WITH BORDER PATROL AGENTS DURING A CACTUS ROAD, MESQUITE BUSHES GROWING FROM THE SIDE. THEY BROUGHT A BUS DOWN THERE. A BIG BUS. THEY STOPPED, THEY FLASHED THEIR LIGHTS, HONKED THE HORN, THE BUS FILLED UP WITH PEOPLE. THE BUS WENT OFF TO TOWN BOUNCING ACROSS THIS DUSTY ROAD AND I REMAINED WITH THE CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL. SOMEONE FROM FISH AND WILDLIFE CAME UP AND SAID, I NEED HELP. I HAVE PEOPLE OVER HERE THAT I THINK BELONG IN YOUR JURISDICTION BECAUSE YOU'RE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL WENT TO THE AREA WHERE HE POINTED OUT AND HERE WAS A NUMBER OF WOMEN, SMALL CHILDREN, AND TEENAGE BOYS. THEY HAD COME ACROSS THE RIVER BY -- DELIVERED BY TRAFFICKERS JUST LITERALLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER AND DROPPED THERE. THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS THE DIRECTION TO TOWN. THEY WERE NOT TOWN. THEY WERE NOT EQUIPPED TO TRAVEL IN THE HARSH CONDITIONS. PROBABLY 110 DEGREES OUTSIDE THAT DAY. SMALL CHILDREN. CHILDREN, BABES IN ARMS, PROBABLY 1 YEAR OF AGE OR LESS. AND THIS IS WHAT THE TRAFFICKERS LEFT ON THE SIDE OF THE RIVER. HAD CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL HAD THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE NOT COME BY AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL NOT COME BY, I DON'T KNOW HOW THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE MADE IT TOWN AND IT'S QUITE POSSIBLE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE MADE IT SAFELY. SO THE SITUATION ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS NOT JUST A BORDER CRISIS. IT IS ALSO AN IMMIGRATION CRISIS. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS ANNOUNCED ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY TO FINALLY AND FULLY ENFORCE OUR LAWS. I BELIEVE HE DID THIS SO THAT AMERICANS AND IMMIGRANTS ALIKE WOULD RECOGNIZE AND REMEMBER THAT WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS AND ALSO TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY TO OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IS SOMETIMES NOT WORTH THE RISK AND THE STRUGGLE REQUIRED TO MAKE IT WITHIN JUST A FEW MILES OF A FENCE. THE EBB AND FLOW AND FLOW OF BORDER CROSSINGS HAVE CONSISTENTLY REFLECT THE RHETORIC OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND PERCEPTION OF ENFORCEMENT OF OUR LAWS. THE RATE OF BORDER CROSSINGS RAPIDLY INCREASED IN THE LAST YEAR BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT VISIBLE ACTION BY THE CONGRESS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REQUEST FOR A BORDER WALL. HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR. IT'S NO SECRET THAT COUNTRIES, WHAT ARE CALLED THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE, ARE SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. YET, THESE COUNTRIES RECEIVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF AID EACH YEAR FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, FOR MILITARY FINANCING, AND SECURITY INITIATIVES. THIS FUNDING RAPIDLY INCREASED TO OVER $600 MILLION EACH YEAR BEGINNING IN FISCAL YEAR 2014, MOSTLY IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING CRISIS WITH UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN. SO I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO ASK OURSELVES, IS THE FUNDING BEING ALLOCATED IN A WAY THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE DOMESTIC CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND AND REDUCE THE DESIRE TO LEAVE? TO ADDRESS THIS CONCERN, I INTRODUCED THE UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN ASSISTANCE CONTROL ACT, AND I OFFERED THIS BILL AS AN AMENDMENT TO -- I OFFERED THAT AS AN AMENDMENT TO 4760. SIMPLY PUT, THIS BILL WOULD REDUCE FOREIGN AID ALLOCATIONS TO MEXICO, HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, BY $15,000 PER -- PER CHILD FOR EACH -- TO EACH COUNTRY IF THEIR CHILD CROSSES THE BORDER ILLEGALLY OR IF THEY'RE REFERRED TO THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT FOR CUSTODY AND CARE. WHILE THIS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT, THE EACH CHILDCARE FOR BY THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT COSTS THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER ABOUT $35,000. BUT EVEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS STATED THE CARE THESE CHILDREN RECEIVE IS BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CHILD. . WHILE WE CANNOT WE MUST RECOGNIZE PRIORITIZING ALIEN CHILDREN OVER OUR OWN SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE. REMOVING THAT AID PER CHILD WILL SEND A MESSAGE THAT OUR ACCEPTING THEIR CHILDREN WILL NOT BE WITHOUT COST TO THEM. AS WE ALL KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT IMPORTANT, IT HAS TO BE ABOUT THE MONEY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE ACCOUNTABILITY IN THESE COUNTRIES POOR AND THE USE OF FUNDS IS UNCHECKED. THEY RELY ON AMERICAN AID AND WE MUST ENSURE IT IS BEING USED APPROPRIATELY AND WISELY TO COMBAT THE FORCES THAT ARE DRIVING THEIR FUTURE GENERATIONS, IT'S THEIR FUTURE, THAT THEY ARE DRIVING AWAY FROM THEIR OWN COUNTRIES. BY WITHHOLDING FUNDING IN THE FACE OF RAMPANT CORRUPTION, WEIGH NOT ONLY PROVIDE A POTENTIAL FUNDING STREAM FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSED BORDER SYSTEM, BUT WE SEND A SIGNAL THAT WE WILL NOT WILLINGLY DEPRIVE THE CHILDREN AND DESPERATE IMMIGRANTS OF THE LIFE THEY DESIRE, AND IN NEED OF THEIR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN. THE BEST PLACE FOR A CHILD AND FAMILY IS THEIR HOME BECAUSE THE CONDITION OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRY, HOME FOR MANY CHILDREN IS NOW A STARK FACILITY ALONG A FOREIGN BORDER. IT IS TIME TO TAKE STEPS THAT WE NOT ONLY STRENGTHEN OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS FOR THE SECURITY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BUT IN THE INTEREST OF RESTORING AND MAINTAINING THE HOME FROM WHICH MANY WOULD-BE IMMIGRANTS TRY TO ESCAPE. CONGRESS HAS NOT SUCCESSFULLY REFORMED OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS IN DECADES. IT IS TIME TO BEGIN THAT DEBATE TO ALIGN OUR O IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WITH CURRENT REALITIES. FOR THIS REASON I ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF THE RULE TO BEGIN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT TODAY'S RULE AND I RESERVE.

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        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30…

        MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      • 10:48:20 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER H.R. 4760, THE SO-CALLED SECURING AMERICA'S…

        THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER H.R. 4760, THE SO-CALLED SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. AND TWO AMENDMENTS IN THE LEGISLATION. BEFORE I SPEAK ON THE LEGISLATION, LET US CONSIDER WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CREATED IMMIGRATION CRISIS AFTER IMMIGRATION CRISIS. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE REASON DREAMERS ARE AT-RISK OF DEPORTATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE REASON FAMILIES ARE BEING SEPARATED AT OUR NATION'S BORDERS. THIS IS A TRUMP MANUFACTURED CRISIS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNED YESTERDAY DOES NOTHING TO FIX THIS. HIS ORDER DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. IN FACT, HIS ORDER DIRECTS HIS DEPORTATION FORCE TO NOW JAIL FAMILIES AT THE BORDER, WHICH IS IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF CURRENT COURT ORDERS. IT WILL LEAD TO MORE FAMILY SEPARATION AND THE ONLY DIFFERENCE NOW IS THAT FAMILIES WILL WAIT 20 DAYS BEFORE BEING SEPARATED. I WANT EVERY MEMBER OF DIRECT VIOLATION OF CURRENT COURT ORDERS. IT WILL LEAD TO MORE FAMILY THIS BODY AND EVERYONE WATCHING AT HOME TO IMAGINE WHAT IT MUST BE LIKE. IMAGINE TRAVELING THOUSANDS OF MILES TO FLEE SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. WITH COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST MURDER RATES AND THEN WHEN YOU FINALLY THINK YOU ARE SAFE HAVING YOUR CHILD RIPPED AWAY FROM YOU. IN 1946 TO 1948, DURING THE TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION, HUMAN EXPERIMENTS WERE CONDUCTED IN GUATEMALA. AMERICAN DOCTORS INFECTED MOSTLY UNEDUCATED AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WITH SYPHILIS . TODAY IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WE'RE FORCING DRUGS DRUGS IN PILL FORMS AND INJECTIONS ON THE INDIGENOUS CHILDREN SEEKING ASYLUM. SO THIS BRINGS US TO WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE WATCHING THIS DEBATE SHOULD BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON WHAT THIS BILL DOES. THIS BILL FAILS TO SOLVE THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES AT OUR NATION'S BORDER. IT REDUCES LEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT FAILS TO OFFER DACA RECIPIENTS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. IT ADDS $25 BILLION TO OUR GROWING WALL OF DEBT. ON TOP OF THE $2 TRILLION THAT WE ALREADY ADDED WHEN REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR THEIR TAX SCAM. THIS BILL MAKES IT HARDER FOR THOSE SEEKING ASYLUM TO RECEIVE PROTECTION. AND IT FAILS TO PROTECT THE 2,000 CHILDREN THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. MANY WILL CALL THIS LEGISLATION THE MORE CONSERVATIVE OPTION THAT THE HOUSE CHILDREN THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. WILL CONSIDER TODAY, BUT LET US BE CLEAR THIS BILL IS NOT CONSERVATIVE AT ALL. AFTER ADDING TRILLIONS TO OUR NATION'S DEBT, THROUGH THE TAX SCAM, REPUBLICANS ARE NOW PUTTING US IN ANOTHER $25 BILLION DEBT. WHERE ARE WE GOING TO BROTHER THIS MONEY FROM? REMEMBER, COLLEAGUES, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DECLARED A TRADE WAR WITH CHINA. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF CHINA DECIDES TO CASH IN ON THAT DEBT? IN ADDITION, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FAMILY JAILS WILL COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER 10 TIMES MORE THAN THE ALTERNATIVE POLICY HE ENDED FOR FAMILY MIGRATION. CONSERVATIVE? ABSOLUTELY NOT. CRUEL? INHUMANE? ABSOLUTELY YES. MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUES AND I OFFERED MANY FIXES WHICH WERE ALL BLOCKED BY THIS RULE. MY AMENDMENT TO REPLACE THE BILL WITH THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT WHICH WOULD HAVE REUNITED FAMILIES WAS BLOCKED. REPRESENTATIVE ROYBAL-ALLARD AND REPRESENTATIVE POLIS JOINED ME IN OFFERING THE DREAM ACT. AS AN ALTERNATIVE, BUT THAT WAS BLOCKED ALSO. ANOTHER RULES COMMITTEE MEMBER, REPRESENTATIVE HASTINGS, AND HIS AMENDMENT TO FIX T.P.S. BLOCKED. BUT NOT ALL AMENDMENTS WERE BLOCKED. JUST LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER CONTAINED MISSPELLINGS BUT NOT ALL, THIS BILL CONTAINED A GIANT TYPO. TO GIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP AN ADDITIONAL $100 BILLION FOR HIS WALL. SO WHICH IS IT? $25 BILLION, $100 BILLION? ARE MEXICANS GOING TO PAY FOR IT? WHAT IS IT? THE COMMITTEE HAS SAID THAT THEY ARE MAKING THIS CORRECTION , AND THEY DID SO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. BUT I DOUBT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR THAT. SO WE WILL WAIT AND SEE. WE WILL WAIT AND SEE. IF THIS TRULY IS A MISTAKE, THERE ARE THE KINDS -- THESE KINDS OF CORRUPTIONS COULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IF DEMOCRATS HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO PART -- PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS. IF WE WOULD HAVE HAD A COMMITTEE HEARING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THIS CRUEL LEGISLATION NOW. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE GENTLELADY RESERVES.

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        MR. BURGESS

        I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. THIS IS NOT A CRISIS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MAKING.…

        I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. THIS IS NOT A CRISIS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MAKING. THOSE OF US WHO SERVED HERE DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WERE AWARE THIS WAS A PROBLEM. CERTAINLY THOSE OF US WHO SERVED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WERE AWARE THIS WAS A PROBLEM. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA DECLARED THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS IN 2012, IT WAS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED TWO YEARS LATER BY THE WAVE OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN THAT CAME TO OUR SOUTHERN BORDER THIS. CRISIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME IN THE MAKING. CONGRESS DOES NEED TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THE PRESIDENT IS QUITE CORRECT IN THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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      • 10:56:24 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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        MR. PASCRELL

        GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. LEVITICUS, CHAPTER 19, 13, 33-34 IN THE OLD…

        GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. LEVITICUS, CHAPTER 19, 13, 33-34 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. DEMOCRATS CAN QUOTE THE BIBLE ALSO. AS A PRACTICING CATHOLIC LET ME DO THAT. WHEN A FOREIGNER RESIDES AMONG YOU IN YOUR LAND DO NOT MISTREAT THEM. THE FOREIGNER RESIDING AMONG YOU MUST BE TREATED AS YOUR NATIVE BORN. LOVE THEM AS YOURSELF. FOR YOU ARE FOREIGNERS IN EGYPT. I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, UNQUOTE. WHEN DID THIS, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BARBARIC ZONE PHOBIC -- ZEN PHOBIC, ANTI-IMMIGRANT AGENDA BEGIN? LET'S GO THROUGH IT. ONE, THE BIRTHER ISSUE, AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THIS COUNTRY BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE HEAD OF THE ADMINISTRATION. THE MUSLIM BAN, IMAGINE BANNING PEOPLE THAT PROFESS A PARTICULAR RELIGION. THIRD, CHARLOTTESVILLE, THAT DEBACLE, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. FOURTH, THE INCENDIARY TALK PAINTED THE ENTIRE MEXICAN POPULATION, OUR ALLY, PROBABLY OUR THIRD OR FOURTH LEADING TRADE PARTNER, OUR ALLY, WITH OUR ALLY, A A WIDE BRUSH OF PURE PREJUDICE, PURE. YOU PAINTED THE ENTIRE POPULATION. AND TO SAY THAT DEMOCRATS ARE FOR OPEN BORDERS, THAT IS A LIE. YOU KNOW IT. I KNOW IT. I'M STANDING UP TO REJECT IT. YOU SIT QUIETLY. YOU SIT QUIETLY AND SAY NOTHING. I WAS ON THE ORIGINAL STARTING GATE AT THE HOMELAND SECURITY AFTER 9/11. DEMOCRATS JUST AS WELL AS REPUBLICANS WORKED TOGETHER TO PUT THAT TOGETHER. HOW DARE ANYBODY INSINUATE THAT WE DON'T ACCEPT THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION. BY THE WAY, BY THE WAY, WE HAVE FOUR BORDERS NOT ONE. THE PEOPLE WHO ATTACKED US ON 9/11 CAME FROM CANADA. THEY DIDN'T COME FROM THE WAY, BY THE WAY, WE HAVE FOUR MEXICO. YOU NEVER MET A MEXICAN TOURIST. AND I CERTAINLY HAVEN'T MET ONE, EITHER. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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        MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

        MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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        I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST POINT OUT THAT UNDER…

        I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST POINT OUT THAT UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS, CURRENT LAW, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TAKES IN 1.1 MILLION NEW CITIZENS EVERY YEAR. WE'RE THE MOST GENEROUS COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. AMERICANS SHOULD BE RIGHTLY PROUD OF THAT. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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      • 10:59:16 AM

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        THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. EXCUSE ME, CALIFORNIA.

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        MRS. TORRES

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES,

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      • 10:59:29 AM

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        MR. MCGOVERN

        MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY IS INSANE. FOR EIGHT YEARS…

        MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY IS INSANE. FOR EIGHT YEARS REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE BLOCKED EVERY ATTEMPT TO DEBATE BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION BILLS. THEY BLOCKED SENATE-PASSED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, THEY BLOCKED THE BIPARTISAN DREAM ACT WHICH HAS 203 CO-SPONSORS. SPEAKER RYAN HAS REFUSED TO CONSIDER THE DREAM SENATE-PASSED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, THEY BLOCKED THE BIPARTISAN ACT, ALL WHILE SHEDDING CROCODILE TEARS OVER THE DATE OF NEARLY 700,000 DREAMERS FOR WHOM AMERICA IS THE ONLY HOME THEY KNOW. INSTEAD, HE HAS HELD THE DREAMERS HOSTAGE. USE THEM AND BARGAINING CHIPS. USED THEM AS LEVERAGE TO WASTE TENS OF BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON A SENSELESS WALL AND TO MILITARIZE OUR SCORN BORDER. NOW THAT OUR NATION IS HAUNTED BY IMAGES MUCH CHILDREN BEING RIPPED FROM THEIR PARENTS' ARMS AND SOUND OF THEIR CRIES, SPEAKER RYAN DECIDES THIS IS THE TIME TO BRING TWO OF THE MOST HATEFUL, BIGOTED, ANTI-IMMIGRANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION I HAVE EVER SEEN TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR DEBATE. UNDER A CLOSED PROCESS, NO AMENDMENTS, NO COMMITTEE HEARINGS. THIS IS A SCANDAL, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS SHOULD HIDE THEIR FACES IN SHAME. . IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. IF THE QUEEN OF THE HILL DISCHARGE PETITION MOVED, WE COULD HAVE A REAL DEBATE ON IMMIGRATION. WE COULD CONSIDER TWO BIPARTISAN BILLS TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS, NAMELY THE DREAM ACT AND THE U.S.A. ACT. THE PETITION WAS NEARING 218 SIGNATURES, BUT REPUBLICANS COULDN'T STAND CONSIDERING ANYTHING THEY DISAGREE WITH. THEY COULDN'T EVEN STAND DEBATING THEM. THIS RULE WILL KILL THE DISCHARGE PETITION BECAUSE REPUBLICANS FEAR A FAIR FIGHT. THIS IS AN INSULT TO THIS INSTITUTION AND TO THE MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE WAITED SO LONG TO VOTE ON THESE BILLS. THE RULES COMMITTEE EVEN CAME BACK AT 10:00 TO FIX A SO-CALLED DRAFTING ERROR IN THIS BILL. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE DRAFTING ERROR WAS? $100 BILLION. THAT'S RIGHT. REPUBLICANS ALMOST ACCIDENTALLY GAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP $125 BILLION FOR HIS BORDER WALL INSTEAD OF THE $25 BILLION. THAT'S QUITE AN ERROR, ALTHOUGH I'M SURE PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD HAVE LOVED IT. OH, MY GOD. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU JAM BILLS THROUGH WITH NO HEARINGS, NO MARKUPS, NO C.B.O. SCORE, WHICH WOULD HAVE CAUGHT THIS ENORMOUS MISTAKE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL ONLY LEAD TO KEEPING THESE CHILDREN BEHIND BARS. SOME WITH AND SOME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS IN AN UNLIMITED, INDEFINITE DETENTION. THE REPUBLICAN BILLS TURN THIS INTO THE LAW OF THE LAND. THIS IS CRUEL AND INHUMAN PUNISHMENT. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MUST STOP HIS HATE PEDDLING AND HE MUST STOP HIS LIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS RULE THAT KILLS THE DISCHARGE PETITION AND ANY HOPE ON BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION BILLS. I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THIS RULE AND HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THESE BILLS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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        MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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        MR. BURGESS

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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        MR. BURGESS

        MR. SPEAKER, JUST REMIND PEOPLE IN THIS BODY 10 YEARS AGO THE DEMOCRATS…

        MR. SPEAKER, JUST REMIND PEOPLE IN THIS BODY 10 YEARS AGO THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY. INDEED, IN THE 2008 ELECTION THAT OCCURRED 10 YEARS AGO, THEY STRENGTHENED THAT MAJORITY. HOUSE MEMBERS, HOUSE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS WERE SO FAR IN THE MINORITY AS TO BE IRRELEVANT IN ALL EXCHANGES. THERE WAS A 60-VOTE MAJORITY OVER IN THE SENATE. YOU MAY RECALL THAT'S WHERE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DODD-FRANK AND OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WOULD NEVER PASS ACTUALLY DID PASS IN THAT ENVIRONMENT. A QUESTION THAT I HEAR A LOT IS, WHY DIDN'T DEMOCRATS DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE DREAMER PROBLEM WHEN THEY CONTROLLED ALL THE LEVERS OF POWER? IT'S A VALID QUESTION. SENATOR DURBIN HAD A BILL, AS YOU'LL RECALL, IN THAT NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS THAT BEGAN IN JANUARY, 2009, SENATOR DURBIN HAD A BILL TO DEAL WITH THE DREAMER SITUATION. AND HE WORKED ON IT ALL YEAR. IT NEVER CAME UP UNTIL DECEMBER OF 2010. NOW, YOU'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER OF 2010, ACTUALLY THE MAJORITY CHANGED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THERE WERE ENOUGH REPUBLICANS ELECTED THAT THE DEMOCRATS WOULD NOT BE IN THE MAJORITY THE NEXT YEAR. SO HERE WE ARE IN A SO-CALLED LAME-DUCK SESSION OF A PARTY THAT'S EXITING POWER, AND I THINK IT WAS DECEMBER 8 OF THAT YEAR IN THE HOUSE THE DEMOCRATS BROUGHT SENATOR DURBIN'S BILL UP AND PASSED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AS WOULD BE EXPECTED, THEY DID HAVE A SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY. THEY LOST ONE VOTE OVER IN THE SENATE, AS I RECALL, AND HAD 59 DEMOCRATS. SPEAKER PELOSI TOLD ME IN A RULES COMMITTEE HEARING SEVERAL MONTHS AGO THAT IT WAS THE REPUBLICANS THAT BLOCKED THAT VOTE FROM HAPPENING IN THE SENATE, BUT THAT'S NOT EXACTLY TRUE. THREE REPUBLICANS VOTED WITH THE DEMOCRATS ON THE DURBIN BILL. FIVE DEMOCRATS VOTED IN THE NEGATIVE. AND THAT'S WHAT KILLED THE DURBIN BILL WHEN THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED ALL LEVERS OF POWER IN 2010, THE LAST TIME THEY DID. LOOK, DON'T BLAME THIS PROBLEM ON PRESIDENT TRUMP. IT HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR SOMETIME BUT IT IS UP TO US TO SOLVE IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:05:04 AM

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        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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      • 11:05:08 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISH MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE…

        I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISH MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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      • 11:05:16 AM

        MR. HASTINGS

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. DR. BURGESS, I WOULD URGE…

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. DR. BURGESS, I WOULD URGE THROUGH THE SPEAKER THAT YOU HAVE THE LEVERS OF POWER NOW, AND I PREDICT FOR YOU TODAY, THE TWO MEASURES THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH ARE NOT LIKELY TO REACH THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. BUT NONE OF THIS WAS HAPPENING FOUR MONTHS AGO. NONE OF THIS WAS HAPPENING TWO MONTHS AGO. BUT A POLICY THAT WAS ANNOUNCED BY JEFF SESSIONS IS WHAT BROUGHT US TO THIS AND THAT HAD TO COME THROUGH THE PRESIDENT. LAST NIGHT IN OUR RULES COMMITTEE, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PROVIDED A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR CERTAIN LONG-TERM TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUSHOLDERS, BUT NOT SURPRISINGLY, IN THIS HISTORICALLY CLOSED CONGRESS, MY AMENDMENT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. LET ME REPEAT THIS. THIS HISTORICALLY CLOSED CONGRESS, 89 CLOSED RULES, NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF THIS BODY HAVE WE HAD AS MUCH CLOSED RULES. AS WE DISCUSSED THE NEED FOR DREAMERS TO HAVE A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, WHICH THEY MUST, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR COUNTRY UNDER TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS ARE NOT PASSED OVER AND FORGOTTEN. THEY'RE FROM EL SALVADOR, THEY'RE FROM HONDURAS, NICARAGUA WITH A, NAPAL -- NICARAGUA, NAPAL, HAITI. THEY ARE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS. MANY HAVE U.S.-BORN CHILDREN OR U.S. CITIZEN SPOUSES AND THEY CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY AND OUR COMMUNITIES. THEY PAY TAXES IN A MYRIAD AND DYNAMIC WAYS. THEY WORK IN OUR AIRPORTS, IN OUR SERVICE INDUSTRIES, IN OUR HEALTH CARE SECTOR, IN OUR CONSTRUCTION SITES. THEY ARE FATHERS, MOTHERS, SISTERS, BROTHERS. THEY ARE MEMBERS OF OUR FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM TO A PERSON HAILS FROM A COUNTRY STILL RECOVERING FROM NATURAL DISASTERS, INTERNAL VIOLENCE OR BOTH. I'LL GIVE YOU JUST ONE EXAMPLE. ON JANUARY 12, 2010, HAITI WAS DEVASTATED BY 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE. WHEN A HALF MILLION PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED, 300,000 BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED. EIGHT YEARS ON TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE REMAIN IN CAMPS. I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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      • 11:07:34 AM

        MRS. TORRES

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        MR. HASTINGS

        THEN, THEY HAD A HURRICANE. THE HURRICANE WAS THE FIRST CATEGORY FOUR…

        THEN, THEY HAD A HURRICANE. THE HURRICANE WAS THE FIRST CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE TO HIT HAITI IN OVER HALF A CENTURY, CLAIMING 1,000 LIVES AND DISPLACING MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE. HAITI, QUITE SIMPLY, CONTINUES TO CLIMB OUT FROM THE RUBBLE OF THE EARTHQUAKE, CHOLERA OUTBREAK, AND HURRICANE MATTHEW, AND WE IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE TRIED TO HELP THEM TO DO SO, AS WE SHOULD. IN ITS WISDOM, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DECIDED TO END T.P.S. FOR HAITI AND MANY OTHER COUNTRIES. NOT ONLY DOES THIS CONCLUSION FIND THE FACE OF THE FACTS, AS WE KNOW THEM, BUT IT NEEDLESSLY INFLICTS COUNTLESS WOUNDS ON OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:08:26 AM

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        MR. BURGESS

        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME…

        MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. GOODLATTE, THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 4760.

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      • 11:08:39 AM

        MR. GOODLATTE

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND FOR HIS…

        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BILL. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS COOKED UP OVERNIGHT. THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED SIX MONTHS AGO. IT'S BASED UPON LEGISLATION THAT'S PASSED OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN PREVIOUS CONGRESSES, AND SOME OF IT IN THIS CONGRESS. IT IS A GOOD EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING ALL THREE ASPECTS OF IMMIGRATION LAW THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. IT HAS A VERY GOOD PROPOSAL WITH REGARD TO THE DACA RECIPIENTS. THEY GET A LEGAL STATUS PERMANENTLY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. RENEWABLE EVERY THREE YEARS, AS LONG AS THEY DON'T COMMIT A CRIME. THAT'S A STATUTORY PROTECTION. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S SUBJECT TO COURT CHALLENGES. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S SUBJECT TO THE WHIMS OF ANY PRESIDENT, PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE. IT IS SOMETHING THAT ALLOWS THEM THEN TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF EXISTING PATHWAYS TO CITIZENSHIP, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES, LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES ON, OWN A BUSINESS OF THE UNITED STATES, TRAVEL IN AND OUT OF THE UNITED STATES. I THINK IT IS A GOOD FIRST STEP IN ADDRESSING THIS SITUATION. SECONDLY, THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT VERY CLEAR, AND PEOPLE WATCHING THE NEWS COVERAGE KNOW THE DIFFICULTIES THAT THE ADMINISTRATION, ANY ADMINISTRATION, THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BEFORE IT HAVE WITH LAWS THAT NEED -- THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION BEFORE IT HAVE WITH LAWS THAT NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT IS FOLLOWED AT THE BORDER. WE HAVE A WAITING LIST OF 600,000 PEOPLE APPLYING FOR ASYLUM. HISTORICALLY, ASYLUM, WHICH IS A VERY GOOD PART OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAW, HAS BEEN GRANTED TO 5,000 SOME -- MANY AS MANY AS 10,000 PEOPLE. ALEXANDER, THE GREAT SOVIET DISSIDENT WHO WROTE THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO, GOT ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT WHEN EVERYONE WHO IS APPREHENDED CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY TRYING TO AVOID DEDECLARATION SAY, OH, I'M HERE FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM AND YOU CREATE A BACKLOG, 600,000 PEOPLE LONG, AND THEY ARE RELEASED IN THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY AND DON'T RETURN FOR THEIR HEARINGS IN MANY, MANY, MANY INSTANCES, THAT IS A VERY FLAWED ASPECT OF OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. AND THIS BILL ADDRESSES THAT. AS IT DOES WITH THE PROBLEM WITH UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, CHILDREN, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 YEARS OF AGE, MOSTLY YOUNG BOYS COMING ACROSS ALL OF MEXICO AND THEN THROUGH THE DESERT OR ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE RIVER AND THEN THINKING THAT THIS IS AN ACCEPTABLE THING FOR THEM TO DO TO ENTER OUR COUNTRY. THEY NEED TO BE RETURNED SAFELY HOME, AND THE LAWS NEED TO BE REFORMED TO ACCOMPLISH THAT. WE NEED TO REFORM MANY OTHER ASPECTS OF OUR BORDER SECURITY LAWS, CLOSE THESE LOOPHOLES. WE NEED TO HAVE GREATER TECHNOLOGY. WE NEED TO HAVE ALONG SOME SEGMENTS OF OUR BORDER IMPROVED WALL TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE FENCES, AND SOME WALLS ALREADY, THE FENCES HAVE BIG HOLES AND SOME COME WITH CHAIN CUTTERS AND CUT THEM AND GO THROUGH THEM WHEN IT'S FOGGY THERE IN SAN DIEGO OR OTHER TIMES WHEN THEY HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED TO HAVE A MORE SECURED BORDER, BOTH WITH TECHNOLOGY AND WITH A WALL IN SOME PLACES. AND WITH THE NECESSARY PERSONNEL TO HANDLE THIS, INCLUDING NOT JUST BORDER PATROL BUT THE JUDGES AND OTHER OFFICERS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO PROCESS PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE APPREHENDED. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM, AND IT IS ADDRESSED IN THIS LEGISLATION. WE ALSO NEED TO MOVE TOWARD A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE HAVE, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS REPEATEDLY NOTED, THE MOST GENEROUS IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO COME TO VISIT THIS COUNTRY EVERY YEAR. SOME TO WORK, SOME TO GO TO SCHOOL, SOME TO CONDUCT BUSINESS. FOR MORE THAN 75 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF REASONS WHY THEY COME HERE. WE ALSO HAVE MORE THAN A DOZEN IMMIGRANT VISA CATEGORIES THAT ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES, AND WE GIVE OUT ON AVERAGE ABOUT 1.1 MILLION GREEN CARDS A YEAR TO PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS LAWFULLY. THAT'S THE MOST GENEROUS SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS WE DO THAT WE HAVE TO MOVE TOWARD A SYSTEM WHERE WE'RE MEETING THE NEEDS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AS WELL AS WE DO IT. SO AREAS WHERE WE HAVE SHORTAGES SO THAT WE CAN KEEP BUSINESSES IN THE UNITED STATES RATHER THAN HAVING THEM MOVE ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE THEY CAN FIND THE WORKERS THEY NEED IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS. SO ELIMINATING THINGS LIKE THE VISA LOTTERY WHERE WE GIVE 55,000 GREEN CARDS OUT FOR NO GOOD REASON AT ALL OTHER THAN THE PURE LUCK THAT PEOPLE ATTAIN FROM THAT AND INSTEAD USE THOSE TO HAVE A NEW SYSTEM WHERE WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE TOWARDS A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM WHICH IS NOT IN THIS BILL BUT SHOULD BE THE SUCCESSOR TO THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT THING TO DO. AND I THINK THAT ALL OF THOSE MEASURES ARE CONTAINED IN THIS LEGISLATION. I THINK IT'S VERY, VERY GOOD LEGISLATION. BUT THIS BILL CONTAINS TWO IMPORTANT PROVISIONS THAT ARE NOT IN THE SECOND BILL, AND I WANT TO PARTICULARLY ADDRESS THOSE. FIRST, WE HAVE IN THIS BILL THE EVERIFY PROGRAM. THIS IS A PROGRAM, A VERY FINE PROGRAM THAT EXISTS TODAY. MORE THAN 800,000 BUSINESSES USE IT. MANY, MANY LARGE BUSINESSES USE IT. I WOULD BET THAT PROBABLY A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PROCESSED FOR JOB APPLICATIONS TODAY, IT IS UTILIZED BY THEM. BUT IT'S CERTAINLY NOT UTILIZED BY EVERYBODY. AND AS A CONSEQUENCE, IT'S NOT BEING TOTALLY EFFECTIVE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO AREN'T USING IT EITHER DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHETHER SOMEBODY IS LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES OR THEY THINK THEY ARE UNLAWFULLY PRESENT AND DON'T WANT TO HAVE A SYSTEM THAT UNCOVERS THAT. BUT THIS BILL, APPLYING PERSPECTIVELY ONLY -- YOU DON'T HAVE TO APPLY IT TO YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES, WORKS 99.7% OF THE TIME. IT'S VERY, VERY ACCURATE. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT HAS A SAFE HARBOR FOR BOTH THE WORKER AND THE EMPLOYER SO THAT IF YOU GET A FALSE POSITIVE AND IF YOU'RE GETTING THAT.3% OF A TIME, THAT'S STILL A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHEN YOU USE E-VERIFY SYSTEM, THE NEW LAW ACTUALLY GIVES THEM A WAY TO WORK OUT THE CATCH 22 SITUATION THAT WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS FIND THEMSELVES IN BECAUSE UNDER THE CURRENT LAW WE USE THE I-9 FORMS. OFTENTIMES SOMEBODY LOOKS AT IT AND SAY, I AM NOT SURE THESE ARE GENUINE DOCUMENTS BUT IF THEY REFUSE TO HIRE THE INDIVIDUAL AND TURNS OUT THEY ARE GENUINE DOCUMENTS, THEY CAN BE SUED FOR DISCRIMINATION. AND ON THE OTHER HAND, IF THEY HIRE THE WORKER AND IT TURNS OUT THEY'RE UNLAWFULLY PRESENT THEY CAN BE PROSECUTED FOR HIRING SOMEONE UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES. AND SO THE SAFE HARBOR SAYS, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND HIRE THAT PERSON UNTIL WE WORK OUT WHETHER IT IS A FALSE POSITIVE OR A FALSE NEGATIVE WITHOUT THAT CONSEQUENCE AND ONLY UNTIL WE KNOW THAT WILL YOU THEN HAVE TO NOT EMPLOY THAT PERSON. YOU'LL FACE NO CONSEQUENCE OF DOING THAT. THAT'S GOOD FOR THE WORKER AND IT'S GOOD FOR THE EMPLOYER AS WELL. . WHEN YOU DO THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT THERE ARE SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES WORKING. BY FAR THE NUMBER ONE SECTOR THAT'S AFFECTED BY THAT IS OUR AGRICULTURAL WORK FORCE. THERE ARE SOME ESTIMATES THAT AS MANY AS 80% OR 90% OF PEOPLE WORKING IN AGRICULTURE BEYOND THE ACTUAL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO OWN A FARM ARE NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THIS COUNTRY. SOME ESTIMATES MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE ARE WORKING NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THIS COUNTRY. WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF WE COULD TURN THAT WORK FORCE INTO LEGAL WORKERS WHERE THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE BORDER, TO GO HOME TO WHERE THEIR FAMILY IS WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING APPREHENDED AND PROSECUTED. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES T GIVES FARMERS A MUCH MORE RELIABLE WORK FORCE. IT GIVES THEM A MUCH BETTER PROGRAM WHERE THEY CAN SELF-CERTIFY WHERE THE WORKER CAN COME IN FOR UP TO TWO YEARS AT A TIME. AND IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY WHERE THEY HAVE NO PROM AT ALL TODAY, OR PROS -- NO PROGRAM AT ALL WORKER CAN COME TODAY, OR RAW PROCESSING PLANS, THEY HAVE NO PROGRAM AT ALL TODAY, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO HELP THOSE FARMERS. THIS IS AN AREA OF OUR ECONOMY THAT'S VERY MUCH AFFECTED BY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. IT IS EXCEEDINGLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION TO MOVE IMMIGRATION IN THE DIRECTION IT NEEDS TO MOVE. THIS IS AN ENLIGHTENED WAY TO DO IT. IT IS NOT A BAD BILL. IT IS A GOOD BILL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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      • 11:18:01 AM

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        GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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      • 11:18:06 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE JUST CLARIFIED THAT HIS BILL HAS BEEN IN…

        MR. SPEAKER, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE JUST CLARIFIED THAT HIS BILL HAS BEEN IN PRINT FOR SIX MONTHS. THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT YOUR REAL INTENTION IS TO ALLOCATE $100 MILLION FOR THE TRUMP WALL. AND IT WASN'T UNTIL WE SHINED THE LIGHT ON THAT THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS SCRAMBLED TO REDUCE THAT AMOUNT TO $25 MILLION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM SHINED THE CALIFORNIA, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, NANCY PELOSI.

