The House Will Convene At 10:00 AM Today
House Session - June 21, 2018

The House defeated the Goodlatte-McCaul immigration bill and debated the rule for a compromise immigration bill. Members also passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill.

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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

                  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 THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THIS IS A 15-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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                • 02:05:32 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 191. THE NAYS ARE 234. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 191. THE NAYS ARE 234. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED.

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            • 02:05:38 PM

              House Vote 281 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

              Transnational Criminal Organization Illicit Spotter Prevention and Elimination Act

              Failed (191 - 234)
              Yea
              Nay

              Vote Details: Yea - 191
              Democratic - 191

              Vote Details: Nay - 234
              Republican - 234

              • 02:05:45 PM

                On passage Roll Call 282 - Recorded vote pending.

                • 02:05:53 PM

                  MR. NADLER

                  ON THAT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                • 02:05:56 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. 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 IS 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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                • 02:12:57 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 193. THE NAYS ARE 231. THE BILL IS NOT PASSED.…

                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 193. THE NAYS ARE 231. THE BILL IS NOT PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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            • 02:13:08 PM

              House Vote 282 - House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Immigration Bill, 193-231

              Transnational Criminal Organization Illicit Spotter Prevention and Elimination Act

              Failed (193 - 231)
              Aye
              No

              Vote Details: Aye - 193
              Republican - 193

              Vote Details: No - 231
              Democratic - 190
              Republican - 41

              • 02:13:10 PM

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

                • 02:15:03 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION.

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              • 02:15:18 PM

                Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 953 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6136) to amend the immigration laws and provide for border security, and for other purposes."

                • 02:15:23 PM

                  MR. NEWHOUSE

                  BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 953,…

                  BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE.

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                • 02:15:31 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE CLERK WILL REPORTED RESOLUTION.

                • 02:15:34 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 156. HOUSE RESOLUTION 953. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

                  HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 156. HOUSE RESOLUTION 953. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 6136, TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND PROVIDE FOR BORDER SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY 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.

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                • 02:16:32 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE…

                  THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLES. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE SEATS, REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. MEMBERS IN THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATIONS. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS IN THE REAR OF THE CHAMBER AND STAFF PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATIONS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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            • 02:17:58 PM

              DEBATE

              The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 953.

              • 02:18:04 PM

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                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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              • 02:18:25 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE…

                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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              • 02:18:32 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 02:18:37 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                ON WEDNESDAY, THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE, HOUSE…

                ON WEDNESDAY, THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE, HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6136, THE BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT. THIS LEGISLATION DEMONSTRATES A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, ONE IN WHICH WE CAN CHOOSE TO, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, MAKE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR NATION'S BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN IN THIS BODY FOR JUST ABOUT 3 1/2 YEARS AND THROUGHOUT THAT PERIOD OF TIME AND EVEN BEFORE, AS I WAS WORKING TO BECOME A CONGRESSMAN, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CLEAR WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON THAT FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS A TOP PRIORITY. ONE THAT I BELIEVE MY DISTRICT, OUR CONSTITUENT, AND THE ENTIRE NATION DESPERATELY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN BARELY HEAR MYSELF.

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              • 02:19:51 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.…

                THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. PEOPLE IN THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER, PLEASE CEASE CONVERSATIONS. ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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              • 02:20:22 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                WITH THE RULE WE BRING FORWARD TODAY, I CAN LOOK MY CONSTITUENTS IN THE…

                WITH THE RULE WE BRING FORWARD TODAY, I CAN LOOK MY CONSTITUENTS IN THE EYE AND WITH CERTAINTY I CAN TELL THEM I BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION, THE UNDERLYING BILL, THIS CONSENSUS LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US, IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY THIS BODY HAS HAD IN MANY, MANY YEARS, IN FACT, DECADES, TO GET SOMETHING SIGNED INTO LAW AND TO MAKE A TRUE, LASTING, SUBSTANTIVE DIFFERENCE TO IMPROVE OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT MAY NOT BE PERFECT, FEW BILLS ARE. BUT H.R. 6136, THE BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT INCLUDES SEVERAL MAIN TENETS TO ADDRESSING OUR IMMIGRATION CRISIS. I SHOULD ADDS THE ONLY BILL, THE ONLY BILL THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING WHICH INCLUDES ALL FOUR PILLARS THAT THE PRESIDENT ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS HAS STATED MUST BE A PART OF ANY LEGISLATION THAT HE WILL SIGN INTO LAW. FIRST, LEGISLATION INCLUDES DESPERATELY NEEDED APPROPRIATIONS FOR BORDER SECURITY. THE BILL APPROPRIATES FUNDING FOR FURTHER CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL AS WELL AS TECHNOLOGY, PERSONNEL, AND MODERNIZATION OF OUR PORTS OF ENTRY. OUR BORDER SECURITY SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND MUST BE FIXED. SO I WOULD LOOK TO MY FELLOW CONSERVATIVES AND SAY, THIS IS OUR ONE SHOT TO GET THIS DONE. THIS IS OUR ONE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE UP TO THE COMMITMENT WE GAVE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS WHEN WE SAID WE WOULD SECURE OR BORDERS. MR. SPEAKER, I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS OUR ONLY CHANCE AND WE CAN'T WASTE, WE CAN'T QUANDER IT. LET'S GET OUR BORDER SECURED ONCE AND FOR ALL AND KEEP OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR PEOPLE. IT ALSO INCLUDES A DESPERATELY NEEDED SOLUTION FOR THE DACA POPULATION. I'VE SHARED WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TIME AND TIME AGAIN, I HAVE THE SECOND HIGHEST NUMBER OF DACA RECIPIENTS IN MY DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON OUT OF THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE. A FULL THIRD OF WASHINGTON STATE'S DACA POPULATION LIVES IN MY DISTRICT OF CENTRAL WASHINGTON. I CAN TELL YOU I'VE MET WITH LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THEM, INCLUDING JUST THIS WEEK, MONDAY AFTERNOON, I MET WITH ABOUT A HALF BUZZEN OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. THEY'RE SMART. HARDWORKING. RESPECTFUL. CARING MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULD BE PROUD TO CALL YOUR OWN CONSTITUENTS. I AM PROUD THAT THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES THEM WITH THE CERTAINTY THAT THEY NEED SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD WITH THEIR EDUCATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL ENDEAVORS AND CONTINUE TO BE PRODUCTIVE, UPSTANDING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY TOLD ME THEY WANTED? AND THAT THEY NEED? THEY WOULD LIKE HOPE. WE CAN GIVE TOYOTA THEM WITH THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ALSO IMPORTANTLY ADDRESSES THE TERRIBLE SITUATION WE'VE ALL BEEN WITNESSING REGARDING FAMILY SITUATION -- FAMILY SEPARATION AT THE BORDER. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PATIENTS. WE CAN ENFORCE OUR LAWS AND ENFORCE OUR BORDER WHILE ALSO KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER. THE SITUATION HAS SHOWN ONE MORE BROKEN PIECE OF AN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT IS NOT WORKING FOR ANYONE. AND ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT SHOWS WHY REFORM IS SO DESPERATELY NEEDED. IT MAKES CLEAR THAT MINORS AT THE BORDER MUST REMAIN WITH THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SHARE AN EXCERPT THAT COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW THAT I JUST WATCHED WITH ONE OF OUR BORDER PATROL AGENTS, A MR. CHRIS AGRARA. IF I MAY QUOTE HIM, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HAD THE SITUATION GOING ON FOR FOUR YEARS NOW. AND FOR SOME REASON WE HAVE NOT FIXED IT. I DON'T THINK YOU CAN NECESSARILY BLAME IT ON ONE ADMINISTRATION OR ANOTHER. IT HASN'T BEEN FIXED AND IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THIS BEACON OF, WE'LL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR YOU AND LET YOU COME ILLEGALLY INTO THE COUNTRY. IF YOU HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE STUFF WE'VE SEEN DOWN HERE YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND JUST HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE A TOUGH STANCE TO DIVERT PEOPLE FROM COMING HERE. WHEN YOU SEE A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH A PLAN-B PILL, HER PARENTS PUT HER ON BIRTH CONTROL BECAUSE THEY KNOW GETTING VIOLATED IS PART OF THE JOURNEY. THAT'S A TERRIBLE WAY TO LIVE. WHEN YOU SEE A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL TRAVELING COMPLETELY ALONE WITH JUST HER PARENT'S -- HER PARENT'S PHONE NUMBER WRITTEN ACROSS HER SHIRT, YOU KNOW SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. WE HAD A 9-YEAR-OLD BOY LAST YEAR HAVE A HEAT STROKE AND DIE IN FRONT OF US WITH NO FAMILY AROUND. THAT'S BECAUSE WE'RE ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SYSTEM. SO LET'S BE HONEST HERE. IF WE WANT THIS LAW CHANGED, THEN THAT'S ON CONGRESS. THAT'S ON NOBODY ELSE BUT CONGRESS. THEY NEED TO GET TO WORK AND CHANGE THE LAW, END QUOTE. SO I WOULD RESPECTFULLY CHALLENGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ESPECIALLY, DO NOT JOIN SENATOR SHUMER WHO SAYS THERE'S NO NEED FOR A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. THERE IS A NEED. I URGE YOU TO REJECT MUCH OF THE RHETORIC THAT I'VE HEARD ON THE FLOOR JUST TODAY. REJECTING FUNDING FOR BORDER SECURITY. IT CAN BE EASY TO MAKE THIS A POLITICAL AND REFUSE TO MOVE A SOLUTION FORWARD THAT ACTUALLY HAS A CHANCE OF BEING SIGNED INTO LAW IN AN EFFORT TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. THAT'S REALLY EASE BY. BUT THIS IS JUST TOO IMPORTANT. CONGRESS CAN LEGISLATE ON THIS. CONGRESS MUST LEGISLATE ON THIS. AND WITH THIS BILL BEFORE US, WE CAN FIX THIS. NOW TO ME, SOMETHING IMPORTANT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT ADDRESS IS THE DESPERATE NEED FOR A RELIABLE, EFFICIENT, AND FAIR PROGRAM FOR AMERICAN FARMERS TO ACCESS A LEGAL, STABLE SUPPLY OF WORKERS. OUR BROKEN H-2-A'S AND GUEST WORKER PROGRAM HAS HOBBLED MUCH OF THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY FROM OBTAINING A RELIABLE WORK FORCE. CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN A STEADFAST ADVOCATE FOR REFORMING THIS SYSTEM AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS DEDICATION TO THIS MATTER OVER THE YEARS AN I'M HEARTENED BY THE COMMITMENT THE SPEAKER AS WELL AS THE MAJORITY LEADER HAVE GIVEN TO ME AND OTHERS FOR A STAND ALONE VOTE ON AGRICULTURAL WORK FORCE LEGISLATION BEFORE THE AUGUST RECESS. I PLEDGE TO CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE TO WORK WITH HIM AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THAT LEGISLATION. SO WHILE THIS BILL DOES NOT FIX EVERY BROKEN ASPECT OF OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, IT DOES TAKE A MAJOR CONSENSUS-BASED STEP TOWARD ADDRESSING SEVERAL MAIN COMPONENTS, INCLUDING PROVIDING CERTAINTY FOR DACA RECIPIENTS AND FINALLY SECURING OUR BORDER ONCE AND FOR ALL. HONESTLY, MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE ASKING ME A PRETTY HARD QUESTION, WHY ISN'T THIS BILL BIPARTISAN? WHY AREN'T ANY DEMOCRATS SUPPORTING IT? I CAN'T -- I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT IT MAY BE AS SIMPLE AS THIS. BECAUSE IT IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT WILL SIGN INTO LAW. EVEN THOUGH IT PROVIDES CERTAINTY FOR THE DACA POPULATION, WHICH WE ALL WANT, EVEN THOUGH IT ADDRESSES THE TERRIBLE SITUATION WITH FAMILY SEPARATION AT THE BORDER, WHICH I HEAR IS SOMETHING EVERYBODY WANTS TO FIX. ANYTHING THAT ACTUALLY FULFILLS THE PRESIDENT'S GOAL OF SECURING THE BORDER MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES SEEMINGLY REFUSE TO VOTE FOR. I DON'T ENGAGE IN HYPERBOLE. I DON'T THINK THAT IS USEFUL BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S HIE HYPERBOLIC TO SAY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES MAY NOT WANT TO SECURE OR BORDER OR ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. THAT'S WHAT I SEE. IT'S CLEAR TO ME THEIR DESIRE TO NOT GIVE THE PRESIDENT A, QUOTE, WIN, IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEIR DESIRE TO ACTUALLY FIX AND FIND A SOLUTION TO THESE ISSUES. MR. SPEAKER, COMPROMISE IS HARD. IT'S TOUGH STUFF. CONSENSUS IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT. BOTH OF THESE THINGS SEEM TO HAVE BECOME FOUR LETTER WORDS. THE SAME GOES FOR COOPERATION AND NEGOTIATION. BUT THESE ARE VALUES THAT I AND MANY OF US HAVE TRIED TO ESPOUSE AS WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER WITH COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THESE MANY MONTHS TO FIND A SOLUTION TO DACA WHILE ALSO SECURING OUR BORDER. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE SHOULD ALL BE OPERATING UNDER ONE REALITY. ONE THING THAT MAYBE SOMEBODY DON'T WANT, SOME PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO ACCEPT OR ADMIT, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT WHAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN ANY BILL IN ORDER TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW, HE HAS TOLD US WHAT HE NEEDS. NOW I'VE ACKNOWLEDGED THIS AND ADMITTED IT MAY BE EASIER FOR SOME OF US TO ADMIT THAN OTHERS BUT THAT IS THE REALITY. MY COLLEAGUES REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT THE PRESIDENT'S TOP PRIORITY OF SECURING THE BORDER, THEN CONSENSUS, MR. SPEAKER IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE. . I BELIEVE OUR PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN GOOD FAITH WILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE ON AN ISSUE OF DACA. HE'S COME A LONG WAY. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT SAME GOOD FAITH EFFORT COMING FROM ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES. IT'S DISAPPOINTING. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REFUSE TO WORK WITH US TO TRY TO FIND A SOLUTION HERE. MR. SPEAKER, HISTORY WILL BE OUR GREATEST JUDGE. IT IS ALWAYS EASY TO SAY NO. BUT I WILL ALWAYS STRIVE TO GET TO YES FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR NATION'S FUTURE. THERE IS SIMPLY TOO MUCH -- FOR TOO MUCH FOR US NOT TO WORK AS HARD AS WE CAN CAN TO GET TO LESS. THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY DESERVE NOTHING LESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:31:28 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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              • 02:31:32 PM