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      • 11:18:49 AM

        MS. PELOSI

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND HER…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND HER LEADERSHIP ON AMERICA. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAVELING WITH HER UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR COLLEAGUE, JUAN VARGAS AND SUSAN DAVIS, TO THEIR DISTRICTS EARLIER THIS WEEK TO SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER. I COME TO THE FLOOR NOW WITH THAT FRESH INFORMATION. I COME TO THE FLOOR AS A MOTHER, MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN, GRANDMOTHER OF NINE WHO KNOWS AS MANY OF YOU HERE WHO ARE PARENTS KNOW AND ALL OF YOU HERE WHO ARE CHILDREN KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BOND BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD. AND HOW BREAKING THAT BOND IS OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE OF CIVILIZED HUMAN BEHAVIOR. KNOW THE IMPORTANCE MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO QUOTE A FAVORITE PRESIDENT, I'M SURE, OF COURSE AND MANY IN THIS BODY. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN. IN HIS FINAL DAYS OF THE PRESIDENCY, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SAID, AND SINCE THIS IS THE LAST SPEECH THAT I WILL GIVE AS PRESIDENT, MY COLLEAGUES, I WANT TO YOU HEAR THIS BECAUSE THIS IS ABOUT RONALD REAGAN, MAYBE YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT, OK. THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SAID, AND SINCE THIS IS THE LAST SPEECH I WILL GIVE AS PRESIDENT I THINK IT IS FITTING TO LEAVE ONE FINAL THOUGHT. AN OBSERVATION ABOUT A COUNTRY WHICH I LOVE. PRESIDENT REAGAN WENT ON TO SAY, YES, THE TORCH OF LADY LIBERTY SYMBOLIZES OUR FREEDOM AND REPRESENTS OUR HERITAGE, THE COMPACTS WITH OUR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND ANCESTORS. IT IS THAT LADY WHO GIVES US OUR GREAT AND SPECIAL PLACE IN THE WORLD. PRESIDENT REAGAN WENT ON TO SAY, FOR IT'S THE GREAT LIFE FORCE OF EACH GENERATION OF NEW AMERICANS, OF NEW AMERICANS, HE SAID, THAT GUARANTEES THAT AMERICA'S TRIUMPHS SHALL CONTINUE UNSURPASSED INTO THE NEXT CENTURY AND BEYOND. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN IN THE FINAL DAYS OF HIS PRESIDENCY AS HE SAID, IN THE LAST SPEECH THAT I WILL GIVE AS PRESIDENT. BEAUTIFUL VALUES. TODAY WE'RE CONSIDERING TWO REPUBLICAN BILLS THAT INSULT OUR NATION'S VALUES AND TARNISH OUR HERITAGE AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, AS A BEACON OF HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY. BOTH DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SOLVE THE HEARTBREAKING AND HORRIFIC SITUATION FOR CHILDREN ON THE BORDER. ACCORDING TO THE CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, BOTH BILLS PERPETUATE CHILD DETENTION AND UNDERMINE EXISTING PROTECTIONS RELATING TO SUCH DETENTIONS. CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF BISHOPS. BOTH OF THESE BILLS FAIL TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX FOR OUR DREAMERS, FILLING OUT THEIR AMERICAN DREAM TO BUILD OUT THE PRESIDENT'S OBSCENE BORDER WALL. BOTH ARE LOADED FULL OF EVERY, FILLING OUT THEIR AMERICAN ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROVISION IMAGINABLE, DISMANTLING LEGAL FAMILY IMMIGRATION, SLAMMING OUR DOORS TO MILLIONS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THE RULES AND HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS FOR A VISA, AND CUTTING OFF THE LIFELINE OF ASYLUM TO COUNTLESS VULNERABLE REFUGEES. IN TERMS OF THOSE REFUGEES IN TESTIMONY THAT WAS GIVEN IN THE STEERING AND POLICY MEETING WE HAD, DEMOCRATS HAD, REPUBLICANS DIDN'T COME, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EVANGELICALS TESTIFIED THAT THE UNITED STATES REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM IS THE CROWN JEWEL OF AMERICAN HUMANITARIANISM. AMERICAN EVANGELICAL ASSOCIATION. AND YET, AND YET IT'S HORRIBLE WHAT THEY DO IN THESE BILLS TO CUT OFF LIFELINE OF ASYLUM TO COUNTLESS VULNERABLE REFUGEES. THE SPEAKER'S BILL CARRIES OUT THE PRESIDENT'S FAMILY DEPORTATION AGENDA. IT PAVES THE WAY FOR THE LONG-TERM INCARCERATION OF FAMILIES IN PRISON-LIKE CONDITIONS AND DENIAL OF BASIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN. REPUBLICAN PLAN IS A FAMILY INCARCERATION PLAN. IT REPLACES ONE FORM OF CHILD ABUSE WITH ANOTHER. AND IT BRAZENLY VIOLATES CHILDREN'S HUMAN RIGHTS. WHY DO REPUBLICANS THINK TRAUMATIZED, TERRIFIED LITTLE CHILDREN AT THE BORDER DO NOT DESERVE THE SAME BASIC RESPECT THAT THEIR OWN CHILDREN DO? ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, FAMILY DETENTION POSES SERIOUS DANGER, FAMILY DETENTION POSES SERIOUS DANGERS TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND CAN RESULT IN LIFELONG CONSEQUENCES, QUOTE, LIFELONG CONSEQUENCES FOR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY, HEALTH STATUS, AND LONGEVITY. END OF QUOTE. CONGRESS SHOULD BE WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO PROTECT VULNERABLE CHILDREN. WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS DREAMERS, KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER, AND RESPECTS AMERICA'S HERITAGE AS A LAND OF NEWCOMERS. AS SPELLED OUT BY PRESIDENT REAGAN IN HIS LAST SPEECH AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THESE BILLS WILL NOT GO ANYWHERE IN THE SENATE, YET A VOTE FOR THESE BILLS IS A VOTE TO DESTROY THE QUEEN OF THE HILL DISCHARGE PETITION, DESTROYING THE BEST CHANCE THIS CONGRESS HAS TO PROVIDE A BIPARTISAN PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX TORE DREAMERS. REPUBLICANS NEED TO WALK AWAY FROM THESE BILLS. THEY NEED TO CALL ON O THE PRESIDENT TO RESCIND HIS FAMILY INCARCERATION POLICY WHICH IS AS MUCH A STAIN ON OUR NATION'S HISTORY AS FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY. TEARING CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS. DEMOCRATS REJECTED THIS OUTRAGEOUS LEGISLATION AND REJECT THE AMERICAN -- THE REPUBLICANS' ATTACK ON DREAMERS, VULNERABLE CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES. WE DREAMERS, VULNERABLE CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES. WE REJECT YOUR ZERO, YOUR ZERO POLICY. IT HAS URGE A NO VOTE ON O BOTH THESE URGE A NO VOTE ON O BOTH THESE BILLS ON THIS RULE AND ANY SUBSEQUENT RULES THAT COME UP AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:25:11 AM

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        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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        MR. BURGESS

        HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NO PLACE. I 13 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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      • 11:25:24 AM

        MR. BURGESS

        I RESERVE MY TIME TO CLOSE.

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        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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      • 11:25:29 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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      • 11:25:34 AM

        MS. BARRAGAN

        MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE GOODLATTE BILL AND OPPOSITION…

        MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE GOODLATTE BILL AND OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY DEMOCRATS WERE INVOLVED IN CRAFTING THE GOODLATTE BILL? ZERO. IF THEY HAD INCLUDED DEMOCRATS, WE COULD HAVE TOLD THEM THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO RESOLVE THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER. TO YOU KNOW HOW MANY HEARINGS WE HAD ON THE GOODLATTE BILL? ZERO. IF WE HAD -- IF THEY HAD INCLUDED DEMOCRATS, WE WOULD HAVE TOLD THEM THAT THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL RELIEF FOR DREAMERS AND IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE SENATE. HOW MANY DREAMERS DOES THIS HELP EARN CITIZENSHIP? ZERO. HOW MANY CHILDREN DOES THIS BILL PUT BACK IN THE ARMS OF THEIR PARENTS? ZERO. HOW MUCH COMPROMISE DOES THIS BILL SHOW PEOPLE IN NEED? ZERO. THIS ADMINISTRATION LIKES TO TALK ABOUT ZERO TOLERANCE. WELL, WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THIS PRESIDENT ANTI-IMMIGRATION AGENDA AND REPUBLICANS WHO ENABLE IT. BOTTOM LINE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A SHAM. IT'S THE REPUBLICANS' ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEY WANT TO HELP DREAMERS, BUT IN REALITY IT'S A NONSTARTER AND ANOTHER HEARTLESS ACTION TAKEN BY THIS CONGRESS. OPPOSE THIS BILL, OPPOSE THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:26:51 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        GENTLEMAN FROM RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

      • 11:26:54 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, LIKE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, LIKE THEY WANT TO HELP DREAMERS, BUT IN REALITY THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

      • 11:27:04 AM

        MR. HOYER

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THESE RULES WOULD MARK…

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THESE RULES WOULD MARK THE CAPITULATION BY A LARGE NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS WHO, FOR A TIME, REFLECTED THE VIEWS OF 86% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE HOPES OF THE DREAMERS THOSE AMERICANS SUPPORT. IF THEY VOTE FOR THIS PRETENSE OF REFORM AND SECURITY, THEY WILL HAVE ABANDONED THE PRINCIPLES THEY MOUNT AND THE PEOPLE WHO RELIED ON THEIR COURAGE CAN. CONTRARY TO THE SPEAKER AND MAJORITY LEADER, THE TEST FOR BRINGING BILLS TO THE FLOOR MUST NOT BE WHETHER THE PRESIDENT UNTETHERED TO PRINCIPLE, WOULD SIGN THEM. BUT WHETHER THEY REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND THIS HOUSE. THE SPEAKER REFUSES TO PUT OPTIONS ON THE FLOOR SUPPORTED BY AT ONE TIME 247 MEMBERS OF THE THIS -- MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. NOW 240 MEMBERS HAVE SUPPORTED A RULE TO GIVE US FOUR COMPETING OPTIONS TO ADDRESS THE TRUMP-CAUSED CRISIS. THAT NUMBER MAY NOT COMPLY WITH THE HASTERT RULE, BUT IT DOES COMPLY WITH DEMOCRACY. AND IT WOULD GIVE THE SPEAKER HIS OPTION AS WELL. THE SPEAKER CLEARLY FEAR THAT IS HIS ALTERNATIVE WILL FAIL. AS A RESULT, HE HAS OPPOSED AN OPEN PROCESS. SO MUCH FOR THE LEADERSHIP THAT CLAIMED A FALSELY TO PURSUE TRANSPARENCY, OPENNESS, AND A WILLINGNESS TO TAKE THE TOUGH ISSUES HEAD-ON AND INDIVIDUALLY. THE BILL WOULD BRING TO THE FLOOR CONTRARY TO WHAT SPEAKER RYAN AND LEADER MCCARTHY CLAIM, IS NO COMPROMISE. A COMPROMISE BY DEFINITION REQUIRES BOTH SIDES TO COME TOGETHER AND MEET IN THE MIDDLE. WE DID. AND WE BUILT A MAJORITY OF SUPPORT FOR A BILL. THE RYAN BILL IS A CAPITULATION BY THOSE WHO HAVE PROFESSED THE SUPPORT OF THE DREAMERS. INDEED THE ONLY COMPROMISE IN THIS BILL IS HOW IT COMPROMISES OUR VALUES, OUR PRINCIPLES AS AMERICANS, AND HOW IT COMPROMISES OUR ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY. PROFESSED THE THE CONSERVATIVE CATO INSTITUTE HAS SAID THAT ONLY 12% OF DREAMERS WOULD EVER ACTUALLY ATTAIN CITIZENSHIP UNDER THIS HOAX BILL. AND FOR THOSE SEEKING REFUGE FROM FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES AND FROM ASSAULT AND HAVING THEIR CHILDREN TORN FROM THEIR ARMS AND SEPARATED, AS LAURA BUSH PLEADED, IMMORAL. THIS BILL DOES NOT PROVIDE A SOLUTION. INSTEAD, IT PROVIDES FOR LOCKING UP THOSE CHILDREN IN PRISON WITH THEIR PARENTS. ISN'T THAT A WONDERFUL OPTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE OVERWHELMINGLY OUTRAGED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER, AND WANT TO SEE CONGRESS TAKE REAL ACTION. AS JOHN MCCAIN STATED, SUCH A POLICY THAT IS BEING PROMOTED BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS IS AN AFFRONT TO THE DECENCY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN ADDITION, THE RYAN BILL IMPOSES NEW RERICKSSTRICKSES ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION. -- RESTRICTIONS ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION. DEMOCRATS WILL STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS NOXIOUS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE SUMMON IMMIGRATION. THE COURAGE TO LET THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. . THAT'S NOT WHAT THESE BILLS DO. REJECT THESE BILLS. WE ARE AMERICA. WE'RE BETTER THAN THESE BILLS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      • 11:30:59 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

      • 11:31:03 AM

        MR. BURGESS

        I'LL RESERVE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

      • 11:31:06 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LOFGREN.

      • 11:31:10 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

      • 11:31:13 AM

        MS. LOFGREN

        THERE ARE LOTS WRONG WITH THESE BILLS. I'LL DISCUSS IT DURING DEBATE. THIS…

        THERE ARE LOTS WRONG WITH THESE BILLS. I'LL DISCUSS IT DURING DEBATE. THIS IS FOR THE RULE. FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A SELF-EXECUTING RULE. WHEN THEY VOTE YES ON THIS RULE, THEY ARE VOTING TO STRIP 100 BILLION DOLLARS FROM FUNDING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. A VOTE FOR THIS RULE IS A VOTE TO TAKE $100 BILLION OUT OF BUILDING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL. I WANT THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO HOME AND EXPLAIN TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY VOTED TO STRIP $100 BILLION OUT OF FUNDING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL.

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      • 11:31:56 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

      • 11:31:58 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

        MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE THE TEXT OF THIS RULE AND INSERT HOUSE RESOLUTION 774, REPRESENTATIVE DENHAM'S BIPARTISAN QUEEN OF THE HILL RESOLUTION. THIS RULE WOULD BRING UP FOUR SEPARATE IMMIGRATION BILLS TO BE DEBATED AND VOTED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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      • 11:32:42 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 11:32:48 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

        TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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      • 11:32:56 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 11:32:58 AM

        MR. AGUILAR

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK EVERY…

        I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK EVERY MEMBER WHO BELIEVED IN BIPARTISAN OPEN DEBATE ON DACA HERE IN THE HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. EVERY ONE OF THE 216 MEMBERS WHO SIGNED THE DISCHARGE PETITION SHOULD JOIN ME. WHY? BECAUSE A VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS A VOTE FOR QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. BECAUSE IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE WILL IMMEDIATELY OFFER THE QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE AND FINALLY START THIS DEBATE. THERE WILL BE NO MORE WAITING FOR THE LAST TWO SIGNATURES ON THE DISCHARGE PETITION TO MATERIALIZE. THERE WILL BE NO MORE WAITING UNTIL THE NEXT DISCHARGE MONDAY COMES UP ON THE CALENDAR. THERE WILL BE NO MORE WAITING. WE WILL END THIS PROCESS AND VOTE ON QUEEN OF THE HILL NOW. TODAY, REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING UP TWO PARTISAN, ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS. DEMOCRATS WERE COMPLETELY CUT OUT OF THE PROCESS THAT PRODUCED THESE BILLS, AND AS A RESULT, THEY WILL NOT GET ANY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND IT'S QUESTIONABLE IF EITHER OF THESE BILLS CAN ACTUALLY PASS THIS HOUSE. IF THAT'S THE CASE, WHAT'S THE POINT OF ALL THIS? IS THE GOAL TO HAVE A FAKE DEBATE ON DACA AND HAVE EVERYTHING FAIL SO WE'RE IN THE SAME PLACE AS THE SENATE? WHAT GOOD DOES THAT DO? DREAMERS ARE STILL LEFT WONDERING WHEN AND WHAT CONGRESS WILL DO TO HELP THEM STAY IN THIS COUNTRY. LET'S END THIS CHARADE AND ACTUALLY HAVE A DEBATE, A BIPARTISAN DEBATE, AND LET'S PASS A BIPARTISAN BILL TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A CRAZY WEEK, FOR SURE, BUT IF ONE THING IS CLEAR, IF WE WANT TO PASS A FIX FOR DACA, WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND PASS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THIS PREVIOUS QUESTION VOTE GIVES US THE CHANCE TO DO JUST THAT. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND BRING UP THE QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:35:04 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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      • 11:35:08 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, MR. THOMPSON.

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      • 11:35:17 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

      • 11:35:19 AM

        MR. THOMPSON

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE CLOSED RULE FOR H.R. 4760. I WAS PROUD TO SIGN ONTO THE BIPARTISAN DISCHARGE PETITION TO FORCE A VOTE ON A CLEAN DREAMER BILL. PASSAGE OF THIS RULE WILL NOT ONLY KILL THAT DISCHARGE PETITION BUT ANY HOPE OF THIS CONGRESS CONSIDERING THE ONE BILL THAT HAS ENOUGH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO DELIVER A MEANINGFUL REMEDY FOR THE DREAMERS. AND WHAT ARE WE VOTING ON INSTEAD? H.R. 4760 IS AN ANTI-FAMILY BILL THAT MAINTAINS THE CRUEL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY, LIMITS ACCESS TO ASYLUM, SHRINKS LEGAL IMMIGRATION, ENDS THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM, ABOLISHES PROTECTIONS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN, AND BUILDS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BORDER WALL. WE'RE ONLY CONSIDERING H.R. 4760, A MEASURE THAT MAY NOT HAVE THE VOTES TO PASS, TO PLACATE THE MOST EXTREME ELEMENTS OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE. MR. SPEAKER, SOMETHING IS FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG AND BROKEN IN THIS BODY, AND WHEN WILL A HANDFUL OF EXTREMISTS OVERRULE THE WILL OF A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE UNDERLYING RULE AND BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:36:54 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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      • 11:36:58 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 11:37:03 AM

        MR. WELCH

        MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS INSTITUTION BROKEN? OR IS OUR LEADERSHIP FLED THE…

        MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS INSTITUTION BROKEN? OR IS OUR LEADERSHIP FLED THE FIELD? THIS RULE WILL DEPRIVE THE HOUSE OF HAVING A DEBATE ON THE DREAMERS. 82% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK THESE INNOCENT KIDS WHO CAME HERE SHOULD BE GIVEN LEGAL STATUS. THE LEADERSHIP HAS REFUSED TO ALLOW US DEBATE. WITH THE HELP OF MR. DENHAM, IN A COURAGEOUS DISPLAY OF INDEPENDENCE, HE HAS A DISCHARGE PETITION, THE LAST REMAINING TOOL FOR A MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE TO SAY TO LEADERSHIP, GIVE US A VOTE. LET US DEBATE. BUT IN AN ACT OF EXTRAORDINARY IRRESPONSIBILITY, AND I WOULD SAY COWARDNESS, THE LEADERSHIP IS QUELLING, CRUSHING, INCINERATING THE LAST VESTIGE OF INDEPENDENCE IN THEIR OWN PARTY. THIS RULE TAKES AWAY FROM THE HOUSE THAT TOOL TO RISE UP AND SAY WE'RE READY TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GIVE LEGAL STATUS TO THE DREAMERS. THAT IS A DISGRACE. THAT IS A REASON WHY IF WE CARE ABOUT OURSELVES AS A INSTITUTION, RESPONSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED US, WE WILL ASSERT OUR INSISTENCE THAT WE VOTE. VOTE NO ON THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:38:31 AM

        MR. BURGESS

        MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

      • 11:38:35 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA.

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      • 11:38:38 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

      • 11:38:41 AM

        MR. PANETTA

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 4760 AND I CANNOT SUPPORT…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 4760 AND I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS RULE, OBVIOUSLY FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS WE HEARD HERE TODAY. BUT I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT TWO. THIS BILL DOES NOT PROVIDE THE DACA FIX THAT OUR DREAMERS DESERVE. NOW, PERSONALLY, I HAVE NEARLY 20,000 DREAMERS IN MY DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA. I MET WITH MANY OF THEM NUMEROUS TIMES AT THEIR WORK AND THEIR JOBS. ALTHOUGH THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, THESE KIDS WANT TO STAY HERE, LIVE HERE, MOST IMPORTANTLY THEY WANT TO CONTRIBUTE HERE. THEY DON'T US TO GIVE IT TO THEM. THEY'RE WILLING TO EARN IT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL DOES NOT GIVE THEM THAT CHANCE AND THAT'S WHY I CANNOT SUPPORT IT. ALSO IN MY DISTRICT, WE LAY CLAIM TO BEING THE SALAD BOWL OF THE WORLD. PART OF THE REASON FOR OUR FLOURISHING AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IS DUE TO OUR FARM WORKERS. NOW, I APPRECIATE THAT THIS BILL ADDRESSES AG LABOR AND THE ADDED AMENDMENTS TRIED TO MAKE IT BETTER, BUT IT IS JUST NOT ENOUGH. THIS BILL HURTS OUR COMMUNITIES. WHY? BECAUSE OUR AG WORKERS ARE NOT JUST AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR AG INDUSTRY. THEY ARE AN INTEGRAL PART TO OUR COMMUNITIES. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE FIVE, 10, 15, 20 YEARS. THEY HAVE SPOUSES, THEY HAVE KIDS, THEY HAVE FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER -- ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY WILL PLAY BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF --

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      • 11:39:59 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

      • 11:40:03 AM

        MR. PANETTA

        I ASK THAT -- I AM AGAINST IT. THANK YOU.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        CHAIR WOULD ADVISE EACH SIDE TWO MINUTES REMAIN ON EACH SIDE.

      • 11:40:16 AM

        MR. BURGESS

        I RESERVE TO CLOSE.

      • 11:40:18 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        I'M READY TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER.

      • 11:40:21 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

      • 11:40:24 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IN 1970, A GAT MALLAN -- GOT MALLEN…

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IN 1970, A GAT MALLAN -- GOT MALLEN COUPLE DECIDED TO GSH -- DECIDED TO SEND THEIR DAUGHTER TO THE U.S. THAT YOUNG GIRL WAS ME. I WAS WELCOMED HERE IN A LOVING HOME. I WAS NOT PUT IN A FREEZING CELL . MY PARENTS HAD NO CHOICE. MY MOTHER DIED A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER. THESE PARENTS ARE MAKING A CHOICE THAT FRANKLY I COULD NOT MAKE TODAY FOR MY CHILDREN. A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS AWAY FROM HOME FOR SO LONG, FOR WEEKS THAT MY GRANDSON, A 3-YEAR-OLD, FELT HE HAD TO REINTRODUCE HIMSELF TO ME BECAUSE HE HAD NOT SEEN ME FOR FOUR WEEKS. HE DIDN'T THINK THAT I WOULD REMEMBER HIM. IMAGINE AN INFANT, WHEN THAT INFANT IS RETURNED TO THEIR PARENT, THEY WILL BE INTRODUCED TO A TOTAL STRANGER. POPE FRANCIS SAID, JUST TWEETED, PRAY TOGETHER. WALK TOGETHER. WORK TOGETHER. THIS IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO CHRISTIAN UNITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THIS RULE LEGISLATION AND LET'S HELP THOSE WHO CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES IN THESE VERY CORRUPT COUNTRIES OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE. THEY ARE NOT S-HOLES, AS THE PRESIDENT HAS REFERRED TO THEM. LET'S GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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      • 11:43:01 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

      • 11:43:05 AM

        MR. BURGESS

        MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I…

        MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU A STORY OF SEPARATION, A FATHER AND DAUGHTER WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED. CHRIS, MY CONSTITUENT, CAME TO ME WITH THIS STORY SEVERAL -- NOW SEVERAL YEARS AGO. HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN IRAQ. WHILE HE WAS SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN IRAQ, HIS WIFE DEVELOPED CANCER AND DIED. CHRIS RETURNED HOME TO BE A SINGLE DAD TO HIS DAUGHTER. HIS DAUGHTER WENT OUT WITH FRIENDS ONE NIGHT AND WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY AN AUTOMOBILE. AN AUTOMOBILE DRIVEN BY SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE COUNTRY WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF CITIZENSHIP. CHRIS COMES TO MY TOWN HALLS AND ASKS ME, WHILE I WAS SERVING MY COUNTRY, YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ENFORCING THE LAWS ON THE BORDER. AND BECAUSE YOU DID NOT DO YOUR JOB, I AM NOW SEPARATED FROM MY DAUGHTER IN PERPETUITY. H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT OF 2018, IS THE PRODUCT OF MONTHS OF WORK BY CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS. THIS IS AN ANSWER TO OUR PERSISTENT PROBLEMS WITH OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT SO MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR YEARS. I ASK MEMBERS TO SUPPORT TODAY'S RULE AND MOVE THE DEBATE FORWARD ON THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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      • 11:44:22 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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      • 11:44:30 AM

        MRS. TORRES

        MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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      • 11:44:46 AM

        On ordering the previous question Roll Call 279 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

      • 12:09:06 PM

        House Vote 279 - On Ordering the Previous Question

        Passed (232 - 190)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 232
        Republican - 231
        Democratic - 1

        Vote Details: Nay - 190
        Democratic - 190

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
        Republican - 3
        Democratic - 2

        • 12:09:08 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 190. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 190. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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        • 12:09:08 PM

          On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 280 - Recorded vote pending.

          • 12:09:19 PM

            MRS. TORRES

          • 12:09:21 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

          • 12:09:22 PM

            MRS. TORRES

            I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

          • 12:09:24 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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          • 12:15:45 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 195. THE RESOLUTION IS…

            ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 195. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 12:15:46 PM

        House Vote 280 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

        Passed (226 - 195)
        Aye
        No

        Vote Details: Aye - 226
        Republican - 226

        Vote Details: No - 195
        Democratic - 190
        Republican - 5

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 6
        Republican - 3
        Democratic - 3

        • 12:15:47 PM

          Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

        • 12:15:48 PM

          ORDER OF PROCEDURE

          Mr. Burgess asked unanimous consent that, notwithstanding H. Res. 949, during consideration of H.R. 6 pursuant to such resolution, general debate shall not exceed one hour, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means.

          • 12:16:04 PM

            MR. BURGESS

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING HOUSE RESOLUTION…

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING HOUSE RESOLUTION 949, PURSUANT TO SUCH RESOLUTION GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

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          • 12:16:33 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE HOUSE WILL…

            WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 12:18:09 PM

            MR. GOODLATTE

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 4760, THE…

            PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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          • 12:18:12 PM

            Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 954. H.R. 4760 — "To amend the immigration laws and the homeland security laws, and for other purposes."

            • 12:18:17 PM

              Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4760. Motion to recommit allowed. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4760 under a closed rule.

              • 12:18:19 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

              • 12:18:23 PM

                THE CLERK

                H.R. 4760, A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAWS…

                H.R. 4760, A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAWS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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              • 12:18:29 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-772 ARE ADOPTED AND THE BILL, AS AMENDED, IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE DEMONE JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCALL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON EACH WILL CONTROL 1 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

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          • 12:18:44 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4760.

            • 12:19:31 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 4760.

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            • 12:19:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:19:43 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

            • 12:19:46 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:19:48 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I INTRODUCED H.R. 4670 ALONG WITH MICHAEL MCCAUL, RAUL LABRADOR, TO…

              I INTRODUCED H.R. 4670 ALONG WITH MICHAEL MCCAUL, RAUL LABRADOR, TO PROVIDE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO GREW UP IN AMERICA AFTER THEIR PARENTS BROUGHT THEM HERE AS CHILDREN. JUST AS IMPORTANTLY WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN OUR BORDERS, CURTAIL ENDEMIC FRAUD AND ENHANCE INTERIOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT SO OUR NATION WON'T FACE THE SAME DILEMMA IN A FEW YEARS. PRESIDENT TRUMP DID THE RIGHT THING AND TRIED TO END PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL DACA PROGRAM. AS A FEDERAL COURT RULED IN ENJOINING DACA'S SISTER PROGRAM, D.H.S. CAN -- CANNOT ENACT A PROGRAM WHEREBY IT NOT ONLY IGNORES THE DICTATES OF CONGRESS BUT ACTIVELY ACTS TO THWART THEM. THE D.H.S. SECRETARY IS NOT JUST REWRITING THE LAW, HE'S CREATING THEM FROM SCRATCH, END QUOTE. PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO DID THE RIGHT THING BY IMMEDIATELY TURNING TO US, ASKING CONGRESS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. HE ASKED FOR H.R. 4760. AS HE ASKED FOR, H.R. 4760 SOLVES THE DACA CONUNDRUM. IT PROVIDES DACA BENEFICIARIES WITH AN INDEFINITELY RENEWABLE LEGAL NONIMMIGRANT STATUS, ALLOWING THEM TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT WORRY AND TRAVEL ABROAD AS THEY CHOOSE. IT ALSO ALLOWS THEM TO RECEIVE GREEN CARDS ON THE SAME TERMS AS ANY OTHER INTENDING IMMIGRANT AROUND THE WORLD. AS I INDICATED, THE BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE DISTRESSING DACA DILEMMA DOES NOT RECUR. IT ENDS CATCH AND RELEASE AT THE BORDER. BATTLES ASYLUM FRAUD. AND ENSURES THAT UNACCOMPANIED MINORS CAUGHT AT THE BORDER WILL BE TREATED EQUALLY REGARDLESS OF THEIR HOME COUNTRY. IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE LAW NO LONGER TEMPTS MINORS AND THEIR PARENTS TO MAKE THE DANGEROUS, ILL LIST JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES AND TO LINE THE POCKETS OF CANCEROUS CARTELS WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE BILL WILL ALSO TAKE AWAY THE OTHER MAGNET THAT DRAWS MILLIONS OF PERSONS TO COME TO THE U.S. ILLEGALLY -- THE JOBS MAGNET. THROUGH THE INCLUSION OF LAMAR SMITH'S LEGAL WORK FORCE ACT, IT MAKES E-VERIFY MANDATORY. AFTER TWO DECADES OF CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT, E-VERIFY HAS BECOME AN EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE, RELIABLE, AND EASY WAY FOR EMPLOYERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE HIRED A LEGAL WORK FORCE. THREE QUARTERS OF A BILLION EMPLOYERS CURRENTLY USE E-VERIFY WHICH ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY CONFIRMS THE WORK ELIGIBILITY OF NEW HIRES 99% OF THE TIME. THE BILL WILL ALSO ALLOW D.H.S. TO DEPORT MEMBERS OF MS-13 AND OTHER VIRULENT CRIMINAL GANGS AND ALLOW IT TO DETAIN DANGEROUS ALIENS WHO CANNOT BE REMOVED. IT WILL COMBAT THE PUBLIC SAFETY ME NASS OF SANCTUARY CITIES IN MULTIPLE WAYS, INCLUDE BIG ALLOWING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO WITHHOLD FROM THEM LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS. THE BILL MAKES SIGNIFICANT REFORMS TO OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT PUTS AN END TO EXTENDED FAMILY CHAIN MYFWRATION AND TERMINATES THE DIVERSITY VISA GREEN CARD LOTTERY WHICH AWARDS GREEN CARDS AT RANDOM TO PEOPLE WITH NO TIES TO THE UNITED STATES OR ANY PARTICULAR SKILLS. IN ADDITION, IT REPLACES THE DYSFUNCTIONAL H-2-A GUEST WORKER PROGRAM THEY HAVE H-2-A PROGRAM IS SLOW, BUREAUCRATIC, AND OFTEN FORCES GROWERS TO LEAVE CROPS TO ROT IN THE FIELDS. THEY ALSO MUST PAY AN ARTIFICIALLY INFLATED WAGE RATE ALONG WITH PROVIDING FREE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION. IN DOING THE RIGHT THING, H-2-A USERS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS REPAID BY BEING PLACED AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE IN THE MARKETPLACE. THE BILL PROVIDES GROWERS WITH STREAMLINED ACCESS TO GUEST WORKERS WHEN SUFFICIENT AMERICAN LABOR CANNOT BE FOUND. IT FINALLY PROVIDES DAIRIES AND FOOD PROCESSORS WITH YEAR-ROUND LABOR NEEDS WITH ACCESS TO A GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. IT AVOIDS THE PITFALLS OF THE H-2-A PROGRAM AND WILL REMAIN AT ITS CORE A TRUE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. AS GROWERS LEARNED THE HARD WAY AFTER THE 1986 AMNESTY, ILLEGAL FARM WORKERS WILL LEAVE ENMEAS AND FLOCK TO THE CITIES WHEN -- WILL LEAVE EN MASSE AND FLOCK TO THE CITIES. THE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM IN THIS ACT IS SUPPORTED BY THE FARM INDUSTRY, THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AND OVER 200 ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE SAT DOWN WITH THINK COLLEAGUES FOR MONTHS TO LEARN OF ANY CONCERNS TO STRIVE TO IMPROVE THE BILL. THE PRODUCT OF THIS INTENSIVE WORK IS BETTER LEGISLATION. WHILE I AMTIES APPOINTED -- DISAPPOINTED THAT THE RULE DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO INCLUDE ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE INPUT OF SO MANY MEMBERS I'M GRATIFIED THAT I COULD INCLUDE THE REFINEMENTS TO THE H--C AGRICULTURAL GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. TO GIVE JUST ONE EXAMPLE, THE BILL NOW CLARIFIES THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WILL ISSUE DOCUMENTS TO UNLAWFUL ALIEN FARM WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN SPONSORED BY GROWERS TO JOIN THE PROGRAM AUTHORIZING THEM TO RETURN TO THE U.S. WITHOUT THE NEED FOR VISAS AFTER COMPLETING THEIR INITIAL TOUCHBACKS THIS WILL CREATE CERTAINTY FOR GROWERS, ALLOWING THEM TO RECEIVE PRERAY APRUFLE OF THEIR H-2-C PETITIONS FOR CURRENT WORKERS BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND PRECERTIFICATION OF THE WORKERS' ADMISSION BACK INTO THE U.S. BEFORE THEY LEAVE. CONGRESS HAS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ACT BEFORE THE COUNTRY ENDS UP WITH ANOTHER LARGE POPULATION OF -- WHO CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY AS CHILDREN. LET'S TAKE THIS HISTORIC MOMENT TO COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT VITAL LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES COMMONSENSE, REASONABLE SOLUTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SUPPORT H.R. 4760. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:26:10 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER.

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            • 12:26:16 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

            • 12:26:19 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:26:21 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 4760. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A WISH…

              I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 4760. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A WISH LIST OF THE FAR RIGHT, ANTI-IMMIGRANT FRINGE. IT WILL DO NOTHING TO SOLVE THE REAL PROBLEMS MAKING OUR -- PLAGUING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WHILE CAUSING UNTOLD SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. THE WORLD WATCHED PRESIDENT TRUMP CREATE A FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS OUT OF THIN AIR. I PERSONALLY MET WITH FATHERS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR ARMS, WHO OF NO IDEA WHEN OR IF THEY'LL EVER SEE THEIR CHILDREN AGAIN. ONE FATHER I SPOKE TO WAS PROMISED HE WOULD BE KEPT WITH HIS YOUNG CHILD ONLY TO HAVE OFFICERS ENTER HIS ROOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND FORCIBLY TAKE AWAY HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER. WE'VE ALL SEEN THE ANGUISHED FACES OF THE PARENTS SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN. AND LISTENED TO THE DESPERATE CRIES OF SOBBING CHILDREN SCREAMING FOR THEIR PARENTS. THIS IS GOVERNMENT SPONSORED CHILD ABUSE. THIS BILL DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SOLVE THE CRISIS. THE PRESIDENT, AFTER FALSELY CLAIMING HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO ENACT THIS CRUEL AND BRUTAL POLICY, NOW SAYS HE WILL END IT. PROVING HE AND HIS ADMINISTRATION WERE LYING ALL ALONG. IT IS NOT CLEAR THAT YESTERDAY'S EXECUTIVE ORDER IMMEDIATELY ENDS FAMILY SEPARATION. IT ALSO PUTS OUR COUNTRY ON A DANGEROUS PATH OF PROLONGED DETENTION FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN. THE KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT WHICH I INTRODUCED THIS WEEK ALONG WITH VIRTUALLY EVERY DEMOCRATIC MEMBER WOULD ACTUALLY PREVENT CHILDREN FROM BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. EXCEPT IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES. WE CAN VOTE ON THAT LEGISLATION TODAY BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE THIS BILL BEFORE US NOW. THIS BILL TURNS ALL UNDOCK YIMETTED IMMIGRANT INTO CRIMINALS. IT TAKES PARTICULAR AIM AT FAMILIES, CHILDREN, WORKERS, BUSINESSES, PUBLIC SAFETY AND OUR FUNDAMENTAL VALUES AS A NATION. ALL AT ONCE. IT IS ALMOST IMPRESSIVE HOW MANY BAD IDEAS HAVE BEEN CRAMMED INTO ONE COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE. FOR EXAMPLE, IT ELIMINATES MOST VISA CAT GIRS THAT 3R0 MOTE -- PROMOTE FAMILY REUNIFICATION AS WELL AS THE DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES RESIDENTS OF MANY COUNTRIES THE ONLY METHOD OF ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. IT REMOVES CRITICAL PROTECTIONS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AND DOES AWAY FOR SAFEGUARDS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELING WITH THEIR PARENTS. IT WOULD DECIMATE THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY BY REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO USE THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM WITHOUT FIXING THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS. IN EXCHANGE FOR ALL THESE HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROVISIONS IT OFFERS THE MOST MINIMAL PROTECTION TO DREAMERS, CREATING A RENEWABLE, TEMPORARY STATUS WITH NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, LEAVING THEM IN PERPETUAL LIMBO, UNABLE TO BECOME FULL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY IN THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY'VE EVER KNOWN. THIS IS AN ACT OF EXTORTION WE CANNOT ABIDE. THIS BILL FAILS TO REPAIR OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND INDEED IN MANY WAYS MAKES IT WORSE. AND ALL WITHOUT SUBSTANTIALLY HELPING THE DREAMERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:29:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED FROM ENGAGING IN…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA -- IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 12:29:55 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH,…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF AN IMPORTANT PROVISION IN THIS BILL RELATED TO ELECTRONIC VERIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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            • 12:30:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:30:11 PM

              MR. SMITH

              LET ME THANK MR. GOODLATTE FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE TO ADVANCE IMMIGRATION…

              LET ME THANK MR. GOODLATTE FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE TO ADVANCE IMMIGRATION REFORM DURING THIS CONGRESS. I DO SUPPORT H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT OUR IMMIGRATION POLICIES PUT THE INTERESTS OF AMERICANS FIRST. . WE NEED TO THANK NOT ONLY CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE BUT OTHERS WHO PUT TIME AND EFFORT IN THREGS. WE APPRECIATE MR. GOOD -- IN THIS LEGISLATION. WE APPRECIATE MR. GOODLATTE TO HELP IMPROVE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM CONSIDERED BY CONGRESS MUST AT A MINIMUM SECURE OUR BORDERS, IMPLEMENT WORK FORCE VERIFICATION TO END THE ILLEGAL JOBS MAGNET, REDUCE CHAIN MIGRATION, PREVENT ABUSE OF OUR ASYLUM LAWS. SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT INCLUDES ALL OF THESE NECESSARY PROVISIONS. AND THE BILL DELIVERS ON THE PRESIDENT'S PLEDGE TO VOTERS TO COMPLETE PHYSICAL BARRIERS ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, PENALIZE LAWLESS SANCTUARY CITIES, AND END THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S CATCH-AND-RELEASE POLICIES THAT RELEASES DANGEROUS CRIMINAL INDIVIDUALS TO OUR STREETS TO PREY ON INNOCENT AMERICANS. A SPECIAL INTEREST TO ME IS THE INCLUES OF THE LEGAL WORK FORCE ACT IN THE BILL, WHICH REQUIRES ALL NEW EMPLOYEES WORK ELIGIBILITY TO BE VERIFIED. THIS WILL REDUCE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND SAVE JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. ALSO IMPORTANT IS THE DEADLINE TO FINALLY IMPLEMENT AN ENTRY-EXIT TRACKING SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY VISA OVERSTAYERS. THEY COMPRISE HALF OF THE ALMOST ONE MILLION ILLEGAL NEW IMMIGRANTS EVERY YEAR. SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT HELPS KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE AND PROTECTS AMERICAN WORKERS. IT DESERVES OUR ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT, AND, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR OFFERING THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 12:32:10 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 12:32:14 PM

              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING…

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. LOFGREN.

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            • 12:32:24 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 12:32:29 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              IT'S AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL. IT SLASHES IMMIGRATION. IT CRIMINALIZES…

              IT'S AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL. IT SLASHES IMMIGRATION. IT CRIMINALIZES ALMOST THE ENTIRE UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE. IT FAILS TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR DREERMS. SOMETIMES MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE SAY, THE PROBLEM WITH THE IMMIGRATION, WE DON'T HAVE ASSIMILATION. YOU DON'T GET ASSIMILATION WHEN YOU CREATE A PERMANENT UNDERCLASS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE AMERICANS IN EVERY WAY BUT THEIR PAPERWORK. IT ELIMINATES FAMILY-BASED CATEGORIES, AND THIS IS THE RELATIVES OF AMERICANS, AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS, FORGET IT, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS IN IF THIS BILL PASSES. IT MANDATES THE USE OF E-VERIFY, WHICH WILL BE HIGHLY DISRUPTIVE TO RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, AND OTHER INDUSTRIES. AND THE CHANGES IN THE AG WORKER PROVISION ARE JUST A FIG LEAF. THE BILL TRANSFORMS A CIVIL LAW VIOLATION INTO A CRIME SO THAT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, INCLUDING THE PARENTS OF DREAMERS, THE BILL PURPORTS TO HELP, BECOME CRIMINALS OVERNIGHT. IT WOULD ACCELERATE SEPARATION OF KIDS FROM PARENTS WHEN 11 MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS SUDDENLY BECOME SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION. UNDERMINING OUR ASYLUM SYSTEM BY ESTABLISHING IMPOSSIBLY HIGH EVIDENTIARY BURDENS, IT REMOVES PROTECTION, AS I SAID, AND IT DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO'VE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER. INSTEAD, IT FACILITATES PUTTING MOTHERS IN THE CAGES WITH THEIR TODDLERS. SO WHY ARE WE DEBATING A BILL THAT NEARLY EVERYONE, EVEN MANY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THINK IS A TERRIBLE IDEA? I FEAR IT'S BECAUSE VERY EXTREME ELEMENTS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAVE BECOME THE LOUDEST AND THE MOST POWERFUL. I CONTINUE TO HAVE FAITH IN THE GOOD PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE OUT LOUDLY AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY. THEY COULDN'T POLICY. THEY COULDN'T STAND SEEING LITTLE CHILDREN, BABIES AND TODDLERS RIPPED FROM THEIR MOTHER'S ARMS. WE SAW A REVERSAL, BUT IT IS NOT A SOLUTION, BECAUSE LOCKING UP MOTHERS, PUTTING THOSE MOTHERS IN THE CAGES WITH THEIR TODDLERS IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET HATE RED, BIGOTRY, XENOPHOBIA PREVAIL IN THIS COUNTRY. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:35:15 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 12:35:21 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

            • 12:35:22 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 12:35:27 PM

              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIRMAN, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,…

              MADAM CHAIRMAN, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ.

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            • 12:35:35 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 12:35:37 PM

              MR. GUTIERREZ

              THE RE-ELECTION STRATEGY OR EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS TO STAND…

              THE RE-ELECTION STRATEGY OR EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS TO STAND STRONG. WITH A PRESIDENT WILLING TO TAKE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS IN ORDER TO LOOK MEAN AND NASTY AND CRUEL. TO CHILDREN WHO ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES. YOU OWN THAT. THAT IS YOUR CAMPAIGN STRATEGY. AS OF TODAY, REPUBLICANS WANT TO PUT THE CHILDREN IN THE SAME JAILS AS THE PARENTS AND FIGHT TO HOLD THEM INDEFINITELY AND DEMAND WE CHARGE ASYLUM SEEKERS AS CRIMINALS AND JAIL THEM WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THE MORE THAN 2,300 CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THEIR PARENTS AND PUT IN A VAST SYSTEM, SPREAD OVER THOUSANDS OF MILES, WE JUST DON'T KNOW IF THOSE CHILDREN WILL EVER SEE THEIR FAMILIES AGAIN. YOU OWN THAT TOO. THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE CAMPAIGNING ON TO SAVE YOUR JOBS THIS COMING NOVEMBER. TAKING DACA AWAY FROM DREAMERS, THAT'S YOUR POLICY TOO. AND THEN PUTTING BILLS ON THE FLOOR TO CUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND BUILD A WALL, YOUR STRATEGY TO BLAME DEMOCRATS FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING. REPUBLICANS WANT TO BE BOTH THE ARSONIST AND THE FIREFIGHTERS AND YOU CAN'T BE BOTH. I DON'T BLAME SPEAKER RYAN AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE. THEY ARE NOT BAD PEOPLE. THEY ARE BOTH DECENT MEN OF FAITH WHO HAVE BEEN PUT IN POSITION OF DEFENDING POLICIES THAT ARE CRUEL, INHUMANE, AND RUN DEEPLY CONTRARY TO THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE VALUES OF OUR NATION. THIS MUST BE MORALLY WRENCHING FOR THEM, BUT HONESTLY, I HAVE LITTLE SYMPATHY. EACH HAS MADE A DEVIL'S BARGAIN TO TRADE THEIR REPUTATION FOR STEVEN MILLER'S AGENDA AND DONALD TRUMP'S NAME. LEGAL IMMIGRATION, NO. AN ASYLUM POLICY THAT PROTECTS HUMAN POLICIES, NO. DACA TO PROTECT DREAMERS, NO. POLICIES THAT TREATS WIFE BEATING, RAPE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING AS MATTERS FOR US TO PROTECT WOMEN, NO. A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, NO. ALL THEY WANT IS A WALL. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NO LONGER HOME FOR DECENT MEN AND WOMEN OF VALUES, FAITH, AND CONSCIENCE. BOTH ARE LEAVING US WITH ONE LAST COMMITMENT, TO PUT THE NEEDS OF THIS ERRATIC PRESIDENT ABOVE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND ABOVE THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. AT SOME POINT SOMEONE NEEDS TO STOP COMPLIMENTING THE EMPEROR ON HIS NEW SET OF CLOTHES AND START TELLING THE PRESIDENT HE'S NAKED. COVERING HIS REAR END FROM ALL THE LIES, THE DECEIT, AND THE SOULLESSNESS IS NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE.

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            • 12:38:19 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE…

              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT AND TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 12:38:32 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO…

              MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THE FALSE CHARGES WE'RE HEARING HERE. FIRST OFF, WITH REGARD TO E-VERIFY, THERE IS A MISCONCEPTION THAT IT'S OUR INTENTION TO MANNEDIFY E-VERIFY TO AGRICULTURE SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE AG ACT, UNDER THAT ACT, E-VERIFY WILL NOT BE MANDATED FOR AGRICULTURE UNTIL THE H-2-C IS PROPERLY UP AND RUNNING AND NO SOONER THAN 24 MONTHS AFTER ENACTMENT OF THE LEGISLATION. IN ADDITION, E-VERIFY WILL ONLY APPLY TO FUTURE HIRES. SECONDLY, I WANT TO RESPOND TO THOSE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE DACA RECIPIENTS IN THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY, VERY CLEAR. WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S LEGAL, SOMETHING THAT'S CONSTITUTIONAL FOR THEM. INSTEAD OF SOMETHING THAT WAS ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IT'S GOING TO BE SUPERIOR IN THIS BILL TO WHAT WAS DONE FOR THEM THERE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN THE UNITED STATES PERMANENTLY. RENEWING EVERY THREE YEARS. ONLY EXCLUDED IF THEY DO NOT MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF EXISTING PATHWAYS TO CITIZENSHIP. IF THEY ARE MARRIED TO A UNITED STATES CITIZEN, AS IT WOULD BE LOGICAL THAT A GREAT MANY OF THESE DACA RECIPIENTS ARE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THEY'VE GROWN UP HERE, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THAT. THEY COULD NOT DO THAT UNDER THE OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDER. SO THIS IS MUCH BETTER THAN HOW THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TREATED THE DACA RECIPIENTS. SECONDLY, UNDER THE AGRICULTURE WORK FORCE, THE STATUS QUO IS SUSTAINABLE FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. WHETHER THE WORK FORCE IS SUSTAINABLE FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. UNDER CURRENT LAW IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES, FARMERS ARE FACING CHRONIC EMPLOYEE SHORTAGES. LAST FALL, THE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF ITS INFORMAL SURVEY OF ITS MEMBERS. THE SURVEY SHOWED 69% OF THOSE SURVEYED WERE EXPERIENCING LABOR SHORTDLS FALLS -- SHORTFALLS. THEY STILL CAN'T FIND ENOUGH WILLING AND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT PAUL WINGER SAID FARMERS HAVE OFFERED HIGHER WAGES, BENEFITS, AND MORE YEAR-ROUND JOBS. THEY HAVE TRIED TO MECHANIZE OPERATIONS WHERE POSSIBLE AND EVEN CHANGED CROPS OR LEFT GROUND IDLE BUT EMPLOYEE SHORTAGES PERSIST. THE LABOR FORCE STATUS QUO IS SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. CLEARLY, THIS IS NOT A SITUATION THAT'S GOING TO BE SOLVED BY GRANTING PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS TO FARM WORKERS. IN FACT, THAT'S WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE WHAT'S NEEDED. IT WILL NOT DO ANYTHING TO ENSURE THAT FARMERS AND RANCHERS HAVE ACCESS TO THE LABOR THEY NEED FOR YEARS TO COME. IT IS SHORTSIGHTED AND DOES NOT -- AND DOES NOTHING TO RELIEVE EMPLOYERS OF LEGAL FARM WORKERS, OF THE UNNECESSARY BURDENS AND COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE THEY FACE UNDER THE OUTDATED H-26RBINGS-A PROGRAMS. -- H-2-A PROGRAMS. TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEAT AND PRODUCE CONTINUE TO BE GROWN IN AMERICA AND THAT OUR NATION'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIES THRIVES IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE, THE U.S. NEEDS A FLEXIBLE, WORKABLE, FAIR GUEST WORKER PROGRAM LIKE THE H-2-C PROGRAM ESTABLISHED IN THE AG ACT AND CONTAINED IN THE LEGISLATION WE ARE DEBATING RIGHT NOW. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIR PERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE PERSON TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MADAM CHAIR PERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE PERSON TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

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            • 12:42:26 PM

              MR. ELLISON

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND IF FULL…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND IF FULL OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME SAY THAT THE ONLY THING THAT THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER SHOWS IS THAT HE IS WILLING TO RIP FAMILIES APART UNLESS IT COSTS HIM POLITICALLY. IF THERE'S A POLITICAL PRICE TO PAY, THEN HE'LL BACK UP AND TRY TO CONFUSE WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG, AND WE HAVE TO END IT NOW. YOU KNOW, MAKING UNLAWFUL PRESENCE A CRIME IS PROBABLY A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. THIS BILL, THIS BILL MAKES IT DIFFICULT, MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEKING ASYLUM TO COME HERE AND TRY TO GET THEIR CASES ADJUDICATED. THEY'RE RUNNING, IN MANY CASES, FROM THE MOST ABOMINABLE SITUATIONS IMAGINE. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT AMERICA IS A PLACE TO COME TO IF YOU ARE SEEKING REFUGE. TO BUILD THIS WALL, WE WILL NEVER ALLOW THAT. WE WILL NEVER AGREE TO THAT. WE WILL OPPOSE IT WITH EVERYTHING WE CAN. IT'S A SYMBOL OF HATE AND DIVISION. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON EACH SIDE?

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              MR. GOODLATTE

              I'LL RESERVE.

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              MR. NADLER

              I NOW YIELD -- I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

              I NOW YIELD -- I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREA.

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            • 12:44:14 PM

              MR. CORREA

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN NADLER, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS HIRED TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO COME TO WASHINGTON TO GET THINGS DONE TO FIX PROBLEMS. EARLIER THIS MONTH, WE HAD A DISCHARGE PETITION THAT WE NEEDED TWO MORE SIGNATURES THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY HERE ON THIS FLOOR TO VOTE ON FOUR IMMIGRATION BILLS UNDER THE QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. ESSENTIALLY THAT MEANS WHATEVER BILL GETS MORE VOTES MOVES AHEAD. AMONG THOSE FOUR BILLS WAS MR. GOODLATTE'S BILL. OF COURSE, ALSO, ONE OF THOSE BILLS WAS THE AGUILAR-HURD BILL THAT WAS A PRODUCT OF BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COMING TOGETHER WORKING ON A SOLUTION. UNFORTUNATELY, WE WEREN'T GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON ALL THESE FOUR BILLS, AND THE CURRENT BILL ON THE FLOOR TODAY DOES NOT OFFER A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS AND, OF COURSE, IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE CURRENT PROBLEM OF REUNITING CHILDREN WHO ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES. . I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, PLEASE REJECT THIS LEGISLATION. I ASK THE SPEAKER TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE AGUILAR-HURD BILL. THANK YOU.

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              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. LAB DORE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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              MR. LABRADOR

              THIS BILL PROVIDES THE TOOLS NEEDED TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, EIS…

              THIS BILL PROVIDES THE TOOLS NEEDED TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, EIS CURE OUR BORDERS AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF REFORMING OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WHILE ALSO ENSURING GENEROUS PROTECTION FOR DACA RECIPIENTS. ENFORCEMENT REMAINS KEY TO OUR SYSTEM. WITHOUT ENFORCEMENT, OUR LAWS HAVE LITTLE EFFECT. THIS BILL TARGETS CRIMINAL GANGS, DANGEROUS ALIENS, AND THE SANCTUARY POLICY THAT ALLOW THESE PUBLIC SAFETY THREATS TO THRIVE. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR DACA RECIPIENTS. THEY CAN APPLY TO RECEIVE A THREE-YEAR, INDEFINITELY RENEWABLE VISA SO THEY CAN LIVE AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES FOREVER AS LONG AS THEY ABIDE BY THE LAWS. THIS PERMANENT STATUS GIVES DACA RECIPIENTS MORE SURETY THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TEMPORARY PROGRAM EVER DID. THE BILL WILL FINALLY MAKE GOOD ON OUR COMMITMENT TO GRANT OUR GROWERS AND OTHER WORKERS, A WORKABLE AGRICULTURAL GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. THE LACK OF A RELIABLE SOURCE OF LABOR IN OUR -- WHEN AMERICAN WORK FORCE IS SIMPLY NOT AVAILABLE IS IMPERILING THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. THE H-2-C PROGRAM WILL BE A TRUE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM TO ALLOW THE CURRENT AGRICULTURAL WORK FORCE TO PARTICIPATE ON THE SAME TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS ANY OTHER WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD. THE PROGRAM IS ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU, IT'S A CRITICAL PART OF THIS BILL. FINALLY, IT CLOSES THE LOOPHOLES THAT HAVE ALLOWED FRAUD TO DESTROY THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ASYLUM SYSTEM. BY RAISING THE CREDIBLE FEAR STAN DAND AND SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT FRAUD AND FRIVOLITY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN THE UNITED STATES. S THAT GOOD BILL AND I URGE EVERY MEMBER TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN,

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              MRS. LAWRENCE

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE…

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. INSTEAD OF WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER LIKE OPEN RULES COMMITTEE HEARINGS, THIS MEMBERS OF THIS BODY NOW MUST VOTE ON TWO BILLS THAT WILL HURT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES BY WORSENING THE FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS ON THE BORDER AND FUNDING THE BORDER WALL. H.R. 7060 IS A HIGHLIGHT ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL THAT FAILS TO PROVIDE PERMANENT PATH TO CITIZENSHIP IF OUR -- FOR OUR DREAMERS AND MAKES FAMILY REUNIFICATION MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. IT PROVIDES 25 -- IT PROVIDES $25 BILLION FOR THE TRUMP WALL. THIS IS WHY WE'RE GOING TO BE CONFRONTED WITH A FARM BILL THAT CUTS FOOD FOR STARVING AND POOR CHILDREN IN AMERICA. IT WOULD EXPAND THE FAMILY SEPARATION AND HARM CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I KNOW. THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN THAN AN ATTEMPT TO APPEASE ADMINISTRATION AND THE MOST EXTREME --

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              MR. GOODLATTE

              I RESERVE.

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE THE…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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            • 12:50:14 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND IT CERTAINLY SADDENS…

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND IT CERTAINLY SADDENS ME TO HAVE TO COME AND TO CALL LEGISLATION HARSH. AND CRUEL. FOR IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE SHOULD DO IN A BIPARTISAN AR FRANKLY NONPARTISAN MANNER, IT SHOULD BE A COMPLIMENT TO THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WHICH OVER THE CENTURIES HAS BEEN THE STANDARD BEARER OF THE VALUES AND VIRTUES OF THIS NATION. I'M SADDENED THAT WE HAVE COME TO A POINT, HAVING WORKED ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WITH OUTSTANDING LEADERS LIKE MY RANKING MEMBER, MY CHAIRMAN, THE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING, MS. LOFGREN, FOR MANY YEARS ON REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM. HERE WE ARE TODAY. LET ME TELL YOU WHY I'M OPPOSED TO THIS. IT MAY BE BECAUSE I REPRESENT AMERICANS. AMERICANS WHO ARE IN THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN TEXAS. IT MAY BE BECAUSE WE'RE THE MOST, ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSED CITIES, MAYBE THE MOST DIVERSE CITY IN THE NATION. WE HAVE HAITIANS, FREEM EUROPE, THOSE WHO ARE LATINO, FROM THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRICANS AND MANY, MANY MORE. WE HAVE THOSE FROM EUROPE. HERE'S WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO. IT WILL QUASH ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR MOM AND DAD TO BRING IN EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS, CITIZEN MOM AND DAD TO BRING IN THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. IT ENDS, IT ENDS LEGAL IMMIGRATION OF WHAT WE HAVE CALLED THE VALUES OF AMERICA, FAMILY REUNIFICATION. AT THE SAME TIME, THE UGLY NAME THAT'S BEEN GIVEN TO DIVERSITY VISAS IS NOT TRUE. THOSE WHO COME THROUGH THE DIVERSITY VISA FROM SMALL COUNTRY, SHOULD WE DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SMALL COUNTRIES? HAVE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION AND GO INTO MEDICINE AND SCIENCE AND TRY TO HELP. AND THEN THERE IS NO RELIEF FOR DACA. PEOPLE WHO ARE MILITARY. PARAMEDICS. LAWYERS. TEACHERS. WE ARE DEPENDENT UPON THEM, HAVING GROWN UP HERE, LOVING THE NATION, PLEDGING TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG.

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              IT IS A SIN AND A SHAME THAT WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION.

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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            • 12:52:39 PM

              MS. YK LEE

              I THANK THE KIND GENTLEMAN. THEN AS WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR DACA, WE…

              I THANK THE KIND GENTLEMAN. THEN AS WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR DACA, WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR THE CHILDREN SNATCHED AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES. THE CHILDREN THAT I SAW FOR TWO DAYS IN THE BORDER AT TEXAS. ROGER WHO I HELD IN MY HANDS, MAYBE A 2-YEAR-OLD LIKE THIS WHAT IT DOES IS, IT DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THE CHILDREN, IT DOES NOTHING AFTER 20 DAYS TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEM BECAUSE THE FAKE EXECUTIVE ORDER DOES NOT GO BEYOND 20 DAYS AND FRACKLY WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE 2,000 CHILDREN ARE AND I KNOW THE VALUES OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY IN AMERICA. I'M SADDENED THAT WE HAVE --

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            • 12:53:28 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON.

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            • 12:53:39 PM

              MR. BARTON

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PENDING LEGISLATION…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PENDING LEGISLATION BEFORE US. I BELIEVE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE SHOW THAT WE DO WANT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND I THINK THE GOODLATTE-MCCAL BILL DOES THAT IN A HUMANE -- MCCALL BILL DOES THAT IN A HUMANE WAY. WE HAVE AN ISSUE OF SEPARATION OF CHILDREN THAT'S ARISEN IN THE BORDER THAT THE -- AT THE BORDER IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO. THE TRUMP POLICY IS NOT ANY DIFFERENT ON PAINER THAN THE OBAMA POLICY WAS. WHAT IS DIFFERENT IS THE WAY IT'S BEEN COVERED. AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REALIZED THAT SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE DIFFERENTLY AND HAS SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER YESTERDAY TO THAT EFFECT. I PERSONALLY THINK THAT WE OUGHT TO GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL POLICY WHERE IF YOU WANTED POLITICAL ASYLUM YOU APPLIED AT THE EMBASSY OR CONSULATE IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY. IF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN AND YOU MARCH THEM ACROSS THE DESERTS OF MEXICO AND BRING THEM ALL THE WAY TO THE TEXAS BORDER, YOU DO GET A COURT HEARING BUT I WOULD SAY WE GIVE THAT COURT HEARING BACK IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. AND IF WE HAVE TO SEND THEM BACK AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE, WE DEDUCT THE COST FROM EXISTING AID PACKAGES THAT WE'RE GIVING TO THOSE HOME COUNTRIES THAT WAY THEY DON'T HAVE TO COME ALL THE WAY TO THE TEXAS BORDER OR THE CALIFORNIA BORDER OR THE ARIZONA BORDER, THE NEW MEXICO BORDER. IN ORDER TO GET THEIR DAY IN COURT. THEY WAIT IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY AND THEN THEY GET THEIR DAY IN COURT THERE. NOBODY WANTS TO SEPARATE FAMILIES. BUT IT IS THE PARENTS WHO BRING THE CHILDREN WITH THEM. IT'S NOT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT THAT'S FORCING THOSE PARENTS TO TRY TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND BRING CHAIR CHILDREN. THE GOODLATTE BILL FUNDS BORDER SECURITY. IT BEGINS TO SOLVE SOME OF THE ISSUES OF THE LOTTERY SYSTEM. I PERSONALLY THINK IT'S MUCH BETTER TO HAVE A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAN A LOTTERY SYSTEM. WHERE YOU'RE -- YOU JUST HAPPEN TO, LUCK OF THE DRAW, COME INTO THE UNITED STATES CARD. I THINKS THAT GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND I HOPE WE PASS IT.

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              MR. BARTON

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN.

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              MR. NADLER

              HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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              MR. NADLER

              6 1/2? AND THE OTHER SIDE.

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. CHU.

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              MS. CHU

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CRUEL AND -- CRUEL ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL…

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CRUEL AND -- CRUEL ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL THIS BILL IS SO BAD THEY WANT TO DESTROY LEGAL IMMIGRATION TO THIS COUNTRY. FOR DECADES, OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WERE DISCRIMINATORY, FAVORING NOR DICK AND WESTERN EUROPEANS, RESTRICTING ITALIANS AND JEWS, AND BANNING THE CHINESE COMPLETELY. FINALLY IN 1965, DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, SENATOR TED KENNEDY USHERED IN A FAIRER IMMIGRATION SYSTEM BASED ON FAMILY REUNIFICATION. BECAUSE THIS SYSTEM BRINGS FAMILIES TOGETHER, IMMIGRANT HOUSEHOLDS ARE LESS LIKELY TO RELY ON PUBLIC BENEFITS AND IMGRANTS ARE OFTEN BUYING HOMES AND STARTING BUSINESSES AT A FASTER RATE. NOW WITH THIS BILL REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO UNDO THAT PROCESS AND MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN. WORSE, THEY ARE TEARING FAMILIES APART TO DO THIS WHILE TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS ARE RIPPING PARENTS FROM CHILDREN AT THE BORDER, THEY'RE TRYING TO DO THE SAME THROUGH OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. THIS WAR ON FAMILIES MUST STOP.

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            • 12:57:42 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I CONTINUE TROW SERVE.

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              MR. NADLER

              MADAM SPEAKER, AFTERNOON THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SENT AN ALERT TO…

              MADAM SPEAKER, AFTERNOON THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SENT AN ALERT TO MOVES CONGRESS THAT SAID CUTS TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION IN THIS BILL ARE BAD NEWS FOR STATES. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO.

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            • 12:58:07 PM

              MR. TAKANO

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. IT IS…

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. IT IS OBSCENE TO BRING THIS DEEPLY FLAWED BILL TO THE FLOOR WHEN THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR PARENTS. AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE OUTRAGED OVER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS TO SEPARATE FAMILIES AT THE BORDER. AND TRUMP'S ANSWER -- AN EXECIVE ORDER THAT CAGES FAMILIES INDEFINITELY AND WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CHALLENGED IN COURT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL BEFORE US WOULD DO NOTHING TO STOP ANY OF THEM. INSTEAD, IT CRIMINALIZES EVERY UNDOCUMENTED MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY AND SUBJECTS THEM TO THE SAME CRUEL POLICY BEING PLAYED OUT AT OUR BORDER. IT IS SHOCKING WE'RE EVEN CONSIDERING THIS BILL. LET'S BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIST HISTORY. LET'S STOP TEARING FAMILIES APART. LET'S STOP CAGING PEOPLE FLEEING VIOLENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND DEFEAT THIS REPUGNANT BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. NADLER

              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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            • 12:59:29 PM

              MS. LEE

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU TO OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, I RISE…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU TO OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760. THIS IS AN ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL, PLAIN AND TIMPLE. IT FAILS TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS. IT DISMANTLES FAMILY IMMIGRATION. IT ENDS THE IMPORTANT DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM. IT FUNDS $30 BILLION FOR TRUMP'S BORDER WALL AND FAILS TO ADDRESS THE HORRIBLE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. WHY ARE WE MOVING FORWARD WITH A BILL THAT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE MALICIOUS DETENTION OF FAMILIES SEEKING ASYLUM? A BILL THAT DOES NOTHING TO REYIBET THE 2,300 CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS? THESE POLICIES ARE REALLY A DISGRACE AND STAIN ON OUR COUNTRY. JUST IMAGINE THE HORRORS OF THESE FAMILIES FLEEING VIOLENCE, DOMESTIC ABUSE. BUT WE'RE NOT PROVIDING REFUGEES, NO. OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN RIPPING CHILDREN OUT OF THE ARMS OF PARENTS. WE'RE HOLDING KIDS IN CAGES. AND NOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO LEAVE WHOLE FAMILIES, INCLUDING YOUNG CHILDREN IN JAIL FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME, LOCKING UP KIDS IS CHILD ABUSE. THE VIOLATION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL AND AS MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN CHU SAID, IT IS ABOUT MAKING AMERICA WHITE AGAIN.

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              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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            • 01:01:18 PM

              MR. GREEN

              THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. THIS BILL DOES MANY THINGS, BUT THE ONE…

              THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. THIS BILL DOES MANY THINGS, BUT THE ONE THING THAT ITNOT DO IS HEAL THE WOUND -- THAT IT DOES NOT DO IS HEAL THE WOUND OF THE SOUL OF AMERICA. IT DOES NOT PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR THESE BABIES TO RETURN HOME TO THEIR PARENTS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT AS BAD AS IT CAN CAN GET IF YOU CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BECOME THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE FOR POLITICIANS. THIS THIS BILL BILL LEGITIMATIZE CHILDREN AS THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE. WE CANNOT PASS IT. WE SHOULD NOT PASS IT. WE MUST RETHINK WHAT WE'RE DOING TO THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:02:22 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

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              RESERVE.

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              MR. NADLER

              HOW MUCH TIME HAS EACH SIDE GOT, MR. SPEAKER. RETHINK WHAT

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            • 01:02:34 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD NOW 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

              I YIELD NOW 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. LOFGREN.

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            • 01:02:46 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION IN SO MANY WAYS. I…

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION IN SO MANY WAYS. I WISH THAT WE HAD HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN, REASON TOGETHER, AND COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT REALLY SERVES OUR COUNTRY. WE DIDN'T -- THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. HERE'S WHAT THE RESULT WAS. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS JUST REPORTED THAT THE DIDN'T -- THAT CENTER THEY HAVE RELIED ON INDICATES THAT IF THIS BILL BECAME LAW THE U.S. WOULD LOSE $319 BILLION IN G.D.P. THAT WOULD BE THE IMPACT, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, FOR ADOPTING THIS BILL. I WONDER WHAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE REALLY DOING. BY TURNING EVERY UNDOCUMENTED PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY A CIVIL LAW VIOLATION INTO A A CRIME WE'RE NOW CREATING 11 MILLION PROSECUTION OPPORTUNITIES, AT THE SAME TIME "THE WASHINGTON POST" IS JUST REPORTING, AND I QUOTE, THIS IS THE HEADLINE, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL STOP PROSECUTING MIGRANT PARENTS WHO CROSS "THE WASHINGTON POST" IS JUST REPORTING, AND I QUOTE, THIS IS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY WITH CHILDREN, OFFICIAL SAYS. WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WE'RE DOING A BILL THAT WOULD INCARCERATE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN TO PURSUE A POLICY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION NOW SAYS THEY DON'T INTEND TO PURSUE. THE BORDER I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TRUST IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE IT CHANGES DAILY. BUT I WILL SAY -- IF I MAY HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 10 SECONDS.

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              MR. NADLER

              AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY.

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              MS. LOFGREN

              I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO TAKE A STEP…

              I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO TAKE A STEP BACK HERE. YOUR PRESIDENT HAS LEFT YOU OUT ON A LIMB. HE JUST SAWED THAT LIMB OFF FOR A BILL THAT DOES DAMAGE TO THE COUNTRY FOR A POLICY THAT HE NOW IS APPARENTLY ABANDONED. THIS IS A RIDICULOUS SITUATION HERE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:05:04 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE AND I'M THE ONLY REMAINING SPEAKER. I…

              I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE AND I'M THE ONLY REMAINING SPEAKER. I RESERVE.

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            • 01:05:14 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I'M PREPARED TO O CLOSE. HOW MUCH TIME?

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            • 01:05:19 PM

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              I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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            • 01:05:23 PM

              MR. NADLER

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT PACKAGE THAT FAILS TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT PACKAGE THAT FAILS TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS WHILE SLASHING LEGAL IMMIGRATION, CRIPPLING OUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY, CRIMINALIZING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, UNDERMINING PUBLIC SAFETY, AND REMOVING CRITICAL PROTECTION FORCE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. ALL IN ONE UNDOCUMENTED -- PROTECTIONS FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. ALL IN ONE MONSTROUS BILL. THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ANYONE VOTING FOR THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:06:01 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FIRST OF…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FIRST OF ALL, THIS BILL HAS BEEN MISCHARACTERIZED AND WAS JUST, AGAIN. THIS BILL MAKES PROVISIONS FOR WHEN THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE PROSECUTORS SOMEBODY AT THE BORDER. IT DOESN'T TELL THEM WHEN TO DO THAT. SO IT IS ENTIRELY INCORRECT TO MAKE THAT ASSERTION. I SEE THE CONFLICTING NEWS REPORTS ABOUT WHAT THE INTENTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION IS TODAY ON THAT ISSUE. BUT THAT DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOOD MEASURES IN THIS BILL THAT CORRECT THE PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE SPEAKING ABOUT. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT CHILDREN TO BE WITH THEIR PARENTS AND I HAVE JUST SEEN A POLL A FEW A MINUTES A AGO THAT SHOWS THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THEM WANT THOSE CHILDREN DETAINED WITH THEIR PARENTS NOT TO HAVE THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN RELEASED INTO THE INTERIOR OF THEM WANT OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY NEVER RETURN FOR THEIR HEARING. THAT KIND OF OPEN BORDER POLICY SUPPORTED BY THE ADVOCATES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA. AND IT IS NOT GOOD FOR SOUND IMMIGRATION POLICY. WE'RE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. THERE IS NOT A PERSON IN THIS ROOM WHO CAN'T GO BACK A FEW GENERATIONS OR SEVERAL GENERATIONS AND FIND SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY WHO IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES. WE'RE ALSO A NATION OF LAWS. AND RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW AND FOLLOWING OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR SOCIETY. TO ME WHEN YOU SAY THAT IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO DO BETTER FOR THE DACA RESIPANTS THAN BARACK OBAMA DID, WHERE DO YOU GET -- RECIPIENTS THAN BARACK OBAMA DID, WHERE DO YOU GET THAT IDEA FROM? WHEN YOU SAY WE'RE NOT A GENEROUS COUNTRY WITH REGARD TO IMMIGRATION, AND THIS IS AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL WHEN IT SUSTAINS FAR MORE LEGAL IMMIGRATION THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH, THEY ARE COMPLETELY WRONG. BUT AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE DO THAT, AND WE PROMOTE THAT IN THIS BILL, GOOD LEGAL IMMIGRATION POLICY AND SOMETHING FAIR FOR THE DACA RECIPIENTS, WE MUST ALSO HAVE SECURE BORDERS IN OUR COUNTRY. AND WE MUST GIVE ANY ADMINISTRATION, NOT JUST THIS ONE, THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES, TO SECURE THE IMMIGRATION THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH, BORDER, TO END CRAZY PROGRAMS LIKE THE VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM THAT GIVES 55,000 GREEN CARDS TO PEOPLE JUST BASED ON PURE LUCK. THERE ARE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH THOSE GREEN CARDS TO MOVE TO A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. REJECT THE NEGATIVE IDEAS OF THE OPPOSITION AND MOVE FORWARD WITH A POLICY THAT BOTH DOES SOMETHING IMPORTANT FOR THE DACA RECIPIENTS, BUT ALSO SECURES AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF OUR CITIZENS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. CITIZENS. I URGE MY

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              THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            • 01:10:06 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE FINALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE FINALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SECURE OUR BORDERS ONCE AND FOR ALL. BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A COUNTERTERRORISM PROSECUTOR IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. I SAW THE THREATS ALONG OUR BORDER FIRSTHAND. AFTER GETTING ELECTED TO THE HOUSE, THE VERY FIRST BILL I INTRODUCED PUT AN END TO THIS CATCH AND RELEASE SYSTEM. HERE WE'RE IN THIS CHAMBER, 14 YEARS LATER, AND I'M STILL FIGHTING FOR IT. DOING NOTHING SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. AN OPTION. AS WE HAVE A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THIS YOU PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL FOR SECURING THIS ACT. OUR LEGISLATION WORKS ON THE PRESIDENT'S FOUR PILLARS. IT SECURES THE BORDER BY BUILDING A WALL. ENDS CHAIN MIGRATION. AND THE DIVERSITY LOTTERY. AND PROVIDES A RATIONAL DACA SOLUTION. IT ALSO DEPLOYS NEW THROWING AND -- NEW TECHNOLOGY AND ADDS BOOTS ON THE GROUND. WE MUST MOVE TOWARDS A MORE MERIT-BASED SYSTEM AND NOT A RANDOM SYSTEM. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO PROVIDES, MR. SPEAKER, A LEGAL SOLUTION THAT WILL KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER WHEN THEY CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY. OUR BILL BRINGS A GENERATIONAL CHANGE THAT PREVENTS US FROM REVISITTING THESE PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD. BUT THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT CLOSING LOOPHOLES AND FIXING BROKEN LAWS. BORDER SECURITY IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. VIOLENT GANGS LIKE MS-13, HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, AND SMUGGLERS SNEAKING INTO OUR COUNTRY, INFECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOO MANY LIVES ARE AT RISK. AND OPIOIDS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER. UNFORTUNATELY THE THREATS DO NOT STOP THERE. WE KNOW THAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS ARE TRYING TO EXPLOIT OUR BORDER. THIS WAS MADE CLEAR FROM THE MATERIALS FOUND IN BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND AND FROM PROPAGANDA OUTLETS LIKE INSPIRE MAGAZINE. THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT EVEN STATED THAT PREDECESSORS TO AL QAEDA HAD BEEN EXPLOITING WEAKNESSES IN OUR BURDENER SECURITY SINCE THE 1990'S. IN APRIL, SECRETARY NEILSEN TESTIFIED THAT ISIS HAS ENCOURAGED ITS FOLLOWERS TO CROSS OUR SOUTHWEST BORDER GIVEN THE LOOPHOLES THAT THEY ARE ALSO AWARE OF. WE MUST SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. AND WE MUST SOLVE IT TODAY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE SECURITY THAT THEY HAVE LONG DEMANDED AND DESERVE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:12:59 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R.…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760, A BILL THAT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE PRESIDENT'S CRUEL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. THIS HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT, ANTI-AMERICAN BILL IS THE REALIZATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S CRUEL IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY RHETORIC AND POLICIES. REMEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY USED TO SAY IT WAS THE PARTY OF FAMILY AND BORDER SECURITY VALUES? H.R. 4760 IS FOCUSED ON FAMILIES BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY. IT IS FOCUSED ON SEPARATING FAMILIES, INCARCERATING FAMILIES, AND ELIMINATING PATHWAYS FOR FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION. REMEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY USED IT SAY VALUES? IT WAS THE PARTY OF LAW AND ORDER? WELL, IT DOES TAKE ACTION WITH RESPECT TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY. IT WOULD WITHHOLD HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS FROM SO-CALLED SANCTUARY CITIES THAT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY, SEEK TO FOSTER TRUST FROM IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OPPOSE THIS PROVISION BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE THEIR COMMUNITIES LESS SAFE. FOR EXAMPLE, LATINOS IN THREE MAJOR CITIES HAVE BEEN REPORTING FEWER CRIMES SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, PARTICULARLY AS IT RESULTS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. FINALLY, REMEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY USED TO SAY IT WAS THE PARTY OF FISCAL DISCIPLINE? WELL, NO MORE. IF ENACTED, H.R. 4760 WOULD REQUIRE BILLIONS OF TAXPAYERLE TOARS TO BE WASTED ON THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER WALL, WHICH I SEEM TO RECALL HEARING THAT IT WOULD BE PAID FOR BY THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT. NOW THEY WANT THE TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA TO PAY FOR IT. IT'S ALSO WAIVES PAY-GO SCORECARD. NOW YOU PULL A HAT TRICK. YOU SPEND THE MONEY, BUT YOU DON'T SCORE IT. SO ULTIMATELY IT WON'T SHOW UP IN OUR BUDGET NUMBERS. . SHAME ON YOU. WITH THAT, I URGE A NO VOTE ON H.R. 4760 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT.

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            • 01:15:43 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY.

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            • 01:15:51 PM

              MS. MCSALLY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 476, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. AS ONE OF ONLY NINE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO REPRESENTS A COMMUNITY ALONG OUR BORDER, I HAVE RECOGNIZED FIRSTHAND THE SECURITY THREATS WE FACE FROM AN UNSECURED BORDER AND THE KISS DIS-- AND THE DYSFUNCTION FF -- DYSFUNCTION OF THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. I HAVE BEEN WORKING PASSIONATELY TO PROTECT ARIZONANS FROM THE POROUS BORDER THIS BILL WHICH WE HAVE BEEN TIRELESSLY WORKING ON SINCE SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, CONGRESSMAN LABRADOR, REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE BY SECURING THE BORDER, INCLUDING BUILDING A WALL. CLOSING MANY LEGAL LOOPHOLES. ENDING CHAIN MIGRATION. ENDING THE VISA LOTTERY. CRACKING DOWN ON SANCTUARY CITIES AND MS-13 GANGS. AND PROVIDING A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO THE DACA PROGRAM THAT'S REASONABLE AND FAIR AND DOESN'T INCENTIVIZE MORE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN THE FUTURE. THIS IS THE FIRST LEGISLATION ON THESE TOPICS IN THE HOUSE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SUPPORTED. AND WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION IN THE PROCESS TO PROPOSE A THOUGHTFUL SOLUTION TO FIX THESE VERY REAL AND COMPLEX SECURITY AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. LIKE MANY PIECES OF LEGISLATION, THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT. THERE ARE MANY IMPROVEMENTS SUCH AS THE GUARANTEED FUNDING MECHANISM FOR BORDER SECURITY INCLUDING THE WALL AND OTHER TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS WE WORKED ON OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS THAT I SURE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN IN THIS VERSION OF THE BILL ON THE FLOOR. NONETHELESS, I STRONGLY SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT PROPOSAL TO SOLVE THESE VERY SERIOUS ISSUES THAT CONTINUE TO IMPACT COMMUNITIES IN ARIZONA AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. I REMAIN READY TO LEAD AND HELP DELIVER LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THAT HE CAN SIGN INTO LAW. I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THIS OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO SAY THEY CARE ABOUT BORDER SECURITY AND DACA RECIPIENTS TO NOT PLAY POLITIC, VOTE YES ON THIS BILL. I WREELED BACK.

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            • 01:18:08 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE RETIRED CHIEF OF POLICE OF ORLANDO,…

              I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE RETIRED CHIEF OF POLICE OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA, THE GENTLELADY FROM ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

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              MR. SPEAKER, DURING MY 27 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I FOUGHT MANY THREATS…

              MR. SPEAKER, DURING MY 27 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I FOUGHT MANY THREATS TO OUR FAMILIES, BUT TODAY I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM ASHAMED THAT OUR LEADERS NOW SAY THAT THOSE FAMILIES ARE THE THREAT.

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            • 01:18:40 PM

              MRS. DEMINGS

              FAMILIES SEEKING ASYLUM ARE NOT A THREAT. TODDLERS AND CHILDREN AT THE…

              FAMILIES SEEKING ASYLUM ARE NOT A THREAT. TODDLERS AND CHILDREN AT THE BORDER ARE NOT A THREAT. DREAMERS WHO ARE BROUGHT HERE AS YOUNG CHILDREN, BOTH OF US KNOW, ARE NOT A THREAT. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK WHY IS IT SO EASY TO REJECT THOSE WHO WE BELIEVE ARE DIFFERENT FROM US. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THIS ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE AMERICA A COUNTRY THAT ONLY ACCEPTS THE RICH AND WELL CONNECTED. WHEN WE KNOW BETTER, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BETTER. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, YOU'RE RIGHT, LET'S STOP PLAYING POLITICS. LET'S DO BETTER AND REJECT THIS DANGEROUS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:19:32 PM

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            • 01:19:38 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM LOUISIANA, A MEMBER OF THE…

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM LOUISIANA, A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MR. HIGGINS.