                MR. POLIS

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

              • 02:31:35 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 02:31:36 PM

                MR. POLIS

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M STRONGLY AGAINST THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'M STRONGLY AGAINST THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WE HAVE A HUMAN RIGHTS CATASTROPHE ON OUR HANDS. IN LESS THAN 90 DAYS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS RIPPED 2,500 CHILDREN OUT OF THEIR PARENTS' ARMS. I'M THE FATHER OF A 3-YEAR-OLD AND A 6-YEAR-OLD. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO HAVE THEM TAKEN TO PARTS UNKNOWN, PERHAPS EVEN LOCKED IN A CAGE, NOT KNOWING, NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM. THIS WAS A CONSCIOUS DECISION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS MADE TO SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM PARENTS. IT WAS NOT THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT OF THE LAW, IT WAS NOT THE WAY THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IMPLEMENTED THE LAW, IT WAS NOT THE WAY PRESIDENT TRUMP IMPLEMENTED THE LAW UNTIL 90 DAYS AGO. BUT THEN PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE THIS MEAN-SPIRITED DECISION TO LITERALLY TAKE LITTLE CHILDREN, EVEN BABIES, AWAY FROM THEIR MOTHERS. IN OUR COUNTRY TO PLACE INNOCENT CHILDREN IN FACILITIES THAT HAVE MATS ON THE FLOOR OR THERMAL BLANKETS FOR WARMTH AWAY FROM A LOVING EMBRACE OF A MOM OR DAD. THE PRESIDENT CALLED THIS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. IT WAS SIMPLY THE ONLY REASON THAT THESE FAMILIES THAT ARE FLEEING TO THE U.S., WHO ARE TRYING TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN SAFE, ARE BEING TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS AND HAVING THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM. COMMINCH CHILDREN -- CHILDREN ARE BEING MOVED AROUND THIS COUNTRY FASTER THAN THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT CAN EVEN TRACK. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT HAS A HISTORY OF LITERALLY LOSING CHILDREN, LOSING TRACK OF THEM, WHILE THEY ARE IN CUSS -- CUSTODY. NOW THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE YOUNG INNOCENT LIVES. YOUNG CHILDREN ARE BEING PLACED WITH HOST FAMILIES AS FAR AWAY FROM THE BORDER AS MICHIGAN, WASHINGTON. PARENTS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEIR CHILDREN ARE. AND YOUNG CHILDREN ARE SIMPLY TERRIFIED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVING MOM AND LOVING DAD AND HOW OUR COUNTRY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA COULD BE COMPLICIT IN SEPARATING THEM FROM THE ONLY PARENTS THEY KNOW. THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR OUR NATION, AND IT MUST END. IT'S OFFENSIVE WHEN THESE BILLS BEFORE US ARE TALKED ABOUT AS CONSENSUS OR COMPROMISE WHEN NO DEMOCRATS WERE INVOLVED. IT MAY BE A CONSENSUS BETWEEN FAR RIGHT REPUBLICANS AND RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS, BUT IT'S NOT A CONSENSUS AMONG MODERATES, INDEPENDENTS, OR A SINGLE DEMOCRAT. WHEN IT COMES TO CARING ABOUT THESE KIDS, I KNOW MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CARE AS WELL. SO SHOW IT BY SUPPORTING A TRUE COMPROMISE BILL LIKE THE DREAM ACT, LIKE OTHER BILLS THAT WE HAVE HAD BEFORE US, LIKE COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, THAT OF COURSE WILL GET VOTES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR OUR COUNTRY. THERE ARE LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES FOR THIS SHORTSIGHTED POLICY. THE VERY ACT OF SEPARATING A FAMILY HAS TRAUMATIC AND LONG LASTING IMPACT FOR YOUNG GIRLS LIKE THIS. TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR MOM AND DAD, THEIR CULTURE, THEIR SUPPORT SYSTEM. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE THE TOOLS AT A YOUNG AGE TO PROCESS WHAT'S GOING ON OR THE TRAUMA OR THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION. ONE COLORADO PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DOCTOR TREATING CHILDREN REMOVED FROM THEIR PARENTS SAID, QUOTE, THE CHILDREN CLUNG SO TIGHTLY AND COMPLETELY TO THEIR FOSTER MOTHERS BOTH AT THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND AT HOME THAT THEY WERE LITERALLY UNABLE TO PUT THEM DOWN. THEY WERE TERRIFIED THEIR WORLD WOULD BE BROKEN FOR A SECOND TIME. END QUOTE. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS CREATING A GENERATION OF THOUSANDS OF KIDS, MANY OF WHOM WILL GROW UP IN OUR COUNTRY, WHOSE FIRST AND SOMETIMES MOST FORMATIVE MEMORIES IS SOMEBODY WEARING THE BADGE OR FLAG OF OUR COUNTRY TEARING THEM APART FROM THEIR MOTHER OR THEIR FATHER. WHILE THEY ARE SCREAMING, WHILE THEY ARE CRYING OUT IN THE VOID OF A FLUORESCENTLY LIT WAREHOUSE FUNDED BY YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS. ACCORDINGLY, THE OFFICE OF REF FEW -- REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, MANY OF THE CHILDREN REMAIN IN THE SHELTERS 57 DAYS ON AVERAGE. IT'S FURTHER DISTURBING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD WILLINGLY PULL FAMILIES APART AND NOT HAVE ANY PLAN FOR REUNITING THEM. EVEN WITH THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER, NO PLANS TO UNITE THE OVER 2,500 CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN TORN APART FROM THEIR PARENTS. ACCORDING TO THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF I.C.E., THESE FAMILY SEPARATIONS MAY BECOME PERMANENT, LITERALLY LEAVING HUNDREDS OF KIDS HERE IN THE U.S. LEFT IN AN ALREADY STRESSED AN UNDERFUNDED CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM, WHERE THEY LITERALLY HAVE A MOM OR DAD FULLY CAPABLE OF GIVING THEM CARE AND LOVING THEM, THAT HAS BEEN FORCIBLY SEPARATED FROM THEIR OWN YOUNG CHILDREN. MY OFFICE HAS BEEN FLOODED WITH CALLS. I KNOWS YOURS HAS, TOO, MR. SPEAKER. SOME CALLERS CRYING ON THE OTHER END DEMANDING WE DO SOMETHING. YET INSTEAD OF ENSURING WE PROVIDE RESOURCES FAMILIES NEED AND REUNITE THEM AND HEAL THE TRAUMA, INSTEAD THE REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR PARTISAN BILLS THAT WOULD DETAIN FAMILIES INDEFINITELY AND CRIMINALIZE EVEN MORE IMMIGRANTS. BUT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN A BROKEN, FAILING, UNACCOUNTABLE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. ON THAT WE AGREE. SO PLEASE, BEGIN THE DISCUSSIONS OF COMPROMISE, OF CONSENSUS. THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOURSELVES, REPUBLICANS. YOU CONTROL THIS BODY. YOU GET TO SAY WHAT WE VOTE ON. IT MEANS INVOLVE CARING INDEPENDENT, UNAFFILIATED DEMOCRATS, MOMS AND DADS, THE FAITH COMMUNITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. DON'T JUST HAVE THIS DISCUSSION BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND COME OUT WITH EVEN MORE DRACONIAN MEASURES THAT TEAR EVEN MORE FAMILIES APART. SO INSTEAD OF BRINGING TWO BILLS TO THE FLOOR THAT HAVE WIDESPREAD OPPOSITION EVEN IN YOUR OWN PARTY, REPUBLICANS FAILED TO PASS THEIR OWN BILL, THERE ARE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS THAT WOULD NOT ONLY PASS THE HOUSE, BUT WOULD GET A LARGE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE. WE CAN COULD PROBABLY GET TO 2/3 OF THIS HOUSE VOTING FOR COMPASSION AND LOVE IF WE ONLY WERE WILLING TO TRY. BILLS THAT TRULY BALANCE AND INCLUDE BORDER SECURITY AND SAFETY. AND THE VALUES OF OUR COUNTRY SO WE KNOW THAT WE AS AMERICANS AND AS TAXPAYERS ARE BORDER NOT COMPLICIT IN TEARING A YOUNG GIRL'S WORLD APART. IN CONGRESS WE OFTEN ARGUE ON POLICY ISSUES. I RESPECT MR. NEWHOUSE, MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON. AND I WOULD TELL HIM THAT WHAT A COMPROMISE MEANS, MR. NEWHOUSE, IS NOT YOU COMPROMISING WITH STEVEN MILLER, IT MEANS YOU COMPROMISING WITH LUIS GUTIERREZ, OR ZO LOFGREN, OR ME, OR THE FAITH COMMUNITY. IT'S NOT A COMPROMISE WHEN REASONABLE PEOPLE LIKE MR. NEWHOUSE AND MR. CURBELO GO IN A A BACKROOM AND HAVE THE REASON BEATEN OUT OF THEM BY HATEFUL FEAR MONGERING THAT IS FRANKLY UN-AMERICAN. LOOK, I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO IMAGINE THAT THESE CHILDREN WERE THEIRS, BECAUSE THEY ARE OURS. THEY ARE OUR WARDS. THEY ARE IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. WE NEED TO REJECT THIS RULE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS HEARTLESS, INHUMANE BILL, AND BEGIN A TRUE PROCESS OF COMPROMISE AND CONSENSUS THAT CAN CAN SECURE OUR BORDERS, FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, UNITE FAMILIES, RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW, AND REFLECT OUR VALUES AS AMERICANS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 02:40:03 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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              • 02:40:07 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST FOR ONE MINUTE I'D LIKE TO REMIND THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST FOR ONE MINUTE I'D LIKE TO REMIND THE GENTLEMAN THAT THE DREAM ACT THAT HE SAYS IS SUPPORTED BY MANY PEOPLE ON THIS CHAMBER WOULD DO NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE THAT'S HAPPENING AT THE BORDER RIGHT NOW. THE ONLY PIECE OF LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IS THE BILL THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US, H.R. 6136, IF WE PASS THAT WOULD SOLVE THAT SITUATION NOW. I'M VERY PROUD AT THIS POINT, MR. SPEAKER, TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GOOD LADY FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE.