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            • 01:19:50 PM

              MR. HIGGINS

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5760. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. I…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5760. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, A SOVEREIGN NATION CAN'T STAND WITHOUT SOVEREIGN BORDERS. I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT WE ARE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 50 SOVEREIGN STATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ELECTED BY CITIZENS OF MEXICO OR ANYTHING RAG WHAT OREL SALVADOR. WE REPRESENT AMERICAN INTERESTS. THIS IS AN AMERICA FIRST BILL. IT SECURES AMERICA'S SOUTHERN BORDERS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO EMBRACE THEIR OATH AND RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE TO THESE CITIZENS THAT DEPEND UPON SOUND, DECISIVE MEASURES FROM THIS BODY. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:20:37 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR COUNTRY…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR COUNTRY BUT WE ALSO RECOGNIZE ITS DIVERSITY AND WE ALL ARE IMMIGRANTS SO LET'S GET OVER IT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. RIKSE.

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              IT IS A SHAME WE ARE SITTING ON TWO HARMFUL BILLS, WHEN WE KNOW THE BILL…

              IT IS A SHAME WE ARE SITTING ON TWO HARMFUL BILLS, WHEN WE KNOW THE BILL INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES AGUILAR AND HURD HAS THE VOTES TO PASS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.

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            • 01:21:17 PM

              MISS RICE

              THIS BILL WOULD GIVE DACA RECIPIENTS THE STATUS AND SECURITY THEY DESERVE.…

              THIS BILL WOULD GIVE DACA RECIPIENTS THE STATUS AND SECURITY THEY DESERVE. IT WOULD SECURE OUR BORDERS WITHOUT WASTING TAXPAYER MONEY ON A WALL THAT WOULDN'T MAKE US SAFER. THE BILLS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY ARE NOT WHAT MOST AMERICANS WANT. THEY DENY DREAMERS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. THEY DENY OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT THOSE FLEEING POVERTY AND VIOLENCE. AND THEY DO NOTHING TO REYIBET FAMILIES ALREADY TORN APART BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING, TO FINALLY GOVERN AND ALLOW THE BIPARTISAN U.S.A. ACT TO COME TO THE FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:21:57 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:22:00 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. ESTES.

            • 01:22:04 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 01:22:07 PM

              MR. ESTES

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURES ACT. MR.…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURES ACT. MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. FOR DECADES, ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE OFFERED TEMPORARY FIXES OR CHOSEN TO NOT ENFORCE CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE LAW. HOWEVER, THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOWS A CLEAR DESIRE BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND SECURE OR BORDER. THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT ADDRESSES THESE ISSUES AND PROVIDES NEEDED SOLUTIONS. THE BILL SECURES OUR BORDER BY AUTHORIZING A WULL. PROVIDING NEW BORDER TECHNOLOGY AND PUT MANAGER BOOTS ON THE GROUND. THE BILL REFOCUSES LEGAL IMMIGRATION ON SKILLS THAT ARE NEEDED BY ENDING THE VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM AND CHAIN MIGRATION. IT ALSO PREVENTS FUTURE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BY MANDATING E-VERIFY FOR EMPLOYERS. IMPORTANT FOR MY STATE OF KANSAS, BILL INCLUDES H-2-C AGRICULTURE VISAS TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME TO WORK AND PROVIDE SKILL OURS FARMERS NEED. FINALLY THIS BILL GIVES STABILITY TO CHILDREN BROUGHT HERE ILLEGAL BY PROVIDING A RENEWABLE LEGAL STATUS AS LONG AS RECIPIENTS PAY TAXES AND OBEY THE LAW WITHOUT PROVIDING A SPECIAL PATH TO CITIZEN BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD GET TO JUMP LINE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 01:23:25 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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            • 01:23:30 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

            • 01:23:36 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN. I WOULD OFFER TO SAY THOSE GAUT MA…

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN. I WOULD OFFER TO SAY THOSE GAUT MA LAN AMERICANS, EL SALVADOR RAN AMERICANS AND THOSE AMERICANS FROM THE COUNTRY OF MEXICO AND OTHERS WHO SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY CERTAINLY REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF THIS NATION. I WOULD OFFER TO SAY THAT SADLY THIS IS THE IMAGE THAT IS AMERICA TODAY. IT IS NOT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. I STAND TO OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE I KNOW AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WE'VE HAD A PLAN THAT WAS BIPARTISAN AND THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR BORDER SECURITY THAT INCLUDED TECH KNOWLEDGE AND BARRIERS. NOW WE HAVE SUCCUMBED TO A PROCESS OF WHICH EVERY GOOD THINKING PERSON HAS TO OPPOSE INCLUDING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. LAW ENFORCEMENT OPPOSE THIS IS PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR, THIS LEGISLATION, IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE IT MAKES COMMUNITIES LESS SAFE. JUST THIS WEEK THE TEXAS SHERIFF DEPUTY WAS ARRESTED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND THREATENING TO DEPORT THE UNDOCUMENTED MOTHER IF SHE REPORTED THE CRIME. GOOD LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS UNDERSTAND THEY NEED TO HAVE PEOPLE REPORT THE CRIME. WE KNOW IT WAS AN IMMIGRANT THAT GAVE US THE POLIO AS WELL AS THE RESEARCHER AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED US GET THE POLIO VACCINE. FINALLY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NOW ARE COMING TO THIS COUNTRY, SNATCHED AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, UNACCOMPANIED YOUNGSTERS AS WELL WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE PROTECTION OF SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS. IT STRIPS SPECIAL PROTECTIONS FROM ABUSED OR ABANDONED CHILDREN. THIS BILL IS A BAD BILL. IT IS NOT AN IMMIGRATION BILL. IT'S A BAD BILL AND IT REALLY IS NOT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:25:20 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:25:26 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. LESTER.

            • 01:25:35 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              LESTER.

            • 01:25:39 PM

              MS. LESTER

              THIS IS VITAL LEGISLATION FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA. MY CONSTITUENTS BACK…

              THIS IS VITAL LEGISLATION FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA. MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME KNOW ALL TOO WELL HOW DESPERATELY WE NEED OUR BORDER SECURED. I SIGNED ON AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL BECAUSE IT WILL FUND A WALL AND OTHER PROTECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE, CLOSE THE GAPING LOOPHOLES IN OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, AND FINALLY SECURE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, ENDING THIS PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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            • 01:26:09 PM

              MS. LESKO

              IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT WITH ALL THE RHETORIC COMING FROM MY COLLEAGUES…

              IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT WITH ALL THE RHETORIC COMING FROM MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, THEY STILL REFUSE TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND WORK TOWARD A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM CANNOT CONTINUE TO BE IGNORED. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND GOODLATTE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS MUCH-NEEDED LEGISLATION AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:26:38 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:26:43 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS…

              THANK YOU, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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            • 01:26:47 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 01:26:52 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE…

              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS REPREPARED TO CLOSE.

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            • 01:26:59 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE, EGENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RENEEK IS -- IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE, EGENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RENEEK IS -- IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:27:04 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              AS YOU HEARD, H.R. 4760 IS FATALLY FLAWED. WE ARE HERE ONLY TODAY DEBATING…

              AS YOU HEARD, H.R. 4760 IS FATALLY FLAWED. WE ARE HERE ONLY TODAY DEBATING IT BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WAS ESSENTIALLY EXTORTED BY EXTREMISTS WITHIN ITS RANKS. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD BE HERE DEBATING LEGISLATION TO GIVE DREAMERS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. WE SHOULD BE HERE DEBATING LEGISLATION TO GIVE SAFE HAVEN TO REFUGEES FROM HAITI, EL SALVADOR, SUDAN AND NICARAGUA. WE SHOULD BE HERE DEBATING A MEASURE TO END ZERO TOLERANCE AND FAMILY SEPARATION. EVEN BEFORE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CREATED THIS FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS, AMERICA'S IMAGE WAS SUFFERING THE EFFECTS OF THE TRUMP SLUMP DUE TO THE PRESIDENT'S INFLAMMATORY AND CRUEL IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY POLICIES AND RHETORIC. IN FACT, LAST JUNE, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER RELEASED AN INTERNATIONAL SURVEY THAT CONCLUDED THAT SENTIMENT REGARDING THE U.S. HAD TAKE ANDRAMATIC TURN FOR THE WORSE. WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND SUPPORTERS OF H.R. 4760 DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS THAT WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT IS ITS PEOPLE. BOTH NATIVE BORN AND IMMIGRANTS. LET'S SEND A MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT THAT WE KNOW WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT. LET'S DEFEAT H.R. 4760. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:28:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:28:47 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY, THIS IS A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO GET…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY, THIS IS A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOMETHING DONE THAT WE PROBABLY HAVEN'T GOTTEN DONE IN 25 YEARS. BUT LET ME FIRST SAY THAT I'M A FATHER OF FIVE CHILDREN. I'VE BEEN DOWN TO THE DETENTION CENTERS AND SEEN THESE KIDS DOWN THERE, THESE BABIES. IT'S ONE OF THE MOST, FROM A HUMAN STANDPOINT, ONE OF THE HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES I'VE HAD IN MY LIFETIME. LET ME SAY THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN. IT PROTECT OURS CHILDREN BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A DETERRENT FOR THEM NOT TO COME HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT ALSO KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER. AND DOESN'T SEPARATE THEM AS CURRENT LAW DICTATES. CURRENT LAW DICTATES THIS IF WE DON'T CHANGE THE LAY. LET ME ALSO ADD, I TALKED TO THE SECRETARY TODAY, 10,000 OF THESE 12,000 CHILDREN WHO ARE IN THE DETENTION CENTER CAME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. THAT MEANS 10,000 CAME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. AND WHO ARE THEIR GUARDIANS? THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS, THE SMUGGLERS, THE COYOTES. AS THEY MADE THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY FROM CENTRAL AMERICA ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH MEXICO AND INTO THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE SEEN THE HORRORS OF THAT. IN THIS BILL -- THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THE DETERRENCE TO STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, THEY ARE ABUSED ON THE WAY UP. THAT JOURNEY, THEY ARE ABUSED PHYSICALLY AND SEXUALLY AND DEMORALIZED AND RECRUITED. THAT HAS TO STOP. AND MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL STOP THAT. WITH THAT, I URGE MY SLEEGS -- COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:30:30 PM

              The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

              • 01:30:32 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO…

                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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              • 01:30:49 PM

                THE CLERK

                TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAW AND FOR OTHER…

                TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAW AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. .

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              • 01:30:56 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK RECOGNITION.

              • 01:30:59 PM

                >>

                I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

            • 01:30:59 PM

              Ms. Lujan Grisham, M. moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary.

              • 01:31:01 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                IS THE GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL.

              • 01:31:04 PM

                >>

                IN THE CURRENT FORM.

              • 01:31:05 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES.

              • 01:31:08 PM

                THE CLERK

                MISS LUJAN GRISHAM THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO…

                MISS LUJAN GRISHAM THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. IN SECOND ONE, IN THE HEADING STRIKE TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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          • 01:31:17 PM

            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to replace the bill text with langauge found in H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017.

            • 01:31:47 PM

              >>

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPOSE OF THE READING. IS DISPENSED WITH.…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPOSE OF THE READING. IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION. IF ENACTED THESE POLICIES WOULD UNDERMINE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, HURT BUSINESSES AND WRIP RIP APART COMMUNITIES THROUGH MASS DEPORTATION WHILE TELLING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN DREAMERS THAT THEY CAN ONLY BE A GUEST IN THE COUNTRY, MOST OF THEM HAVE EVER KNOWN, BUT THEY THAT -- BUT THAT THEY WILL NEVER TRULY BE AMERICAN. THE TRUTH IS, THIS BILL IS A POISON PILL RIDDEN EFFORT THAT DOES NOTHING TO GET US CLOSER TO PASSING A BIPARTISAN, NARROW, TARGETED SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS. CONGRESS, THAT'S EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US, HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ADDRESS THIS TRUMP-CREATED CRISIS IN A BIPARTISAN, RAPID, COMPASSIONATE AND MEANINGFUL WAY. THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO. BUT SINCE THE START OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION A DIVISIVE AND TWISTED NARRATIVE HAS BEEN PERPETRATED TO VILLAINIZE, SCAPEFWOTE AND HURT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES. THIS WEEK, THE PAIN OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WAS FELT BY EACH AND EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA THAT HEARD THE TERROR AND CRIES OF CHILDREN BEING TORN FROM THEIR PARENTS. THIS WEEK, WE'VE EXPERIENCED THE HORROR MANY IMMIGRANT FAMILIES FEEL EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND WE'VE SEEN HOW UGLY IT IS TO USE VULNERABLE IMMIGRANT MOTHERS AND FATHERS AS POLITICAL PAWNS BUT WE'VE ALSO SEEN AMERICANS STAND UP FOR THESE FAMILY WELL, SAW THEM REBUKE THE PRESIDENT AND HIS HEINOUS POLICY AND TODAY WE MUST DO THE SAME THING BY STANDING UP FOR DREAMERS. . WE MUST MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITY THAT FIXES THIS TRUMP CREATED DACA CRY SIS. NOT BY VOTE FOR LEGISLATION THAT MAKES IT WORSE. EVERY TIME THAT A BIPARTISAN FIX FOR DREAMERS IS WITHIN OUR REACH, THIS CHAOTIC REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CAVES TO THOSE WHO AIM TO EXPLOIT DREAMERS IN ORDER TO IMPOSE RADICAL CHANGES TO OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. THE PROVISIONS IN H.R. 470 PARTISAN ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL BETRAY OUR MOST FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN VALUES. IT IS A REFLECTION OF THE ZONE PHOBIC AGENDA OF THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WITH PRIORITIZES BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS ON A WASTEFUL WALL, CUTS LEGAL IMMIGRATION, AND ENDS OUR OBLIGATION TO DREAMERS. THIS IS THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF REPUBLICANS PUTTING TRUMP'S ANTI-IMMIGRANT DEMANDS ABOVE MORAL DECENCY, FAMILIES, DREAMERS, AND THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS INDEFENSIBLE AND IMMORAL THAT THIS HOUSE CONTINUES TO DERAIL BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO PROTECT DREAMERS. THE ANTICS WE'RE WITNESSING ARE WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH THAT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES CAN FIND BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S MOST PRESSING ISSUES. BUT AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN THE MINORITY PARTY AT A TIME OF DEEP POLITICAL DIVISION AND INSTABILITY, CONGRESS IN THE TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF I STILL BELIEVE IT'S POSSIBLE FOR US FAMILIES, CHILDREN, AND YOUNG PEOPLE. AND THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING, I'M IMPLORING YOU TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR THE BIPARTISAN DREAM ACT THAT UPHOLDS OUR VALUES AND FULFILLS OUR PROMISE TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:36:26 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            • 01:36:31 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

            • 01:36:34 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

            • 01:36:36 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS EFFORT TO DISTRACT US FROM THE MAJOR PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT ONLY, ONLY DEALS WITH AMNESTY FOR A FAR LARGER POPULATION OF PEOPLE THAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT TO HAVE ADDRESSED. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THE DACA RECIPIENTS OR PEOPLE WHO ARRIVED HERE AT YOUNG CHILDREN BEFORE JUNE 15, 2007. THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH THE SURGE OF PEOPLE AT THE BORDER OF OUR COUNTRY. IT DOES NOTHING TO CREATE NEW BORDER SECURITY, TECHNOLOGY, PERSONNEL THAT ARE NEEDED, JUDGES IN COURTROOMS TO PROCESS THE HUGE NUMBER, THE 600,000 BACKLOG OF AMNESTY CASE THAT IS WE HAVE. THIS DOES NOTHING TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES THAT ARE AA LOUG PEOPLE TO ENJOY WHAT'S CALLED CATCH AND RELEASE, WHERE THEY COME INTO THE COUNTRY, SOME EVEN TURN THEMSELVES IN KNOWING THAT ULTIMATELY THEY ARE GOING TO BE RELEASED INTO THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES. WE NEED TO GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO STOP THIS PROBLEM. AND IT'S NOT A NEW PROBLEM. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTED A NUMBER OF THE CHANGES THAT ARE IN THIS BILL WITH REGARD TO CLARIFYING THINGS LIKE THE TERRIBLE FLORES DECISION WHICH IS AT THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM WE HAVE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. WE FIX THOSE THINGS IN THIS LEGISLATION. YET THIS WOULD SUBSTITUTE ALL OF THAT FOR SOMETHING THAT IS JUST TARGETED AT WHAT THE OTHER PARTY WANTS TO DO. THEY CALL UPON US TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THIS BILL ADDRESSES ALL OF THE AREAS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. THEY GIVE LIP SERVICE TO THE OTHER AREAS, BUT THEY DO NOT ADDRESS THEM. THIS IS PROOF OF THAT BY THE FACT THAT IT ONLY DEALS WITH AMNESTY. WE NEED TO HAVE A MOVEMENT TO A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE NEED TO END THE TERRIBLE VISA LOTTERY SYSTEM, WHICH IS A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM AND WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT BENEFIT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. WE NEED TO MOVE FROM CHAIN MIGRATION TO A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TREAT THE DACA RECIPIENTS BETTER THAN THEY ARE TREATED UNDER THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL OBAMA PROCESS, BUT NOT AT THE COST OF NOT DOING THE OTHER THREE PILLARS THAT WE'RE SEEKING TO ADDRESS. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE BORDER SECURITY WE NEED TO END THE VISA LOTTERY AND MOVE TO A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM. WE NEED TO END CHAIN MIGRATION. IT ALSO DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING ABOUT-B E-VERIFY OR HELPING A MILLION AGRICULTURAL GUEST WORKERS WHO WANT TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY LEGALLY AND THE FARMERS WHO WANT TO HAVE A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS THEM TO DO THAT LEGALLY. THIS IS THE BILL THAT WE NEED TO PASS NOT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION.

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            • 01:39:47 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SRDOOED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION, SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION --

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            • 01:39:51 PM

              The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

            • 01:39:59 PM

              On motion to recommit with instructions Roll Call 281 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

              • 01:40:01 PM

                MISS LUJAN GRISHAM

                I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 01:40:03 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            • 09:00:22 AM

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              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE AND -- THE…

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE AND -- THE HOUSE WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING TODAY. THE TERRIBLE ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL-TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO DAVID -- DEBATE SHALL -- MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES EACH. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY

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            • 09:01:39 AM

              WATSON

              FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN FOR FIVE MINUTES. ASK A FEW DAYS…

              FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN FOR FIVE MINUTES. ASK A FEW DAYS AGO AT THE TRENTON ART ALL-NIGHT FESTIVAL A FIGHT BETWEEN TWO INDIVIDUALS RESULTED IN A MASS SHOOTING. 17 PEOPLE SHOT THROUGH WITH AT LEAST ONE CRITICALLY INJURED. ONE CRITICALLY INJURED. FORTUNATELY, THE ONLY CASUALTY, FATALITY, I SHOULD SAY, WAS ONE OF THE SHOOTERS. EVEN SO, NEARLY 20 PEOPLE SHOT AT A COMMUNITY FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THE CITY AND BRINGING BIG COMMUNITY TOGETHER AROUND SOMETHING THAT'S POSITIVE DESERVES OUR ATTENTION. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAD A BAD HABIT OF ASSIGNING SYMPATHY AND COVERAGE ONLY TO CERTAIN KINDS OF SHOOTINGS. IN FACT, IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT THERE ARE SOME WHO BELIEVE THERE ARE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH GUN VIOLENCE WILL ALWAYS BE AN UNAVOIDABLE NORM. THAT IS FALSE. THAT IS A HORRIBLE AND DESTRUCTIVE STEREOTYPE THAT IGNORES THE UNDERPINNING OF OUR CONVERSATION ABOUT GUNS. FROM ACCESS TO EXCESSIVELY DESTRUCTIVE ACCESSORIES, GUNS ARE THE PROBLEM. N.R.A. ADVOCATES WILL SAY IN PARKLAND THE SHOOTER GOT HIS GUN LEGALLY. BUT SHOULD AN 18-YEAR-OLD BE ABLE TO BUY A GUN? ESPECIALLY WHEN THAT GUN IS NEVER GOING TO BE USED FOR SPORT? THOSE SAME ADVOCATES WOULD ARGUE THAT MASS -- MOST SHOOTINGS IN URBAN AREAS SCUR WITH ILLEGALLY OBTAINED -- OCCURS WITH ILLEGALLY OBTAINED WEAPONS AND NO REGULATION WOULD PREVENT THEM. BUT BECAUSE WE REFUSE REGISTRIES TO REQUIRE THEM, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE GUNS COME FROM. PERHAPS IF WE DID, PERHAPS IF WE KNEW WHO THE FIRST BUYER WAS AND THOSE WEAPONS CAME FROM THEY WOULDN'T END UP IN THE WRONG HANDS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR COUNTRY'S GUN PROBLEM IS NOT A SINGLE SIDED ONE. IT'S MULTIFACETED AND WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN ONE ANGLE TO SOLVE. FORTUNATELY, FOR MEMBERS OF THE GUN PREVENTION TASK FORCE ALONE, THERE ARE MORE THAN 70 PROPOSALS THAT SEEK TO ADDRESS THE SINGULAR AND DEADLY CRISIS. I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR TWO OF THEM. THE STOP ONLINE AMMUNITION SALES OF 2017 TO FLAG FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT LARGE BULLET AND AMMUNITION PURCHASES THAT SUGGESTS THE KIND OF STOCKPILING THAT PRECEDES AN ATTACK. AND THE HANDGUN LICENSING AND REGISTRATION BILL WHICH WOULD CREATE THE KIND OF REGISTRY THAT MIGHT HELP US KEEP MORE WEAPONS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS. EARLIER THIS WEEK, I WROTE A LETTER TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, ASKING FOR CONSIDERATION OF ANY ONE OF THESE 70 BILLS IN HONOR OF THE VICTIMS OF SUNDAY'S SHOOTING. I HAVE YET TO RECEIVE A RESPONSE TO MY REQUEST AND WITH THE PARALYZING FEAR THAT SEEMS TO GRIP MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHEN WE MENTION GUNS, I HAVE HIGH HOPES I WON'T GET ONE BUT I DO KNOW THE LONGER WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE THIS PROBLEM THE MORE PEOPLE WILL BE HURT AND THE MORE LIVES WILL BE LOST. AT WORK, AT SCHOOL, AT THE GROCERY SCHOOL, AT THE PLAYGROUND, IN HOMES WITH VIOLENT PARTNERS, BY ACCIDENTS DURING PLAY DATES AT THE HANDS OF THOSE SUFFERING -- AT THE HANDS OF THOSE SUFFERING MENTAL ILLNESS, WITH OR WITHOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT BEING PRESENT, WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE IN THE AUDIENCE OR CLASSROOM IS ARMED, GUNS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE PROBLEM. WE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT SO WE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT AND MOVE ON IT. I HOPE AND PRAY FOR THOSE THAT WERE INJURED IN TRENTON AS WELL AS IN OTHER PLACES JUST AS I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 09:05:16 AM

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              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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              MR. FLORES

              I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO…

              I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR PENNY CELESTE FLORES OF WACO, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 15, 2018. PENNY WAS BORN IN 1948 IN DALLAS, TEXAS. SHE WAS EDUCATED AT EAST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, NOW KNOWN AS TEXAS A&M COMMERCE, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON, MCCOLLEGEON COMMUNITY COLLEGE, TEXAS WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY. PENNY WAS VERY ACTIVE IN OUR WACO COMMUNITY. SHE SERVED ON ASSOCIATIONS, COMMISSIONS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING -- PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS CENTRAL MUSEUM DISTRICT, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTIN AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, CHAIR OF THE BOY SCOUTS AWARD COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF THE MCCOLLEGEON -- THE WACO-MCCOLLEGEON COUNTY COMMISSION, HISTORICAL COMMISSION, TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE BOARD OF REGENTS, CITY OF WASHINGO PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMISSION, WACO VISITOR'S BUREAU BOARD, AND WACO BUILDINGS AND STANDARDS COMMISSION. FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, PENNY HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF MY TEAM THAT SERVES OUR DISTRICT. SHE IS ONE OF THE FIRST THREE HIRES I MADE WHEN I ASSUMED OFFICE IN 2011. SINCE THEN SHE WORKED AT OUR WACO OFFICE AS OUR OFFICE MANAGER AND CASEWORKER. SHE LOVED HER JOB AND SHE ESPECIALLY LOVED BEING ABLE TO SERVE OTHERS. PENNY WAS ALSO IN CHARGE OF HANDLING THE MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS FOR OUR OFFICE. EACH YEAR SHE WOULD COMPILE ALL THE APPLICATIONS AND COORDINATE WITH OUR SERVICE ACADEMY BOARD, LOOK AT APPLICANTS. SHE TOOK GREAT PRIDE OF OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN GETTING ACCEPTED TO OUR ACADEMIES. SHE SERVED AS MATRIARCH AS OUR WACO OFFICE TEAM. SHE BEFRIENDED AND MENTORED EVERYONE WITH WHOM SHE WORKED. SHE ESPECIALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH ALL OF OUR INTERNS AND SHE WOULD ADVISE THEM DURING THEIR TIME IN OUR OFFICE. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT SOME OF THE WISDOM THAT SHE SHARED WITH THEM HAS HELPED SHAPE THEIR LIVES AND THEIR CAREERS. PEN HEY WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL AND DEVOTED PERSON WHO WILL BE GREATLY MISSED FOR ALL THOSE LIVES WITH WHOM SHE TOUCHED. THE THING I KNOW SHE LOVED MORE THAN SERVING OTHERS WAS LOVING HER HUSBAND, JERRY, AND HER CHILDREN. JERRY AND PENNY WOULD HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER EVERY DAY IN OUR OFFICE. THEY TRULY LOVED EACH OTHER'S COMPANY. THEIR DEDICATION WAS REMARKABLE AND SOMEBODY TO BE MODELED BY ALL OF US. I BURIED MY FATHER-IN-LAW. THE PASTOR SAID SOMETHING I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. HE SAID, WHEN WE LEAVE THIS EARTH WE SHOULD ALL ASPIRE TO LEAVE BEHIND THREE THINGS -- A GOOD NAME, A GOOD FAMILY, AND A FORWARDING ADDRESS. PENNY FOREST LEFT BEHIND ALL THREE THINGS AND PARTICULARLY -- IN PARTICULAR, SHE LEFT A FORWARDING ADDRESS. BECAUSE OF HER CHRISTIAN FAITH AND BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST AS HER LORD AND SAVIOR SHE IS NOW CELEBRATING WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. SHE AND JERRY LOVED TO GO ON CRUISES AND SHE'S ON THE ULTIMATE CRUISE RIGHT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, -- MADAM SPEAKER, PENNY'S LIFE WAS DEFINED BY HERSELFLESS SERVICE TO THOSE AROUND HER. SHE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BETTER OUR COMMUNITY. SHE'S CERTAINLY LEFT AN ENDURING IMPRESSION ON THE CENTRAL TEXAS COMMUNITY AND THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. SHE WILL BE KNOWN AS A SERVANT, A WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, DEAR FRIEND. MY WIFE ALONG WITH THE ENTIRE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL TEAM OFFER OUR DEEPEST AND HEART-FELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FORREST FAMILY. I HAVE REQUESTED THAT A UNITED STATES FLAG BE FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PENNY FORREST. AS I CLOSE TODAY I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO PRAYING MY -- FOR OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 09:09:30 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. ALL RIGHT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, FOR FIVE MINUTES. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS MONTH. EVERY JUNE THIS NATION IS REMINDED OF THE GREAT PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE OF ALZHEIMER'S, AND WE REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO COMBAT THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. THE NUMBERS ARE SOBERING. THE LIVES LOST TO THIS GRAVE ILLNESS HAVE INCREASED 123% OVER THE LAST DECADE. MANY FAMILIES HAVE LOST LOVED ONES AND MANY MORE STRUGGLE WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS WHO FIGHT THIS AWFUL DISEASE. THE WORK OF LOVED ONES TO PROVIDE HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND COMFORT IS EXTRAORDINARY. ADVOCATES ON THE FRONT LINES DESERVE OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE. AND THEY INCLUDE JEANNIE CASTILLO, DALY WHO WORK EVERY DAY IN THE CAUSE OF RESEARCH, OF TREATMENT, AND OF SUPPORT. THERE IS NEW HOPE THANKS TO THE WORK OF PEOPLE LIKE JEANNIE AND DALY AND THOSE OF US WHO SERVE IN CONGRESS. TOGETHER WE ARE COMMITTED TO MORE RESEARCH FUNDS AND KNOCKING DOWN BARRIERS TO 21ST CENTURY INNOVATION. TOGETHER DURING THIS AWARENESS MONTH AND INDEED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR, WE MUST CONTINUE TO RAISE OUR VOICES ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S AND ENSURE THAT THE FIGHT TO FIND A CURE IS A NATIONAL PRIORITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. IT WILL TAKE A UNITED EFFORT ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY, AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE UP TO THE TASK. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 09:11:40 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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            • 09:11:46 AM

              MR. GREEN

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY…

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND I HAVE GREAT CONCERN FOR WHERE IT'S HEADED. I'M VERY MUCH CONCERNED, MADAM SPEAKER, BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN AND THE MULTITUDES HAVE SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. I HAVE HERE ONE SUCH DISPLAY. A CHILD WHO WAS SEPARATED FROM A PARENT. A CHILD THAT IS DISTRAUGHT. AND MY CONCERN EMANATES FROM THE NOTION THAT, IF YOU CAN TOLERATE THIS, IF YOU CAN LOOK AT THIS, AND IF YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, AND YOU WON'T, IF YOUR HEART IS SO HARDENED THAT YOU CAN LOOK AT THIS PICTURE OF THIS BABY AND CONCLUDE THAT THIS IS JUST A PART OF A PROCESS, THEN THAT SAYS TO ME I SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF MY COUNTRY. WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN MY LIFETIME. I HAD TO DRINK FROM COLORED WATER FOUNTAINS. I HAD TO SIT IN THE BACK OF THE BUS. I HAD TO GO TO SEGREGATED SCHOOLS. I KNOW WHAT SEGREGATION LOOKS LIKE. I KNOW WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE. I'VE HAD TO GO TO THESE FILTHY COLORED RESTROOMS. I KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. I WAS CALLED THE UGLY NAMES. I KNOW WHAT IT HURTS LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO WOULD CHASE YOU JUST BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE. SO WE'VE COME A LONG WAY, AND THAT CONCERNS ME BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHERE THIS SAYS WE'RE GOING. BUT I DO KNOW THIS. I DON'T WANT TO SEE US GO BACK TO THAT DARK PAST BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER -- MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW, HERE'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. THIS IS A PICTURE FROM LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. THIS IS A PICTURE OF A CHILD MERELY ATTEMPTING TO GO TO SCHOOL, COMMITTING NO CRIME. THIS IS A PICTURE OF WHAT HATE LOOKS LIKE. CHILDREN OUGHT NOT BE SUBJECTED TO THIS, NOT THIS LEVEL OF HATE, VITRIOL. THIS IS A PAST THAT I DON'T WANT TO REVISIT. . FOR THIS YOUNG LADY AND OTHERS TO GET INTO THIS HIGH SCHOOL THAT WAS BEING PAID FOR WITH THEIR TAX DOLLARS, I MIGHT ADD, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER HAD TO SEND IN THE 101ST AIRBORNE. OF THE ARMY. IT TOOK THE ARMY TO INTERGOLDEN STATE -- INTEGRATE CENTRAL HIGH. IT'S AN UNPLEASANT THING TO HAVE TO ENDURE AND TO VISIT, BUT FOR SOME OF US IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST A PROCESS. FOR SOFT MONEY OF US, IT'S ABOUT A WAY OF LIFE THAT WE ENDURED AND THAT WE SUFFERED -- FOR SOME -- FOR SOME OF US, IT WAS ABOUT THE WAY OF LIFE THAT WE HAVE ENDURED AND THAT A WE SUFFERED. FOR SOME OF US THIS IS A PAINFUL THING TO SEE. FOR THOSE WHO SAY WE'LL NEVER GO BACK THERE, YOU'LL NEVER SEE THAT AGAIN. WELL, I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE A DAY WHEN SEE. FOR A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD BAN PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTRY WHO HAPPEN TO BE OF A CERTAIN RELIGION. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE A DAY WHEN A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD SAY, THERE WERE SOME NICE PEOPLE AMONG THE BIGOTS, THE XENOPHOBES OF THE UNITED STATES, THE WHITE NATIONALISTS. THE KLANSMEN IN CHARLOTTESVILLE. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE THAT COME FROM THE PRESIDENCY, FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOT IN MY LIFETIME. SO TO THOSE WHO SAY WORRY NOT, WE WON'T GO BACK. I SAY, WE SHOULD BE WARNED AND WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE DECEIVED. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              TIME.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, RECENTLY INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION…

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, RECENTLY INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION WITH CONGRESSMAN NICKI TSONGAS TO DESIGNATE JULY AS PARK AND RECREATION MONTH. A FITTING TIME TO CELEBRATE OUR FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATIONAL SYSTEMS BECAUSE SO MANY AMERICANS WILL VISIT THEM THIS SUMMER. HOUSE RESOLUTION 941 RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT PUBLIC PARKS, RECREATION FACILITIES, AND ACTIVITIES PLAY IN THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK DAILY TO MAINTAIN OUR PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES ACROSS THE NATION. AS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF RURAL PENNSYLVANIA AND AVID OUTDOORSMAN, I STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR NATION'S PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES. OUR PARKS PROVIDE COUNTLESS RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO ENGAGE IN THE OUTDOORS. THIS PARKS, RECREATION FACILITIES, AND ACTIVITIES PLAY IN THE RESOLUTION SIMPLY RECOGNIZES AND SUPPORTS PARK AND RECREATION MONTH. AND THE MANY BENEFITS THAT OUR PARKS PROVIDE TO ALL AMERICANS. OUR PARKS GENERATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER AND EXPERIENCE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. THEY PAY DIVIDENDS TO COMMUNITIES LIE ATTRACTING BUSINESSES AND JOBS AND INCREASING HOUSING VALUES. THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC PARK OPERATIONS AND CAPITAL SPENDING GENERATES NEARLY $140 MILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ANNUALLY. 90% OF PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AGREE THAT PUBLIC PARK RECREATION FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES ARE AN IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT SERVICE. A FIGURE THAT DISPLAYS A BASE OF SUPPORT THAT SPANS ACROSS ALL PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY REGARD OF RACE, INCOME, GENDER, OR POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION. NEARLY 75% OF AMERICANS AGREE THAT IT IS AN IMPORTANT -- THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE ALL MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY WITH EQUITABLE ACCESS TO PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES. THOSE ECONOMICALLY SOUND COMMUNITIES ARE THOSE WITH AMPLE AND HEALTHY PUBLIC PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES. A KEY FACTOR IN BUSINESS EXPANSION AND LOCATION DECISIONS IS THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EMPLOYEES WITH A PREMIUM PLACED ON ADEQUATE AND ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC PARKS AND OPEN SPACE. MANUFACTURES, PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES FOSTER A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A HEALTHIER SOCIETY. PEOPLE WHO USE PUBLIC PARKS AND OPEN SPACES ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO ACHIEVE RECOMMENDED LEVELS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAN ON USERS. AMERICANS LIVING WITHIN A 10-MINUTE WALK OF A PARK HAVE A HIGHER LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LOWER RATES OF OBESITY. RECREATION PROGRAMS AND PUBLIC PARKS PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH A SAFE PLACE TO PLAY, ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOODS, OPPORTUNITIES TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE, AND ENRICHMENT FACILITIES THAT HELP PREVENT AT-RISK BEHAVIOR SUCH AS DRUG USE AND GANG INVOLVEMENT. AS SCHOOLS RECESS ENRICHMENT FACILITIES THAT FOR SUMMER BREAKS, SCORES OF AMERICANS WILL VISIT PUBLIC PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS. WE'RE BLESSED NEIGHBORS. WE'RE BLESSED WITH BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR FACILITIES AND IT IS MY HOPE THAT ALL AMERICANS GET OUT AND ENJOY THE PARKS IN THEIR AREAS. THEY ARE TREMENDOUS COMMUNITY TREASURES. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FOR SUMMER

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN,…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. POCAN. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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            • 09:20:45 AM

              MR. POCAN

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A TRIP I DID ON…

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A TRIP I DID ON SUNDAY TO THE UNITED STATES SOUTHERN BORDER IN TEXAS. TO VISIT THE PROCESSING CENTERS AND DETENTION FACILITIES THAT WE'RE USING TO ENFORCE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY THAT THE PRESIDENT'S PUT FORTH. A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY THAT APPARENTLY MEANS ZERO HUMANITY. IT IS A POLICY THAT IS CRUEL, INHUMANE, AND UN-AMERICAN. I WANT TO SHARE MY FIRST HAND OPERATIONS -- OBSERVATION WAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. FIRST OF ALL IT IS A CRUEL POLICY. WE ARE SEPARATING MOTHERS AND FATHERS, PARENTS FROM THEIR CHILDREN, BROTHERS FROM THEIR SISTERS ACROSS THE BORDER AS PEOPLE COME IN TO THE UNITED STATES. I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN CHILDREN ARE TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, SOMETIMES THEY ARE TOLD A LIE, OF LIES, SOMETIMES THEY ARE JUST TAKEN AWAY, THAT THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS ASKED OF THE PARENTS ABOUT THE CHILDREN. DO THEY HAVE AN ALLERGY? HAVE THEY EVER BEEN ABUSED? DID THEY HAVE ANY DISEASES? THE BASIC QUESTIONS THAT YOU WOULD ASK IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CRUEL POLICY AREN'T ASKED. SO YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY SEPARATING THE PARENTS FROM THEIR CHILDREN WITHOUT ANY INFORMATION WHATSOEVER. I TALKED TO MOTHERS AT THE I.C.E. DETENTION FACILITY AND WE ASKED ABOUT THE SITUATIONS. IF THEY KNEW WHERE THEIR CHILDREN WERE. ONE WOMAN PULLED OUT A LITTLE SLIM OF HAVE A CRUEL POLICY AREN'T PAPER THAT SAID WHERE HER CHILDREN WERE. AS IF SHE KNOWS NEW YORK. AS IF THE OTHER MOTHERS KNEW FLORIDA. IT'S NOT LIKE THE CHILDREN ARE HELD IN THE NEXT ROOM, NEXT BUILDING, NEXT CITY. BUT THEY ARE BEING HELD SEVERAL STATES AWAY. ONE WOMAN TOLD US SHE WAS TOLD HER CHILDREN WOULD BE PUT UP FOR ADOPTION. ANOTHER WOMAN TOLLS US -- TOLD US SHE WOULD BE RELEASED AND EVENTUALLY HER 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HELD BY CERTIFICATE HEFF IN NEW YORK WILL BE RELEASED. PEOPLE ARE BEING HELD IN CAGES. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO CONTEST THAT COME TO MY BACKYARD AND I WILL STOW SHOW YOU THE DOG RUN IN MY BACKYARD MADE OF THE SAME MATERIAL AND CONSTRUCTION ONLY SHORTER WALLS THAN THE CAGES THAT WE'RE HOLDING PEOPLE IN IN THE PROCESSING CENTERS. THERE ARE NO PILLOWS. YOU HAVE A MAT. THERE ARE NO TOYS ALLOWED FOR CHILDREN. THEN I VISITED THE SUPERWAL-MART CENTER WHERE WE HAVE 1,500 10 TO 17-YEAR-OLD BOYS HELD IN A SUPER WAL-MART CENTER WHERE THE SLEEPING SPACE IS SIX BY 10. EVEN THOUGH IT'S A LARGER ROOM, SIX BY 10 ALLOCATION. I HAVE DONE WORK WITH SUPERMAX PRISONS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, A SUPERMAX PRISON CELL IS EIGHT BY 12. THAT'S 40% LESS. YOU GET OUTSIDE TWO HOURS A DAY IN A SUPERMAX PRISON, YOU GET THE OUT ABOUT AN HOUR A DAY. THIS IS WRONG. PARENTS DON'T OFTEN KNOW THE STATUS OF HOW THEIR CHILDREN ARE DOING. WHEN WE WERE SET UP TO INTER-- TO INTERVIEW ONE WOMAN, SHE HADN'T SEEN HER 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN TWO DAYS. THIS IS UN-AMERICAN. WE'RE TAKING POINTS OF ENTRY, LEGAL POINTS OF ENTRY AND MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO GET INTO THE UNITED STATES. WHAT HAPPENS YOU EITHER GO BACK INTO MEXICO, WHERE YOU CAN GET KIDNAPPED BY A CARTEL AND GET EXTORTED FOR MONEY, BUT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET KIDNAPPED YOU CROSS ILLEGALLY AND GET DETAINED UNDER THE ZERO TOLERANCEPOLICY. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THE SITUATION. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, DONALD TRUMP BUT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET KIDNAPPED YOU DID NOT DO ANYTHING NOR DID THIS CONGRESS TO ACTUALLY FIX THE SITUATION. DONALD TRUMP FINALLY CAVED TO ENORMOUS PUBLIC PRESSURE, SAYING HE WILL NO LONGER SEPARATE CHILDREN AND PARENTS, BUT HE WON'T FIX THE 2,300 CHILDREN WHO ARE CURRENTLY SEPARATED AT ALL. THAT'S NOT IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. WE DON'T HAVE THE FACILITIES TO DEAL WITH THIS. AGAIN, THIS POLICY CHANGE IN SIX WEEKS THE POPULATION OF THE SUPER MAX WENT FROM -- DETENTION CENTER AT WAL-MART WENT FROM 500 TO 1,500 IN SIX WEEKS. EVERYTHING I SAW SHOWED THE PRESIDENT DID THIS WITHOUT ANY THOUGHT. BECAUSE NO THOUGHT WAS PUT INTO IT PEOPLE ARE TREATLY THOUGHTLESSLY THROUGH THE PROCESS. ULTIMATELY THE PRESIDENT DID THIS FOR ONE REASON. HE WANTS TO FORCE CONGRESS TO PUT UP AN UNNEEDED AND UNNECESSARY WALL AT THE BORDER AND HE'LL DO ANYTHING AND USE ANYONE TO GET WHAT HE WANTS. THIS CONGRESS TODAY HAS A COUPLE BILLS UP THAT WILL NOT DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE. WE NEED TO ACT. THIS IS A CRUEL, INHUMANE, UN-AMERICAN POLICY. THIS IS A TRUMP POLICY. AND IF WE DON'T ACT, WE'RE ALSO COMPLICIT IN THE HORRORS THAT ARE HAPPENING. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES. YIELD BACK.

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              MR. FITZPATRICK

              MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HIGH SCHOOL IN OUR COMMUNITY…

              MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A HIGH SCHOOL IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS COMMITMENT TO SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES. THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, MY ALMA MATER, RECENTLY WON THE HIGH SCHOOL SEAT BELT SAFETY CHALLENGE. OF 19 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS, THEY HAD THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO WORE SEAT BELTS AT 97%. THEY ALSO HAD THE LARGEST JUMP FROM STUDENTS NOT RECENTLY WON THOSE WEARING THEM, WEARING SEAT BELTS TO RISING 9% FROM THE FALL. THIS IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF SEVERAL KEY STUDENTS IN PROMOTING SAFE DRIVING INITIATIVES. THEY ARE ROBERT, TODD, AND EMMA WHO WORKED BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A DEDICATE THE FACULTY, IN PARTICULAR FACULTY MEMBER JOSH. I COMMEND THESE INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR WORK IN ENCOURAGING SAFETY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGHOUT BUCKS COUNTY AND FOR MAKING ALUMNI LIKE MYSELF VERY PROUD. MADAM SPEAKER, AS OUR NATION CONTINUES TO GRAPPLE WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS, I'M PROUD TO BE WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO ADVANCE NECESSARY LEGISLATION TO FIGHT DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION IN OUR COMMUNITIES. JUST AS IMPACTFUL AS TREATMENT AND SOUND POLICY IN FIGHTING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IS A PERSONAL TOUCH TO PROVIDE COMFORT AND MOTIVATION TO THOSE STRUGGLING. THAT IS WHAT MARTY AND HER BUCKS COUNTY CHARITY GIVES TO THE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN OUR AREA. HOW TO SAVE A LIFE WAS STARTED BY MARTY IT HONOR THE MEMORY OF HER SON, CARL, WHO TRAGICALLY PASSED AWAY OF A DRUG OVERDOSE IN 2006 AFTER HE WAS DENIED TREATMENT. TODAY, MARTY AND VOLUNTEERS PASSED OUT FOOD, TOILETRIES AND RESOURCE SOURCES TO THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHO IN MANY INSTANCES HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO TURN. I APPLAUD MARTY AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS OF HOW TO SAVE A LIFE FOUNDATION FOR THEIR GOOD DEEDS AND DEDICATION TO ENDING ADDICTION AND THE STIGMA THAT OFTEN COMES WITH IT. TOGETHER WE CAN AND MUST PUT AN END TO THE OPIOID CRISIS. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE WHICH CELEBRATED ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY ON SATURDAY. THE LEAGUE FOUNDED BY SOUDERTON SERVES TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS OVER 60. AND TO DATE IT HAS GROWN TO AN ORGANIZATION WITH 16 TEAMS AND CLOSE TO 200 PLAYERS. IT HAS BECOME SO POPULAR THAT OVER TIME THERE IS NOW A WAITING LIST TO JOIN THE LEAGUE. IN AVICK, THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER PLAYERS WHO PLAYED EACH YEAR SINCE THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON, INCLUDING RAY, 0, AND ANGELO, 90 FROM HARLEYSVILLE. I'M PROUD OF THE COMMITMENT THAT THESE PEOPLE IN THIS LEAGUE HAVE TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE. I'M PROUD OF THEIR CAMARADERIE THEY ADD TO OUR COMMUNITY AND RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING ACTIVE. TO VICK, RAY, AND ANGELO I LOOK FORWARD TO TAKING THE FIELD WITH YOU IN 2034. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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              YIELD BACK.

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              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST…

              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND DR. ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GUARD, ANDERSON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

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              THE CHAPLAIN

              LET US WORSHIP GOD. GOD, WE BLESS YOU THIS WEEK AS WE CELEBRATE THE…

              LET US WORSHIP GOD. GOD, WE BLESS YOU THIS WEEK AS WE CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES, ADOPTED BY THIS AUGUST ASSEMBLY ON JUNE 20, 1782, ON THE FRONT OF THAT SEAL, A SHIELD OF RED SYMBOLIZING VALOR. WHITE STANDING FOR PURITY AND INNOCENCE, AND BLUE STANDING FOR JUSTICE. THE BACK SHOWS A PYRAMID, A SYMBOL OF STRENGTH AND DURATION. ABOVE THAT PYRAMID IS A TRIANGLE CONTAINING THE EYE OF PROVIDENCE. YOUR EYE, GOD, WATCHING OVER US WITH THE INSCRIPTION GOD HAS FAVORED OUR UNDERTAKINGS. THEREFORE, GOD, WE ASK THAT YOU FAVOR THE UNDERTAKINGS OF THIS GREAT HOUSE BY STRENGTHENING IT TO FULFILL THE NOBLE SYMBOLS OF THE GREAT SEAL AND ACCOMPLISHING THE CONTINUED BUILDING OF OUR GREAT NATION GUIDED BY THE GOD IN WHOM WE TRUST. I PRAY THIS PRAYER IN THE NAME OF MY LORD, JESUS CHRIST. AMEN.

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              THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

              THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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              THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. ALL…

              THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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              MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

              MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT. THE SPEAR PRO MPORTE PURT TO CLAUSE 8 RE FURTHER PREES OCST

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              MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDA PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, AN ORDER…

              MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDA PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, AN ORDER THAT HE SAID WAS TO STOP SEPARATION OF FAMILIEST THE BORDER. THIS IS A POLICY THAT HE CAUSED AND IS NOW TAKING A VICTORY LAP. IT IS RIDICULOUS.

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            • 10:13:54 AM

              MS. BARRAGAN

              MY RESPONSE, TO STOP FAMILY SEPARATION ONCE AND FOR ALL. PRESIDENT TRUMP…

              MY RESPONSE, TO STOP FAMILY SEPARATION ONCE AND FOR ALL. PRESIDENT TRUMP MUST END HIS FAILED ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. REPLACING FAMILY SEPARATION WITH INDEFINITE FAMILY DETENTION IS NOT THE SOLUTION. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO OVERWHELM OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND INCARCERATE FAMILIES WHO POSE NO THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES TO PLEASE IMMIGRATION HARDLINERS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 10:14:21 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 10:14:42 AM

              MR. LIEU

              THEY SAID THERE WAS NO POLICY OF FAMILY SEPARATION. THEN REVERSED AND SAID…

              THEY SAID THERE WAS NO POLICY OF FAMILY SEPARATION. THEN REVERSED AND SAID THERE IS A POLICY BUT SHE WON'T APOLOGIZE FOR DEFENDING IT. AND SAID, ONLY CONGRESS CAN CHANGE THE LAWS ON IT. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER BY TRUMP PUTS HER STATEMENTS VERY CLEARLY IN A SPOTLIGHT AS ALL LIES. HER CREDIBILITY HAS BEEN SHREDDED. SHE NEEDS TO RESIGN. AND BY THE WAY, THERE'S STILL 2,300 BABIES AND CHILDREN STILL SEPARATED FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS. THAT IS EVIL. THAT IS SINFUL. WE NEED TO KNOW WHERE THOSE CHILDREN ARE, HOW WE ARE GOING TO REUNITE THEM. 20 DAYS AGO I LED A LETTER TO SECRETARY NIELSEN ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ASKING VERY BASIC QUESTIONS -- HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THAT SOME OF THOSE KIDS ARE NOT PUT WITH CHILD MOLESTERS? HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE WE REUNITE THOSE KIDS WITH THEIR PARENTS? SHE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. SHE NEEDS TO GO. SHE NEEDS TO RESIGN. SHE'S A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT AND EXECUTING AN EVIL POLICY. I YIELD BACK. .

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            • 10:15:46 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION.

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              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 10:15:59 AM

              MR. PASCRELL

              I STAND TODAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKERS WHO ARE PAID IN FOR YEARS FOR…

              I STAND TODAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKERS WHO ARE PAID IN FOR YEARS FOR THEIR RETIREMENT SECURITY ONLY TO HAVE THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER THEM. MONDELA'S INTERNATIONAL, MAKER OF NABISCO PRODUCTS, HAS IN RECENT YEARS MOVED HUNDREDS OF GOOD-PAYING MIDDLE CLASS JOBS TO MEXICO. NOW THEY HAVE DOUBLED DOWN ON SHAFTING THEIR U.S. EMPLOYEES. ON MAY 23, THEY ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD WITHDRAW FROM THEIR EMPLOYEE'S TENSION PENSION PLAN, HOW NICE. THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS PLAN FOR 60 YEARS. THIS DECISION JEOPARDIZES THE HARD-EARNED RETIREMENT SECURITY OF 110,000 CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES. THIS DECISION COMES AT THE SAME TIME THAT THIS CORPORATION PAID ITS NEW C.E.O. $42.4 MILLION FOR 41 DAYS OF WORK. IN 2017. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION THEIR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS AS A RESULT OF THE PASSAGE OF THE RECENT TRUMP TAX CUTS. THEY SAID INCREASINGLY SHIFTED PRODUCTION FROM U.S. TO MEXICO AND TAKEN MAJOR JOBS. ON DECEMBER 15, I WROTE A LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES TRADE REP ASKING THEM IN THE CONTEXT OF NAFTA TO PRIORITIZE STRONG ENFORCEABLE LABOR PROVISIONS TO DISCOURAGE THIS KIND OF OUTSOURCING TO MEXICO. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A EPIDEMIC. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 10:17:34 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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              THE CLERK

              THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, THIS IS TO…

              THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA FOR TESTIMONY ISSUED BY THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR QUEEN ANSWER COUNTY, MARYLAND. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED, SINCERELY, JOHN WINDGROVE, COMMUNITY LIAISON.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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              THE CLERK

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              L. HAAS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

              L. HAAS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS FOR LESS THAN 15 MINUTES.

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              MINUTES.

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              HOUSE FLOOR FOR DEBATE ON IMMIGRATION. CONSIDERATION.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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              THE CLERK

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 157, HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

              HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 157, HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 4760, TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND THE HOMELAND SECURITY LAWS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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              MR. BURGESS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. TORRES, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. BURGESS

              DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES…

              DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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            • 10:32:20 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              MR. BURGESS

              HOUSE RESOLUTION 954 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF A BILL AIMED AT…

              HOUSE RESOLUTION 954 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF A BILL AIMED AT CURBING THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER BY COMBINING A STRONG BORDER WALL AND SECURITY MEASURES WITH TARGETED MODIFICATIONS TO THE CURRENT IMMIGRATION VISA PROCESS. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE ON H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT OF 2018, WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES CONTROLLED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE GOODLATTE AMENDMENT, REFLECTING A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS WHICH WERE NEGOTIATED WITH NUMEROUS PARTIES SINCE THE BILL WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO H.R. 4760 UPON ADOPTION OF THE RULE TODAY. IT ALSO INCLUDES THE MCCAUL AMENDMENT, WHICH MAKES TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. FURTHER, THE RULE PROVIDES THE MINORITY WITH ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. THE LAWS AND LEGAL AGREEMENT CURRENTLY GOVERNING OUR ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 60 YEARS OLD. AMERICA IS A NATION BUILT AND CONTINUALLY SUPPORTED BY IMMIGRANTS. HOWEVER, THE WORLD HAS CHANGED AND HOW WE ACCEPT NEW IMMIGRANTS MAY ADAPT AS WELL. H.R. 4760 BEGINS THE PROCESS OF REFORMING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, AND I ENCOURAGE THE PASSAGE OF THE RULE TO CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT BILL. THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT REFOCUSES LEGAL IMMIGRATION FOR THE SKILLS THAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS. IT ALSO SECURES OUR BORDER, STRENGTHENS INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT, AND MAKES DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD -- MAKES CHANGES FOR THE DAK DAK -- FOR THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS PROGRAM. 50,000 GREEN CARDS IS ELIMINATED ALONG WITH VISAS FOR RELATIVES EXCEPT FOR SPOUSES AND MINOR CHILDREN. OVERALL, IMMIGRATION LEVELS ARE DECREASED WHILE VISAS FOR SKILLED WORKERS ARE INCREASED AND THE AGRICULTURE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM IS REFORMED TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR FARMERS AND FOOD PROCESSORS. CONSTRUCTION OF A BORDER WALL SYSTEM IS AUTHORIZED, INCLUDING THE USE OF ADDITIONAL CAMERA SENSORS AND AVIATION ASSETS. RECENTLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP APPROVED THE USE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD ALONG THE BORDER, INCREASING CAPACITY BY OVER 1,100 PERSONNEL AND 14 AIRCRAFT. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AVIATION AND INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT. IT REQUIRES FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BIOMETRIC ENTRY-EXIT SYSTEM OF ALL PORTS OF ENTRY AND PROVIDES FOR 10,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS AND OFFICERS. TO STRENGTHEN INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT, THE BILL MANDATES EVERIFY SO THAT ALL EMPLOYERS CHECK THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. IT COMBATS SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES BY WITHHOLDING LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS, AND ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DETAIN DANGEROUS IMMIGRANTS WHO CANNOT BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM THE COUNTRY. MANY IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS CLAIM ASYLUM. WHEN APPREHENDED BY BORDER PATROL AGENTS. WHILE THERE ARE LEGITIMATE CLAIMS OF FEAR OF PERSECUTION, THERE ARE ALSO INSTANCES OF IMMIGRANTS BEING COACHED TO SAY THE CORRECT PHRASE TO OBTAIN ASYLUM. TO COMBAT THIS, THE BILL INCREASES THE CREDIBLE FEAR STANDARD. IT ALSO MAKES BEING A GANG MEMBER A REMOVABLE OFFENSE AND QUALIFIES ILLEGAL PRESENCE AS A FEDERAL MISDEMEANOR. IN 2015, KATE STEINLE WAS KILLED BY AN UNDOCUMENTED -- AN IMMIGRANT WITHOUT STATUS WHILE WALKING WITH HER FATHER IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HER DEATH HAD BEEN AN IMMIGRANT DEPORTED MULTIPLE TIMES AND SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN IN THE COUNTRY ON THAT DAY. CONSTITUENTS OF THE 26TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR TRAGEDY IN 2013 WHEN A YOUNG GIRL AT A CROSSWALK WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY SOMEONE IN THE COUNTRY WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS. WHILE THE RECENT ENFORCEMENT POLICIES AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER HAVE LED TO A TEMPORARY SEPARATION OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN, A GRANDFATHER WILL NEVER BE REUNITED WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER. INCLUSION OF THE KAINE STEINLE LAW WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY -- KATE STEINLE LAW WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF THE KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. AND IT PROVIDE FOR A THREE-YEAR RENEWABLE STATUS FOR DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL CITIZENS. THIS WILL APPLY TO APPROXIMATELY 700,000 INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE UNITED STATES. WHILE IT WAS NOT THE FAULT OF THESE THEN CHILDREN THAT THEY ENTERED THE COUNTRY WITHOUT LEGAL DOCUMENTATION, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THEY ARE HERE NOW AND WE NEED A SOLUTION. WHILE I DO NOT SUPPORT AN EXPEDITED PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, I DO SUPPORT ALLOWING THEM TO GET IN LINE AND APPLY, JUST LIKE ANY LAW -- OTHER LAW-ABIDING POTENTIAL IMMIGRANT. THE BILL DOES NOT ALLOW FOR A SPECIAL PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. HOWEVER, IT DOES ALLOW THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL RECIPIENT TO OBTAIN A GREEN CARD AND APPLY FOR CITIZEN LIKE ANY OTHER LAW-ABIDING APPLICANT. RECENTLY, WE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE ENFORCEMENT POLICIES ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CRISIS IS NOT NEW. IN 2014, A NUMBER OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN -- THE NUMBER OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY AND REACHED CRISIS LEVELS. IT REMAINED STEADILY ABOVE 300,000 APPREHENSION FATHERS 2014 TO PRESENT. DURING A VISIT BY THE HONDURAN FIRST LADY WAS ASKED IF HONDURAS WANTED THEIR CHILDREN BACK AND WITHOUT HESITATION SHE RESPONDED THAT THEY DID. SO A PLANE LOAD OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE SENT BACK TO HONDURAS AND RESULTED -- AN IMMEDIATE REDUCTION IN THE ATTEMPTED CROSSINGS OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO FOLLOW-ON ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS, THE NUMBERS BEGIN BEGAN TO INCREASE, REACHING ABOVE 563,000 IN 2016. IN THE LEADUP TO THE 2016 ELECTION, THE NUMBERS INCREASED BECAUSE THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP SPOKE ABOUT SECURING OUR BORDER WITH A WALL THAT WOULD FINALLY END THE POSSIBILITY OF ILLEGAL ENTRY ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. WHEN CANDIDATE TRUMP BECAME PRESIDENT TRUMP, THIS NUMBER DECREASED BECAUSE POTENTIAL IMMIGRANTS BELIEVED THAT CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL WAS IMMINENT. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS REPRESENTING A BORDER STATE, I HAVE MAINTAINED REGULAR CONTACT WITH CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AND IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. WHAT WE HEARD DURING THIS PERIOD, 2016, WAS THAT IMMIGRANTS CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY WANTED TO GET IN THE COUNTRY BEFORE THE POSSIBILITY OF A TRUMP ELECTION OCCURRED AND COULD DIRECT CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL. THEY WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT IF YOU CROSS THE BORDER AT A POINT OF ENTRY OR ILLEGALLY, YOU WOULD BE GRANTED AMNESTY AND WELCOMED INTO THE COUNTRY. WHILE WE DO WELCOME LEGAL IMMIGRANTS, THIS PERCEPTION LED TO ONLY MORE VULNERABLE CHILDREN BEING ENTRUSTED BY PARENTS TO HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, TYPICALLY FOR LARGE SUMS OF MONEY, TO BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE UNITED STATES. ON THIS JOURNEY, CHILDREN COULD EXPERIENCE HARSH CONDITIONS, SOME WERE ABUSED PHYSICALLY, SEXUALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY, AND THIS ABUSE IS NOT JUST A THREAT FROM THE ADULTS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO CARE FOR THEM BUT IT CAN OCCUR FROM THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS. A LOT OF THESE KIDS ARE JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE, TRYING TO MAKE IT TO A LIFE WHERE THEY MAY ONE DAY THRIVE, BUT THIS EXISTENCE IS OFTEN ALL THEY HAVE KNOWN AND THEY REACT IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS THIS REALITY. WHILE THERE IS A CONCERN ABOUT CHILDREN ARRIVING WITH PARENTS WHO ARE THEN PROSECUTED FOR ILLEGAL ENTRY AND SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED IN THE PLACE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, MANY DON'T MAKE THE JOURNEY WITH THEIR PARENTS AND MANY ARE ATTEMPTED TO BE RELEASED IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH THE CHILD, THEY BECAUSE, BECAUSE OF THE FLORES AGREEMENT FROM 1997, BE HELD IN CUSTODY. WHEN THE INFLUX OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN BEGAN EXCEEDING THE CAPACITY OF THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT, I TRAVELED TO THE BORDER AREA SPECIFICALLY TO VISIT THESE FACILITIES. I ENGAGED WITH THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE CARE THESE CHILDREN WERE RECEIVING IN 2014, 2015, 2016. THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT RESPONDED TO MY CONCERNS, CONCERNS ABOUT THREATS OF COMMUNICATEABLE DISEASES FROM COUNTRIES BEING BROUGHT TO THE HOMELAND. MR. SPEAKER, THERE WAS NOT A PHYSICIAN EMPLOYED IN THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE AND RESETTLEMENT IN 2014 BEFORE I RAISED THIS ISSUE. THE ISSUE BECAME A CONCERN BECAUSE THERE WERE MEMBERS OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL THAT ACTUALLY FELT THEY WERE PERHAPS DEVELOPING A CONDITION AS A RESULT OF CONTACT WITH PEOPLE, BECAUSE OF A SKIN PAIR SITE THAT WAS EASILY COMMUNICATED -- PARACITE THAT WERE EASILY COMMUNICATED. PEOPLE WERE RIGHTFULLY CONCERNED. IT'S NOT LIKE AN ILLNESS LIKE SCABIES. IT'S MULTIPLE DRUG RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS THAT MOST PEOPLE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT. WHILE TREATMENT IN FACILITIES VASTLY IMPROVED IN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, THE PATH BY WHICH IMMIGRANTS COME HERE ARE STILL DANGEROUS. ON ONE OF MY VISITS MCIN MCALLEN, TEXAS, I TRAVELED WITH BORDER PATROL AGENTS DURING A CACTUS ROAD, MESQUITE BUSHES GROWING FROM THE SIDE. THEY BROUGHT A BUS DOWN THERE. A BIG BUS. THEY STOPPED, THEY FLASHED THEIR LIGHTS, HONKED THE HORN, THE BUS FILLED UP WITH PEOPLE. THE BUS WENT OFF TO TOWN BOUNCING ACROSS THIS DUSTY ROAD AND I REMAINED WITH THE CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL. SOMEONE FROM FISH AND WILDLIFE CAME UP AND SAID, I NEED HELP. I HAVE PEOPLE OVER HERE THAT I THINK BELONG IN YOUR JURISDICTION BECAUSE YOU'RE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL WENT TO THE AREA WHERE HE POINTED OUT AND HERE WAS A NUMBER OF WOMEN, SMALL CHILDREN, AND TEENAGE BOYS. THEY HAD COME ACROSS THE RIVER BY -- DELIVERED BY TRAFFICKERS JUST LITERALLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER AND DROPPED THERE. THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS THE DIRECTION TO TOWN. THEY WERE NOT TOWN. THEY WERE NOT EQUIPPED TO TRAVEL IN THE HARSH CONDITIONS. PROBABLY 110 DEGREES OUTSIDE THAT DAY. SMALL CHILDREN. CHILDREN, BABES IN ARMS, PROBABLY 1 YEAR OF AGE OR LESS. AND THIS IS WHAT THE TRAFFICKERS LEFT ON THE SIDE OF THE RIVER. HAD CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL HAD THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE NOT COME BY AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL NOT COME BY, I DON'T KNOW HOW THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE MADE IT TOWN AND IT'S QUITE POSSIBLE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE MADE IT SAFELY. SO THE SITUATION ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS NOT JUST A BORDER CRISIS. IT IS ALSO AN IMMIGRATION CRISIS. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS ANNOUNCED ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY TO FINALLY AND FULLY ENFORCE OUR LAWS. I BELIEVE HE DID THIS SO THAT AMERICANS AND IMMIGRANTS ALIKE WOULD RECOGNIZE AND REMEMBER THAT WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS AND ALSO TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY TO OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IS SOMETIMES NOT WORTH THE RISK AND THE STRUGGLE REQUIRED TO MAKE IT WITHIN JUST A FEW MILES OF A FENCE. THE EBB AND FLOW AND FLOW OF BORDER CROSSINGS HAVE CONSISTENTLY REFLECT THE RHETORIC OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND PERCEPTION OF ENFORCEMENT OF OUR LAWS. THE RATE OF BORDER CROSSINGS RAPIDLY INCREASED IN THE LAST YEAR BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN NO SIGNIFICANT VISIBLE ACTION BY THE CONGRESS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REQUEST FOR A BORDER WALL. HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR. IT'S NO SECRET THAT COUNTRIES, WHAT ARE CALLED THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE, ARE SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. YET, THESE COUNTRIES RECEIVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF AID EACH YEAR FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, FOR MILITARY FINANCING, AND SECURITY INITIATIVES. THIS FUNDING RAPIDLY INCREASED TO OVER $600 MILLION EACH YEAR BEGINNING IN FISCAL YEAR 2014, MOSTLY IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING CRISIS WITH UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN. SO I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO ASK OURSELVES, IS THE FUNDING BEING ALLOCATED IN A WAY THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE DOMESTIC CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND AND REDUCE THE DESIRE TO LEAVE? TO ADDRESS THIS CONCERN, I INTRODUCED THE UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN ASSISTANCE CONTROL ACT, AND I OFFERED THIS BILL AS AN AMENDMENT TO -- I OFFERED THAT AS AN AMENDMENT TO 4760. SIMPLY PUT, THIS BILL WOULD REDUCE FOREIGN AID ALLOCATIONS TO MEXICO, HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, BY $15,000 PER -- PER CHILD FOR EACH -- TO EACH COUNTRY IF THEIR CHILD CROSSES THE BORDER ILLEGALLY OR IF THEY'RE REFERRED TO THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT FOR CUSTODY AND CARE. WHILE THIS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT, THE EACH CHILDCARE FOR BY THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT COSTS THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER ABOUT $35,000. BUT EVEN ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS STATED THE CARE THESE CHILDREN RECEIVE IS BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CHILD. . WHILE WE CANNOT WE MUST RECOGNIZE PRIORITIZING ALIEN CHILDREN OVER OUR OWN SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE. REMOVING THAT AID PER CHILD WILL SEND A MESSAGE THAT OUR ACCEPTING THEIR CHILDREN WILL NOT BE WITHOUT COST TO THEM. AS WE ALL KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT IMPORTANT, IT HAS TO BE ABOUT THE MONEY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE ACCOUNTABILITY IN THESE COUNTRIES POOR AND THE USE OF FUNDS IS UNCHECKED. THEY RELY ON AMERICAN AID AND WE MUST ENSURE IT IS BEING USED APPROPRIATELY AND WISELY TO COMBAT THE FORCES THAT ARE DRIVING THEIR FUTURE GENERATIONS, IT'S THEIR FUTURE, THAT THEY ARE DRIVING AWAY FROM THEIR OWN COUNTRIES. BY WITHHOLDING FUNDING IN THE FACE OF RAMPANT CORRUPTION, WEIGH NOT ONLY PROVIDE A POTENTIAL FUNDING STREAM FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSED BORDER SYSTEM, BUT WE SEND A SIGNAL THAT WE WILL NOT WILLINGLY DEPRIVE THE CHILDREN AND DESPERATE IMMIGRANTS OF THE LIFE THEY DESIRE, AND IN NEED OF THEIR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN. THE BEST PLACE FOR A CHILD AND FAMILY IS THEIR HOME BECAUSE THE CONDITION OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRY, HOME FOR MANY CHILDREN IS NOW A STARK FACILITY ALONG A FOREIGN BORDER. IT IS TIME TO TAKE STEPS THAT WE NOT ONLY STRENGTHEN OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS FOR THE SECURITY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BUT IN THE INTEREST OF RESTORING AND MAINTAINING THE HOME FROM WHICH MANY WOULD-BE IMMIGRANTS TRY TO ESCAPE. CONGRESS HAS NOT SUCCESSFULLY REFORMED OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS IN DECADES. IT IS TIME TO BEGIN THAT DEBATE TO ALIGN OUR O IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WITH CURRENT REALITIES. FOR THIS REASON I ENCOURAGE THE ADOPTION OF THE RULE TO BEGIN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT TODAY'S RULE AND I RESERVE.

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30…

              MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MRS. TORRES

              THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER H.R. 4760, THE SO-CALLED SECURING AMERICA'S…

              THIS RULE MAKES IN ORDER H.R. 4760, THE SO-CALLED SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. AND TWO AMENDMENTS IN THE LEGISLATION. BEFORE I SPEAK ON THE LEGISLATION, LET US CONSIDER WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CREATED IMMIGRATION CRISIS AFTER IMMIGRATION CRISIS. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE REASON DREAMERS ARE AT-RISK OF DEPORTATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE REASON FAMILIES ARE BEING SEPARATED AT OUR NATION'S BORDERS. THIS IS A TRUMP MANUFACTURED CRISIS PLAIN AND SIMPLE. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNED YESTERDAY DOES NOTHING TO FIX THIS. HIS ORDER DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. IN FACT, HIS ORDER DIRECTS HIS DEPORTATION FORCE TO NOW JAIL FAMILIES AT THE BORDER, WHICH IS IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF CURRENT COURT ORDERS. IT WILL LEAD TO MORE FAMILY SEPARATION AND THE ONLY DIFFERENCE NOW IS THAT FAMILIES WILL WAIT 20 DAYS BEFORE BEING SEPARATED. I WANT EVERY MEMBER OF DIRECT VIOLATION OF CURRENT COURT ORDERS. IT WILL LEAD TO MORE FAMILY THIS BODY AND EVERYONE WATCHING AT HOME TO IMAGINE WHAT IT MUST BE LIKE. IMAGINE TRAVELING THOUSANDS OF MILES TO FLEE SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. WITH COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST MURDER RATES AND THEN WHEN YOU FINALLY THINK YOU ARE SAFE HAVING YOUR CHILD RIPPED AWAY FROM YOU. IN 1946 TO 1948, DURING THE TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION, HUMAN EXPERIMENTS WERE CONDUCTED IN GUATEMALA. AMERICAN DOCTORS INFECTED MOSTLY UNEDUCATED AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WITH SYPHILIS . TODAY IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WE'RE FORCING DRUGS DRUGS IN PILL FORMS AND INJECTIONS ON THE INDIGENOUS CHILDREN SEEKING ASYLUM. SO THIS BRINGS US TO WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE WATCHING THIS DEBATE SHOULD BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON WHAT THIS BILL DOES. THIS BILL FAILS TO SOLVE THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES AT OUR NATION'S BORDER. IT REDUCES LEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT FAILS TO OFFER DACA RECIPIENTS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. IT ADDS $25 BILLION TO OUR GROWING WALL OF DEBT. ON TOP OF THE $2 TRILLION THAT WE ALREADY ADDED WHEN REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR THEIR TAX SCAM. THIS BILL MAKES IT HARDER FOR THOSE SEEKING ASYLUM TO RECEIVE PROTECTION. AND IT FAILS TO PROTECT THE 2,000 CHILDREN THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. MANY WILL CALL THIS LEGISLATION THE MORE CONSERVATIVE OPTION THAT THE HOUSE CHILDREN THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. WILL CONSIDER TODAY, BUT LET US BE CLEAR THIS BILL IS NOT CONSERVATIVE AT ALL. AFTER ADDING TRILLIONS TO OUR NATION'S DEBT, THROUGH THE TAX SCAM, REPUBLICANS ARE NOW PUTTING US IN ANOTHER $25 BILLION DEBT. WHERE ARE WE GOING TO BROTHER THIS MONEY FROM? REMEMBER, COLLEAGUES, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DECLARED A TRADE WAR WITH CHINA. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF CHINA DECIDES TO CASH IN ON THAT DEBT? IN ADDITION, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FAMILY JAILS WILL COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER 10 TIMES MORE THAN THE ALTERNATIVE POLICY HE ENDED FOR FAMILY MIGRATION. CONSERVATIVE? ABSOLUTELY NOT. CRUEL? INHUMANE? ABSOLUTELY YES. MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUES AND I OFFERED MANY FIXES WHICH WERE ALL BLOCKED BY THIS RULE. MY AMENDMENT TO REPLACE THE BILL WITH THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT WHICH WOULD HAVE REUNITED FAMILIES WAS BLOCKED. REPRESENTATIVE ROYBAL-ALLARD AND REPRESENTATIVE POLIS JOINED ME IN OFFERING THE DREAM ACT. AS AN ALTERNATIVE, BUT THAT WAS BLOCKED ALSO. ANOTHER RULES COMMITTEE MEMBER, REPRESENTATIVE HASTINGS, AND HIS AMENDMENT TO FIX T.P.S. BLOCKED. BUT NOT ALL AMENDMENTS WERE BLOCKED. JUST LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER CONTAINED MISSPELLINGS BUT NOT ALL, THIS BILL CONTAINED A GIANT TYPO. TO GIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP AN ADDITIONAL $100 BILLION FOR HIS WALL. SO WHICH IS IT? $25 BILLION, $100 BILLION? ARE MEXICANS GOING TO PAY FOR IT? WHAT IS IT? THE COMMITTEE HAS SAID THAT THEY ARE MAKING THIS CORRECTION , AND THEY DID SO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. BUT I DOUBT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD BE HAPPY TO HEAR THAT. SO WE WILL WAIT AND SEE. WE WILL WAIT AND SEE. IF THIS TRULY IS A MISTAKE, THERE ARE THE KINDS -- THESE KINDS OF CORRUPTIONS COULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IF DEMOCRATS HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO PART -- PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS. IF WE WOULD HAVE HAD A COMMITTEE HEARING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THIS CRUEL LEGISLATION NOW. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 10:55:42 AM

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              THE GENTLELADY RESERVES.

            • 10:55:45 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. THIS IS NOT A CRISIS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MAKING.…

              I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. THIS IS NOT A CRISIS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MAKING. THOSE OF US WHO SERVED HERE DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WERE AWARE THIS WAS A PROBLEM. CERTAINLY THOSE OF US WHO SERVED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WERE AWARE THIS WAS A PROBLEM. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA DECLARED THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS IN 2012, IT WAS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED TWO YEARS LATER BY THE WAVE OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN THAT CAME TO OUR SOUTHERN BORDER THIS. CRISIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME IN THE MAKING. CONGRESS DOES NEED TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THE PRESIDENT IS QUITE CORRECT IN THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 10:56:21 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 10:56:24 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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            • 10:56:30 AM

              MR. PASCRELL

              GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. LEVITICUS, CHAPTER 19, 13, 33-34 IN THE OLD…

              GOOD MORNING, MR. SPEAKER. LEVITICUS, CHAPTER 19, 13, 33-34 IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. DEMOCRATS CAN QUOTE THE BIBLE ALSO. AS A PRACTICING CATHOLIC LET ME DO THAT. WHEN A FOREIGNER RESIDES AMONG YOU IN YOUR LAND DO NOT MISTREAT THEM. THE FOREIGNER RESIDING AMONG YOU MUST BE TREATED AS YOUR NATIVE BORN. LOVE THEM AS YOURSELF. FOR YOU ARE FOREIGNERS IN EGYPT. I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, UNQUOTE. WHEN DID THIS, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BARBARIC ZONE PHOBIC -- ZEN PHOBIC, ANTI-IMMIGRANT AGENDA BEGIN? LET'S GO THROUGH IT. ONE, THE BIRTHER ISSUE, AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THIS COUNTRY BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE HEAD OF THE ADMINISTRATION. THE MUSLIM BAN, IMAGINE BANNING PEOPLE THAT PROFESS A PARTICULAR RELIGION. THIRD, CHARLOTTESVILLE, THAT DEBACLE, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. FOURTH, THE INCENDIARY TALK PAINTED THE ENTIRE MEXICAN POPULATION, OUR ALLY, PROBABLY OUR THIRD OR FOURTH LEADING TRADE PARTNER, OUR ALLY, WITH OUR ALLY, A A WIDE BRUSH OF PURE PREJUDICE, PURE. YOU PAINTED THE ENTIRE POPULATION. AND TO SAY THAT DEMOCRATS ARE FOR OPEN BORDERS, THAT IS A LIE. YOU KNOW IT. I KNOW IT. I'M STANDING UP TO REJECT IT. YOU SIT QUIETLY. YOU SIT QUIETLY AND SAY NOTHING. I WAS ON THE ORIGINAL STARTING GATE AT THE HOMELAND SECURITY AFTER 9/11. DEMOCRATS JUST AS WELL AS REPUBLICANS WORKED TOGETHER TO PUT THAT TOGETHER. HOW DARE ANYBODY INSINUATE THAT WE DON'T ACCEPT THE SECURITY OF THIS NATION. BY THE WAY, BY THE WAY, WE HAVE FOUR BORDERS NOT ONE. THE PEOPLE WHO ATTACKED US ON 9/11 CAME FROM CANADA. THEY DIDN'T COME FROM THE WAY, BY THE WAY, WE HAVE FOUR MEXICO. YOU NEVER MET A MEXICAN TOURIST. AND I CERTAINLY HAVEN'T MET ONE, EITHER. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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            • 10:58:52 AM

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              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 10:58:56 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST POINT OUT THAT UNDER…

              I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST POINT OUT THAT UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS, CURRENT LAW, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TAKES IN 1.1 MILLION NEW CITIZENS EVERY YEAR. WE'RE THE MOST GENEROUS COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. AMERICANS SHOULD BE RIGHTLY PROUD OF THAT. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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            • 10:59:16 AM

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              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. EXCUSE ME, CALIFORNIA.