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              • 02:40:38 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

              • 02:40:41 PM

                MRS. LOVE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE PAST FEW YEARS WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN THE PAST FEW YEARS WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PRESENTED WITH FALSE CHOICES. BETWEEN FOLLOWING THE RULE OF LAW OR SHOWING COMPASSION TO PEOPLE IN NEED. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING BORN IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT I GREW UP WITH PARENTS WHO FACED THE HARDSHIPS OF LIVING UNDER A DICTATORSHIP. THEY CAME TO AMERICA HOPING THAT THE PEACE AND OPPORTUNITY THEY HEARD ABOUT REALLY DID EXIST. THEY WORKED HARD JOBS SCRUBBING TOILETS. THEY LEARNED OUR LANGUAGE, STUDIED OUR HISTORY, LEARNED OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, AND OUR CONSTITUTION. AND AFTER MANY YEARS, WHEN THEY FINALLY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TAKING THE OATH OF CITIZENSHIP AND PLEDGING THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG, THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE SAYING AND THEY MEANT EVERY WORD OF IT. THEY WERE NOT JUST ENJOYING THE BLESSINGS OF WHAT THIS COUNTRY HAD TO OFFER, BUT THEY WERE WILLING TO TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT CAME WITH IT. THEY GAVE ME AN APPRECIATION FOR THIS GREAT NATION AND TOLD ME EVERY DAY THAT I WAS BLESSED TO BE BORN IN IT. I URGE EVERYONE TO ATTEND A NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AND SEE THE JOURNEY AND SACRIFICES THAT PEOPLE HAVE MADE TO ACHIEVE CITIZENSHIP. I THINK EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD TAKE THAT OATH OF ALLEGIANCE. THE GOAL OF ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM SHOULD BE ABOUT FAMILY, SAFETY, ECONOMIC, AND COMMUNITY STABILITY. THE PRACTICE OF SEPARATING LOVING FAMILIES FROM THEIR CHILDREN AT THE BORDER IS HEARTBREAKING TO WATCH. WHICH IS WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT THIS BILL. WE'RE A NATION OF LAWS. WE SHOULD PROVIDE LAWS THAT CREATE CERTAINTY ABOUT THE FATE OF THESE FAMILIES. ALTHOUGH H.R. 6136 IS NOT A PERFECT BILL FOR EVERYONE, IT DOES END THE PRACTICES THAT MAKE IT EASIER TO BE HERE ILLEGALLY THAN IT IS TO BE HERE LEGALLY. AND IT HITS A SWEET SPOT, ALLOWING US BOTH TO FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW AND SHOW COMPASSION TO THOSE WHO SEEK FREEDOM AND THE BLESSINGS THIS COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER. WE CANNOT HIDE BEHIND PROCEDURES AND POSTURING. WE MUST TAKE A VOTE. WE MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE WHO WE REPRESENT. IT IS OUR TURN AND OUR TIME TO FOLLOW WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, TO CREATE A UNIFORM RULE OF NATURALIZATION. I AM A DAUGHTER OF IMMIGRANTS. WE'RE A PROUD AMERICAN FAMILY OF PATRIOTS. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTRY IS WORTHY OF ALL OF OUR GREATEST EFFORTS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, ALL OF US, TO SUPPORT THE RULE FOR THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:43:29 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME OF THE THE…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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              • 02:43:33 PM

                MR. POLIS

                BEFORE I FURTHER YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, MS. JAYAPAL, FOR THE PROOF…

                BEFORE I FURTHER YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, MS. JAYAPAL, FOR THE PROOF QUESTION, I WANT TO COMMIT -- FOR THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WANT TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE ENTITLED U.S. CENTERS FORCE MIGRANT CHILDREN TO TAKE DRUGS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                MR. POLIS

                MR. SPEAKER, IMMIGRANT CHILDREN, QUOTE INTERESTING THIS ARTICLE, ARE BEING…

                MR. SPEAKER, IMMIGRANT CHILDREN, QUOTE INTERESTING THIS ARTICLE, ARE BEING FORCIBLY GIVEN A RANGE OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS AT U.S. GOVERNMENT FUNDED YOUTH SHELTERS. TAKING MULTIPLE PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS CAN CAN SERIOUSLY INJURE CHILDREN. MANY YOUTH IN DETENTION FACILITY ARE BEING GIVEN NINE DIFFERENT PILLS IN THE MORNING, SIX IN THE EVENING. YOU ARE PAYING FOR THEM ALL, MR. SPEAKER. TAXPAYERS ARE PAYING FOR BILLS AND INJECTIONS AND DRUGS. FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AND 4-YEAR-OLD THAT IS HAVE BEEN STRIPPED FROM THEIR PARENTS. ONE MOTHER SAID SHE NOR ANY OTHER FAMILY MEMBER HAD EVEN BEEN 2-YEAR-OLDS AND 4-YEAR-OLD CONSULTED ABOUT THEIR DAUGHTER BEING GIVEN POWERFUL DRUGS. MANY KIDS ARE BEING HELD DOWN, FORCIBLY GIVEN INJECTIONS, WHEN THEY REFUSE TO TAKE MEDICATION. THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR. WE NEED TO STOP THIS, MR. SPEAKER. YOU DON'T NEED A BILL TO STOP IT. PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDS TO STOP T HE WASN'T DOING IT UNTIL 90 DAYS AGO. THEN HE STARTED TO DO T IT'S NOT THE WILL OF CONGRESS, IT'S NOT THE LETTER OF THE LAW. IT IS A POLICY THAT IS UN-AMERICAN AND FAR OUTSIDE THE INTENT OF REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. IN THIS BODY. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP RANKING MEMBER NADLER'S BILL H.R. 6135 TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT WHICH I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR. THIS WILL PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FROM SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. OF COURSE, EXCEPT IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES AND LIMIT THE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS. 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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                MR. POLIS

                TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE…

                TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MS. JAYAPAL. .

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              • 02:45:44 PM

                MS. JAYAPAL

                THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT IS THE ONLY BILL THAT IS A REAL SOLUTION TO…

                THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT IS THE ONLY BILL THAT IS A REAL SOLUTION TO THE HUMAN TRAGEDY OF ABUSES OF CHILDREN, OF FAMILY SEPARATION AT OUR BORDER. THIS BILL PROHIBITS THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS, LIMITS CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS, AND REQUIRES D.H.S. TO REUNITE CHILDREN AND PARENTS, SOMETHING THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS NO PLAN FOR. MR. SPEAKER, THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT IS THE BILL WE SHOULD BE SENDING TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNATURE, NOT H.R. 6136. H.R. 6136 DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE ABUSES OF CHILDREN AND I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IT ACTUALLY MAKES THINGS WORSE. DOES ANYBODY REALLY BELIEVE THAT INCARCERATING CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS IS THE SOLUTION TO FAMILY SEPARATION? OR MAKING CHILDREN MORE VULNERABLE TO TRAFFICKING OR ELIMINATING BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CONFINEMENT LIKE CLEAN WATER AND TOILETS? MR. SPEAKER, 11 DAYS AGO, I MET WITH MOTHERS DETAINED IN A FEDERAL PRISON AFTER CRUELLY BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN -- THEIR CHILDREN AND ONE OF THE MOTHERS TOLD ME HOW SHE MADE THE DEVASTATING DECISION TO LEAVE HER BLIND CHILD BEHIND AND TAKE HER OTHER CHILD TO SAFETY BECAUSE SHE KNEW THAT THE BLIND CHILD WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE THIS JOURNEY. THESE MOTHERS AND FATHERS ARE MAKING IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES TO COME HERE TO THIS COUNTRY SEEKING SAFETY. AND 6136 DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THESE CHILDREN, SCREAMING MAMA AND PAPI WITH THEIR PARENTS. THE BEST CASE SCENARIO IS THEY'D BE INCARCERATED IN A FAMILY PRISON CHAMP. THE PRESIDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS TRAGEDY AND HE HAS NOT REVERSED THIS POLICY. D.H.S. HAS SAID THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS CHILD IS. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 6136 DOES NOT EVEN ADDRESS THE CRISIS OF DREAMERS. I BELIEVE MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF WASHINGTON WHEN HE SAYS HE WANTS TO FIX THAT BUT IN FACT, THIS BLOCKS --

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              • 02:47:56 PM

                MR. POLIS

                15 SECONDS.

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                MS. JAYAPAL

                IT BLOCKS THEM FROM CITIZENSHIP WHILE REVOKING APROVED PETITIONS FOR THREE…

                IT BLOCKS THEM FROM CITIZENSHIP WHILE REVOKING APROVED PETITIONS FOR THREE MILLION FAMILY MEMBER WHO WAS PAID FEES AND WAITED FOR YEARS. THIS IS NOT A MODERATE BILL, IT IS WRONG. LET'S STAND UP FOR THESE CHILDREN, LET'S BRING THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. LET US STAND UP FOR AMERICA.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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                MR. NEWHOUSE

                I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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              • 02:48:30 PM

                MR. DAVIS

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WISH I COULD USE THAT PICTURE MY COLLEAGUES HAD…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WISH I COULD USE THAT PICTURE MY COLLEAGUES HAD UP BECAUSE WE'RE DEBATING A SOLUTION TO AN ISSUE THAT CONGRESSES FOR DECADES HAVE NOT ADDRESSED. IMMIGRATION IS A DIFFICULT ISSUE. IT INVOKES STRONG FEELINGS ON BOTH SIDES. IT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S LONG OVERDUE THIS VOTE TODAY IS IMPORTANT FOR SHOWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE CAN GOVERN. THE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS IT BECAUSE IT'S STRONG ON BORDER SECURITY. PROVIDES A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR THE DACA POPULATION. SUPPORTS HERRIES-BASED LEGAL IMMIGRATION. AND IT CODIFIES THE LAW TO ALLOW FAMILIES TO STAY TOGETHER. FRANKLY, THESE ARE ALL ISSUES I HAVE HEARD REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TALK ABOUT FIXING. I HOPE SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL VOTE FOR THIS BILL AND I THINK IF WE WERE IN A DIFFERENT TIME, MANY WOULD. BUT I'M NOT SURE THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. THAT'S WHY WE NEED EVERY REPUBLICAN TO BE WITH US. IT'S NOT AN EASY ISSUE BUT WE WERE ELECTED TO LEAD. BY PASSING THIS BILL WHICH HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF MAKING IT THROUGH THE SENATE AND BEING SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, WE COULD BE THE LEADERS WHO FINALLY SECURE OUR BORDERS PRORKVIDE CERTAINTY FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, MOVE OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO A MERIT-BASED PROCESS AND KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER. ALL ISSUES OF BOTH SIDES HAVE TALKED ABOUT SOLVE BUG TODAY WITH THIS VOTE, WE COULD BE THE ONES WHO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS FOR DECADES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES BECAUSE IT'S A VOTE TO GOVERN. GOVERNING IS HARD BUT I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE CAN GET IT DONE.

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                MR. POLIS

                I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIR OF…

                I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MR. CROWLEY.

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                MR. CROWLEY

                MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE SO CLOSE. SO CLOSE. SOME REPUBLICANS WERE FINALLY…

                MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE SO CLOSE. SO CLOSE. SOME REPUBLICANS WERE FINALLY WILLING TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON A BIPARTISAN WAY FORWARD TO GIVE CERTAINTY TO DREAMERS, YOUNG PEOPLE WANT TO BE ABLE TO WORK AND GO TO SCHOOL HERE, FREE FROM FEAR. WE NEEDED JUST THREE MORE REPUBLICANS TO TELL THEIR PARTY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. JUST THREE MORE REPUBLICANS TO SUPPORT OUR BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO HOLD VOTES ON AN ARRAY OF PROPOSALS AND LET THE MOST POPULAR ONE WIN THE DAY. SADLY, WHEN THE TIME CAME THEY ABANDONED THAT EFFORT. THEY ABANDONED THE DREAMERS. THEY CAME -- CAVED BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TWISTED THEIR ARMS. BECAUSE THE MOST HATEFUL ELEMENTS WITHIN THEIR PARTY, THEY DON'T WANT TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS. THEY THRIVE OFF THEM. THEY DON'T WANT THESE PEOPLE WHO DESERVE CITIZENSHIP TO GET IT. WE DO. THEY DON'T THINK FAMILIES DESERVE ASYLUM OR PROTECTION. WE DO. THEY DON'T THINK THESE PEOPLE DESERVE A CHANCE AT THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE DO. THE BILLS WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY ARE A DISGRACE. THEY DO NOTHING TO STOP THE TRUMP ORPHAN CREATING MACHINE TAKING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS AND DOING NOTHING TO REUNITE THEM. ULTIMATELY THEY WON'T FIX ANY OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE BECAUSE THEY WON'T BECOME LAW. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE WASTING TIME. WASTING TIME WHILE PEOPLE AND CHILDREN SUFFER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WON'T STAND FOR THIS. THEY WON'T STAND FOR CORRUPTING THE LAW. AND TWISTING THE BIBLE AND VERSES TO JUSTIFY SPLITTING UP FAMILIES. THEY WON'T STAND FOR TORTURING, PSYCHOLOGICALLY TORTURING REFUGEE CHILDREN. THEY WON'T STAND FOR COWARDICE ANNIKA LOUSENESS. THAT'S NOT WHAT AMERICA IS MADE OF. I YIELD BECOME.

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              • 02:52:22 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

              • 02:52:24 PM

                MR. NEW IT IS HOUSE

                AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,…

                AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART.

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              • 02:52:33 PM

                MR. DIAZ-BALART

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HEARD SO MANY INTERESTING WORDS ON…

                THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HEARD SO MANY INTERESTING WORDS ON THIS DEBATE. THE LAST GENTLEMAN WHO I RESPECT SAID HOW THE DEMOCRATS CARE SO MUCH FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS. AND YET, LET'S BE PERFECTLY CLEAR. THEY HAD AMPLE OPPORTUNITY AFTER AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. 2009 THEY PROMISED THAT THEY WOULD DO IT WITHIN 100 DAYS. THEN THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WOULD DO IT. DEMOCRATS HAD 60% OF THE VOTES IN THE SENATE. THEY HAD HUGE MAJORITIES IN THE HOUSE AND THEY HAD A BIPARTISAN BILL READY TO GO AND YET THEY REFUSED TO DO IT. THIS IS NOT A MOMENT TO POINT FINGERS, AS MY COLLEAGUE JUST SPENT ALL OF HIS TIME DOINGFULS THAT MOMENT TO FIND SOLUTIONS. LOOK IF YOU BELIEVE, LIKE I DO, THAT THESE FOLKS WHO ARE HERE, NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, SHOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO STAY HERE, TO BE PART OF SOCIETY, TO BE LEGALIZED AND TO YES, OBTAIN CITIZENSHIP, THIS MAY BE THE BEST. IT IS THE BEST. POTENTIALLY THE LAST CHANCE FOR A LONG TIME TO GET THAT DONE. AND THIS BILL DOES THAT. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT MINOR KIDS SHOULD NOT BE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES, AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY TO GUARANTEE THAT IS THROUGH LEGISLATION, THIS IS THE BEST AND POTENTIALLY LAST OPPORTUNITY TO GET THAT DONE BECAUSE THIS BILL DOES THAT. AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS THE RIGHT, NO, THE OBLIGATION, DETERMINE WHO COMES IN AND WHO LEAVES, THIS IS THEN ALSO THE BEST AND POTENTIALLY LAST SHOT TO GET THOSE THREE THINGS DONE. SO AGAIN, A LOT OF RHETORIC. BUT THIS BILL DOES THREE THINGS. IT ALLOWS DREAMERS TO STAY HERE AND ALLOWS THEM TO BECOME PART OF SOCIETY FOREVER AND WITH PATHWAYS TO CITIZENSHIP. IT STOPS LEGISLATIVELY THE SEPARATION OF MINORS FROM THEIR PARENTS. ON THE BORDER. AND IT SECURES THE BORDER. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. EVERYTHING ELSE, MR. SPEAKER IS CHEAP RHETORIC. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 02:54:41 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

              • 02:54:44 PM

                MR. POLIS

                MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIEND, MR. DIAZ-BALART, AND MR. NEWHOUSE AND SO MANY…

                MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIEND, MR. DIAZ-BALART, AND MR. NEWHOUSE AND SO MANY OTHER WELL, STAND READY TO WORK WITH YOU. INSTEAD YOU CHOSE TO WORK WITH STEVE KING, LOUIE GOHMERT, STEVEN MILLER. COME TALK TO US. WE'RE READY. DEMOCRATS TO A PERSON ARE READY TO SUPPORT SOMETHING WE DON'T FULLY AGREE WITH BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THE REPUBLICANS CONTROL THIS BODY. SO COME TALK TO US. AND STOP TALKING TO STEVE KING, LOUIE GOHMERT, AND STEVEN MILLER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MENS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE…

                THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MENS TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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              • 02:56:45 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER JUST MADE THE POINT I WAS…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER JUST MADE THE POINT I WAS GOING TO. IF YOU'RE GOING TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH AND ARRIVE AT CONSENSUS, YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT WHO THE PRESIDENT IS AND WHAT HE REQUIRES IN ORDER TO SIGN LEGISLATION. WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. ONE OF THE PRIORITIES THAT HE HAS MADE IS CLEAR AS DAY IS THAT THERE WILL BE BORDER SECURITY AND A WALL. REFUSING TO ACCEPT THAT FACT PRETTY MUCH CLOSES THE DOOR ON THE OPPORTUNITY OR ANY POSSIBILITY OF NEGOTIATION. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE -- ANOTHER GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO.

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              • 02:57:30 PM

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              • 02:57:34 PM

                MR. CURBELO

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M RELATIVELY NEW TO THIS BODY BUT I'VE BEEN…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M RELATIVELY NEW TO THIS BODY BUT I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING POLITICS IN THIS COUNTRY FOR QUITE SOME TIME. IF FOR -- FOR MANY YEARS I HAVE BEEN HEARING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT MORE SO THIS SIDE, PROMISING THE COUNTRY THAT WE WOULD SECURE THE BORDER. THAT WE WOULD DISRUPT THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS WHO ARE POISONING OUR PEOPLE AND THAT WE WOULD DISRUPT THE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS WHICH ABUSE, RAPE SMALL CHILDREN AND OTHERS, AS THEY TAKE THEM ACROSS THE DESERT. THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL THE PROMISE OF SECURING OUR COUNTRY'S BORDER BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HAS THE RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO SECURE ITS BORDER AND ENFORCE IMMIGRATION. FOR A LONG TIME I'VE BEEN HEARING PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DREAMERS, THE VICTIMS OF A BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. YOUNG IMMIGRANTS BROUGHT TO THE COUNTRY AS CHILDREN, GREW UP HERE, WENT TO SCHOOL WITH OUR OWN CHILDREN, PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME FLAG AND TODAY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS CHAMBER ON BOTH SIDES, MORE SO ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, HAVE BEEN PROMISING A SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS FOR 17 YEARS. WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND GUARANTEED A FUTURE IN AMERICA. WITH A -- WE TAKE THE EXACT CRITERIA THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LAID OUT IN THE DACA PROGRAM. THAT'S IN THIS LEGISLATION. THIS BILL WILL ALSO HELP US END FAMILY SEPARATION WHICH I THINK THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR IN THIS CHAMBER. OUR COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO ENFORCE ITS LAWS AND TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS ATTEMPTING TO DO UNTIL THE COURTS GOT IN THE WAY. WE CAN FIX THAT HERE. AND LASTLY, WE NEED TO MODERNIZE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. WE ARE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. I AM THE CHILD OF IMMIGRANTS AND I AM SO PROUD OF THEM. BUT OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE OUTDATED. OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM HAS TO BE MODERNIZED SO IT'S BETTER A ELINED WITH OUR ECONOMY. SO THAT IMMIGRANTS WHO COME TO THIS COUNTRY HAVE THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO GROW, TO PROSPER, AND TO CONTRIBUTE. THE ALTERNATIVE IS THE STATUS QUO. A VOTE AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION IS THE STATUS QUO AND WHAT IS THE STATUS? A PO ROUSE, LAWLESS BORDER. UNCERTAINTY FOR DREAMERS. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COULD LOSE THEIR STATUS WITHIN MONTHS. FAMILIES SEPARATED AT THE BORDER. AND AN OUTDATED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT DISHONORS EVERY AMERICAN. SO THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO COME TOGETHER, IS THIS LEGISLATION PERFECT? EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE COULD FIND AN EXCUSE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL BUT THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH IMMIGRATION, THAT NOTHING HAS EVER BEEN GOOD ENOUGH AND WHEN NOTHING IS GOOD ENOUGH YOU GET NOTHING AND THAT'S NOT FAIR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. . THAT'S WHY I'VE BEEN AT THE TABLE FOR WEEKS WITH GOOD PEOPLE LIKE MR. POLIS, WE SAT LONG HOURS TO REACH A COMPROMISE. IT'S ALWAYS ELOUISA. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:00:54 PM

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                MR. POLIS

                I WANT TO REMIND MY FRIEND FROM MIAMI, WE HAVE SEVERAL COMPROMISES WE…

                I WANT TO REMIND MY FRIEND FROM MIAMI, WE HAVE SEVERAL COMPROMISES WE REACHED. HE AND I AM PART OF THE PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS. I AM PROUD OVER 25 REPUBLICANS, 25 DEMOCRATS, WE AGREED, WE REACHED A COMPROMISED BILL. BORDER SECURITY, ADDRESSES THE NEEDS OF THE DREAMERS. I THINK IT WOULD GET 60%, 70% OF THE VOTES ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. LET'S BRING THAT UP. UNFORTUNATELY, REPUBLICANS SAT MR. CURBELO'S WORK, MY WORK ASIDE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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              • 03:01:37 PM

                MR. DOGGETT

                THANK YOU. LAST SEPTEMBER PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OUR DREAMERS, THOSE…

                THANK YOU. LAST SEPTEMBER PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OUR DREAMERS, THOSE INCREDIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING SO MUCH TO AMERICA, HE TOOK THEM HOSTAGE. AND THEN THIS MONTH, HE ADDED TO THE HOSTAGES BY ORDERING THAT BABIES LITERALLY BE YANKED OUT OF THEIR MOM'S ARMS. TODAY WITH HIS REPUBLICAN ENABLERS, HE'S BASICALLY SAYING, GIVE ME MY $25 BILLION WALL RANSOM AND GIVE IT TO ME PAID AND FULL BUT I AM NOT PROMISING TO RELEASE THE HOSTAGES. TODAY'S BILL IS WRONG FOR DREAMERS, IT'S WRONG FOR TAXPAYERS, IT'S WRONG FOR THOSE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN TORN APART BY THIS GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED CHILD ABUSE. HOW GREAT THAT WITH HIS LATEST U-TURN TODAY THE PRESIDENT IS DISPATCHING HIS WIFE, A MOTHER HERSELF, TO THE TEXAS BORDER. I JUST HAPPEN TO FEEL THAT THE KIDS THAT ARE TIED UP IN THOSE CAGES, THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE A MOTHER. THEY WANT TO SEE THEIR MOTHER. AND TONIGHT THEY WILL CRY THEMSELVES TO SLEEP AGAIN BECAUSE THE SELF-DESCRIBED STABLE GENIUS DIDN'T BOTHER TO INCLUDE ANYTHING IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. MAY I HAVE ANOTHER 15 SECONDS.

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              • 03:02:51 PM

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                MR. POLIS

                15 SECONDS.

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                MR. DOGGETT

                THE STABLE GENIUS DIDN'T BOTHER TO INCLUDE ANYTHING IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER…

                THE STABLE GENIUS DIDN'T BOTHER TO INCLUDE ANYTHING IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO REUNITE THOSE FAMILIES. I WOULD SAY, INSTEAD OF TAKING THESE HOSTAGES AND PASSING THIS BILL, THEY NEED TO BUILD A GREAT MIRROR AND LOOK IN IT TO SEE HOW THEY HAVE BECOME WILLING ACCOMPLICES TO THIS WRONGDOING. I BET MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR THAT.

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              • 03:03:18 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D JUST LIKE TO RESPOND TO ONE THING THAT WAS…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D JUST LIKE TO RESPOND TO ONE THING THAT WAS SAID PREVIOUSLY. YOU KNOW, ALL OF US HAVE BEEN USING EXAMPLES OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND HOW THEY'RE BEING TREATED AT THE BORDER. I TAKE EXCEPTION TO THE IMPLICATION THAT WE WILL ALL BE JUDGED ACCORDINGLY BY OUR MAKER FOR DOING SO IN A NEGATIVE WAY. LET ME JUST REPEAT IN MY OPENING REMARKS WHAT I SAID, QUOTING A BORDER PATROL AGENT, CHRIS. HE TOLD US, IF YOU'VE SEEN SOME OF THE STUFF WE'VE SEEN DONE HERE, YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A TOUGH STANCE TO DELIVER TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM COMING HERE. WHEN YOU SEE A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH A PLAN B PILL THAT HER PARENTS PUT HER ON BIRTH CONTROL BECAUSE THEY KNOW GETTING VIOLATED IS A PART OF THE JOURNEY, SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE WITH THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER. IF WE PASS THIS TODAY, THAT WILL HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM TODAY. THAT'S WHAT WE AS CONGRESS NEED TO DO. WE NEED TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE PLIGHT OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET HERE AS WELL AS TO CITIZENS OF OUR OWN COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE MY TIME.

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              • 03:04:31 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

              • 03:04:34 PM

                MR. POLIS

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN ARTICLE I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD, TRUMP…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN ARTICLE I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD, TRUMP CONSIDERS USING MILITARY BASES TO HOUSE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN.

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              • 03:04:40 PM

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                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 03:04:42 PM

                MR. POLIS

                THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS NOW LOOKING TO HOUSE UP TO 20,000 CHILDREN…

                THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS NOW LOOKING TO HOUSE UP TO 20,000 CHILDREN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS AT MILITARY BASES. THEY ARE LOOKING TO TAKE 10 TIMES AS MANY CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS AS THEY ALREADY HAVE. IT'S TIME TO STOP PRESIDENT TRUMP. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LOFGREN.

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              • 03:05:06 PM

                MS. LOFGREN

                MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WOULDN'T END THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR…

                MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WOULDN'T END THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS BUT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE PARENTS COULD BE PUT IN JAIL WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THE ALTERNATIVE, WHICH IS FALSE, SEEMS TO BE, PUT THE MOTHER IN THE CAGE WITH THE TODDLER OR THEY RUN FREE AND WE'LL NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN. IT'S NOT TRUE. THERE WAS SOMETHING CALLED THE FAMILY CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. 100% ATTENDANCE RATE AT THE IMMIGRATION HEARING. THAT'S NOT MY FIGURES. THOSE ARE FIGURES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL. 100% OF THE PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT THEIR HEARING, EITHER TO GET RELIEF OR TO BE REMOVED. AT A COST OF $36 A DAY, AS COMPARED TO $711 A DAY TO KEEP A CHILD IN A TEMPORARY TENT FACILITY. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THE EQUIVALENT OF INTERNMENT CAMPS, AS WE SAW IN WORLD WAR II, FOR THESE ASYLUM SEEKERS. WE NEED THE ORDERLY ADMINISTRATION OF THE IMMIGRATION LAWS. THIS BILL WILL LEAD TO MASS INCARCERATION OF MOTHERS AND THEIR TODDLERS.