            • 10:59:20 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES,

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            • 10:59:29 AM

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            • 10:59:32 AM

              MR. MCGOVERN

              MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY IS INSANE. FOR EIGHT YEARS…

              MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY IS INSANE. FOR EIGHT YEARS REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE BLOCKED EVERY ATTEMPT TO DEBATE BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION BILLS. THEY BLOCKED SENATE-PASSED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, THEY BLOCKED THE BIPARTISAN DREAM ACT WHICH HAS 203 CO-SPONSORS. SPEAKER RYAN HAS REFUSED TO CONSIDER THE DREAM SENATE-PASSED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, THEY BLOCKED THE BIPARTISAN ACT, ALL WHILE SHEDDING CROCODILE TEARS OVER THE DATE OF NEARLY 700,000 DREAMERS FOR WHOM AMERICA IS THE ONLY HOME THEY KNOW. INSTEAD, HE HAS HELD THE DREAMERS HOSTAGE. USE THEM AND BARGAINING CHIPS. USED THEM AS LEVERAGE TO WASTE TENS OF BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON A SENSELESS WALL AND TO MILITARIZE OUR SCORN BORDER. NOW THAT OUR NATION IS HAUNTED BY IMAGES MUCH CHILDREN BEING RIPPED FROM THEIR PARENTS' ARMS AND SOUND OF THEIR CRIES, SPEAKER RYAN DECIDES THIS IS THE TIME TO BRING TWO OF THE MOST HATEFUL, BIGOTED, ANTI-IMMIGRANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION I HAVE EVER SEEN TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR DEBATE. UNDER A CLOSED PROCESS, NO AMENDMENTS, NO COMMITTEE HEARINGS. THIS IS A SCANDAL, MR. SPEAKER. REPUBLICANS SHOULD HIDE THEIR FACES IN SHAME. . IT DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. IF THE QUEEN OF THE HILL DISCHARGE PETITION MOVED, WE COULD HAVE A REAL DEBATE ON IMMIGRATION. WE COULD CONSIDER TWO BIPARTISAN BILLS TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS, NAMELY THE DREAM ACT AND THE U.S.A. ACT. THE PETITION WAS NEARING 218 SIGNATURES, BUT REPUBLICANS COULDN'T STAND CONSIDERING ANYTHING THEY DISAGREE WITH. THEY COULDN'T EVEN STAND DEBATING THEM. THIS RULE WILL KILL THE DISCHARGE PETITION BECAUSE REPUBLICANS FEAR A FAIR FIGHT. THIS IS AN INSULT TO THIS INSTITUTION AND TO THE MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE WAITED SO LONG TO VOTE ON THESE BILLS. THE RULES COMMITTEE EVEN CAME BACK AT 10:00 TO FIX A SO-CALLED DRAFTING ERROR IN THIS BILL. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE DRAFTING ERROR WAS? $100 BILLION. THAT'S RIGHT. REPUBLICANS ALMOST ACCIDENTALLY GAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP $125 BILLION FOR HIS BORDER WALL INSTEAD OF THE $25 BILLION. THAT'S QUITE AN ERROR, ALTHOUGH I'M SURE PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD HAVE LOVED IT. OH, MY GOD. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU JAM BILLS THROUGH WITH NO HEARINGS, NO MARKUPS, NO C.B.O. SCORE, WHICH WOULD HAVE CAUGHT THIS ENORMOUS MISTAKE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL ONLY LEAD TO KEEPING THESE CHILDREN BEHIND BARS. SOME WITH AND SOME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS IN AN UNLIMITED, INDEFINITE DETENTION. THE REPUBLICAN BILLS TURN THIS INTO THE LAW OF THE LAND. THIS IS CRUEL AND INHUMAN PUNISHMENT. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MUST STOP HIS HATE PEDDLING AND HE MUST STOP HIS LIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS RULE THAT KILLS THE DISCHARGE PETITION AND ANY HOPE ON BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION BILLS. I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THIS RULE AND HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THESE BILLS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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            • 11:02:48 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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            • 11:02:53 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              MR. SPEAKER, JUST REMIND PEOPLE IN THIS BODY 10 YEARS AGO THE DEMOCRATS…

              MR. SPEAKER, JUST REMIND PEOPLE IN THIS BODY 10 YEARS AGO THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY. INDEED, IN THE 2008 ELECTION THAT OCCURRED 10 YEARS AGO, THEY STRENGTHENED THAT MAJORITY. HOUSE MEMBERS, HOUSE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS WERE SO FAR IN THE MINORITY AS TO BE IRRELEVANT IN ALL EXCHANGES. THERE WAS A 60-VOTE MAJORITY OVER IN THE SENATE. YOU MAY RECALL THAT'S WHERE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DODD-FRANK AND OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WOULD NEVER PASS ACTUALLY DID PASS IN THAT ENVIRONMENT. A QUESTION THAT I HEAR A LOT IS, WHY DIDN'T DEMOCRATS DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE DREAMER PROBLEM WHEN THEY CONTROLLED ALL THE LEVERS OF POWER? IT'S A VALID QUESTION. SENATOR DURBIN HAD A BILL, AS YOU'LL RECALL, IN THAT NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS THAT BEGAN IN JANUARY, 2009, SENATOR DURBIN HAD A BILL TO DEAL WITH THE DREAMER SITUATION. AND HE WORKED ON IT ALL YEAR. IT NEVER CAME UP UNTIL DECEMBER OF 2010. NOW, YOU'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER OF 2010, ACTUALLY THE MAJORITY CHANGED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THERE WERE ENOUGH REPUBLICANS ELECTED THAT THE DEMOCRATS WOULD NOT BE IN THE MAJORITY THE NEXT YEAR. SO HERE WE ARE IN A SO-CALLED LAME-DUCK SESSION OF A PARTY THAT'S EXITING POWER, AND I THINK IT WAS DECEMBER 8 OF THAT YEAR IN THE HOUSE THE DEMOCRATS BROUGHT SENATOR DURBIN'S BILL UP AND PASSED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. AS WOULD BE EXPECTED, THEY DID HAVE A SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY. THEY LOST ONE VOTE OVER IN THE SENATE, AS I RECALL, AND HAD 59 DEMOCRATS. SPEAKER PELOSI TOLD ME IN A RULES COMMITTEE HEARING SEVERAL MONTHS AGO THAT IT WAS THE REPUBLICANS THAT BLOCKED THAT VOTE FROM HAPPENING IN THE SENATE, BUT THAT'S NOT EXACTLY TRUE. THREE REPUBLICANS VOTED WITH THE DEMOCRATS ON THE DURBIN BILL. FIVE DEMOCRATS VOTED IN THE NEGATIVE. AND THAT'S WHAT KILLED THE DURBIN BILL WHEN THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED ALL LEVERS OF POWER IN 2010, THE LAST TIME THEY DID. LOOK, DON'T BLAME THIS PROBLEM ON PRESIDENT TRUMP. IT HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR SOMETIME BUT IT IS UP TO US TO SOLVE IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 11:05:04 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 11:05:08 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISH MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISH MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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            • 11:05:16 AM

              MR. HASTINGS

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. DR. BURGESS, I WOULD URGE…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. DR. BURGESS, I WOULD URGE THROUGH THE SPEAKER THAT YOU HAVE THE LEVERS OF POWER NOW, AND I PREDICT FOR YOU TODAY, THE TWO MEASURES THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH ARE NOT LIKELY TO REACH THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. BUT NONE OF THIS WAS HAPPENING FOUR MONTHS AGO. NONE OF THIS WAS HAPPENING TWO MONTHS AGO. BUT A POLICY THAT WAS ANNOUNCED BY JEFF SESSIONS IS WHAT BROUGHT US TO THIS AND THAT HAD TO COME THROUGH THE PRESIDENT. LAST NIGHT IN OUR RULES COMMITTEE, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE PROVIDED A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR CERTAIN LONG-TERM TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUSHOLDERS, BUT NOT SURPRISINGLY, IN THIS HISTORICALLY CLOSED CONGRESS, MY AMENDMENT WAS NOT MADE IN ORDER. LET ME REPEAT THIS. THIS HISTORICALLY CLOSED CONGRESS, 89 CLOSED RULES, NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF THIS BODY HAVE WE HAD AS MUCH CLOSED RULES. AS WE DISCUSSED THE NEED FOR DREAMERS TO HAVE A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, WHICH THEY MUST, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR COUNTRY UNDER TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS ARE NOT PASSED OVER AND FORGOTTEN. THEY'RE FROM EL SALVADOR, THEY'RE FROM HONDURAS, NICARAGUA WITH A, NAPAL -- NICARAGUA, NAPAL, HAITI. THEY ARE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS. MANY HAVE U.S.-BORN CHILDREN OR U.S. CITIZEN SPOUSES AND THEY CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ECONOMY AND OUR COMMUNITIES. THEY PAY TAXES IN A MYRIAD AND DYNAMIC WAYS. THEY WORK IN OUR AIRPORTS, IN OUR SERVICE INDUSTRIES, IN OUR HEALTH CARE SECTOR, IN OUR CONSTRUCTION SITES. THEY ARE FATHERS, MOTHERS, SISTERS, BROTHERS. THEY ARE MEMBERS OF OUR FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM TO A PERSON HAILS FROM A COUNTRY STILL RECOVERING FROM NATURAL DISASTERS, INTERNAL VIOLENCE OR BOTH. I'LL GIVE YOU JUST ONE EXAMPLE. ON JANUARY 12, 2010, HAITI WAS DEVASTATED BY 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE. WHEN A HALF MILLION PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED, 300,000 BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED. EIGHT YEARS ON TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE REMAIN IN CAMPS. I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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            • 11:07:34 AM

              MRS. TORRES

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            • 11:07:37 AM

              MR. HASTINGS

              THEN, THEY HAD A HURRICANE. THE HURRICANE WAS THE FIRST CATEGORY FOUR…

              THEN, THEY HAD A HURRICANE. THE HURRICANE WAS THE FIRST CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE TO HIT HAITI IN OVER HALF A CENTURY, CLAIMING 1,000 LIVES AND DISPLACING MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE. HAITI, QUITE SIMPLY, CONTINUES TO CLIMB OUT FROM THE RUBBLE OF THE EARTHQUAKE, CHOLERA OUTBREAK, AND HURRICANE MATTHEW, AND WE IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE TRIED TO HELP THEM TO DO SO, AS WE SHOULD. IN ITS WISDOM, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DECIDED TO END T.P.S. FOR HAITI AND MANY OTHER COUNTRIES. NOT ONLY DOES THIS CONCLUSION FIND THE FACE OF THE FACTS, AS WE KNOW THEM, BUT IT NEEDLESSLY INFLICTS COUNTLESS WOUNDS ON OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 11:08:26 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

            • 11:08:28 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME…

              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. GOODLATTE, THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 4760.

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            • 11:08:39 AM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND FOR HIS…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BILL. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS COOKED UP OVERNIGHT. THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED SIX MONTHS AGO. IT'S BASED UPON LEGISLATION THAT'S PASSED OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN PREVIOUS CONGRESSES, AND SOME OF IT IN THIS CONGRESS. IT IS A GOOD EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING ALL THREE ASPECTS OF IMMIGRATION LAW THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. IT HAS A VERY GOOD PROPOSAL WITH REGARD TO THE DACA RECIPIENTS. THEY GET A LEGAL STATUS PERMANENTLY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. RENEWABLE EVERY THREE YEARS, AS LONG AS THEY DON'T COMMIT A CRIME. THAT'S A STATUTORY PROTECTION. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S SUBJECT TO COURT CHALLENGES. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S SUBJECT TO THE WHIMS OF ANY PRESIDENT, PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE. IT IS SOMETHING THAT ALLOWS THEM THEN TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF EXISTING PATHWAYS TO CITIZENSHIP, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES, LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES ON, OWN A BUSINESS OF THE UNITED STATES, TRAVEL IN AND OUT OF THE UNITED STATES. I THINK IT IS A GOOD FIRST STEP IN ADDRESSING THIS SITUATION. SECONDLY, THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT VERY CLEAR, AND PEOPLE WATCHING THE NEWS COVERAGE KNOW THE DIFFICULTIES THAT THE ADMINISTRATION, ANY ADMINISTRATION, THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BEFORE IT HAVE WITH LAWS THAT NEED -- THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION BEFORE IT HAVE WITH LAWS THAT NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT IS FOLLOWED AT THE BORDER. WE HAVE A WAITING LIST OF 600,000 PEOPLE APPLYING FOR ASYLUM. HISTORICALLY, ASYLUM, WHICH IS A VERY GOOD PART OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAW, HAS BEEN GRANTED TO 5,000 SOME -- MANY AS MANY AS 10,000 PEOPLE. ALEXANDER, THE GREAT SOVIET DISSIDENT WHO WROTE THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO, GOT ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT WHEN EVERYONE WHO IS APPREHENDED CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY TRYING TO AVOID DEDECLARATION SAY, OH, I'M HERE FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM AND YOU CREATE A BACKLOG, 600,000 PEOPLE LONG, AND THEY ARE RELEASED IN THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY AND DON'T RETURN FOR THEIR HEARINGS IN MANY, MANY, MANY INSTANCES, THAT IS A VERY FLAWED ASPECT OF OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. AND THIS BILL ADDRESSES THAT. AS IT DOES WITH THE PROBLEM WITH UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, CHILDREN, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 YEARS OF AGE, MOSTLY YOUNG BOYS COMING ACROSS ALL OF MEXICO AND THEN THROUGH THE DESERT OR ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE RIVER AND THEN THINKING THAT THIS IS AN ACCEPTABLE THING FOR THEM TO DO TO ENTER OUR COUNTRY. THEY NEED TO BE RETURNED SAFELY HOME, AND THE LAWS NEED TO BE REFORMED TO ACCOMPLISH THAT. WE NEED TO REFORM MANY OTHER ASPECTS OF OUR BORDER SECURITY LAWS, CLOSE THESE LOOPHOLES. WE NEED TO HAVE GREATER TECHNOLOGY. WE NEED TO HAVE ALONG SOME SEGMENTS OF OUR BORDER IMPROVED WALL TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE FENCES, AND SOME WALLS ALREADY, THE FENCES HAVE BIG HOLES AND SOME COME WITH CHAIN CUTTERS AND CUT THEM AND GO THROUGH THEM WHEN IT'S FOGGY THERE IN SAN DIEGO OR OTHER TIMES WHEN THEY HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. WE NEED TO HAVE A MORE SECURED BORDER, BOTH WITH TECHNOLOGY AND WITH A WALL IN SOME PLACES. AND WITH THE NECESSARY PERSONNEL TO HANDLE THIS, INCLUDING NOT JUST BORDER PATROL BUT THE JUDGES AND OTHER OFFICERS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO PROCESS PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE APPREHENDED. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM, AND IT IS ADDRESSED IN THIS LEGISLATION. WE ALSO NEED TO MOVE TOWARD A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE HAVE, AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS REPEATEDLY NOTED, THE MOST GENEROUS IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO COME TO VISIT THIS COUNTRY EVERY YEAR. SOME TO WORK, SOME TO GO TO SCHOOL, SOME TO CONDUCT BUSINESS. FOR MORE THAN 75 DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF REASONS WHY THEY COME HERE. WE ALSO HAVE MORE THAN A DOZEN IMMIGRANT VISA CATEGORIES THAT ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES, AND WE GIVE OUT ON AVERAGE ABOUT 1.1 MILLION GREEN CARDS A YEAR TO PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS LAWFULLY. THAT'S THE MOST GENEROUS SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS WE DO THAT WE HAVE TO MOVE TOWARD A SYSTEM WHERE WE'RE MEETING THE NEEDS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AS WELL AS WE DO IT. SO AREAS WHERE WE HAVE SHORTAGES SO THAT WE CAN KEEP BUSINESSES IN THE UNITED STATES RATHER THAN HAVING THEM MOVE ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE THEY CAN FIND THE WORKERS THEY NEED IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS. SO ELIMINATING THINGS LIKE THE VISA LOTTERY WHERE WE GIVE 55,000 GREEN CARDS OUT FOR NO GOOD REASON AT ALL OTHER THAN THE PURE LUCK THAT PEOPLE ATTAIN FROM THAT AND INSTEAD USE THOSE TO HAVE A NEW SYSTEM WHERE WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE TOWARDS A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM WHICH IS NOT IN THIS BILL BUT SHOULD BE THE SUCCESSOR TO THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT THING TO DO. AND I THINK THAT ALL OF THOSE MEASURES ARE CONTAINED IN THIS LEGISLATION. I THINK IT'S VERY, VERY GOOD LEGISLATION. BUT THIS BILL CONTAINS TWO IMPORTANT PROVISIONS THAT ARE NOT IN THE SECOND BILL, AND I WANT TO PARTICULARLY ADDRESS THOSE. FIRST, WE HAVE IN THIS BILL THE EVERIFY PROGRAM. THIS IS A PROGRAM, A VERY FINE PROGRAM THAT EXISTS TODAY. MORE THAN 800,000 BUSINESSES USE IT. MANY, MANY LARGE BUSINESSES USE IT. I WOULD BET THAT PROBABLY A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PROCESSED FOR JOB APPLICATIONS TODAY, IT IS UTILIZED BY THEM. BUT IT'S CERTAINLY NOT UTILIZED BY EVERYBODY. AND AS A CONSEQUENCE, IT'S NOT BEING TOTALLY EFFECTIVE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO AREN'T USING IT EITHER DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHETHER SOMEBODY IS LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES OR THEY THINK THEY ARE UNLAWFULLY PRESENT AND DON'T WANT TO HAVE A SYSTEM THAT UNCOVERS THAT. BUT THIS BILL, APPLYING PERSPECTIVELY ONLY -- YOU DON'T HAVE TO APPLY IT TO YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES, WORKS 99.7% OF THE TIME. IT'S VERY, VERY ACCURATE. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT HAS A SAFE HARBOR FOR BOTH THE WORKER AND THE EMPLOYER SO THAT IF YOU GET A FALSE POSITIVE AND IF YOU'RE GETTING THAT.3% OF A TIME, THAT'S STILL A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHEN YOU USE E-VERIFY SYSTEM, THE NEW LAW ACTUALLY GIVES THEM A WAY TO WORK OUT THE CATCH 22 SITUATION THAT WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS FIND THEMSELVES IN BECAUSE UNDER THE CURRENT LAW WE USE THE I-9 FORMS. OFTENTIMES SOMEBODY LOOKS AT IT AND SAY, I AM NOT SURE THESE ARE GENUINE DOCUMENTS BUT IF THEY REFUSE TO HIRE THE INDIVIDUAL AND TURNS OUT THEY ARE GENUINE DOCUMENTS, THEY CAN BE SUED FOR DISCRIMINATION. AND ON THE OTHER HAND, IF THEY HIRE THE WORKER AND IT TURNS OUT THEY'RE UNLAWFULLY PRESENT THEY CAN BE PROSECUTED FOR HIRING SOMEONE UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES. AND SO THE SAFE HARBOR SAYS, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND HIRE THAT PERSON UNTIL WE WORK OUT WHETHER IT IS A FALSE POSITIVE OR A FALSE NEGATIVE WITHOUT THAT CONSEQUENCE AND ONLY UNTIL WE KNOW THAT WILL YOU THEN HAVE TO NOT EMPLOY THAT PERSON. YOU'LL FACE NO CONSEQUENCE OF DOING THAT. THAT'S GOOD FOR THE WORKER AND IT'S GOOD FOR THE EMPLOYER AS WELL. . WHEN YOU DO THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT THERE ARE SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES WORKING. BY FAR THE NUMBER ONE SECTOR THAT'S AFFECTED BY THAT IS OUR AGRICULTURAL WORK FORCE. THERE ARE SOME ESTIMATES THAT AS MANY AS 80% OR 90% OF PEOPLE WORKING IN AGRICULTURE BEYOND THE ACTUAL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO OWN A FARM ARE NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THIS COUNTRY. SOME ESTIMATES MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE ARE WORKING NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THIS COUNTRY. WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF WE COULD TURN THAT WORK FORCE INTO LEGAL WORKERS WHERE THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE BORDER, TO GO HOME TO WHERE THEIR FAMILY IS WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING APPREHENDED AND PROSECUTED. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES T GIVES FARMERS A MUCH MORE RELIABLE WORK FORCE. IT GIVES THEM A MUCH BETTER PROGRAM WHERE THEY CAN SELF-CERTIFY WHERE THE WORKER CAN COME IN FOR UP TO TWO YEARS AT A TIME. AND IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY WHERE THEY HAVE NO PROM AT ALL TODAY, OR PROS -- NO PROGRAM AT ALL WORKER CAN COME TODAY, OR RAW PROCESSING PLANS, THEY HAVE NO PROGRAM AT ALL TODAY, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO HELP THOSE FARMERS. THIS IS AN AREA OF OUR ECONOMY THAT'S VERY MUCH AFFECTED BY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. IT IS EXCEEDINGLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION TO MOVE IMMIGRATION IN THE DIRECTION IT NEEDS TO MOVE. THIS IS AN ENLIGHTENED WAY TO DO IT. IT IS NOT A BAD BILL. IT IS A GOOD BILL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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            • 11:18:01 AM

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            • 11:18:06 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE JUST CLARIFIED THAT HIS BILL HAS BEEN IN…

              MR. SPEAKER, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE JUST CLARIFIED THAT HIS BILL HAS BEEN IN PRINT FOR SIX MONTHS. THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THAT YOUR REAL INTENTION IS TO ALLOCATE $100 MILLION FOR THE TRUMP WALL. AND IT WASN'T UNTIL WE SHINED THE LIGHT ON THAT THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS SCRAMBLED TO REDUCE THAT AMOUNT TO $25 MILLION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM SHINED THE CALIFORNIA, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, NANCY PELOSI.

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            • 11:18:49 AM

              MS. PELOSI

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND HER…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND HER LEADERSHIP ON AMERICA. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAVELING WITH HER UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR COLLEAGUE, JUAN VARGAS AND SUSAN DAVIS, TO THEIR DISTRICTS EARLIER THIS WEEK TO SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER. I COME TO THE FLOOR NOW WITH THAT FRESH INFORMATION. I COME TO THE FLOOR AS A MOTHER, MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN, GRANDMOTHER OF NINE WHO KNOWS AS MANY OF YOU HERE WHO ARE PARENTS KNOW AND ALL OF YOU HERE WHO ARE CHILDREN KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BOND BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD. AND HOW BREAKING THAT BOND IS OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE OF CIVILIZED HUMAN BEHAVIOR. KNOW THE IMPORTANCE MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO QUOTE A FAVORITE PRESIDENT, I'M SURE, OF COURSE AND MANY IN THIS BODY. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN. IN HIS FINAL DAYS OF THE PRESIDENCY, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SAID, AND SINCE THIS IS THE LAST SPEECH THAT I WILL GIVE AS PRESIDENT, MY COLLEAGUES, I WANT TO YOU HEAR THIS BECAUSE THIS IS ABOUT RONALD REAGAN, MAYBE YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT, OK. THEY DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN SAID, AND SINCE THIS IS THE LAST SPEECH I WILL GIVE AS PRESIDENT I THINK IT IS FITTING TO LEAVE ONE FINAL THOUGHT. AN OBSERVATION ABOUT A COUNTRY WHICH I LOVE. PRESIDENT REAGAN WENT ON TO SAY, YES, THE TORCH OF LADY LIBERTY SYMBOLIZES OUR FREEDOM AND REPRESENTS OUR HERITAGE, THE COMPACTS WITH OUR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND ANCESTORS. IT IS THAT LADY WHO GIVES US OUR GREAT AND SPECIAL PLACE IN THE WORLD. PRESIDENT REAGAN WENT ON TO SAY, FOR IT'S THE GREAT LIFE FORCE OF EACH GENERATION OF NEW AMERICANS, OF NEW AMERICANS, HE SAID, THAT GUARANTEES THAT AMERICA'S TRIUMPHS SHALL CONTINUE UNSURPASSED INTO THE NEXT CENTURY AND BEYOND. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN IN THE FINAL DAYS OF HIS PRESIDENCY AS HE SAID, IN THE LAST SPEECH THAT I WILL GIVE AS PRESIDENT. BEAUTIFUL VALUES. TODAY WE'RE CONSIDERING TWO REPUBLICAN BILLS THAT INSULT OUR NATION'S VALUES AND TARNISH OUR HERITAGE AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, AS A BEACON OF HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY. BOTH DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SOLVE THE HEARTBREAKING AND HORRIFIC SITUATION FOR CHILDREN ON THE BORDER. ACCORDING TO THE CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, BOTH BILLS PERPETUATE CHILD DETENTION AND UNDERMINE EXISTING PROTECTIONS RELATING TO SUCH DETENTIONS. CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF BISHOPS. BOTH OF THESE BILLS FAIL TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX FOR OUR DREAMERS, FILLING OUT THEIR AMERICAN DREAM TO BUILD OUT THE PRESIDENT'S OBSCENE BORDER WALL. BOTH ARE LOADED FULL OF EVERY, FILLING OUT THEIR AMERICAN ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROVISION IMAGINABLE, DISMANTLING LEGAL FAMILY IMMIGRATION, SLAMMING OUR DOORS TO MILLIONS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THE RULES AND HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS FOR A VISA, AND CUTTING OFF THE LIFELINE OF ASYLUM TO COUNTLESS VULNERABLE REFUGEES. IN TERMS OF THOSE REFUGEES IN TESTIMONY THAT WAS GIVEN IN THE STEERING AND POLICY MEETING WE HAD, DEMOCRATS HAD, REPUBLICANS DIDN'T COME, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EVANGELICALS TESTIFIED THAT THE UNITED STATES REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM IS THE CROWN JEWEL OF AMERICAN HUMANITARIANISM. AMERICAN EVANGELICAL ASSOCIATION. AND YET, AND YET IT'S HORRIBLE WHAT THEY DO IN THESE BILLS TO CUT OFF LIFELINE OF ASYLUM TO COUNTLESS VULNERABLE REFUGEES. THE SPEAKER'S BILL CARRIES OUT THE PRESIDENT'S FAMILY DEPORTATION AGENDA. IT PAVES THE WAY FOR THE LONG-TERM INCARCERATION OF FAMILIES IN PRISON-LIKE CONDITIONS AND DENIAL OF BASIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN. REPUBLICAN PLAN IS A FAMILY INCARCERATION PLAN. IT REPLACES ONE FORM OF CHILD ABUSE WITH ANOTHER. AND IT BRAZENLY VIOLATES CHILDREN'S HUMAN RIGHTS. WHY DO REPUBLICANS THINK TRAUMATIZED, TERRIFIED LITTLE CHILDREN AT THE BORDER DO NOT DESERVE THE SAME BASIC RESPECT THAT THEIR OWN CHILDREN DO? ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, FAMILY DETENTION POSES SERIOUS DANGER, FAMILY DETENTION POSES SERIOUS DANGERS TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND CAN RESULT IN LIFELONG CONSEQUENCES, QUOTE, LIFELONG CONSEQUENCES FOR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY, HEALTH STATUS, AND LONGEVITY. END OF QUOTE. CONGRESS SHOULD BE WORKING DAY AND NIGHT TO PROTECT VULNERABLE CHILDREN. WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS DREAMERS, KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER, AND RESPECTS AMERICA'S HERITAGE AS A LAND OF NEWCOMERS. AS SPELLED OUT BY PRESIDENT REAGAN IN HIS LAST SPEECH AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THESE BILLS WILL NOT GO ANYWHERE IN THE SENATE, YET A VOTE FOR THESE BILLS IS A VOTE TO DESTROY THE QUEEN OF THE HILL DISCHARGE PETITION, DESTROYING THE BEST CHANCE THIS CONGRESS HAS TO PROVIDE A BIPARTISAN PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX TORE DREAMERS. REPUBLICANS NEED TO WALK AWAY FROM THESE BILLS. THEY NEED TO CALL ON O THE PRESIDENT TO RESCIND HIS FAMILY INCARCERATION POLICY WHICH IS AS MUCH A STAIN ON OUR NATION'S HISTORY AS FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY. TEARING CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS. DEMOCRATS REJECTED THIS OUTRAGEOUS LEGISLATION AND REJECT THE AMERICAN -- THE REPUBLICANS' ATTACK ON DREAMERS, VULNERABLE CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES. WE DREAMERS, VULNERABLE CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES. WE REJECT YOUR ZERO, YOUR ZERO POLICY. IT HAS URGE A NO VOTE ON O BOTH THESE URGE A NO VOTE ON O BOTH THESE BILLS ON THIS RULE AND ANY SUBSEQUENT RULES THAT COME UP AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. BURGESS

              HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NO PLACE. I 13 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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            • 11:25:24 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              I RESERVE MY TIME TO CLOSE.

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            • 11:25:29 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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            • 11:25:34 AM

              MS. BARRAGAN

              MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE GOODLATTE BILL AND OPPOSITION…

              MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE GOODLATTE BILL AND OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY DEMOCRATS WERE INVOLVED IN CRAFTING THE GOODLATTE BILL? ZERO. IF THEY HAD INCLUDED DEMOCRATS, WE COULD HAVE TOLD THEM THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO RESOLVE THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER. TO YOU KNOW HOW MANY HEARINGS WE HAD ON THE GOODLATTE BILL? ZERO. IF WE HAD -- IF THEY HAD INCLUDED DEMOCRATS, WE WOULD HAVE TOLD THEM THAT THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL RELIEF FOR DREAMERS AND IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE SENATE. HOW MANY DREAMERS DOES THIS HELP EARN CITIZENSHIP? ZERO. HOW MANY CHILDREN DOES THIS BILL PUT BACK IN THE ARMS OF THEIR PARENTS? ZERO. HOW MUCH COMPROMISE DOES THIS BILL SHOW PEOPLE IN NEED? ZERO. THIS ADMINISTRATION LIKES TO TALK ABOUT ZERO TOLERANCE. WELL, WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THIS PRESIDENT ANTI-IMMIGRATION AGENDA AND REPUBLICANS WHO ENABLE IT. BOTTOM LINE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A SHAM. IT'S THE REPUBLICANS' ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THEY WANT TO HELP DREAMERS, BUT IN REALITY IT'S A NONSTARTER AND ANOTHER HEARTLESS ACTION TAKEN BY THIS CONGRESS. OPPOSE THIS BILL, OPPOSE THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 11:26:51 AM

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              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, LIKE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, LIKE THEY WANT TO HELP DREAMERS, BUT IN REALITY THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MR. HOYER.

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            • 11:27:04 AM

              MR. HOYER

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THESE RULES WOULD MARK…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THESE RULES WOULD MARK THE CAPITULATION BY A LARGE NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS WHO, FOR A TIME, REFLECTED THE VIEWS OF 86% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE HOPES OF THE DREAMERS THOSE AMERICANS SUPPORT. IF THEY VOTE FOR THIS PRETENSE OF REFORM AND SECURITY, THEY WILL HAVE ABANDONED THE PRINCIPLES THEY MOUNT AND THE PEOPLE WHO RELIED ON THEIR COURAGE CAN. CONTRARY TO THE SPEAKER AND MAJORITY LEADER, THE TEST FOR BRINGING BILLS TO THE FLOOR MUST NOT BE WHETHER THE PRESIDENT UNTETHERED TO PRINCIPLE, WOULD SIGN THEM. BUT WHETHER THEY REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND THIS HOUSE. THE SPEAKER REFUSES TO PUT OPTIONS ON THE FLOOR SUPPORTED BY AT ONE TIME 247 MEMBERS OF THE THIS -- MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. NOW 240 MEMBERS HAVE SUPPORTED A RULE TO GIVE US FOUR COMPETING OPTIONS TO ADDRESS THE TRUMP-CAUSED CRISIS. THAT NUMBER MAY NOT COMPLY WITH THE HASTERT RULE, BUT IT DOES COMPLY WITH DEMOCRACY. AND IT WOULD GIVE THE SPEAKER HIS OPTION AS WELL. THE SPEAKER CLEARLY FEAR THAT IS HIS ALTERNATIVE WILL FAIL. AS A RESULT, HE HAS OPPOSED AN OPEN PROCESS. SO MUCH FOR THE LEADERSHIP THAT CLAIMED A FALSELY TO PURSUE TRANSPARENCY, OPENNESS, AND A WILLINGNESS TO TAKE THE TOUGH ISSUES HEAD-ON AND INDIVIDUALLY. THE BILL WOULD BRING TO THE FLOOR CONTRARY TO WHAT SPEAKER RYAN AND LEADER MCCARTHY CLAIM, IS NO COMPROMISE. A COMPROMISE BY DEFINITION REQUIRES BOTH SIDES TO COME TOGETHER AND MEET IN THE MIDDLE. WE DID. AND WE BUILT A MAJORITY OF SUPPORT FOR A BILL. THE RYAN BILL IS A CAPITULATION BY THOSE WHO HAVE PROFESSED THE SUPPORT OF THE DREAMERS. INDEED THE ONLY COMPROMISE IN THIS BILL IS HOW IT COMPROMISES OUR VALUES, OUR PRINCIPLES AS AMERICANS, AND HOW IT COMPROMISES OUR ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY. PROFESSED THE THE CONSERVATIVE CATO INSTITUTE HAS SAID THAT ONLY 12% OF DREAMERS WOULD EVER ACTUALLY ATTAIN CITIZENSHIP UNDER THIS HOAX BILL. AND FOR THOSE SEEKING REFUGE FROM FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES AND FROM ASSAULT AND HAVING THEIR CHILDREN TORN FROM THEIR ARMS AND SEPARATED, AS LAURA BUSH PLEADED, IMMORAL. THIS BILL DOES NOT PROVIDE A SOLUTION. INSTEAD, IT PROVIDES FOR LOCKING UP THOSE CHILDREN IN PRISON WITH THEIR PARENTS. ISN'T THAT A WONDERFUL OPTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE OVERWHELMINGLY OUTRAGED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE BORDER, AND WANT TO SEE CONGRESS TAKE REAL ACTION. AS JOHN MCCAIN STATED, SUCH A POLICY THAT IS BEING PROMOTED BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS IS AN AFFRONT TO THE DECENCY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN ADDITION, THE RYAN BILL IMPOSES NEW RERICKSSTRICKSES ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION. -- RESTRICTIONS ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION. DEMOCRATS WILL STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS NOXIOUS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE SUMMON IMMIGRATION. THE COURAGE TO LET THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. . THAT'S NOT WHAT THESE BILLS DO. REJECT THESE BILLS. WE ARE AMERICA. WE'RE BETTER THAN THESE BILLS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. BURGESS

              I'LL RESERVE.

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              MRS. TORRES

              I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LOFGREN.

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            • 11:31:13 AM

              MS. LOFGREN

              THERE ARE LOTS WRONG WITH THESE BILLS. I'LL DISCUSS IT DURING DEBATE. THIS…

              THERE ARE LOTS WRONG WITH THESE BILLS. I'LL DISCUSS IT DURING DEBATE. THIS IS FOR THE RULE. FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A SELF-EXECUTING RULE. WHEN THEY VOTE YES ON THIS RULE, THEY ARE VOTING TO STRIP 100 BILLION DOLLARS FROM FUNDING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. A VOTE FOR THIS RULE IS A VOTE TO TAKE $100 BILLION OUT OF BUILDING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL. I WANT THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO HOME AND EXPLAIN TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY VOTED TO STRIP $100 BILLION OUT OF FUNDING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL.

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            • 11:31:56 AM

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              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

              MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE THE TEXT OF THIS RULE AND INSERT HOUSE RESOLUTION 774, REPRESENTATIVE DENHAM'S BIPARTISAN QUEEN OF THE HILL RESOLUTION. THIS RULE WOULD BRING UP FOUR SEPARATE IMMIGRATION BILLS TO BE DEBATED AND VOTED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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              WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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              MRS. TORRES

              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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            • 11:32:58 AM

              MR. AGUILAR

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK EVERY…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME. I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK EVERY MEMBER WHO BELIEVED IN BIPARTISAN OPEN DEBATE ON DACA HERE IN THE HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. EVERY ONE OF THE 216 MEMBERS WHO SIGNED THE DISCHARGE PETITION SHOULD JOIN ME. WHY? BECAUSE A VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS A VOTE FOR QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. BECAUSE IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE WILL IMMEDIATELY OFFER THE QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE AND FINALLY START THIS DEBATE. THERE WILL BE NO MORE WAITING FOR THE LAST TWO SIGNATURES ON THE DISCHARGE PETITION TO MATERIALIZE. THERE WILL BE NO MORE WAITING UNTIL THE NEXT DISCHARGE MONDAY COMES UP ON THE CALENDAR. THERE WILL BE NO MORE WAITING. WE WILL END THIS PROCESS AND VOTE ON QUEEN OF THE HILL NOW. TODAY, REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING UP TWO PARTISAN, ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS. DEMOCRATS WERE COMPLETELY CUT OUT OF THE PROCESS THAT PRODUCED THESE BILLS, AND AS A RESULT, THEY WILL NOT GET ANY BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND IT'S QUESTIONABLE IF EITHER OF THESE BILLS CAN ACTUALLY PASS THIS HOUSE. IF THAT'S THE CASE, WHAT'S THE POINT OF ALL THIS? IS THE GOAL TO HAVE A FAKE DEBATE ON DACA AND HAVE EVERYTHING FAIL SO WE'RE IN THE SAME PLACE AS THE SENATE? WHAT GOOD DOES THAT DO? DREAMERS ARE STILL LEFT WONDERING WHEN AND WHAT CONGRESS WILL DO TO HELP THEM STAY IN THIS COUNTRY. LET'S END THIS CHARADE AND ACTUALLY HAVE A DEBATE, A BIPARTISAN DEBATE, AND LET'S PASS A BIPARTISAN BILL TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A CRAZY WEEK, FOR SURE, BUT IF ONE THING IS CLEAR, IF WE WANT TO PASS A FIX FOR DACA, WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND PASS A BIPARTISAN BILL. THIS PREVIOUS QUESTION VOTE GIVES US THE CHANCE TO DO JUST THAT. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND BRING UP THE QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, MR. THOMPSON.

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            • 11:35:19 AM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE CLOSED RULE FOR H.R. 4760. I WAS PROUD TO SIGN ONTO THE BIPARTISAN DISCHARGE PETITION TO FORCE A VOTE ON A CLEAN DREAMER BILL. PASSAGE OF THIS RULE WILL NOT ONLY KILL THAT DISCHARGE PETITION BUT ANY HOPE OF THIS CONGRESS CONSIDERING THE ONE BILL THAT HAS ENOUGH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO DELIVER A MEANINGFUL REMEDY FOR THE DREAMERS. AND WHAT ARE WE VOTING ON INSTEAD? H.R. 4760 IS AN ANTI-FAMILY BILL THAT MAINTAINS THE CRUEL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY, LIMITS ACCESS TO ASYLUM, SHRINKS LEGAL IMMIGRATION, ENDS THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM, ABOLISHES PROTECTIONS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN, AND BUILDS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BORDER WALL. WE'RE ONLY CONSIDERING H.R. 4760, A MEASURE THAT MAY NOT HAVE THE VOTES TO PASS, TO PLACATE THE MOST EXTREME ELEMENTS OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE. MR. SPEAKER, SOMETHING IS FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG AND BROKEN IN THIS BODY, AND WHEN WILL A HANDFUL OF EXTREMISTS OVERRULE THE WILL OF A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE UNDERLYING RULE AND BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 11:36:54 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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            • 11:36:58 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

            • 11:37:01 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 11:37:03 AM

              MR. WELCH

              MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS INSTITUTION BROKEN? OR IS OUR LEADERSHIP FLED THE…

              MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS INSTITUTION BROKEN? OR IS OUR LEADERSHIP FLED THE FIELD? THIS RULE WILL DEPRIVE THE HOUSE OF HAVING A DEBATE ON THE DREAMERS. 82% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK THESE INNOCENT KIDS WHO CAME HERE SHOULD BE GIVEN LEGAL STATUS. THE LEADERSHIP HAS REFUSED TO ALLOW US DEBATE. WITH THE HELP OF MR. DENHAM, IN A COURAGEOUS DISPLAY OF INDEPENDENCE, HE HAS A DISCHARGE PETITION, THE LAST REMAINING TOOL FOR A MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE TO SAY TO LEADERSHIP, GIVE US A VOTE. LET US DEBATE. BUT IN AN ACT OF EXTRAORDINARY IRRESPONSIBILITY, AND I WOULD SAY COWARDNESS, THE LEADERSHIP IS QUELLING, CRUSHING, INCINERATING THE LAST VESTIGE OF INDEPENDENCE IN THEIR OWN PARTY. THIS RULE TAKES AWAY FROM THE HOUSE THAT TOOL TO RISE UP AND SAY WE'RE READY TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GIVE LEGAL STATUS TO THE DREAMERS. THAT IS A DISGRACE. THAT IS A REASON WHY IF WE CARE ABOUT OURSELVES AS A INSTITUTION, RESPONSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED US, WE WILL ASSERT OUR INSISTENCE THAT WE VOTE. VOTE NO ON THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 11:38:31 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 11:38:35 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA.