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              • 03:06:17 PM

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                MR. NEWHOUSE

                I WOULD RESERVE MY TIME BUT JUST INQUIRE HOW MANY SPEAKERS THE OTHER SIDE…

                I WOULD RESERVE MY TIME BUT JUST INQUIRE HOW MANY SPEAKERS THE OTHER SIDE HAS.

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              • 03:06:24 PM

                MR. POLIS

                WE HAVE SEVERAL ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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                THE CHAIR ADVISES BOTH MANAGERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 11…

                THE CHAIR ADVISES BOTH MANAGERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 11 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING.

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              • 03:06:35 PM

                MR. POLIS

                ISN'T THAT AMAZING, REPUBLICANS CAN'T EVEN FIND ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES…

                ISN'T THAT AMAZING, REPUBLICANS CAN'T EVEN FIND ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES WILLING TO COME DOWN HERE ON THE FLOOR AND DEFEND TAKING KIDS FROM THEIR PARENTS. THEY ARE OUT OF SPEAKERS BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ARE EMBARRASSED. THEY KNOW THEY CAN'T FACE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NO LESS THEIR MAKER, KNOWING THEY ARE COMPLICIT IN TEARING INNOCENT CHILDREN AWAY FROM MOM AND DAD. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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              • 03:07:04 PM

                MR. THOMPSON

                MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT CREATED A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS THAT INFLICTS…

                MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT CREATED A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS THAT INFLICTS LASTING TRAUMA ON CHILDREN WHEN HE MANDATED THAT THEY BE TAKEN FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER. THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTION JUST TRADES ONE TRAUMA FOR ANOTHER BY LOCKING UP CHILDREN INDEFINITELY. THIS IS ABOUT THE LIVES AND THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN. THERE ARE OVER 2,000 KIDS WHO WERE TAKEN FROM THEIR PARENTS. I WANT PEOPLE WATCHING THIS TO THINK ABOUT THOSE CHILDREN, THE PRESIDENT CHOSE TO PUT THEM THROUGH THIS TO PUSH HIS HARMFUL AND ABUSIVE IMMIGRATION POLICIES. THE SPEAKER COULD ALLOW A VOTE ON BIPARTISAN IMMIGRATION BILLS TODAY TO REFORM OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND TO PUT AN END TO THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY OF TRAUMATIZING THESE KIDS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO STAND UP AND FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND PUT AN END TO THE DEPLORABLE TACTICS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. THIS ISN'T WHO WE ARE AS A NATION. WE NEED TO FIX OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND SAVE THESE KIDS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:08:13 PM

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                MR. NEWHOUSE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME JUST SAY THAT I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT MY…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME JUST SAY THAT I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT MY CONFERENCE AND STAND HERE WITH THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE THE CERTAINTY AND THE HOPE FOR OVER 1.8 MILLION DACA RECIPIENTS AND DREAMERS IN THIS COUNTRY. SOMETHING IF YOU VOTE NO ON THIS BILL, YOU WILL BE DENYING THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHAT THEY'VE FOR SO LONG HAVE BEEN WANTING. I AM PROUD TO BE HERE REPRESENTING MY CONFERENCE TO DO JUST THAT, TO GIVE THEM THAT HOPE, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE MY TIME.

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              • 03:08:49 PM

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              • 03:08:52 PM

                MR. POLIS

                MR. NEWHOUSE MAY BE PROUD BUT THERE ARE OTHER REPUBLICANS CAME TO THE…

                MR. NEWHOUSE MAY BE PROUD BUT THERE ARE OTHER REPUBLICANS CAME TO THE FLOOR TO JOIN HIM. WE HAVE SO MANY DEMOCRATS WHO WANT TO REUNITE FAMILIES. I ASK MR. NEWHOUSE IF HE WILL YIELD ME HIS TIME.

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              • 03:09:13 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                SHOULD I RESPOND TO THAT, MR. SPEAKER?

              • 03:09:15 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                NO.

              • 03:09:16 PM

                MR. POLIS

                WELL, REPUBLICANS KNOW THEY ARE NOT WORKING TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE. THEY ARE…

                WELL, REPUBLICANS KNOW THEY ARE NOT WORKING TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE. THEY ARE WORKING TO TEAR PEOPLE APART. THEY ARE LYING ABOUT IT, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MING TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENG -- ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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              • 03:09:34 PM

                MR. ENGEL

                I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. I AM DESS MAID AND EMBARRASSED…

                I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RULE. I AM DESS MAID AND EMBARRASSED THAT THE REPUBLICANS -- DISMAYED AND EMBARRASSED THAT THE REPUBLICANS THINK THIS IS A COMPROMISE. THIS PARTISAN, ANTI-IMMIGRANT LEGISLATION IS THE OPPOSITE TO THE IDEA OF COMPROMISE. IF REPUBLICANS WERE SERIOUS ABOUT COMPROMISE AND PROTECTING THE DREAMERS, THEY WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THE BIPARTISAN DISCHARGE PETITION AND QUEEN OF THE HILL RULE TO MOVE FORWARD. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS HAVE SPENT THE LAST 10 MONTHS IGNORING THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND HOLDING DREAMERS AND YOUNG IMMIGRANT CHILDREN HOSTAGE TO IMPLEMENT THEIR HARD-LINE AGENDA. THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROVIDE A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. IT ELIMINATES ASYLUM PROTECTIONS, DRASTICALLY CUTS LEGAL IMMIGRATION, REMOVES BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFE AND HUMANE DETENTION, FAILS TO END FAMILY SEPARATION AND DOES NOTHING TO REUNITE THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN ARE BEING HELD 2,000 MILES AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, INCLUDING IN MY DISTRICT IN NEW YORK WITHOUT ANY IDEA WHERE THEIR PARENTS ARE OR IF THEY'LL EVER SEE THEM AGAIN. THIS IS CRUEL. WHAT WE NEED IS A COMPASSIONATE SOLUTION WITH A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP AND REUNIFICATION OF THESE FAMILIES. INSTEAD, THIS BILL IS AN ATTACK ON FAMILY VALUES AND AN INSULT TO OUR COUNTRY'S BEACON OF FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY TO ALL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:10:53 PM

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              • 03:10:55 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE AND ALLOW A…

                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE AND ALLOW A COUPLE MINUTES, THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM DALLAS, TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. SESSIONS.

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              • 03:11:05 PM

                MR. SESSIONS

                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED…

                MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING ME SUCH TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY CAME DOWN HERE TO TAKE PART IN THIS DEBATE BECAUSE YESTERDAY FOR SEVEN HOURS WE WERE AT THE RULES COMMITTEE LAYING OUT WHAT ARE KNOWN AS GOODLATTE ONE AND GOODLATTE TWO, THESE TWO BILLS. THIS IS THE RULE ON WHAT MIGHT BE CALLED GOODLATTE TWO. THIS IS A RULE AND A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT REPRESENTS SEVERAL YEARS WORTH OF WORK THAT WAS DONE BY MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TO APPROACH AN ISSUE THAT IS KNOWN AS DACA, IS TO TAKE SOME 700,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AND SLIGHTLY OLDER WHO CAME TO AMERICA, NOT BECAUSE THEY DID IT ON THEIR OWN FRUITION, AS EVEN A YOUNG ADULT, BUT AS A CHILD WHERE THEY COULD NOT MAKE A DECISION AND THEY CAME WITH THEIR PARENTS. THEY CAME TO THIS COUNTRY. WE'VE BEEN STRUGGLING FOR YEARS TO FIND THE RIGHT ANSWER ON HOW TO ANSWER THE QUESTION OF HOW TO DEAL WITH THESE DREAMERS. IT IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT WAS CHALLENGED BY OUR PRESIDENT WHO SAID, I WOULD LIKE FOR CONGRESS TO TACKLE THIS ISSUE. IT WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT BEGAN DEBATE AND DISCUSSION ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WITH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, SENATORS AND HOUSE MEMBERS DOWN AT THE WHITE HOUSE. IT FOUND ITSELF TO A POINT WHERE THEN MEMBERS CAME BACK HERE AND BEGAN WORKING TOGETHER. IT DID FALL APART, BUT IT DID NOT END. IT DID NOT END BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND OUR MAJORITY HAVE GROUPS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE FROM ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, AS WE HAVE CONGRESSMAN CURBELO FROM MIAMI, FLORIDA, AS WE HAVE A DAN NEWHOUSE FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, AND EACH OF THESE MEMBERS HAVE CARE AND CONCERN ABOUT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THEIR DISTRICT AND WHO HAVE COME AND PETITIONED THEM, PLEASE, CONGRESSMAN NEWHOUSE, DO SOMETHING. WHAT DID THEY ASK FOR? THEY ASKED FOR TWO THINGS VERY SIMPLY. THEY ASKED, PLEASE ALLOW US TO COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND RECOGNIZE US. AND SECONDLY, TO GIVE US LEGAL STATUS. THAT LEGAL STATUS -- IF THE GENTLEMAN CAN GIVE ME TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES.

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              • 03:14:21 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                I CAN GIVE YOU 30 SECONDS.

              • 03:14:22 PM

                MR. SESSIONS

                WE'RE OUT OF TIME. I CAME DOWN LATE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT…

                WE'RE OUT OF TIME. I CAME DOWN LATE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THESE BILLS DO. THEY ADDRESS THE ISSUE IN A COMPASSIONATE, FAIRWAY. THEY ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS, AND THEY ARE GIVEN PERMANENT LEGAL STATUS THAT GIVES THEM OPTIONS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. I THINK THAT WHAT WE HAVE DONE, MR. SPEAKER, IS MORE THAN WHAT WE WERE ASKED, AND TO NOT BE A PART OF TAKING A VOTE ON THIS TODAY AND VOTING YES IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY THAT WE'RE GIVING HERE TODAY. I HOPE THE MEMBERS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND YIELD IT BACK TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN.

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              • 03:15:18 PM

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                MR. POLIS

                I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:15:26 PM

                MR. CONNOLLY

                I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. POLIS, FOR HIS…

                I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. POLIS, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE RULES KEVMENT I RESPECT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE -- RULES COMMITTEE. I RESPECT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE BUT I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE. HE'S PRESIDED OVER A RULES COMMITTEE THAT HAS THE MOST CLOSED RULES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. COMPETING IDEAS, OPPOSING VIEWS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO BE CONSIDERED IN EITHER OF THE TWO BILLS THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO PUT BEFORE THE CONGRESS. ONE WAS DISPENSED WITH ALREADY. I OPPOSE THE RULE AND I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WE'RE FACING MULTIPLE IMMIGRATION CRISES OF THE PRESIDENT'S OWN MAKING. AND WE MUST NOT BE FOOLED BY PLANS DESIGNED TO COVER THAT UP. THIS IS NOT THE FIX WE NEED FOR MIGRANT FAMILIES SEPARATED AT BORDER. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INHUMANE AND MORALLY REPUGNANT POLICY, TO FORCIBLY SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS AS THEY SEEK REFUGE IN AMERICA, IS BEYOND THE PALE. WE CANNOT RELY ON THE PRESIDENT'S SUDDEN CHANGE OF HEART. WE MUST FOR BID THIS BARBARIC -- FORBID THIS BARBARIC POLICY BY PASSING THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT, NOT THIS BILL. AND THIS IS NOT THE FIX WE NEED FOR DREAMERS, DESPITE WHAT MR. SESSIONS, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, JUST SAID. THERE ARE NEARLY 800,000 DREAMERS, INCLUDING 2,400 IN MY DISTRICT. THEY NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK, TO ATTEND SCHOOL, TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COMMUNITIES, AND TO BECOME THE AMERICANS THEY IN FACT ARE. I HAD A DREAMER AS MY GUEST AT THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. SHE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AT THE AGE OF 1. SHE'S NEVER BEEN BACK TO HER COUNTRY OF BIRTH. SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS AN AMERICAN. UNTIL SHE APPLIED FOR A DRIVER'S PERMIT AT THE AGE OF 16. SHE'S A PROUD AMERICAN AND WE WOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE HER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND TO OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL OF I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:17:10 PM

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              • 03:17:14 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO MANY MEMBERS COMING WANTING TO SPEAK. HOW MUCH…

                MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO MANY MEMBERS COMING WANTING TO SPEAK. HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT?