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            • 11:38:38 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 11:38:41 AM

              MR. PANETTA

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 4760 AND I CANNOT SUPPORT…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CANNOT SUPPORT H.R. 4760 AND I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS RULE, OBVIOUSLY FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS WE HEARD HERE TODAY. BUT I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT TWO. THIS BILL DOES NOT PROVIDE THE DACA FIX THAT OUR DREAMERS DESERVE. NOW, PERSONALLY, I HAVE NEARLY 20,000 DREAMERS IN MY DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA. I MET WITH MANY OF THEM NUMEROUS TIMES AT THEIR WORK AND THEIR JOBS. ALTHOUGH THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, THESE KIDS WANT TO STAY HERE, LIVE HERE, MOST IMPORTANTLY THEY WANT TO CONTRIBUTE HERE. THEY DON'T US TO GIVE IT TO THEM. THEY'RE WILLING TO EARN IT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL DOES NOT GIVE THEM THAT CHANCE AND THAT'S WHY I CANNOT SUPPORT IT. ALSO IN MY DISTRICT, WE LAY CLAIM TO BEING THE SALAD BOWL OF THE WORLD. PART OF THE REASON FOR OUR FLOURISHING AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IS DUE TO OUR FARM WORKERS. NOW, I APPRECIATE THAT THIS BILL ADDRESSES AG LABOR AND THE ADDED AMENDMENTS TRIED TO MAKE IT BETTER, BUT IT IS JUST NOT ENOUGH. THIS BILL HURTS OUR COMMUNITIES. WHY? BECAUSE OUR AG WORKERS ARE NOT JUST AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR AG INDUSTRY. THEY ARE AN INTEGRAL PART TO OUR COMMUNITIES. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE FIVE, 10, 15, 20 YEARS. THEY HAVE SPOUSES, THEY HAVE KIDS, THEY HAVE FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER -- ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY WILL PLAY BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF --

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            • 11:39:59 AM

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              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

            • 11:40:03 AM

              MR. PANETTA

              I ASK THAT -- I AM AGAINST IT. THANK YOU.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              CHAIR WOULD ADVISE EACH SIDE TWO MINUTES REMAIN ON EACH SIDE.

            • 11:40:16 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              I RESERVE TO CLOSE.

            • 11:40:18 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              I'M READY TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER.

            • 11:40:21 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

            • 11:40:24 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IN 1970, A GAT MALLAN -- GOT MALLEN…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. IN 1970, A GAT MALLAN -- GOT MALLEN COUPLE DECIDED TO GSH -- DECIDED TO SEND THEIR DAUGHTER TO THE U.S. THAT YOUNG GIRL WAS ME. I WAS WELCOMED HERE IN A LOVING HOME. I WAS NOT PUT IN A FREEZING CELL . MY PARENTS HAD NO CHOICE. MY MOTHER DIED A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER. THESE PARENTS ARE MAKING A CHOICE THAT FRANKLY I COULD NOT MAKE TODAY FOR MY CHILDREN. A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS AWAY FROM HOME FOR SO LONG, FOR WEEKS THAT MY GRANDSON, A 3-YEAR-OLD, FELT HE HAD TO REINTRODUCE HIMSELF TO ME BECAUSE HE HAD NOT SEEN ME FOR FOUR WEEKS. HE DIDN'T THINK THAT I WOULD REMEMBER HIM. IMAGINE AN INFANT, WHEN THAT INFANT IS RETURNED TO THEIR PARENT, THEY WILL BE INTRODUCED TO A TOTAL STRANGER. POPE FRANCIS SAID, JUST TWEETED, PRAY TOGETHER. WALK TOGETHER. WORK TOGETHER. THIS IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO CHRISTIAN UNITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND THIS RULE LEGISLATION AND LET'S HELP THOSE WHO CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES IN THESE VERY CORRUPT COUNTRIES OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE. THEY ARE NOT S-HOLES, AS THE PRESIDENT HAS REFERRED TO THEM. LET'S GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 11:43:01 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

            • 11:43:05 AM

              MR. BURGESS

              MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I…

              MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU A STORY OF SEPARATION, A FATHER AND DAUGHTER WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED. CHRIS, MY CONSTITUENT, CAME TO ME WITH THIS STORY SEVERAL -- NOW SEVERAL YEARS AGO. HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN IRAQ. WHILE HE WAS SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN IRAQ, HIS WIFE DEVELOPED CANCER AND DIED. CHRIS RETURNED HOME TO BE A SINGLE DAD TO HIS DAUGHTER. HIS DAUGHTER WENT OUT WITH FRIENDS ONE NIGHT AND WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY AN AUTOMOBILE. AN AUTOMOBILE DRIVEN BY SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE COUNTRY WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF CITIZENSHIP. CHRIS COMES TO MY TOWN HALLS AND ASKS ME, WHILE I WAS SERVING MY COUNTRY, YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ENFORCING THE LAWS ON THE BORDER. AND BECAUSE YOU DID NOT DO YOUR JOB, I AM NOW SEPARATED FROM MY DAUGHTER IN PERPETUITY. H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT OF 2018, IS THE PRODUCT OF MONTHS OF WORK BY CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS. THIS IS AN ANSWER TO OUR PERSISTENT PROBLEMS WITH OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT SO MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR YEARS. I ASK MEMBERS TO SUPPORT TODAY'S RULE AND MOVE THE DEBATE FORWARD ON THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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            • 11:44:22 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

              THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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            • 11:44:30 AM

              MRS. TORRES

              MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 11:44:32 AM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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            • 12:09:08 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 190. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 190. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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            • 12:09:19 PM

              MRS. TORRES

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

            • 12:09:22 PM

              MRS. TORRES

              I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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            • 12:15:45 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 195. THE RESOLUTION IS…

              ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226 THIS ENAYS ARE 195. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 12:16:04 PM

              MR. BURGESS

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING HOUSE RESOLUTION…

              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING HOUSE RESOLUTION 949, PURSUANT TO SUCH RESOLUTION GENERAL DEBATE SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

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            • 12:16:33 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE HOUSE WILL…

              WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 12:18:09 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 4760, THE…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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            • 12:18:19 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

            • 12:18:23 PM

              THE CLERK

              H.R. 4760, A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAWS…

              H.R. 4760, A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAWS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 12:18:29 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT…

              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, THE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-772 ARE ADOPTED AND THE BILL, AS AMENDED, IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE DEMONE JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCALL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON EACH WILL CONTROL 1 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

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            • 12:19:31 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 4760.

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            • 12:19:39 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:19:43 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:19:48 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I INTRODUCED H.R. 4670 ALONG WITH MICHAEL MCCAUL, RAUL LABRADOR, TO…

              I INTRODUCED H.R. 4670 ALONG WITH MICHAEL MCCAUL, RAUL LABRADOR, TO PROVIDE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO GREW UP IN AMERICA AFTER THEIR PARENTS BROUGHT THEM HERE AS CHILDREN. JUST AS IMPORTANTLY WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN OUR BORDERS, CURTAIL ENDEMIC FRAUD AND ENHANCE INTERIOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT SO OUR NATION WON'T FACE THE SAME DILEMMA IN A FEW YEARS. PRESIDENT TRUMP DID THE RIGHT THING AND TRIED TO END PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL DACA PROGRAM. AS A FEDERAL COURT RULED IN ENJOINING DACA'S SISTER PROGRAM, D.H.S. CAN -- CANNOT ENACT A PROGRAM WHEREBY IT NOT ONLY IGNORES THE DICTATES OF CONGRESS BUT ACTIVELY ACTS TO THWART THEM. THE D.H.S. SECRETARY IS NOT JUST REWRITING THE LAW, HE'S CREATING THEM FROM SCRATCH, END QUOTE. PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO DID THE RIGHT THING BY IMMEDIATELY TURNING TO US, ASKING CONGRESS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. HE ASKED FOR H.R. 4760. AS HE ASKED FOR, H.R. 4760 SOLVES THE DACA CONUNDRUM. IT PROVIDES DACA BENEFICIARIES WITH AN INDEFINITELY RENEWABLE LEGAL NONIMMIGRANT STATUS, ALLOWING THEM TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT WORRY AND TRAVEL ABROAD AS THEY CHOOSE. IT ALSO ALLOWS THEM TO RECEIVE GREEN CARDS ON THE SAME TERMS AS ANY OTHER INTENDING IMMIGRANT AROUND THE WORLD. AS I INDICATED, THE BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE DISTRESSING DACA DILEMMA DOES NOT RECUR. IT ENDS CATCH AND RELEASE AT THE BORDER. BATTLES ASYLUM FRAUD. AND ENSURES THAT UNACCOMPANIED MINORS CAUGHT AT THE BORDER WILL BE TREATED EQUALLY REGARDLESS OF THEIR HOME COUNTRY. IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE LAW NO LONGER TEMPTS MINORS AND THEIR PARENTS TO MAKE THE DANGEROUS, ILL LIST JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES AND TO LINE THE POCKETS OF CANCEROUS CARTELS WITH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE BILL WILL ALSO TAKE AWAY THE OTHER MAGNET THAT DRAWS MILLIONS OF PERSONS TO COME TO THE U.S. ILLEGALLY -- THE JOBS MAGNET. THROUGH THE INCLUSION OF LAMAR SMITH'S LEGAL WORK FORCE ACT, IT MAKES E-VERIFY MANDATORY. AFTER TWO DECADES OF CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT, E-VERIFY HAS BECOME AN EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE, RELIABLE, AND EASY WAY FOR EMPLOYERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE HIRED A LEGAL WORK FORCE. THREE QUARTERS OF A BILLION EMPLOYERS CURRENTLY USE E-VERIFY WHICH ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY CONFIRMS THE WORK ELIGIBILITY OF NEW HIRES 99% OF THE TIME. THE BILL WILL ALSO ALLOW D.H.S. TO DEPORT MEMBERS OF MS-13 AND OTHER VIRULENT CRIMINAL GANGS AND ALLOW IT TO DETAIN DANGEROUS ALIENS WHO CANNOT BE REMOVED. IT WILL COMBAT THE PUBLIC SAFETY ME NASS OF SANCTUARY CITIES IN MULTIPLE WAYS, INCLUDE BIG ALLOWING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO WITHHOLD FROM THEM LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS. THE BILL MAKES SIGNIFICANT REFORMS TO OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT PUTS AN END TO EXTENDED FAMILY CHAIN MYFWRATION AND TERMINATES THE DIVERSITY VISA GREEN CARD LOTTERY WHICH AWARDS GREEN CARDS AT RANDOM TO PEOPLE WITH NO TIES TO THE UNITED STATES OR ANY PARTICULAR SKILLS. IN ADDITION, IT REPLACES THE DYSFUNCTIONAL H-2-A GUEST WORKER PROGRAM THEY HAVE H-2-A PROGRAM IS SLOW, BUREAUCRATIC, AND OFTEN FORCES GROWERS TO LEAVE CROPS TO ROT IN THE FIELDS. THEY ALSO MUST PAY AN ARTIFICIALLY INFLATED WAGE RATE ALONG WITH PROVIDING FREE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION. IN DOING THE RIGHT THING, H-2-A USERS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS REPAID BY BEING PLACED AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE IN THE MARKETPLACE. THE BILL PROVIDES GROWERS WITH STREAMLINED ACCESS TO GUEST WORKERS WHEN SUFFICIENT AMERICAN LABOR CANNOT BE FOUND. IT FINALLY PROVIDES DAIRIES AND FOOD PROCESSORS WITH YEAR-ROUND LABOR NEEDS WITH ACCESS TO A GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. IT AVOIDS THE PITFALLS OF THE H-2-A PROGRAM AND WILL REMAIN AT ITS CORE A TRUE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. AS GROWERS LEARNED THE HARD WAY AFTER THE 1986 AMNESTY, ILLEGAL FARM WORKERS WILL LEAVE ENMEAS AND FLOCK TO THE CITIES WHEN -- WILL LEAVE EN MASSE AND FLOCK TO THE CITIES. THE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM IN THIS ACT IS SUPPORTED BY THE FARM INDUSTRY, THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AND OVER 200 ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE SAT DOWN WITH THINK COLLEAGUES FOR MONTHS TO LEARN OF ANY CONCERNS TO STRIVE TO IMPROVE THE BILL. THE PRODUCT OF THIS INTENSIVE WORK IS BETTER LEGISLATION. WHILE I AMTIES APPOINTED -- DISAPPOINTED THAT THE RULE DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO INCLUDE ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE INPUT OF SO MANY MEMBERS I'M GRATIFIED THAT I COULD INCLUDE THE REFINEMENTS TO THE H--C AGRICULTURAL GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. TO GIVE JUST ONE EXAMPLE, THE BILL NOW CLARIFIES THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WILL ISSUE DOCUMENTS TO UNLAWFUL ALIEN FARM WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN SPONSORED BY GROWERS TO JOIN THE PROGRAM AUTHORIZING THEM TO RETURN TO THE U.S. WITHOUT THE NEED FOR VISAS AFTER COMPLETING THEIR INITIAL TOUCHBACKS THIS WILL CREATE CERTAINTY FOR GROWERS, ALLOWING THEM TO RECEIVE PRERAY APRUFLE OF THEIR H-2-C PETITIONS FOR CURRENT WORKERS BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND PRECERTIFICATION OF THE WORKERS' ADMISSION BACK INTO THE U.S. BEFORE THEY LEAVE. CONGRESS HAS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ACT BEFORE THE COUNTRY ENDS UP WITH ANOTHER LARGE POPULATION OF -- WHO CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY AS CHILDREN. LET'S TAKE THIS HISTORIC MOMENT TO COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT VITAL LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES COMMONSENSE, REASONABLE SOLUTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SUPPORT H.R. 4760. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:26:10 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER.

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            • 12:26:16 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

            • 12:26:19 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 12:26:21 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 4760. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A WISH…

              I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 4760. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A WISH LIST OF THE FAR RIGHT, ANTI-IMMIGRANT FRINGE. IT WILL DO NOTHING TO SOLVE THE REAL PROBLEMS MAKING OUR -- PLAGUING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WHILE CAUSING UNTOLD SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. THE WORLD WATCHED PRESIDENT TRUMP CREATE A FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS OUT OF THIN AIR. I PERSONALLY MET WITH FATHERS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR ARMS, WHO OF NO IDEA WHEN OR IF THEY'LL EVER SEE THEIR CHILDREN AGAIN. ONE FATHER I SPOKE TO WAS PROMISED HE WOULD BE KEPT WITH HIS YOUNG CHILD ONLY TO HAVE OFFICERS ENTER HIS ROOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND FORCIBLY TAKE AWAY HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER. WE'VE ALL SEEN THE ANGUISHED FACES OF THE PARENTS SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN. AND LISTENED TO THE DESPERATE CRIES OF SOBBING CHILDREN SCREAMING FOR THEIR PARENTS. THIS IS GOVERNMENT SPONSORED CHILD ABUSE. THIS BILL DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SOLVE THE CRISIS. THE PRESIDENT, AFTER FALSELY CLAIMING HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO ENACT THIS CRUEL AND BRUTAL POLICY, NOW SAYS HE WILL END IT. PROVING HE AND HIS ADMINISTRATION WERE LYING ALL ALONG. IT IS NOT CLEAR THAT YESTERDAY'S EXECUTIVE ORDER IMMEDIATELY ENDS FAMILY SEPARATION. IT ALSO PUTS OUR COUNTRY ON A DANGEROUS PATH OF PROLONGED DETENTION FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN. THE KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT WHICH I INTRODUCED THIS WEEK ALONG WITH VIRTUALLY EVERY DEMOCRATIC MEMBER WOULD ACTUALLY PREVENT CHILDREN FROM BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. EXCEPT IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES. WE CAN VOTE ON THAT LEGISLATION TODAY BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE THIS BILL BEFORE US NOW. THIS BILL TURNS ALL UNDOCK YIMETTED IMMIGRANT INTO CRIMINALS. IT TAKES PARTICULAR AIM AT FAMILIES, CHILDREN, WORKERS, BUSINESSES, PUBLIC SAFETY AND OUR FUNDAMENTAL VALUES AS A NATION. ALL AT ONCE. IT IS ALMOST IMPRESSIVE HOW MANY BAD IDEAS HAVE BEEN CRAMMED INTO ONE COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE. FOR EXAMPLE, IT ELIMINATES MOST VISA CAT GIRS THAT 3R0 MOTE -- PROMOTE FAMILY REUNIFICATION AS WELL AS THE DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES RESIDENTS OF MANY COUNTRIES THE ONLY METHOD OF ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. IT REMOVES CRITICAL PROTECTIONS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AND DOES AWAY FOR SAFEGUARDS FOR CHILDREN TRAVELING WITH THEIR PARENTS. IT WOULD DECIMATE THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY BY REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO USE THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM WITHOUT FIXING THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS. IN EXCHANGE FOR ALL THESE HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROVISIONS IT OFFERS THE MOST MINIMAL PROTECTION TO DREAMERS, CREATING A RENEWABLE, TEMPORARY STATUS WITH NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP, LEAVING THEM IN PERPETUAL LIMBO, UNABLE TO BECOME FULL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY IN THE ONLY COUNTRY THEY'VE EVER KNOWN. THIS IS AN ACT OF EXTORTION WE CANNOT ABIDE. THIS BILL FAILS TO REPAIR OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND INDEED IN MANY WAYS MAKES IT WORSE. AND ALL WITHOUT SUBSTANTIALLY HELPING THE DREAMERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:29:55 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH,…

              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF AN IMPORTANT PROVISION IN THIS BILL RELATED TO ELECTRONIC VERIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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              MR. SMITH

              LET ME THANK MR. GOODLATTE FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE TO ADVANCE IMMIGRATION…

              LET ME THANK MR. GOODLATTE FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE TO ADVANCE IMMIGRATION REFORM DURING THIS CONGRESS. I DO SUPPORT H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT OUR IMMIGRATION POLICIES PUT THE INTERESTS OF AMERICANS FIRST. . WE NEED TO THANK NOT ONLY CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE BUT OTHERS WHO PUT TIME AND EFFORT IN THREGS. WE APPRECIATE MR. GOOD -- IN THIS LEGISLATION. WE APPRECIATE MR. GOODLATTE TO HELP IMPROVE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM CONSIDERED BY CONGRESS MUST AT A MINIMUM SECURE OUR BORDERS, IMPLEMENT WORK FORCE VERIFICATION TO END THE ILLEGAL JOBS MAGNET, REDUCE CHAIN MIGRATION, PREVENT ABUSE OF OUR ASYLUM LAWS. SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT INCLUDES ALL OF THESE NECESSARY PROVISIONS. AND THE BILL DELIVERS ON THE PRESIDENT'S PLEDGE TO VOTERS TO COMPLETE PHYSICAL BARRIERS ALONG OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, PENALIZE LAWLESS SANCTUARY CITIES, AND END THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S CATCH-AND-RELEASE POLICIES THAT RELEASES DANGEROUS CRIMINAL INDIVIDUALS TO OUR STREETS TO PREY ON INNOCENT AMERICANS. A SPECIAL INTEREST TO ME IS THE INCLUES OF THE LEGAL WORK FORCE ACT IN THE BILL, WHICH REQUIRES ALL NEW EMPLOYEES WORK ELIGIBILITY TO BE VERIFIED. THIS WILL REDUCE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND SAVE JOBS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. ALSO IMPORTANT IS THE DEADLINE TO FINALLY IMPLEMENT AN ENTRY-EXIT TRACKING SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY VISA OVERSTAYERS. THEY COMPRISE HALF OF THE ALMOST ONE MILLION ILLEGAL NEW IMMIGRANTS EVERY YEAR. SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT HELPS KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE AND PROTECTS AMERICAN WORKERS. IT DESERVES OUR ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT, AND, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR OFFERING THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 12:32:14 PM

              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING…

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. LOFGREN.

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            • 12:32:29 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              IT'S AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL. IT SLASHES IMMIGRATION. IT CRIMINALIZES…

              IT'S AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL. IT SLASHES IMMIGRATION. IT CRIMINALIZES ALMOST THE ENTIRE UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE. IT FAILS TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR DREERMS. SOMETIMES MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE SAY, THE PROBLEM WITH THE IMMIGRATION, WE DON'T HAVE ASSIMILATION. YOU DON'T GET ASSIMILATION WHEN YOU CREATE A PERMANENT UNDERCLASS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE AMERICANS IN EVERY WAY BUT THEIR PAPERWORK. IT ELIMINATES FAMILY-BASED CATEGORIES, AND THIS IS THE RELATIVES OF AMERICANS, AMERICAN CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS, FORGET IT, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS IN IF THIS BILL PASSES. IT MANDATES THE USE OF E-VERIFY, WHICH WILL BE HIGHLY DISRUPTIVE TO RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, AND OTHER INDUSTRIES. AND THE CHANGES IN THE AG WORKER PROVISION ARE JUST A FIG LEAF. THE BILL TRANSFORMS A CIVIL LAW VIOLATION INTO A CRIME SO THAT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, INCLUDING THE PARENTS OF DREAMERS, THE BILL PURPORTS TO HELP, BECOME CRIMINALS OVERNIGHT. IT WOULD ACCELERATE SEPARATION OF KIDS FROM PARENTS WHEN 11 MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS SUDDENLY BECOME SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION. UNDERMINING OUR ASYLUM SYSTEM BY ESTABLISHING IMPOSSIBLY HIGH EVIDENTIARY BURDENS, IT REMOVES PROTECTION, AS I SAID, AND IT DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO'VE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER. INSTEAD, IT FACILITATES PUTTING MOTHERS IN THE CAGES WITH THEIR TODDLERS. SO WHY ARE WE DEBATING A BILL THAT NEARLY EVERYONE, EVEN MANY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THINK IS A TERRIBLE IDEA? I FEAR IT'S BECAUSE VERY EXTREME ELEMENTS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAVE BECOME THE LOUDEST AND THE MOST POWERFUL. I CONTINUE TO HAVE FAITH IN THE GOOD PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE OUT LOUDLY AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY. THEY COULDN'T POLICY. THEY COULDN'T STAND SEEING LITTLE CHILDREN, BABIES AND TODDLERS RIPPED FROM THEIR MOTHER'S ARMS. WE SAW A REVERSAL, BUT IT IS NOT A SOLUTION, BECAUSE LOCKING UP MOTHERS, PUTTING THOSE MOTHERS IN THE CAGES WITH THEIR TODDLERS IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET HATE RED, BIGOTRY, XENOPHOBIA PREVAIL IN THIS COUNTRY. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:35:21 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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            • 12:35:27 PM

              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIRMAN, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,…

              MADAM CHAIRMAN, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ.

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            • 12:35:37 PM

              MR. GUTIERREZ

              THE RE-ELECTION STRATEGY OR EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS TO STAND…

              THE RE-ELECTION STRATEGY OR EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS TO STAND STRONG. WITH A PRESIDENT WILLING TO TAKE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS IN ORDER TO LOOK MEAN AND NASTY AND CRUEL. TO CHILDREN WHO ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES. YOU OWN THAT. THAT IS YOUR CAMPAIGN STRATEGY. AS OF TODAY, REPUBLICANS WANT TO PUT THE CHILDREN IN THE SAME JAILS AS THE PARENTS AND FIGHT TO HOLD THEM INDEFINITELY AND DEMAND WE CHARGE ASYLUM SEEKERS AS CRIMINALS AND JAIL THEM WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THE MORE THAN 2,300 CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THEIR PARENTS AND PUT IN A VAST SYSTEM, SPREAD OVER THOUSANDS OF MILES, WE JUST DON'T KNOW IF THOSE CHILDREN WILL EVER SEE THEIR FAMILIES AGAIN. YOU OWN THAT TOO. THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE CAMPAIGNING ON TO SAVE YOUR JOBS THIS COMING NOVEMBER. TAKING DACA AWAY FROM DREAMERS, THAT'S YOUR POLICY TOO. AND THEN PUTTING BILLS ON THE FLOOR TO CUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND BUILD A WALL, YOUR STRATEGY TO BLAME DEMOCRATS FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING. REPUBLICANS WANT TO BE BOTH THE ARSONIST AND THE FIREFIGHTERS AND YOU CAN'T BE BOTH. I DON'T BLAME SPEAKER RYAN AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE. THEY ARE NOT BAD PEOPLE. THEY ARE BOTH DECENT MEN OF FAITH WHO HAVE BEEN PUT IN POSITION OF DEFENDING POLICIES THAT ARE CRUEL, INHUMANE, AND RUN DEEPLY CONTRARY TO THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE VALUES OF OUR NATION. THIS MUST BE MORALLY WRENCHING FOR THEM, BUT HONESTLY, I HAVE LITTLE SYMPATHY. EACH HAS MADE A DEVIL'S BARGAIN TO TRADE THEIR REPUTATION FOR STEVEN MILLER'S AGENDA AND DONALD TRUMP'S NAME. LEGAL IMMIGRATION, NO. AN ASYLUM POLICY THAT PROTECTS HUMAN POLICIES, NO. DACA TO PROTECT DREAMERS, NO. POLICIES THAT TREATS WIFE BEATING, RAPE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING AS MATTERS FOR US TO PROTECT WOMEN, NO. A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, NO. ALL THEY WANT IS A WALL. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NO LONGER HOME FOR DECENT MEN AND WOMEN OF VALUES, FAITH, AND CONSCIENCE. BOTH ARE LEAVING US WITH ONE LAST COMMITMENT, TO PUT THE NEEDS OF THIS ERRATIC PRESIDENT ABOVE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND ABOVE THE GOOD OF OUR NATION. AT SOME POINT SOMEONE NEEDS TO STOP COMPLIMENTING THE EMPEROR ON HIS NEW SET OF CLOTHES AND START TELLING THE PRESIDENT HE'S NAKED. COVERING HIS REAR END FROM ALL THE LIES, THE DECEIT, AND THE SOULLESSNESS IS NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE.

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            • 12:38:19 PM

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              MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT AND TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 12:38:32 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO…

              MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO RESPOND TO SOME OF THE FALSE CHARGES WE'RE HEARING HERE. FIRST OFF, WITH REGARD TO E-VERIFY, THERE IS A MISCONCEPTION THAT IT'S OUR INTENTION TO MANNEDIFY E-VERIFY TO AGRICULTURE SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE AG ACT, UNDER THAT ACT, E-VERIFY WILL NOT BE MANDATED FOR AGRICULTURE UNTIL THE H-2-C IS PROPERLY UP AND RUNNING AND NO SOONER THAN 24 MONTHS AFTER ENACTMENT OF THE LEGISLATION. IN ADDITION, E-VERIFY WILL ONLY APPLY TO FUTURE HIRES. SECONDLY, I WANT TO RESPOND TO THOSE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE DACA RECIPIENTS IN THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY, VERY CLEAR. WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S LEGAL, SOMETHING THAT'S CONSTITUTIONAL FOR THEM. INSTEAD OF SOMETHING THAT WAS ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IT'S GOING TO BE SUPERIOR IN THIS BILL TO WHAT WAS DONE FOR THEM THERE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN THE UNITED STATES PERMANENTLY. RENEWING EVERY THREE YEARS. ONLY EXCLUDED IF THEY DO NOT MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF EXISTING PATHWAYS TO CITIZENSHIP. IF THEY ARE MARRIED TO A UNITED STATES CITIZEN, AS IT WOULD BE LOGICAL THAT A GREAT MANY OF THESE DACA RECIPIENTS ARE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THEY'VE GROWN UP HERE, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THAT. THEY COULD NOT DO THAT UNDER THE OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDER. SO THIS IS MUCH BETTER THAN HOW THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TREATED THE DACA RECIPIENTS. SECONDLY, UNDER THE AGRICULTURE WORK FORCE, THE STATUS QUO IS SUSTAINABLE FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. WHETHER THE WORK FORCE IS SUSTAINABLE FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. UNDER CURRENT LAW IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES, FARMERS ARE FACING CHRONIC EMPLOYEE SHORTAGES. LAST FALL, THE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF ITS INFORMAL SURVEY OF ITS MEMBERS. THE SURVEY SHOWED 69% OF THOSE SURVEYED WERE EXPERIENCING LABOR SHORTDLS FALLS -- SHORTFALLS. THEY STILL CAN'T FIND ENOUGH WILLING AND QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT PAUL WINGER SAID FARMERS HAVE OFFERED HIGHER WAGES, BENEFITS, AND MORE YEAR-ROUND JOBS. THEY HAVE TRIED TO MECHANIZE OPERATIONS WHERE POSSIBLE AND EVEN CHANGED CROPS OR LEFT GROUND IDLE BUT EMPLOYEE SHORTAGES PERSIST. THE LABOR FORCE STATUS QUO IS SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. CLEARLY, THIS IS NOT A SITUATION THAT'S GOING TO BE SOLVED BY GRANTING PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS TO FARM WORKERS. IN FACT, THAT'S WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE WHAT'S NEEDED. IT WILL NOT DO ANYTHING TO ENSURE THAT FARMERS AND RANCHERS HAVE ACCESS TO THE LABOR THEY NEED FOR YEARS TO COME. IT IS SHORTSIGHTED AND DOES NOT -- AND DOES NOTHING TO RELIEVE EMPLOYERS OF LEGAL FARM WORKERS, OF THE UNNECESSARY BURDENS AND COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE THEY FACE UNDER THE OUTDATED H-26RBINGS-A PROGRAMS. -- H-2-A PROGRAMS. TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEAT AND PRODUCE CONTINUE TO BE GROWN IN AMERICA AND THAT OUR NATION'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIES THRIVES IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE, THE U.S. NEEDS A FLEXIBLE, WORKABLE, FAIR GUEST WORKER PROGRAM LIKE THE H-2-C PROGRAM ESTABLISHED IN THE AG ACT AND CONTAINED IN THE LEGISLATION WE ARE DEBATING RIGHT NOW. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 12:42:17 PM

              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIR PERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE PERSON TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MADAM CHAIR PERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE PERSON TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

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            • 12:42:26 PM

              MR. ELLISON

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND IF FULL…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND IF FULL OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760. FIRST OF ALL, LET ME SAY THAT THE ONLY THING THAT THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER SHOWS IS THAT HE IS WILLING TO RIP FAMILIES APART UNLESS IT COSTS HIM POLITICALLY. IF THERE'S A POLITICAL PRICE TO PAY, THEN HE'LL BACK UP AND TRY TO CONFUSE WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG, AND WE HAVE TO END IT NOW. YOU KNOW, MAKING UNLAWFUL PRESENCE A CRIME IS PROBABLY A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. THIS BILL, THIS BILL MAKES IT DIFFICULT, MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEKING ASYLUM TO COME HERE AND TRY TO GET THEIR CASES ADJUDICATED. THEY'RE RUNNING, IN MANY CASES, FROM THE MOST ABOMINABLE SITUATIONS IMAGINE. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT AMERICA IS A PLACE TO COME TO IF YOU ARE SEEKING REFUGE. TO BUILD THIS WALL, WE WILL NEVER ALLOW THAT. WE WILL NEVER AGREE TO THAT. WE WILL OPPOSE IT WITH EVERYTHING WE CAN. IT'S A SYMBOL OF HATE AND DIVISION. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON EACH SIDE?

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            • 12:43:54 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I'LL RESERVE.

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            • 12:44:01 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I NOW YIELD -- I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

              I NOW YIELD -- I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREA.

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            • 12:44:14 PM

              MR. CORREA

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

              THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN NADLER, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS HIRED TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO COME TO WASHINGTON TO GET THINGS DONE TO FIX PROBLEMS. EARLIER THIS MONTH, WE HAD A DISCHARGE PETITION THAT WE NEEDED TWO MORE SIGNATURES THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY HERE ON THIS FLOOR TO VOTE ON FOUR IMMIGRATION BILLS UNDER THE QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE. ESSENTIALLY THAT MEANS WHATEVER BILL GETS MORE VOTES MOVES AHEAD. AMONG THOSE FOUR BILLS WAS MR. GOODLATTE'S BILL. OF COURSE, ALSO, ONE OF THOSE BILLS WAS THE AGUILAR-HURD BILL THAT WAS A PRODUCT OF BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COMING TOGETHER WORKING ON A SOLUTION. UNFORTUNATELY, WE WEREN'T GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON ALL THESE FOUR BILLS, AND THE CURRENT BILL ON THE FLOOR TODAY DOES NOT OFFER A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS AND, OF COURSE, IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE CURRENT PROBLEM OF REUNITING CHILDREN WHO ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES. . I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, PLEASE REJECT THIS LEGISLATION. I ASK THE SPEAKER TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE AGUILAR-HURD BILL. THANK YOU.

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            • 12:45:36 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. LAB DORE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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            • 12:45:56 PM

              MR. LABRADOR

              THIS BILL PROVIDES THE TOOLS NEEDED TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, EIS…

              THIS BILL PROVIDES THE TOOLS NEEDED TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, EIS CURE OUR BORDERS AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF REFORMING OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WHILE ALSO ENSURING GENEROUS PROTECTION FOR DACA RECIPIENTS. ENFORCEMENT REMAINS KEY TO OUR SYSTEM. WITHOUT ENFORCEMENT, OUR LAWS HAVE LITTLE EFFECT. THIS BILL TARGETS CRIMINAL GANGS, DANGEROUS ALIENS, AND THE SANCTUARY POLICY THAT ALLOW THESE PUBLIC SAFETY THREATS TO THRIVE. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR DACA RECIPIENTS. THEY CAN APPLY TO RECEIVE A THREE-YEAR, INDEFINITELY RENEWABLE VISA SO THEY CAN LIVE AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES FOREVER AS LONG AS THEY ABIDE BY THE LAWS. THIS PERMANENT STATUS GIVES DACA RECIPIENTS MORE SURETY THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TEMPORARY PROGRAM EVER DID. THE BILL WILL FINALLY MAKE GOOD ON OUR COMMITMENT TO GRANT OUR GROWERS AND OTHER WORKERS, A WORKABLE AGRICULTURAL GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. THE LACK OF A RELIABLE SOURCE OF LABOR IN OUR -- WHEN AMERICAN WORK FORCE IS SIMPLY NOT AVAILABLE IS IMPERILING THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. THE H-2-C PROGRAM WILL BE A TRUE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM TO ALLOW THE CURRENT AGRICULTURAL WORK FORCE TO PARTICIPATE ON THE SAME TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS ANY OTHER WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD. THE PROGRAM IS ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU, IT'S A CRITICAL PART OF THIS BILL. FINALLY, IT CLOSES THE LOOPHOLES THAT HAVE ALLOWED FRAUD TO DESTROY THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ASYLUM SYSTEM. BY RAISING THE CREDIBLE FEAR STAN DAND AND SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT FRAUD AND FRIVOLITY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN THE UNITED STATES. S THAT GOOD BILL AND I URGE EVERY MEMBER TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 12:47:59 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN,

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            • 12:48:07 PM

              MRS. LAWRENCE

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE…

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. INSTEAD OF WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER LIKE OPEN RULES COMMITTEE HEARINGS, THIS MEMBERS OF THIS BODY NOW MUST VOTE ON TWO BILLS THAT WILL HURT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES BY WORSENING THE FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS ON THE BORDER AND FUNDING THE BORDER WALL. H.R. 7060 IS A HIGHLIGHT ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL THAT FAILS TO PROVIDE PERMANENT PATH TO CITIZENSHIP IF OUR -- FOR OUR DREAMERS AND MAKES FAMILY REUNIFICATION MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. IT PROVIDES 25 -- IT PROVIDES $25 BILLION FOR THE TRUMP WALL. THIS IS WHY WE'RE GOING TO BE CONFRONTED WITH A FARM BILL THAT CUTS FOOD FOR STARVING AND POOR CHILDREN IN AMERICA. IT WOULD EXPAND THE FAMILY SEPARATION AND HARM CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I KNOW. THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE THAN THAN AN ATTEMPT TO APPEASE ADMINISTRATION AND THE MOST EXTREME --

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              MR. GOODLATTE

              I RESERVE.

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE THE…

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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            • 12:50:14 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND IT CERTAINLY SADDENS…

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND IT CERTAINLY SADDENS ME TO HAVE TO COME AND TO CALL LEGISLATION HARSH. AND CRUEL. FOR IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE SHOULD DO IN A BIPARTISAN AR FRANKLY NONPARTISAN MANNER, IT SHOULD BE A COMPLIMENT TO THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WHICH OVER THE CENTURIES HAS BEEN THE STANDARD BEARER OF THE VALUES AND VIRTUES OF THIS NATION. I'M SADDENED THAT WE HAVE COME TO A POINT, HAVING WORKED ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WITH OUTSTANDING LEADERS LIKE MY RANKING MEMBER, MY CHAIRMAN, THE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING, MS. LOFGREN, FOR MANY YEARS ON REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM. HERE WE ARE TODAY. LET ME TELL YOU WHY I'M OPPOSED TO THIS. IT MAY BE BECAUSE I REPRESENT AMERICANS. AMERICANS WHO ARE IN THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN TEXAS. IT MAY BE BECAUSE WE'RE THE MOST, ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSED CITIES, MAYBE THE MOST DIVERSE CITY IN THE NATION. WE HAVE HAITIANS, FREEM EUROPE, THOSE WHO ARE LATINO, FROM THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRICANS AND MANY, MANY MORE. WE HAVE THOSE FROM EUROPE. HERE'S WHAT THIS BILL WILL DO. IT WILL QUASH ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR MOM AND DAD TO BRING IN EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS, CITIZEN MOM AND DAD TO BRING IN THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. IT ENDS, IT ENDS LEGAL IMMIGRATION OF WHAT WE HAVE CALLED THE VALUES OF AMERICA, FAMILY REUNIFICATION. AT THE SAME TIME, THE UGLY NAME THAT'S BEEN GIVEN TO DIVERSITY VISAS IS NOT TRUE. THOSE WHO COME THROUGH THE DIVERSITY VISA FROM SMALL COUNTRY, SHOULD WE DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SMALL COUNTRIES? HAVE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION AND GO INTO MEDICINE AND SCIENCE AND TRY TO HELP. AND THEN THERE IS NO RELIEF FOR DACA. PEOPLE WHO ARE MILITARY. PARAMEDICS. LAWYERS. TEACHERS. WE ARE DEPENDENT UPON THEM, HAVING GROWN UP HERE, LOVING THE NATION, PLEDGING TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG.

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              MS. JACKSON LEE

              IT IS A SIN AND A SHAME THAT WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION.

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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            • 12:52:39 PM

              MS. YK LEE

              I THANK THE KIND GENTLEMAN. THEN AS WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR DACA, WE…

              I THANK THE KIND GENTLEMAN. THEN AS WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR DACA, WE HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR THE CHILDREN SNATCHED AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES. THE CHILDREN THAT I SAW FOR TWO DAYS IN THE BORDER AT TEXAS. ROGER WHO I HELD IN MY HANDS, MAYBE A 2-YEAR-OLD LIKE THIS WHAT IT DOES IS, IT DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THE CHILDREN, IT DOES NOTHING AFTER 20 DAYS TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEM BECAUSE THE FAKE EXECUTIVE ORDER DOES NOT GO BEYOND 20 DAYS AND FRACKLY WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE 2,000 CHILDREN ARE AND I KNOW THE VALUES OF THE FAITH COMMUNITY IN AMERICA. I'M SADDENED THAT WE HAVE --

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            • 12:53:28 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON.

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            • 12:53:39 PM

              MR. BARTON

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PENDING LEGISLATION…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PENDING LEGISLATION BEFORE US. I BELIEVE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE SHOW THAT WE DO WANT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND I THINK THE GOODLATTE-MCCAL BILL DOES THAT IN A HUMANE -- MCCALL BILL DOES THAT IN A HUMANE WAY. WE HAVE AN ISSUE OF SEPARATION OF CHILDREN THAT'S ARISEN IN THE BORDER THAT THE -- AT THE BORDER IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO. THE TRUMP POLICY IS NOT ANY DIFFERENT ON PAINER THAN THE OBAMA POLICY WAS. WHAT IS DIFFERENT IS THE WAY IT'S BEEN COVERED. AND PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REALIZED THAT SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE DIFFERENTLY AND HAS SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER YESTERDAY TO THAT EFFECT. I PERSONALLY THINK THAT WE OUGHT TO GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL POLICY WHERE IF YOU WANTED POLITICAL ASYLUM YOU APPLIED AT THE EMBASSY OR CONSULATE IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY. IF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN AND YOU MARCH THEM ACROSS THE DESERTS OF MEXICO AND BRING THEM ALL THE WAY TO THE TEXAS BORDER, YOU DO GET A COURT HEARING BUT I WOULD SAY WE GIVE THAT COURT HEARING BACK IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. AND IF WE HAVE TO SEND THEM BACK AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE, WE DEDUCT THE COST FROM EXISTING AID PACKAGES THAT WE'RE GIVING TO THOSE HOME COUNTRIES THAT WAY THEY DON'T HAVE TO COME ALL THE WAY TO THE TEXAS BORDER OR THE CALIFORNIA BORDER OR THE ARIZONA BORDER, THE NEW MEXICO BORDER. IN ORDER TO GET THEIR DAY IN COURT. THEY WAIT IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY AND THEN THEY GET THEIR DAY IN COURT THERE. NOBODY WANTS TO SEPARATE FAMILIES. BUT IT IS THE PARENTS WHO BRING THE CHILDREN WITH THEM. IT'S NOT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT THAT'S FORCING THOSE PARENTS TO TRY TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND BRING CHAIR CHILDREN. THE GOODLATTE BILL FUNDS BORDER SECURITY. IT BEGINS TO SOLVE SOME OF THE ISSUES OF THE LOTTERY SYSTEM. I PERSONALLY THINK IT'S MUCH BETTER TO HAVE A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAN A LOTTERY SYSTEM. WHERE YOU'RE -- YOU JUST HAPPEN TO, LUCK OF THE DRAW, COME INTO THE UNITED STATES CARD. I THINKS THAT GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND I HOPE WE PASS IT.

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              MR. BARTON

              I THANK THE CHAIRMAN.

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              MR. NADLER

              HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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              MR. NADLER

              6 1/2? AND THE OTHER SIDE.

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. CHU.

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              MS. CHU

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CRUEL AND -- CRUEL ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL…

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CRUEL AND -- CRUEL ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL THIS BILL IS SO BAD THEY WANT TO DESTROY LEGAL IMMIGRATION TO THIS COUNTRY. FOR DECADES, OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WERE DISCRIMINATORY, FAVORING NOR DICK AND WESTERN EUROPEANS, RESTRICTING ITALIANS AND JEWS, AND BANNING THE CHINESE COMPLETELY. FINALLY IN 1965, DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, SENATOR TED KENNEDY USHERED IN A FAIRER IMMIGRATION SYSTEM BASED ON FAMILY REUNIFICATION. BECAUSE THIS SYSTEM BRINGS FAMILIES TOGETHER, IMMIGRANT HOUSEHOLDS ARE LESS LIKELY TO RELY ON PUBLIC BENEFITS AND IMGRANTS ARE OFTEN BUYING HOMES AND STARTING BUSINESSES AT A FASTER RATE. NOW WITH THIS BILL REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO UNDO THAT PROCESS AND MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN. WORSE, THEY ARE TEARING FAMILIES APART TO DO THIS WHILE TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS ARE RIPPING PARENTS FROM CHILDREN AT THE BORDER, THEY'RE TRYING TO DO THE SAME THROUGH OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. THIS WAR ON FAMILIES MUST STOP.

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            • 12:57:42 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I CONTINUE TROW SERVE.

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              MR. NADLER

              MADAM SPEAKER, AFTERNOON THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SENT AN ALERT TO…

              MADAM SPEAKER, AFTERNOON THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SENT AN ALERT TO MOVES CONGRESS THAT SAID CUTS TO LEGAL IMMIGRATION IN THIS BILL ARE BAD NEWS FOR STATES. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO.

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            • 12:58:07 PM

              MR. TAKANO

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. IT IS…

              I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. IT IS OBSCENE TO BRING THIS DEEPLY FLAWED BILL TO THE FLOOR WHEN THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR PARENTS. AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE OUTRAGED OVER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS TO SEPARATE FAMILIES AT THE BORDER. AND TRUMP'S ANSWER -- AN EXECIVE ORDER THAT CAGES FAMILIES INDEFINITELY AND WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CHALLENGED IN COURT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS BILL BEFORE US WOULD DO NOTHING TO STOP ANY OF THEM. INSTEAD, IT CRIMINALIZES EVERY UNDOCUMENTED MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN THIS COUNTRY AND SUBJECTS THEM TO THE SAME CRUEL POLICY BEING PLAYED OUT AT OUR BORDER. IT IS SHOCKING WE'RE EVEN CONSIDERING THIS BILL. LET'S BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIST HISTORY. LET'S STOP TEARING FAMILIES APART. LET'S STOP CAGING PEOPLE FLEEING VIOLENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND DEFEAT THIS REPUGNANT BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 12:59:21 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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            • 12:59:29 PM

              MS. LEE

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU TO OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, I RISE…

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU TO OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760. THIS IS AN ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL, PLAIN AND TIMPLE. IT FAILS TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS. IT DISMANTLES FAMILY IMMIGRATION. IT ENDS THE IMPORTANT DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM. IT FUNDS $30 BILLION FOR TRUMP'S BORDER WALL AND FAILS TO ADDRESS THE HORRIBLE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. WHY ARE WE MOVING FORWARD WITH A BILL THAT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE MALICIOUS DETENTION OF FAMILIES SEEKING ASYLUM? A BILL THAT DOES NOTHING TO REYIBET THE 2,300 CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS? THESE POLICIES ARE REALLY A DISGRACE AND STAIN ON OUR COUNTRY. JUST IMAGINE THE HORRORS OF THESE FAMILIES FLEEING VIOLENCE, DOMESTIC ABUSE. BUT WE'RE NOT PROVIDING REFUGEES, NO. OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN RIPPING CHILDREN OUT OF THE ARMS OF PARENTS. WE'RE HOLDING KIDS IN CAGES. AND NOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO LEAVE WHOLE FAMILIES, INCLUDING YOUNG CHILDREN IN JAIL FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME, LOCKING UP KIDS IS CHILD ABUSE. THE VIOLATION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL AND AS MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN CHU SAID, IT IS ABOUT MAKING AMERICA WHITE AGAIN.

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              MR. NADLER

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

              MADAM CHAIRPERSON, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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              MR. GREEN

              THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. THIS BILL DOES MANY THINGS, BUT THE ONE…

              THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. THIS BILL DOES MANY THINGS, BUT THE ONE THING THAT ITNOT DO IS HEAL THE WOUND -- THAT IT DOES NOT DO IS HEAL THE WOUND OF THE SOUL OF AMERICA. IT DOES NOT PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR THESE BABIES TO RETURN HOME TO THEIR PARENTS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT AS BAD AS IT CAN CAN GET IF YOU CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BECOME THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE FOR POLITICIANS. THIS THIS BILL BILL LEGITIMATIZE CHILDREN AS THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE. WE CANNOT PASS IT. WE SHOULD NOT PASS IT. WE MUST RETHINK WHAT WE'RE DOING TO THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:02:22 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

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              RESERVE.

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              MR. NADLER

              HOW MUCH TIME HAS EACH SIDE GOT, MR. SPEAKER. RETHINK WHAT

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            • 01:02:34 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD NOW 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

              I YIELD NOW 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE, MS. LOFGREN.

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            • 01:02:46 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION IN SO MANY WAYS. I…

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION IN SO MANY WAYS. I WISH THAT WE HAD HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN, REASON TOGETHER, AND COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT REALLY SERVES OUR COUNTRY. WE DIDN'T -- THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. HERE'S WHAT THE RESULT WAS. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS JUST REPORTED THAT THE DIDN'T -- THAT CENTER THEY HAVE RELIED ON INDICATES THAT IF THIS BILL BECAME LAW THE U.S. WOULD LOSE $319 BILLION IN G.D.P. THAT WOULD BE THE IMPACT, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, FOR ADOPTING THIS BILL. I WONDER WHAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE REALLY DOING. BY TURNING EVERY UNDOCUMENTED PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY A CIVIL LAW VIOLATION INTO A A CRIME WE'RE NOW CREATING 11 MILLION PROSECUTION OPPORTUNITIES, AT THE SAME TIME "THE WASHINGTON POST" IS JUST REPORTING, AND I QUOTE, THIS IS THE HEADLINE, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL STOP PROSECUTING MIGRANT PARENTS WHO CROSS "THE WASHINGTON POST" IS JUST REPORTING, AND I QUOTE, THIS IS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY WITH CHILDREN, OFFICIAL SAYS. WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WE'RE DOING A BILL THAT WOULD INCARCERATE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN TO PURSUE A POLICY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION NOW SAYS THEY DON'T INTEND TO PURSUE. THE BORDER I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TRUST IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE IT CHANGES DAILY. BUT I WILL SAY -- IF I MAY HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 10 SECONDS.

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            • 01:04:30 PM

              MR. NADLER

              AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY.

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            • 01:04:36 PM

              MS. LOFGREN

              I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO TAKE A STEP…

              I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO TAKE A STEP BACK HERE. YOUR PRESIDENT HAS LEFT YOU OUT ON A LIMB. HE JUST SAWED THAT LIMB OFF FOR A BILL THAT DOES DAMAGE TO THE COUNTRY FOR A POLICY THAT HE NOW IS APPARENTLY ABANDONED. THIS IS A RIDICULOUS SITUATION HERE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:05:04 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE AND I'M THE ONLY REMAINING SPEAKER. I…

              I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE AND I'M THE ONLY REMAINING SPEAKER. I RESERVE.

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            • 01:05:14 PM

              MR. NADLER

              I'M PREPARED TO O CLOSE. HOW MUCH TIME?

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              MR. NADLER

              I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN VIRGINIA TECH.

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              MR. NADLER

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT PACKAGE THAT FAILS TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT PACKAGE THAT FAILS TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS WHILE SLASHING LEGAL IMMIGRATION, CRIPPLING OUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY, CRIMINALIZING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, UNDERMINING PUBLIC SAFETY, AND REMOVING CRITICAL PROTECTION FORCE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. ALL IN ONE UNDOCUMENTED -- PROTECTIONS FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. ALL IN ONE MONSTROUS BILL. THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ANYONE VOTING FOR THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS FOUR MINUTES.

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            • 01:06:01 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FIRST OF…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. FIRST OF ALL, THIS BILL HAS BEEN MISCHARACTERIZED AND WAS JUST, AGAIN. THIS BILL MAKES PROVISIONS FOR WHEN THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE PROSECUTORS SOMEBODY AT THE BORDER. IT DOESN'T TELL THEM WHEN TO DO THAT. SO IT IS ENTIRELY INCORRECT TO MAKE THAT ASSERTION. I SEE THE CONFLICTING NEWS REPORTS ABOUT WHAT THE INTENTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION IS TODAY ON THAT ISSUE. BUT THAT DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOOD MEASURES IN THIS BILL THAT CORRECT THE PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE SPEAKING ABOUT. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT CHILDREN TO BE WITH THEIR PARENTS AND I HAVE JUST SEEN A POLL A FEW A MINUTES A AGO THAT SHOWS THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THEM WANT THOSE CHILDREN DETAINED WITH THEIR PARENTS NOT TO HAVE THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN RELEASED INTO THE INTERIOR OF THEM WANT OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY NEVER RETURN FOR THEIR HEARING. THAT KIND OF OPEN BORDER POLICY SUPPORTED BY THE ADVOCATES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA. AND IT IS NOT GOOD FOR SOUND IMMIGRATION POLICY. WE'RE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. THERE IS NOT A PERSON IN THIS ROOM WHO CAN'T GO BACK A FEW GENERATIONS OR SEVERAL GENERATIONS AND FIND SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY WHO IMMIGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES. WE'RE ALSO A NATION OF LAWS. AND RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW AND FOLLOWING OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR SOCIETY. TO ME WHEN YOU SAY THAT IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO DO BETTER FOR THE DACA RESIPANTS THAN BARACK OBAMA DID, WHERE DO YOU GET -- RECIPIENTS THAN BARACK OBAMA DID, WHERE DO YOU GET THAT IDEA FROM? WHEN YOU SAY WE'RE NOT A GENEROUS COUNTRY WITH REGARD TO IMMIGRATION, AND THIS IS AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL WHEN IT SUSTAINS FAR MORE LEGAL IMMIGRATION THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH, THEY ARE COMPLETELY WRONG. BUT AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE DO THAT, AND WE PROMOTE THAT IN THIS BILL, GOOD LEGAL IMMIGRATION POLICY AND SOMETHING FAIR FOR THE DACA RECIPIENTS, WE MUST ALSO HAVE SECURE BORDERS IN OUR COUNTRY. AND WE MUST GIVE ANY ADMINISTRATION, NOT JUST THIS ONE, THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES, TO SECURE THE IMMIGRATION THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH, BORDER, TO END CRAZY PROGRAMS LIKE THE VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM THAT GIVES 55,000 GREEN CARDS TO PEOPLE JUST BASED ON PURE LUCK. THERE ARE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH THOSE GREEN CARDS TO MOVE TO A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. REJECT THE NEGATIVE IDEAS OF THE OPPOSITION AND MOVE FORWARD WITH A POLICY THAT BOTH DOES SOMETHING IMPORTANT FOR THE DACA RECIPIENTS, BUT ALSO SECURES AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND THE INTERESTS OF OUR CITIZENS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            • 01:10:06 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE FINALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE WE FINALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SECURE OUR BORDERS ONCE AND FOR ALL. BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A COUNTERTERRORISM PROSECUTOR IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. I SAW THE THREATS ALONG OUR BORDER FIRSTHAND. AFTER GETTING ELECTED TO THE HOUSE, THE VERY FIRST BILL I INTRODUCED PUT AN END TO THIS CATCH AND RELEASE SYSTEM. HERE WE'RE IN THIS CHAMBER, 14 YEARS LATER, AND I'M STILL FIGHTING FOR IT. DOING NOTHING SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. AN OPTION. AS WE HAVE A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO FIX THIS YOU PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL FOR SECURING THIS ACT. OUR LEGISLATION WORKS ON THE PRESIDENT'S FOUR PILLARS. IT SECURES THE BORDER BY BUILDING A WALL. ENDS CHAIN MIGRATION. AND THE DIVERSITY LOTTERY. AND PROVIDES A RATIONAL DACA SOLUTION. IT ALSO DEPLOYS NEW THROWING AND -- NEW TECHNOLOGY AND ADDS BOOTS ON THE GROUND. WE MUST MOVE TOWARDS A MORE MERIT-BASED SYSTEM AND NOT A RANDOM SYSTEM. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO PROVIDES, MR. SPEAKER, A LEGAL SOLUTION THAT WILL KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER WHEN THEY CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY. OUR BILL BRINGS A GENERATIONAL CHANGE THAT PREVENTS US FROM REVISITTING THESE PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD. BUT THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT CLOSING LOOPHOLES AND FIXING BROKEN LAWS. BORDER SECURITY IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. VIOLENT GANGS LIKE MS-13, HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, AND SMUGGLERS SNEAKING INTO OUR COUNTRY, INFECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOO MANY LIVES ARE AT RISK. AND OPIOIDS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER. UNFORTUNATELY THE THREATS DO NOT STOP THERE. WE KNOW THAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS ARE TRYING TO EXPLOIT OUR BORDER. THIS WAS MADE CLEAR FROM THE MATERIALS FOUND IN BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND AND FROM PROPAGANDA OUTLETS LIKE INSPIRE MAGAZINE. THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT EVEN STATED THAT PREDECESSORS TO AL QAEDA HAD BEEN EXPLOITING WEAKNESSES IN OUR BURDENER SECURITY SINCE THE 1990'S. IN APRIL, SECRETARY NEILSEN TESTIFIED THAT ISIS HAS ENCOURAGED ITS FOLLOWERS TO CROSS OUR SOUTHWEST BORDER GIVEN THE LOOPHOLES THAT THEY ARE ALSO AWARE OF. WE MUST SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. AND WE MUST SOLVE IT TODAY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE SECURITY THAT THEY HAVE LONG DEMANDED AND DESERVE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:12:59 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R.…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4760, A BILL THAT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE PRESIDENT'S CRUEL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. THIS HARSH ANTI-IMMIGRANT, ANTI-AMERICAN BILL IS THE REALIZATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S CRUEL IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY RHETORIC AND POLICIES. REMEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY USED TO SAY IT WAS THE PARTY OF FAMILY AND BORDER SECURITY VALUES? H.R. 4760 IS FOCUSED ON FAMILIES BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY. IT IS FOCUSED ON SEPARATING FAMILIES, INCARCERATING FAMILIES, AND ELIMINATING PATHWAYS FOR FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION. REMEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY USED IT SAY VALUES? IT WAS THE PARTY OF LAW AND ORDER? WELL, IT DOES TAKE ACTION WITH RESPECT TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY. IT WOULD WITHHOLD HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANTS FROM SO-CALLED SANCTUARY CITIES THAT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY, SEEK TO FOSTER TRUST FROM IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OPPOSE THIS PROVISION BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE THEIR COMMUNITIES LESS SAFE. FOR EXAMPLE, LATINOS IN THREE MAJOR CITIES HAVE BEEN REPORTING FEWER CRIMES SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE, PARTICULARLY AS IT RESULTS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. FINALLY, REMEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY USED TO SAY IT WAS THE PARTY OF FISCAL DISCIPLINE? WELL, NO MORE. IF ENACTED, H.R. 4760 WOULD REQUIRE BILLIONS OF TAXPAYERLE TOARS TO BE WASTED ON THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER WALL, WHICH I SEEM TO RECALL HEARING THAT IT WOULD BE PAID FOR BY THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT. NOW THEY WANT THE TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA TO PAY FOR IT. IT'S ALSO WAIVES PAY-GO SCORECARD. NOW YOU PULL A HAT TRICK. YOU SPEND THE MONEY, BUT YOU DON'T SCORE IT. SO ULTIMATELY IT WON'T SHOW UP IN OUR BUDGET NUMBERS. . SHAME ON YOU. WITH THAT, I URGE A NO VOTE ON H.R. 4760 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:15:43 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY.

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            • 01:15:51 PM

              MS. MCSALLY

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 476, THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT. AS ONE OF ONLY NINE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO REPRESENTS A COMMUNITY ALONG OUR BORDER, I HAVE RECOGNIZED FIRSTHAND THE SECURITY THREATS WE FACE FROM AN UNSECURED BORDER AND THE KISS DIS-- AND THE DYSFUNCTION FF -- DYSFUNCTION OF THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. I HAVE BEEN WORKING PASSIONATELY TO PROTECT ARIZONANS FROM THE POROUS BORDER THIS BILL WHICH WE HAVE BEEN TIRELESSLY WORKING ON SINCE SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR ALONG WITH CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, CONGRESSMAN LABRADOR, REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE BY SECURING THE BORDER, INCLUDING BUILDING A WALL. CLOSING MANY LEGAL LOOPHOLES. ENDING CHAIN MIGRATION. ENDING THE VISA LOTTERY. CRACKING DOWN ON SANCTUARY CITIES AND MS-13 GANGS. AND PROVIDING A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO THE DACA PROGRAM THAT'S REASONABLE AND FAIR AND DOESN'T INCENTIVIZE MORE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN THE FUTURE. THIS IS THE FIRST LEGISLATION ON THESE TOPICS IN THE HOUSE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SUPPORTED. AND WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION IN THE PROCESS TO PROPOSE A THOUGHTFUL SOLUTION TO FIX THESE VERY REAL AND COMPLEX SECURITY AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. LIKE MANY PIECES OF LEGISLATION, THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT. THERE ARE MANY IMPROVEMENTS SUCH AS THE GUARANTEED FUNDING MECHANISM FOR BORDER SECURITY INCLUDING THE WALL AND OTHER TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS WE WORKED ON OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS THAT I SURE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN IN THIS VERSION OF THE BILL ON THE FLOOR. NONETHELESS, I STRONGLY SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT PROPOSAL TO SOLVE THESE VERY SERIOUS ISSUES THAT CONTINUE TO IMPACT COMMUNITIES IN ARIZONA AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. I REMAIN READY TO LEAD AND HELP DELIVER LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THAT HE CAN SIGN INTO LAW. I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES ON THIS OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO SAY THEY CARE ABOUT BORDER SECURITY AND DACA RECIPIENTS TO NOT PLAY POLITIC, VOTE YES ON THIS BILL. I WREELED BACK.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE RETIRED CHIEF OF POLICE OF ORLANDO,…

              I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE RETIRED CHIEF OF POLICE OF ORLANDO, FLORIDA, THE GENTLELADY FROM ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

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              MR. SPEAKER, DURING MY 27 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I FOUGHT MANY THREATS…

              MR. SPEAKER, DURING MY 27 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I FOUGHT MANY THREATS TO OUR FAMILIES, BUT TODAY I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM ASHAMED THAT OUR LEADERS NOW SAY THAT THOSE FAMILIES ARE THE THREAT.

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            • 01:18:40 PM

              MRS. DEMINGS

              FAMILIES SEEKING ASYLUM ARE NOT A THREAT. TODDLERS AND CHILDREN AT THE…

              FAMILIES SEEKING ASYLUM ARE NOT A THREAT. TODDLERS AND CHILDREN AT THE BORDER ARE NOT A THREAT. DREAMERS WHO ARE BROUGHT HERE AS YOUNG CHILDREN, BOTH OF US KNOW, ARE NOT A THREAT. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK WHY IS IT SO EASY TO REJECT THOSE WHO WE BELIEVE ARE DIFFERENT FROM US. WE WILL NOT ALLOW THIS ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE AMERICA A COUNTRY THAT ONLY ACCEPTS THE RICH AND WELL CONNECTED. WHEN WE KNOW BETTER, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BETTER. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, YOU'RE RIGHT, LET'S STOP PLAYING POLITICS. LET'S DO BETTER AND REJECT THIS DANGEROUS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:19:38 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM LOUISIANA, A MEMBER OF THE…

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM LOUISIANA, A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MR. HIGGINS.

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            • 01:19:50 PM

              MR. HIGGINS

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5760. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. I…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5760. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, A SOVEREIGN NATION CAN'T STAND WITHOUT SOVEREIGN BORDERS. I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT WE ARE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 50 SOVEREIGN STATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ELECTED BY CITIZENS OF MEXICO OR ANYTHING RAG WHAT OREL SALVADOR. WE REPRESENT AMERICAN INTERESTS. THIS IS AN AMERICA FIRST BILL. IT SECURES AMERICA'S SOUTHERN BORDERS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO EMBRACE THEIR OATH AND RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE TO THESE CITIZENS THAT DEPEND UPON SOUND, DECISIVE MEASURES FROM THIS BODY. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:20:37 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR COUNTRY…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR COUNTRY BUT WE ALSO RECOGNIZE ITS DIVERSITY AND WE ALL ARE IMMIGRANTS SO LET'S GET OVER IT. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. RIKSE.

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              IT IS A SHAME WE ARE SITTING ON TWO HARMFUL BILLS, WHEN WE KNOW THE BILL…

              IT IS A SHAME WE ARE SITTING ON TWO HARMFUL BILLS, WHEN WE KNOW THE BILL INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES AGUILAR AND HURD HAS THE VOTES TO PASS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.

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            • 01:21:17 PM

              MISS RICE

              THIS BILL WOULD GIVE DACA RECIPIENTS THE STATUS AND SECURITY THEY DESERVE.…

              THIS BILL WOULD GIVE DACA RECIPIENTS THE STATUS AND SECURITY THEY DESERVE. IT WOULD SECURE OUR BORDERS WITHOUT WASTING TAXPAYER MONEY ON A WALL THAT WOULDN'T MAKE US SAFER. THE BILLS BEING CONSIDERED TODAY ARE NOT WHAT MOST AMERICANS WANT. THEY DENY DREAMERS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. THEY DENY OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT THOSE FLEEING POVERTY AND VIOLENCE. AND THEY DO NOTHING TO REYIBET FAMILIES ALREADY TORN APART BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING, TO FINALLY GOVERN AND ALLOW THE BIPARTISAN U.S.A. ACT TO COME TO THE FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. ESTES.

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            • 01:22:07 PM

              MR. ESTES

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURES ACT. MR.…

              I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4760, SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURES ACT. MR. SPEAKER, YOU ARE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. FOR DECADES, ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE OFFERED TEMPORARY FIXES OR CHOSEN TO NOT ENFORCE CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE LAW. HOWEVER, THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOWS A CLEAR DESIRE BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND SECURE OR BORDER. THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT ADDRESSES THESE ISSUES AND PROVIDES NEEDED SOLUTIONS. THE BILL SECURES OUR BORDER BY AUTHORIZING A WULL. PROVIDING NEW BORDER TECHNOLOGY AND PUT MANAGER BOOTS ON THE GROUND. THE BILL REFOCUSES LEGAL IMMIGRATION ON SKILLS THAT ARE NEEDED BY ENDING THE VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM AND CHAIN MIGRATION. IT ALSO PREVENTS FUTURE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BY MANDATING E-VERIFY FOR EMPLOYERS. IMPORTANT FOR MY STATE OF KANSAS, BILL INCLUDES H-2-C AGRICULTURE VISAS TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME TO WORK AND PROVIDE SKILL OURS FARMERS NEED. FINALLY THIS BILL GIVES STABILITY TO CHILDREN BROUGHT HERE ILLEGAL BY PROVIDING A RENEWABLE LEGAL STATUS AS LONG AS RECIPIENTS PAY TAXES AND OBEY THE LAW WITHOUT PROVIDING A SPECIAL PATH TO CITIZEN BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD GET TO JUMP LINE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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            • 01:23:25 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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            • 01:23:36 PM

              MS. JACKSON LEE

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN. I WOULD OFFER TO SAY THOSE GAUT MA…

              I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN. I WOULD OFFER TO SAY THOSE GAUT MA LAN AMERICANS, EL SALVADOR RAN AMERICANS AND THOSE AMERICANS FROM THE COUNTRY OF MEXICO AND OTHERS WHO SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY CERTAINLY REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF THIS NATION. I WOULD OFFER TO SAY THAT SADLY THIS IS THE IMAGE THAT IS AMERICA TODAY. IT IS NOT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. I STAND TO OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE I KNOW AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WE'VE HAD A PLAN THAT WAS BIPARTISAN AND THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR BORDER SECURITY THAT INCLUDED TECH KNOWLEDGE AND BARRIERS. NOW WE HAVE SUCCUMBED TO A PROCESS OF WHICH EVERY GOOD THINKING PERSON HAS TO OPPOSE INCLUDING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. LAW ENFORCEMENT OPPOSE THIS IS PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR, THIS LEGISLATION, IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE IT MAKES COMMUNITIES LESS SAFE. JUST THIS WEEK THE TEXAS SHERIFF DEPUTY WAS ARRESTED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND THREATENING TO DEPORT THE UNDOCUMENTED MOTHER IF SHE REPORTED THE CRIME. GOOD LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS UNDERSTAND THEY NEED TO HAVE PEOPLE REPORT THE CRIME. WE KNOW IT WAS AN IMMIGRANT THAT GAVE US THE POLIO AS WELL AS THE RESEARCHER AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED US GET THE POLIO VACCINE. FINALLY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NOW ARE COMING TO THIS COUNTRY, SNATCHED AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, UNACCOMPANIED YOUNGSTERS AS WELL WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE PROTECTION OF SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS. IT STRIPS SPECIAL PROTECTIONS FROM ABUSED OR ABANDONED CHILDREN. THIS BILL IS A BAD BILL. IT IS NOT AN IMMIGRATION BILL. IT'S A BAD BILL AND IT REALLY IS NOT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:25:26 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. LESTER.

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              MS. LESTER

              THIS IS VITAL LEGISLATION FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA. MY CONSTITUENTS BACK…

              THIS IS VITAL LEGISLATION FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA. MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME KNOW ALL TOO WELL HOW DESPERATELY WE NEED OUR BORDER SECURED. I SIGNED ON AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL BECAUSE IT WILL FUND A WALL AND OTHER PROTECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE, CLOSE THE GAPING LOOPHOLES IN OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, AND FINALLY SECURE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, ENDING THIS PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL.

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            • 01:26:09 PM

              MS. LESKO

              IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT WITH ALL THE RHETORIC COMING FROM MY COLLEAGUES…

              IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT WITH ALL THE RHETORIC COMING FROM MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE, THEY STILL REFUSE TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND WORK TOWARD A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM CANNOT CONTINUE TO BE IGNORED. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND GOODLATTE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS MUCH-NEEDED LEGISLATION AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:26:43 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS…

              THANK YOU, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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            • 01:26:52 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE…

              I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS REPREPARED TO CLOSE.

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            • 01:27:04 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              AS YOU HEARD, H.R. 4760 IS FATALLY FLAWED. WE ARE HERE ONLY TODAY DEBATING…

              AS YOU HEARD, H.R. 4760 IS FATALLY FLAWED. WE ARE HERE ONLY TODAY DEBATING IT BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WAS ESSENTIALLY EXTORTED BY EXTREMISTS WITHIN ITS RANKS. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD BE HERE DEBATING LEGISLATION TO GIVE DREAMERS A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. WE SHOULD BE HERE DEBATING LEGISLATION TO GIVE SAFE HAVEN TO REFUGEES FROM HAITI, EL SALVADOR, SUDAN AND NICARAGUA. WE SHOULD BE HERE DEBATING A MEASURE TO END ZERO TOLERANCE AND FAMILY SEPARATION. EVEN BEFORE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CREATED THIS FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS, AMERICA'S IMAGE WAS SUFFERING THE EFFECTS OF THE TRUMP SLUMP DUE TO THE PRESIDENT'S INFLAMMATORY AND CRUEL IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY POLICIES AND RHETORIC. IN FACT, LAST JUNE, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER RELEASED AN INTERNATIONAL SURVEY THAT CONCLUDED THAT SENTIMENT REGARDING THE U.S. HAD TAKE ANDRAMATIC TURN FOR THE WORSE. WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND SUPPORTERS OF H.R. 4760 DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS THAT WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT IS ITS PEOPLE. BOTH NATIVE BORN AND IMMIGRANTS. LET'S SEND A MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT THAT WE KNOW WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT. LET'S DEFEAT H.R. 4760. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:28:39 PM

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 01:28:47 PM

              MR. MCCAUL

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY, THIS IS A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO GET…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY, THIS IS A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOMETHING DONE THAT WE PROBABLY HAVEN'T GOTTEN DONE IN 25 YEARS. BUT LET ME FIRST SAY THAT I'M A FATHER OF FIVE CHILDREN. I'VE BEEN DOWN TO THE DETENTION CENTERS AND SEEN THESE KIDS DOWN THERE, THESE BABIES. IT'S ONE OF THE MOST, FROM A HUMAN STANDPOINT, ONE OF THE HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES I'VE HAD IN MY LIFETIME. LET ME SAY THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN. IT PROTECT OURS CHILDREN BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A DETERRENT FOR THEM NOT TO COME HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT ALSO KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER. AND DOESN'T SEPARATE THEM AS CURRENT LAW DICTATES. CURRENT LAW DICTATES THIS IF WE DON'T CHANGE THE LAY. LET ME ALSO ADD, I TALKED TO THE SECRETARY TODAY, 10,000 OF THESE 12,000 CHILDREN WHO ARE IN THE DETENTION CENTER CAME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. THAT MEANS 10,000 CAME WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS. AND WHO ARE THEIR GUARDIANS? THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS, THE SMUGGLERS, THE COYOTES. AS THEY MADE THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY FROM CENTRAL AMERICA ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH MEXICO AND INTO THE UNITED STATES. I HAVE SEEN THE HORRORS OF THAT. IN THIS BILL -- THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE THE DETERRENCE TO STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, THEY ARE ABUSED ON THE WAY UP. THAT JOURNEY, THEY ARE ABUSED PHYSICALLY AND SEXUALLY AND DEMORALIZED AND RECRUITED. THAT HAS TO STOP. AND MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL STOP THAT. WITH THAT, I URGE MY SLEEGS -- COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 01:30:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 954, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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            • 01:30:49 PM

              THE CLERK

              TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAW AND FOR OTHER…

              TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND HOMELAND SECURITY LAW AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. .

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            • 01:30:56 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEK RECOGNITION.

            • 01:30:59 PM

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              I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

            • 01:31:01 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              IS THE GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL.

            • 01:31:04 PM

              >>

              IN THE CURRENT FORM.

            • 01:31:05 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES.

            • 01:31:08 PM

              THE CLERK

              MISS LUJAN GRISHAM THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO…

              MISS LUJAN GRISHAM THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. IN SECOND ONE, IN THE HEADING STRIKE TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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            • 01:31:47 PM

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              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPOSE OF THE READING. IS DISPENSED WITH.…

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPOSE OF THE READING. IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION. IF ENACTED THESE POLICIES WOULD UNDERMINE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, HURT BUSINESSES AND WRIP RIP APART COMMUNITIES THROUGH MASS DEPORTATION WHILE TELLING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN DREAMERS THAT THEY CAN ONLY BE A GUEST IN THE COUNTRY, MOST OF THEM HAVE EVER KNOWN, BUT THEY THAT -- BUT THAT THEY WILL NEVER TRULY BE AMERICAN. THE TRUTH IS, THIS BILL IS A POISON PILL RIDDEN EFFORT THAT DOES NOTHING TO GET US CLOSER TO PASSING A BIPARTISAN, NARROW, TARGETED SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS. CONGRESS, THAT'S EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US, HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ADDRESS THIS TRUMP-CREATED CRISIS IN A BIPARTISAN, RAPID, COMPASSIONATE AND MEANINGFUL WAY. THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO. BUT SINCE THE START OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION A DIVISIVE AND TWISTED NARRATIVE HAS BEEN PERPETRATED TO VILLAINIZE, SCAPEFWOTE AND HURT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES. THIS WEEK, THE PAIN OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WAS FELT BY EACH AND EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA THAT HEARD THE TERROR AND CRIES OF CHILDREN BEING TORN FROM THEIR PARENTS. THIS WEEK, WE'VE EXPERIENCED THE HORROR MANY IMMIGRANT FAMILIES FEEL EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND WE'VE SEEN HOW UGLY IT IS TO USE VULNERABLE IMMIGRANT MOTHERS AND FATHERS AS POLITICAL PAWNS BUT WE'VE ALSO SEEN AMERICANS STAND UP FOR THESE FAMILY WELL, SAW THEM REBUKE THE PRESIDENT AND HIS HEINOUS POLICY AND TODAY WE MUST DO THE SAME THING BY STANDING UP FOR DREAMERS. . WE MUST MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITY THAT FIXES THIS TRUMP CREATED DACA CRY SIS. NOT BY VOTE FOR LEGISLATION THAT MAKES IT WORSE. EVERY TIME THAT A BIPARTISAN FIX FOR DREAMERS IS WITHIN OUR REACH, THIS CHAOTIC REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CAVES TO THOSE WHO AIM TO EXPLOIT DREAMERS IN ORDER TO IMPOSE RADICAL CHANGES TO OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. THE PROVISIONS IN H.R. 470 PARTISAN ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILL BETRAY OUR MOST FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN VALUES. IT IS A REFLECTION OF THE ZONE PHOBIC AGENDA OF THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WITH PRIORITIZES BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS ON A WASTEFUL WALL, CUTS LEGAL IMMIGRATION, AND ENDS OUR OBLIGATION TO DREAMERS. THIS IS THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF REPUBLICANS PUTTING TRUMP'S ANTI-IMMIGRANT DEMANDS ABOVE MORAL DECENCY, FAMILIES, DREAMERS, AND THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS INDEFENSIBLE AND IMMORAL THAT THIS HOUSE CONTINUES TO DERAIL BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO PROTECT DREAMERS. THE ANTICS WE'RE WITNESSING ARE WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH THAT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES CAN FIND BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION'S MOST PRESSING ISSUES. BUT AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN THE MINORITY PARTY AT A TIME OF DEEP POLITICAL DIVISION AND INSTABILITY, CONGRESS IN THE TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF I STILL BELIEVE IT'S POSSIBLE FOR US FAMILIES, CHILDREN, AND YOUNG PEOPLE. AND THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING, I'M IMPLORING YOU TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR THE BIPARTISAN DREAM ACT THAT UPHOLDS OUR VALUES AND FULFILLS OUR PROMISE TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 01:36:26 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION.

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            • 01:36:31 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

            • 01:36:34 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

            • 01:36:36 PM

              MR. GOODLATTE

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS EFFORT TO DISTRACT US FROM THE MAJOR PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT ONLY, ONLY DEALS WITH AMNESTY FOR A FAR LARGER POPULATION OF PEOPLE THAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT TO HAVE ADDRESSED. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THE DACA RECIPIENTS OR PEOPLE WHO ARRIVED HERE AT YOUNG CHILDREN BEFORE JUNE 15, 2007. THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH THE SURGE OF PEOPLE AT THE BORDER OF OUR COUNTRY. IT DOES NOTHING TO CREATE NEW BORDER SECURITY, TECHNOLOGY, PERSONNEL THAT ARE NEEDED, JUDGES IN COURTROOMS TO PROCESS THE HUGE NUMBER, THE 600,000 BACKLOG OF AMNESTY CASE THAT IS WE HAVE. THIS DOES NOTHING TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES THAT ARE AA LOUG PEOPLE TO ENJOY WHAT'S CALLED CATCH AND RELEASE, WHERE THEY COME INTO THE COUNTRY, SOME EVEN TURN THEMSELVES IN KNOWING THAT ULTIMATELY THEY ARE GOING TO BE RELEASED INTO THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES. WE NEED TO GIVE THE ADMINISTRATION THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO STOP THIS PROBLEM. AND IT'S NOT A NEW PROBLEM. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTED A NUMBER OF THE CHANGES THAT ARE IN THIS BILL WITH REGARD TO CLARIFYING THINGS LIKE THE TERRIBLE FLORES DECISION WHICH IS AT THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM WE HAVE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. WE FIX THOSE THINGS IN THIS LEGISLATION. YET THIS WOULD SUBSTITUTE ALL OF THAT FOR SOMETHING THAT IS JUST TARGETED AT WHAT THE OTHER PARTY WANTS TO DO. THEY CALL UPON US TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. THIS BILL ADDRESSES ALL OF THE AREAS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. THEY GIVE LIP SERVICE TO THE OTHER AREAS, BUT THEY DO NOT ADDRESS THEM. THIS IS PROOF OF THAT BY THE FACT THAT IT ONLY DEALS WITH AMNESTY. WE NEED TO HAVE A MOVEMENT TO A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE NEED TO END THE TERRIBLE VISA LOTTERY SYSTEM, WHICH IS A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM AND WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT BENEFIT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. WE NEED TO MOVE FROM CHAIN MIGRATION TO A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TREAT THE DACA RECIPIENTS BETTER THAN THEY ARE TREATED UNDER THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL OBAMA PROCESS, BUT NOT AT THE COST OF NOT DOING THE OTHER THREE PILLARS THAT WE'RE SEEKING TO ADDRESS. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE BORDER SECURITY WE NEED TO END THE VISA LOTTERY AND MOVE TO A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM. WE NEED TO END CHAIN MIGRATION. IT ALSO DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING ABOUT-B E-VERIFY OR HELPING A MILLION AGRICULTURAL GUEST WORKERS WHO WANT TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY LEGALLY AND THE FARMERS WHO WANT TO HAVE A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS THEM TO DO THAT LEGALLY. THIS IS THE BILL THAT WE NEED TO PASS NOT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION.

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            • 01:39:47 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

              DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SRDOOED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION, SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION --

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            • 01:40:01 PM

              MISS LUJAN GRISHAM

              I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

            • 01:40:03 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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