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              • 03:17:19 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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              • 03:17:24 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM…

                MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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              • 03:17:28 PM

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              • 03:17:30 PM

                MR. DENHAM

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT NOT ONLY OF THIS…

                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT NOT ONLY OF THIS RULE, BUT ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. IT IS TIME TO GET SOMETHING DONE AROUND HERE. BOTH PARTIES HAVE FAILED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE FOR DECADES NOW. AND WE FINALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. FOR THE SAME KIDS THAT ARE IN YOUR DISTRICT, THEY TALK TO ME IN MINE. THE KIDS ARE JUST LOOKING FOR THIS CERTAINTY OF BEING ABLE TO HAVE A JOB, BEING ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL. SOME OF THEM EVEN WANT TO SIGN UP FOR THE MILITARY AND SHOW THEIR GREATEST ACT OF PATRIOTISM. THESE ARE KIDS WHO ARE JUST LOOKING FOR A PATH FORWARD. THIS BILL PROTECTS THEM ON DAY ONE. THE DAY THAT THIS BILL IS SIGNED INTO LAW IT NOT ONLY PROTECTS THE DACA RECIPIENTS THAT SIGNED UP UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER, BUT SOME OF THEM DIDN'T TRUST THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER. SOME OF THEM DIDN'T TRUST THAT THEIR INFORMATION WOULD BE SECURE. THIS PROTECTS THEM TOO. NOW, THERE IS ANOTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE HERE THAT DID NOT QUALIFY , THEY DID NOT -- THEY WERE NOT OF AGE AT THE TIME, THIS WILL PROTECT THEM TOO. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE DREAMERS, $1.8 MILLION WILL BE PROTECTED ON DAY ONE. YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THIS BILL TOO.

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              • 03:18:49 PM

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                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

              • 03:18:52 PM

                MR. POLIS

                I'D LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:19:00 PM

                MR. POLIS

                YOU KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO GO TO THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD…

                YOU KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO GO TO THE DEFINITION OF THE WORD COMPROMISE. BECAUSE I THINK THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE EDUCATION REGARDING WHAT THESE WORDS MEAN THAT ARE BEING TOSSED AROUND. A COMPROMISE IS AN AGREEMENT OR A SETTLEMENT OF A DISPUTE THAT IS REACHED BY EACH SIDE, MAKING -- EACH SIDE MAKING CONCESSIONS. IT DOESN'T MEAN LOOKING YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR AND CONCEDING TO YOURSELF. IT DOESN'T MEAN REPUBLICANS GOING INTO A CLOSED-DOOR MEETING AND COMING OUT WITH A BILL THAT MAKES THINGS WORSE. IT MEANS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKING TOGETHER, EACH GIVING UP SOME THINGS, EACH LIVING WITH WHAT THEY CAN ACCEPT. I'VE WORKED HARD ON COMPROMISE. WITH MANY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THROUGH THE PROBLEM SOLVERS GROUP, TO SOLVE AND PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO CITIZEN FOR DREAMERS, WHILE SECURING OUR BORDER. YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS BILL MAKES THINGS WORSE. IT GETS LEGAL IMMIGRATION. IT ELIMINATES TWO FAMILY IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS. MARRIED CHILDREN OF U.S. CITIZENS AND SIBLING OF U.S. ADULTS. IT DOESN'T EVEN GRANDFATHER PEOPLE ALREADY IN THE SYSTEM WAITING TO BE REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES. MEANING THAT IT WILL ELIMINATE THE CURRENT LEGAL WAY THAT FAMILIES CAN BE REUNIFIED. THIS BILL RAISES THE CREDIBLE FEAR STANDARD FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS TO BEGIN THE PROCESS. BY RAISING THE STANDARDS TO MORE PROBABLY THAN NOT. THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO PREVENT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S GROTESQUE POLICY OF SEPARATING PARENTS AROUND CHILDREN AT THE BORDER. IN FACT, IT SIMPLY REMOVES PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE FAMILIES WHO ARE CURRENTLY NOT SEPARATED AT POINTS OF ENTRY. AND NOW WE'RE HEARING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PREPARING MILITARY BASES TO HOUSE UP TO 20,000 MORE KIDS THAT HE PLANS TO SNATCH FROM THEIR MOMS AND THEIR DADS. WE CAN DO BETTER. THIS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IS ENTIRELY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MAKING. HE DIDN'T DO IT BEFORE THE LAST 90 DAYS. HE JUST STARTED A MISINTERPRETATION OF THE LAW. HIS RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER IS NOT A SOLUTION. OVER 2,300 KIDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS AND THERE IS NO PLAN TO REUNITE THEM. THIS ORDER DOESN'T EVEN REQUIRE ANY FAMILIES BE DETAINED TOGETHER AND THE ORDER DOESN'T CONTAIN ANY PROHIBITIONS BARRING FAMILY SEPARATION. YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT SEPARATING KIDS IS WRONG. I HOPE AMERICANS AGREE THAT THIS IS BAD FOR KIDS. BUT LET'S ALSO LOOK AT SCIENCE. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SAID THAT THE INCARCERATION OF FAMILIES AND THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES HAS LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL, FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS. SEPARATION CONSEQUENCES INCLUDE POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS, POOR PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT. I DARE SAY THAT THESE POLICIES OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHO ON THEIR OWN DECIDED TO TEAR ONE AND TWO -- 1-YEAR-OLD AND 2-YEAR-OLD AND 3-YEAR-OLD KIDS AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS IS GOING TO CREATE EVEN GREATER NEEDS FOR THESE NEXT GENERATION OF KIDS. MANY OF WHOM WILL GROW UP HERE LEGALLY. THOSE WHO SUCCESSFULLY PURSUE THEIR ASYLUM CLAIMS. AND WHILE THOSE IMMIGRATION CLAIMS ARE BEING ADJUDICATED, SOME MIGHT HAVE TO RETURN TO THEIR NATIVE COUNTRIES, SOME WILL BE ABLE TO STAY. FAMILIES SHOULD BE TOGETHER. NO PARENT SHOULD HAVE TO SEE THEIR OWN CHILD STRIPPED APART. THIS BILL IS HEMORRHAGING SUPPORT, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN ARTICLE FOR THE RECORD FROM "POLITICO" THAT THE COKE NET -- KOCH NETWORK WON'T SUPPORT THE HOUSE IMMIGRATION BILLS THAT I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT.

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              • 03:22:52 PM

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                WITHOUT OBJECTION.

              • 03:22:53 PM

                MR. POLIS

                I DON'T AGREE WITH THE KOCH NETWORK ON MUCH. I DO KNOW THAT THEY FUND MANY…

                I DON'T AGREE WITH THE KOCH NETWORK ON MUCH. I DO KNOW THAT THEY FUND MANY REPUBLICANS. BUT MAYBE NOW THE REPUBLICANS ARE TAKING CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, THE KOCHES WILL STOP FUNDING REPUBLICANS BECAUSE I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT THEY ARE PEOPLE OF PRINCIPLE. AND I'LL QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE. THEY PUSH FOR A MORE MODERATE APPROACH TOWARD IMMIGRATION AND THEY HAVE CALLED ON TRUMP TO SIMPLY STOP HIS ADMINISTRATION FROM SPLITTING UP IMMIGRANT FAMILIES. WHICH THIS BILL DOES NOT DO. IN FACT, THIS BILL ENDS THOSE WHO ARE WAITING FOR FAMILY REUNIFICATION TODAY. SO THERE'S A LEGAL WAY TO UNITE FAMILIES. THIS BILL ELIMINATES THAT AND WILL LEAD TO MORE FAMILIES BEING APART. THIS IS A FALSE CRISIS ENTIRELY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MAKING. I HOPE THAT EVEN HE HAS RECOGNIZED THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT STAND FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS AND 4-YEAR-OLDS LITERALLY BEING PUT IN CAGES, STRAPPED DOWN WHILE THEY'RE GIVEN DRUGS AND MEDICAIDED AND INJECTED -- MEDICATED AND INJECTED WITH AMERICANS COMPLICIT IN THIS ATROCITY. IT NEEDS TO BE REITERATED ONE MORE TIME THAT THE VOTES WE TAKE ON THE RULE TODAY ARE MORE THAN PROCEDURAL. THEY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOUNG LIVES OF INNOCENT CHILDREN. THEY WILL SHOW, WHICH MEMBERS OF -- SHOW WHICH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CARE ABOUT FIXING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND ARE WILLING TO COMPLO MICE AND WORK IN A BIPARTISAN -- COMPROMISE AND WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND WHICH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS VOTE TO MAKE ALL THE PROBLEMS OUTLINED HERE TODAY WORSE AND MORE WIDESPREAD. WE NEED TO REJECT THESE BILLS, REJECT THIS RULE. WE NEED TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER. WE NEED TO BEGIN THE SOMETIMES CHALLENGING WORK OF COMPROMISE AND CONSENSUS BUILDING. BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. BETWEEN MR. NEWHOUSE AND MR. CURBELO. AND ME AND MS. LOFGREN AND OTHERS. NOT WITH STEVEN MILLER, STEVEN KING OR LOUIE GOHMERT. REJECT THESE BILLS. KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER. AND LET'S WORK TOGETHER ON BORDER SECURITY, ON FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, ON UNITING FAMILIES, ON A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS TO ENSURE THAT THIS HORROR AND AFFRONT TO OUR AMERICAN VALUES ENDS AND DOESN'T REPEAT ITSELF EVER AGAIN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:25:31 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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              • 03:25:35 PM

                MR. NEWHOUSE

                MR. SPEAKER, DON'T BELIEVE ME, I WOULD SAY DON'T BELIEVE MR. POLIS EITHER.…

                MR. SPEAKER, DON'T BELIEVE ME, I WOULD SAY DON'T BELIEVE MR. POLIS EITHER. BELIEVE THE BORDER SECURITY GUARD THAT I QUOTED EARLIER WHO SAID THAT THE SITUATION WE HAVE AT THE BORDER HAPPENED UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, AS WELL AS THIS ONE. MR. TRUMP, OUR PRESIDENT, DID NOT MANUFACTURE THIS CRISIS. BUT THIS BILL BEFORE US WILL SOLVE THAT SITUATION. WHICH IS WHY WE NEED TO PASS THIS RULE. AND IT TAKES -- THAT WHOLE ISSUE TAKES AWAY FROM ONE OF THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES OF OUR TIME. IMMIGRATION REFORM. WE WILL SOLVE THAT BUT WE CAN ALSO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION. I'M PROUD OF THE BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US. I'M PROUD THAT WE HAD SO MANY SPEAKERS COME AND SPEAK ON ITS BEHALF. THIS IS THE ONLY BILL IN FRONT OF US THAT HAS ANY POTENTIAL CHANCE OF BECOMING LAW. THE PRESIDENT WILL SIGN THIS BILL BECAUSE IT ADDRESSES HIS FOUR MAIN PILLARS. IT PROVIDES FOR BORDER SECURITY, WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. CERTAINLY AS WE'VE TALKED A LOT TODAY, IT PROVIDES FOR THOSE 1.8 MILLION DACA RECIPIENTS AND DREAMERS. IT'S A GOOD BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I ALSO MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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              • 03:27:00 PM

                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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              • 03:27:08 PM

                MR. POLIS

                MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

              • 03:27:11 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, AND HOUSE RESOLUTION 905, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. MOTION TO RECONSIDER ON THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE OF H.R. 2, PASSAGE OF H.R. 2, IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 953 IF ORDERED, AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCT D AS A 15 -- CUCT AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION TO RECONSIDER THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE OF H.R. 2 ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE WAS ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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            • 03:27:19 PM

              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 953, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

              • 03:27:34 PM

                UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on the motion to reconsider the vote on the question of passage of H.R. 2, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                • 03:28:06 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  MR. RYAN OF WISCONSIN MOVES TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF…

                  MR. RYAN OF WISCONSIN MOVES TO RECONSIDER THE VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE OF H.R. 2.

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                • 03:28:11 PM

                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 15-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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                • 03:28:29 PM

                  Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2 — "To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes."

                  • 03:28:52 PM

                    On motion to reconsider Roll Call 283 - Recorded vote pending.

                  • 03:53:41 PM

                    House Vote 283 - On Motion to Reconsider

                    Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018

                    Passed (233 - 191)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 233
                    Republican - 233

                    Vote Details: No - 191
                    Democratic - 191

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 3
                    Democratic - 2
                    Republican - 1

                    • 03:53:43 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 191. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

                      ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 191. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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                    • 03:53:44 PM

                      On passage Roll Call 284 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                      • 03:53:57 PM

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                        THE REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                      • 03:53:59 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                        THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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                      • 04:00:38 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 213. THE NAYS ARE 211. THE BILL IS PASSED. THE…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 213. THE NAYS ARE 211. THE BILL IS PASSED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 953 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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                  • 04:00:42 PM

                    House Vote 284 - On Passage

                    Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018

                    Passed (213 - 211)
                    Yea
                    Nay

                    Vote Details: Yea - 213
                    Republican - 213

                    Vote Details: Nay - 211
                    Democratic - 191
                    Republican - 20

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 4
                    Republican - 2
                    Democratic - 2

                    • 04:00:45 PM

                      Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 953 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6136) to amend the immigration laws and provide for border security, and for other purposes."

                      • 04:00:58 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 156, HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

                        HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 156, HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 6136, TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND PROVIDE FOR BORDER SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                    • 04:00:59 PM

                      On ordering the previous question Roll Call 285 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

                      • 04:01:11 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

                        THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE -- [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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                      • 04:06:55 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223. THE NAYS ARE -- 233. THE NAYS ARE 193.…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223. THE NAYS ARE -- 233. THE NAYS ARE 193. EXCUSE ME. LET ME REPEAT THAT. ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS OF 191. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION SON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. -- 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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                  • 04:07:03 PM

                    House Vote 285 - On Ordering the Previous Question

                    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6136) to amend the immigration laws and provide for border security, and for other purposes.

                    Passed (233 - 191)
                    Yea
                    Nay

                    Vote Details: Yea - 233
                    Republican - 233

                    Vote Details: Nay - 191
                    Democratic - 191

                    Vote Details: Not Voting - 3
                    Democratic - 2
                    Republican - 1

                    • 04:07:05 PM

                      On agreeing to the resolution Roll Call 286 - Recorded vote pending.

                      • 04:07:21 PM

                        MR. POLIS

                        I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                      • 04:07:24 PM

                        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

                        THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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                  • 04:14:48 PM

                    House Vote 286 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

                    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6136) to amend the immigration laws and provide for border security, and for other purposes.

                    Passed (227 - 195)
                    Aye
                    No

                    Vote Details: Aye - 227
                    Republican - 227

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

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

                    • 04:14:49 PM

                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 19245E6789RES. RUTION IS…

                      ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 19245E6789RES. RUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID MONOTHE TABLE. -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 04:14:50 PM

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

                    • 04:14:59 PM

                      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.

                      • 04:15:07 PM

                        On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

                        • 04:15:08 PM

                          The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 2.

                          • 04:15:20 PM

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                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 2, THE CLERK BE…

                            I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IN THE ENGROSSMENT OF H.R. 2, THE CLERK BE AUTHORIZED TO CORRECT SECTION NUMBERS, PUNCTUATION AND CROSS REFERENCES TO MAKE SUCH TECHNICAL AND CONDITION FORMING CHANGES AS MAY BE NEEDED TO ACCURATELY THE RE-FLECT THE WILL OF THE HOUSE.

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                      • 04:15:36 PM

                        Recess

                        The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

                        • 06:23:36 PM

                          Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 953. H.R. 6136 — "To amend the immigration laws and provide for border security, and for other purposes."

                        • 06:23:36 PM

                          Reconvened

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

                          • 06:23:41 PM

                            Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6136 with 1 hour of general debate. Motion to recommit allowed. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6136 under a closed rule.

                            • 06:23:48 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR BORDER SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

                            • 06:23:51 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              FOR BORDER SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

                            • 06:24:00 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE BILL -- PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS…

                              THE BILL -- PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR, 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 HOW 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. MCCAUL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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                        • 06:24:31 PM

                          DEBATE

                          The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 6136.

                          • 06:24:39 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS TO H.R. 6136.

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                          • 06:24:50 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 06:24:53 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MOIRGES I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME -- MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH…

                            MOIRGES I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME -- MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                          • 06:24:58 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 06:25:00 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MICHAEL MCCAUL, CARLOS CURBELO, JEFF DENHAM AND I INTRODUCED H.R. 6136, TO…

                            MICHAEL MCCAUL, CARLOS CURBELO, JEFF DENHAM AND I INTRODUCED H.R. 6136, TO BE A CONSENSUS BILL DESIGNED TO BRING MEMBERS TOGETHER. IT IS THE PRODUCT OF FRUITFUL NEGOTIATIONS AND WILL OFFER US A PATH FORWARD TOWARDS TRUE IMMIGRATION REFORM. AS WITH THE SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT, THIS BILL PROVIDES A LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION OF DACA, WHICH WAS IMPOSED THROUGH AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL ABUSE OF EXECUTIVE POWER BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. BUT IN ADDITION TO A RENEWABLE LEGAL STATUS, THIS BILL EXPANDS RELIEF TO THOSE WHO WERE ELIGIBLE FOR DACA BUT NEVER APPLIED. MANY DID NOT APPLY BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT DACA WAS SIMPLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. H.R. 6136 ALSO CREATES A MERIT-BASED GREEN CARD PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM IS THE FIRST EVER POINT SYSTEM BASED ON EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, APPRENTICESHIP, EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE, ENGLISH PROFICIENCY AND MILITARY SERVICE UNDER U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW. ALIENS WITH SIMILAR LIFE EXPERIENCES TO DACA RECIPIENTS CAN ALSO APPLY. THOSE WHO WERE BROUGHT TO THE U.S. AS MINORS BY PARENTS ON TEMPORARY WORK VISAS AND GREW UP IN THE U.S. ALL OTHER DACA LEGISLATION THAT I AM AWARE OF DISCRIMINATES AGAINST SUCH PERSONS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY AND THEIR PARENTS HAVEN'T VIOLATED OUR LAWS. TO BE CLEAR, THERE IS NO SPECIAL PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DACA RECIPIENTS OR DACA-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS. IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE DACA DILEMMA DOES NOT RECUR AFTER A FEW SHORT YEARS. AS WITH H.R. 4760, IT WILL END CATCH AND RELEASE. BATTLE ASYLUM FRAUD. AND REQUIRE THAT UNACCOMPANIED MINORS CAUGHT AT THE BORDER BE TREATED EQUALLY, REGARDLESS OF THEIR HOME COUNTRY. AS WITH H.R. 4760, IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE LAW NO LONGER TEMPTS MINORS AND THEIR PARENTS TO MAKE THE DANGEROUS, ILLEGAL JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES OR TO LINE THE POCKETS OF CARTELS. WE MUST TURN OFF THE IRRESISTIBLE JOBS MAGNET IF WE ARE EVER TO EFFECTIVELY DEAL WHICH WILL LEGAL IMMIGRATION. WHILE EXPANSION OF THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL E-VERIFY PROGRAM IS NOT CONTAINED IN H.R. 6136, I AM PLEASED THAT LEADERSHIP HAS COMMITTED TO BRINGING SUCH LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR THIS SUMMER. AS WITH H.R. 4760, THE BILL WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO DEPORT GANG MEMBERS WHO ARE AGGRAVATED FELONS OR WHO HAVE MULTIPLE D.U.I.'S. H.R. 6136 MODERNIZES OUR LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT WILL REDUCE EXTENDED FAMILY CHAIN MIGRATION. AND TERMINATE THE DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM, WHICH AWARDS GREEN CARD BY RANDOM LOTTERY TO PEOPLE WITH NO TIES IT REDUCES OVERALL IMMIGRATION NUMBERS AND SHIFTS TO A FIRST IN LINE VISA SYSTEM BY ELIMINATING THE CAP ON GREEN CARDS. THE BILL BEGINS A SHIFT TO A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM BY ESTABLISHING THE MERIT HIFERE BASED GREEN CARD PROGRAM THAT I DESCRIBED. THE BILL CORRECTS THE DISASTROUS FLORES SETTLEMENT TO ENSURE THAT MINORS APPREHENDED AT THE BORDER ARE NOT SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS WHEN THE PARENTS ARE PLACED IN D.H.S. CUSTODY. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 6136 ADDRESSES FAMILY SEPARATION IN LIGHT OF THE ZERO TOLERANCE PROSECUTION INITIATIVE BY MANDATING THAT D.H.S., NOT D.O.J. MAINTAIN THE CUSTODY OF ALIENS CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL ENTRY ALONG WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THIS WOULD APPLY TO THOSE WHO ENTER THE COUNTRY WITH CHILDREN AND NOT PERMIT THOSE CHARGED WITH FELONIES TO BE DETAINED ALONG WITH. AND FACILITATE THIS REQUIREMENT. CONGRESS HAS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ACT NOW BEFORE THE COUNTRY ENDS UP WITH ANOTHER LARGE POPULATION WHO CROSSED THE BORDER ILLEGALLY AS CHILDREN. LET'S TAKE THIS HISTORIC MOMENT TO COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT VITAL LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES COMMON SENSE REASONABLE SOLUTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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                          • 06:29:33 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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                          • 06:29:49 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

                          • 06:29:52 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 06:29:54 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 6136, FAR FROM BEING A MODERATE AND COMPROMISED…

                            I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 6136, FAR FROM BEING A MODERATE AND COMPROMISED BILL, THIS BILL IS EXTREME AND UNREASONABLE. THIS BILL ELIMINATES THE VISA PROGRAM AND CUTS OFF BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM RE-UNIFYING FAMILIES AND INVOKES FAMILIES MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS TO RE-UNIFY WITH THEIR BROTHERS, SISTERS AND PARENTS. THIS CRUEL SEPARATION POLICY NOTHING IN THE BILL PROHIBITS FAMILY SEPARATION OR LIMITS CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS AND THE BILL REQUIRES THE LONG-TERM DETENTION OF FAMILIES AND CHILDREN WHILE ACTUALLY REMOVING REQUIREMENTS AT DETENTION FACILITIES BE SAFE AND SANITARY. IT ELIMINATES ASYLUM PROTECTIONS AND WOULD PREVENT ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM APPLYING IN THE FIRST PLACE. THIS LEGISLATION SPENDS $23.4 BILLION TO FUND DONALD TRUMP'S NUN NECESSARY BORDER WALL. THIS BILL FAILS TO HAVE A PATH TO THE DREAMERS. HE CREATED HAVOC TO STRIP LEGAL STATUS WHO WERE BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES. REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP REPEATEDLY ANNOUNCED THEY INTENDED TO PROTECT THE DREAMERS. WE SEE THEIR SOLUTION AND HALF MEASURE AT BEST, AT LEAST FAR TOO MANY DREAMERS BEYOND. IT WOULD CUT OFF MILLIONS TO ELIGIBILITY. THE BILL ESTABLISHES A LONG AND DIFFICULT ROAD TO PERMANENT RESIDENTS BECAUSE OF THE LIMITED NUMBER OF VISAS AVAILABLE WOULD FORCE APPLICANTS TO WAIT UP TO 23 YEARS, 23 YEARS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE. MOST CALLING, EVEN ONE DOLLAR OF BORDER WALL IS RESCINDED BY A FUTURE CONGRESS, THE HONG AND DIFFICULT PATH WILL BE CANCELED ENTIRELY. THIS WOULD EFFECTIVELY HOLD THE DREAMERS HOSTAGE IN EVERY FUTURE APPROPRIATIONS THIS IS NOT A COMPROMISE. WHEN YOU EXCLUDED THE DEMOCRATS FROM NEGOTIATIONS. THERE IS IN FACT A COMPROMISE BIPARTISAN BILL. THE HURD-AGUILAR BILL, THAT PROVIDES A MEANINGFUL PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS. AND DOESN'T BOG THE BILL DOWN IN DIFFERENT CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT THE WALL OR ABOUT DIVERSITY VISAS OR ABOUT FAMILY LEGISLATION. THOSE ARE SEPARATE ISSUES THAT SHOULD BE DEBATED SEPARATELY. IF YOU WANT TO REDEEM YOUR PROMISE TO THE DREAMERS. THIS BILL IS HYPOCRITICAL BECAUSE IT DOESN'T REDEEM THE PROMISE TO THE DREAMERS AND BOGS IT DOWN IN OTHER ISSUES WHICH WE KNOW WILL PROBABLY RESULT IN THE BILL NEVER GOING ANYWHERE. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS NOT MODERATE. IT IS NOT A COMPROMISE. IT DOES NOT SOLVE THE DREAMER ISSUE. IT REFLECTS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S DECISION TO KEEP A REAL DREAMER BILL OFF THE FLOOR. IT IS YET ONE MORE EXTREME MEASURE BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT FAILS TO SOLVE THE REAL ISSUES PLAGUING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND BETRAYS THE PROMISE TO THE DREAMERS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 06:33:18 PM

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                          • 06:33:23 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

                            MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM GEORGIA, MS. HANDLE, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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                          • 06:33:41 PM

                            MS. HANDEL

                            THANK YOU. I VOTED IN SUPPORT OF THE GOOD LAT MCCAUL BILL AND I STAND HERE…

                            THANK YOU. I VOTED IN SUPPORT OF THE GOOD LAT MCCAUL BILL AND I STAND HERE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6136. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE MEASURE THAT ADDRESSES MANY ASPECTS OF OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IT WILL END THE LAWLESSNESS AT THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER WHILE ALSO PROVIDING THOUGHTFUL AND COMPASSIONATE SOLUTIONS TO PROTECT CHILDREN AT THE BORDER. SPECIFICALLY THIS BILL WILL FINALLY SECURE OUR BORDERS, WHICH IS CRITICAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY. IT PROVIDES $25 BILLION IN ADVANCED FUNDING FOR THE BORDER BARRIER SYSTEM, MORE BORDER PATROL PERSONNEL, AND SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY. THAT'S ADVANCED FUNDING. THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN VERY OFTEN HERE IN CONGRESS. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES MUCH-NEEDED MEASURES TO CURB VISA OVERSTAYS. IT LIMITS EXTENDED FAMILY MIGRATION, ELIMINATES LOTTERY VISAS, DETERS SANCTION WEAR CITIES AND ADDRESSES A-- SANCTUARY CITIES AND ADDRESSES ASYLUM FRAUD. IT ESTABLISHES A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR DACA INDIVIDUALS. THIS FRAMEWORK IS SENSIBLE AND COMPASSIONATE, A LONG-TERM SOLUTION THAT ALLOWS FOR LEGAL RESIDENCY THROUGH COMPETITIVE MERIT-BASED PROCESS. IMPORTANTLY, THE DACA PROVISIONS ARE CONTINGENT ON THE ACTUAL DEPLOYMENT OF MONEY AND RESOURCES FOR THAT BORDER WALL SYSTEM AND THE OTHER BORDER SECURITY MEASURES. WHILE THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT, BECAUSE FEW THINGS ARE, IT DOES REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL STEP FORWARD IN FIXING OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. MADAM SPEAKER, THE STATUS QUO IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE LONG PAST THE TIME FOR RHETORIC, POSTURING AND POLITICS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. IT IS TIME FOR REAL SOLUTIONS AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL OFFERS. IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. LET'S PASS THIS BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK, MADAM SPEAKER.

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                          • 06:35:42 PM

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                          • 06:35:45 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE IMMIGRATION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LOFGREN.

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                          • 06:35:59 PM

                            MS. LOFGREN

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE BE HONEST ABOUT WHY WE'RE…

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE BE HONEST ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. EVERY MAJOR PROBLEM IN THIS BILL , THAT THIS BILL PURPORTS TO TACKLE, WAS ACTUALLY CREATED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF. FIRST, THERE'S TRUMP'S POLICY OF RIPPING CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS. HE ISSUED AN ORDER LAST NIGHT PURPORTING TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, BUT WE WOULD NOT NEED TO ADDRESS IT IN LEGISLATION IF IT WEREN'T FOR HIS MISGUIDED POLICIES. AND I WILL POINT OUT THAT HIS REMEDY APPEARS TO BE THE SAME ONE THAT'S IN THIS BILL. WHICH IS TO PUT THE MOTHERS IN THE CAGES WITH THE TODDLERS AND TO INCARCERATE WHOLE FAMILIES. THEN WE HAVE THE DACA PROGRAM. THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CHOSE TO TERMINATE. HE SAYS HE CARES ABOUT DREAMERS, BUT IT WAS HIS OWN DECISION THAT CREATED THE PRESENT DANGER TO THESE YOUNG AMERICANS WAITING. AND FINALLY, WE HAVE THE ASSERTED NEED TO CHANGE OUR ASYLUM LAWS TO MAKE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO QUALIFY AND TO AUTHORIZE THE PROLONGED DETENTION OF ASYLUM SEEKING FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN, TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAWS. I MENTIONED DURING THE DISCUSSION OF THE RULE, THIS IS NOT THE -- NECESSARY. WE HAD A PROGRAM CALLED THE FAMILY CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, THAT ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT RESULTED IN 100%, 100% ATTENDANCE RATE AT IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEEDINGS. AND THAT'S IN FACT WHAT WE NEED. WE NEED ATTENDANCE AT THE COURT HEARING AND IF A PERSON PREVAILS, THEY WILL BE GRANTED ASYLUM. IF THEY FAIL, THEY WILL BE REMOVED. WHAT WE NEED HERE IS THE ORDERLY PROCESSING AND APPLICATION OF IMMIGRATION LAW INSTEAD OF THE CHAOS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BROUGHT TO US. I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THIS PROGRAM COSTS $36 A DAY COMPARED TO OVER $700 A DAY TO PUT A CHILD IN ONE OF THOSE CAGES. THOSE AREN'T MY FIGURES, THOSE ARE FROM D.H.S. YOU KNOW, WE DON'T NEED THIS LEGISLATION, WE NEED THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE ACTION. HE CAN DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TODAY BY PICKING UP THE PHONE. HE'S BACKED OFF TEMPORARILY, MAYBE, BECAUSE OF PUBLIC PRESSURE. BUT HE'S NOT ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF THE DREAMERS. YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE WORD A SPECIAL PATH MEANS, BUT THERE'S A NEW PATH FOR DREAMERS IN THIS BILL. HOWEVER, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED BY MR. NADLER, FOR SOME IT COULD TAKE AS LONG AS 23 YEARS. AND SO IF YOU'RE 27 YEARS OLD NOW, BY THE TIME YOU ARE ABLE TO APPLY AND RECEIVE U.S. CITIZENSHIP, YOU'D BE 55 YEARS OF AGE. I THINK THAT'S RIDICULOUS. ESPECIALLY AS WE HAVE ALL ACKNOWLEDGED THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE AMERICANS IN EVERY CAPACITY BUT FOR THEIR -- MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

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                            MR. NADLER

                            I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                          • 06:39:20 PM

                            MS. LOFGREN

                            I'D LIKE TO SAY, I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN THE DREAMERS, LITTLE…

                            I'D LIKE TO SAY, I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN THE DREAMERS, LITTLE CHILDREN, THE ASYLUM SEEKING FAMILIES AS HOSTAGES FOR THE ANTI-IMMIGRANT PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL. IT'S BEEN MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE A GENEROUS IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. TO WHOM? 2/3 OF THE VISAS GO TO THE IMMEDIATE NUCLEAR FAMILY OF AMERICANS. SO THAT'S WHAT WE WANT, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF -- TO ELIMINATE THE ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO HAVE THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WITH THEM IS SIMPLY WRONG. WE SHOULD VOTE AGAINST THIS DISASTER OF A BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:40:01 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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                          • 06:40:22 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, MR. JOHNSON.

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                            MR. JOHNSON

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OUR JOB AS LEGISLATORS IS TO LISTEN TO EACH…

                            THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OUR JOB AS LEGISLATORS IS TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER AND FIND COMMON GROUND, TO COMPROMISE FOR THE GOOD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY TRUMP REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO DO COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM WITHOUT ANY COMMITTEE HEARINGS, WITH DEMOCRATS, WITH NO CONSULTATION. THIS IS A SPECTACLE TRYING TO PASS LEGISLATION ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT, IN SUCH A HAPHAZARD AND SLIPSHOD MANNER. CONGRESS CAN CERTAINLY DO BETTER THAN THIS. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS. NEVER AGAIN SHOULD THESE TRUMP REPUBLICANS EVER CLAIM THAT THEY ADHERE TO REGULAR ORDER. THE INTEGRITY OF OUR PROCESS IN THIS HOUSE DEPENDS UPON CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF BILLS THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. SO THAT ONLY THOUGHTFUL LEGISLATION IS PASSED. AND OUR CONSIDERATION OF IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, THE DEBATE AND THE ABILITY TO COMPROMISE ARE ESSENTIAL. SADLY, I FEAR THAT WE'VE LOST THE ABILITY TO ENGAGE IN HONEST DEBATE AND WE'VE LOST THE WILL TO COMPROMISE. THOUGH THE ABILITY TO COMPROMISE IS IMPORTANT, WE DEMOCRATS CAN AGREE TO LOCK UP CHILDREN IN CAGES -- CAN'T AGREE TO LOCK UP CHILDREN IN CAGES. WE CAN'T AGREE TO A BILL THAT LEAVES DREAMERS BEHIND. COMBRO MICE DOES NOT ALLOW US TO TURN -- COMPROMISE DOES NOT ALLOW TO US TURN OUR BACKS TO ASYLUM SEEKERS OR TO STOP FAMILY IMMIGRATION OR TO KILL THE DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM, OR WASTE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BUILDING TRUMP'S BORDER WALL. THIS BILL DOES ALL THOSE THINGS. WE HAVE A NATIONAL CRISIS ON OUR HANDS AND AS WE SPEAK, 2,300 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN TORN AWAY FROM THE ARMS OF THEIR PARENTS AT THE U.S.-MEXICAN BORDER AND IT'S OUR JOB TO REMEDY THIS DISGRACE AND REUNITE THESE FAMILIES. I URGE YOU NOT TO SUPPORT THE BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT, A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION IS OUT THERE, BUT CLEARLY THIS BILL IS NOT IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:42:43 PM

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                          • 06:42:48 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I JUST WANT TO…

                            MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I JUST WANT TO SAY THE COMPLAINTS THAT THIS IS NOT A BIPARTISAN BILL, AND YET WE ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT DEMOCRATS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT. WE HAVE A VERY GOOD WAY TO ADDRESS THE DACA POPULATION IN THIS LEGISLATION. AND YET WHEN WE LOOK TO THE OTHER SIDE FOR HELP WITH SECURING OUR BORDER, WITH TAKING THE CURRENT FENCING, AND IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN ALONG THAT BORDER, PARTICULARLY IN SAN DIEGO WHERE THEY HAVE A VERY HIGH FENCE, BUT ALL IT IS IS A FENCE, YOU CAN TAKE A SAW, AN ELECTRIC SAW, AND CUT THROUGH THAT IN A MATTER OF SECONDS AND BE ON THE OTHER SIDE. BUT WHERE'S THE HELP FOR ADDRESSING THOSE KIND OF SECURITY MEASURES? I DON'T SEE IT. WE HAVE ADDRESSED IN THIS LEGISLATION THE FAMILY SEPARATION ISSUE IN A VERY GOOD WAY. WE AGREE FAMILIES SHOULD BE UNIFIED, IF IT'S SIMPLY A MATTER OF A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE THAT THE PARENTS ARE FACING. WE WANT THE CHILDREN TO BE DETAINED WITH THEM. BUT WHERE IS THE HELP THAT WE GET FROM THE OTHER SIDE IN TERMS OF ADDRESSING PROBLEMS LIKE CATCH AND RELEASE, PROBLEMS LIKE ASYLUM FRAUD? PROBLEMS LIKE UNACCOMPANIED MINOR STATUS WHERE WE HAVE A DISPARITY BETWEEN HOW WE HANDLE UNACCOMPANIED MINORS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER FROM CANADA OR MEXICO WHO ARE CANADIAN OR MEXICAN, BUT IF THEY'VE COME FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD THROUGH CANADA OR MEXICO, WE CAN'T TREAT THEM THE SAME WAY. ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE ADDRESSED IN THIS BILL. WE ARE ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON HOW TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION REFORM THROUGH THE FOUR PILLARS. MAKING SURE WE DO SOMETHING APPROPRIATE FOR THE DACA POPULATION. INCLUDING OPPORTUNITIES NOT FOR A SPECIAL PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP, BUT TO ULTIMATELY ATTAIN CITIZENSHIP IF THEY EARN IT. AND WE ARE ALSO ADDRESSING THE OTHER THREE CATEGORIES. BORDER SECURITY AND CLOSING THE LOOPHOLES IN OUR LAWS. ENDING THE VISA LOTTERY AND MOVING TO A MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. AND MOVING TOWARD FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT IS THE NUCLEAR FAMILY. YOUR SPOUSE AND YOUR CHILDREN. NOT EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS. I DON'T SEE ANYTHING ADDRESSING MOST OF THAT COMING FROM ANY LEGISLATION FROM THE DEMOCRATS. AND I CERTAINLY WOULD WELCOME SEEING THEIR PROPOSALS ON WHAT THEY WOULD DO FOR A WALL AND FENCING AND OTHER SECURITY MEASURES ALONG OUR BORDER. I'D BE VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT THEY DO TO HELP US MOVE FROM AN OVERWHELMINGLY FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO ONE THAT IS A MERIT-BASED SYSTEM. YOU KNOW, COUNTRIES LIKE CANADA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM AND AUSTRALIA, THEY GIVE THEIR IMMIGRANT VISAS, 50%, 60%, 70% OF THEIR CASES BASED UPON EDUCATION, JOB SKILLS, JOB OFFERS, TRAINING, AND WE ARE AT 12%. . THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 06:46:12 PM

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                          • 06:46:17 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES…

                            I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE PROMISED TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF THE DREAMERS AND TO GIVE THEM A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. THIS BILL DOES NOT DO THAT AND MAKES THEM HOSTAGE TO OTHER THINGS SUCH AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA TALKED ABOUT. WE DO NOT AGREE WE SHOULD GO AWAY FROM FAMILY BASED UNIFICATION. THE REPUBLICANS AGREE WITH THAT. WE OUGHT TO HAVE A BILL THAT TAKES CARE OF THE DREAMERS AS THE PRESIDENT AND THE SPEAKER PROMISED INSTEAD OF HOLDING THEM HOSTAGE TO ALL THESE OTHER THINGS WE DON'T AGREE TO. WE SHOULD HAVE A CLEAN DACA BILL . THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA.

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                          • 06:47:21 PM

                            MR. GRIJALVA

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL PROPOSED BY SPEAKER RYAN. A DAY AFTER THE…

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL PROPOSED BY SPEAKER RYAN. A DAY AFTER THE LIE THE RESIDENT STEPHEN MILLER THAT RIPPING CHILDREN FROM THEIR MOTHERS AND FATHERS FOR JAILING THEM WAS AN ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION, NOT A LAW, NOT A LOOPHOLE, NOT THE FAULT OF DEMOCRATS BUT THE SINGULAR AND CRUEL POLICY OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. H.R. 6136 DOES NOTHING TO REMEDY THE DALING OF THAT POLICY FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND PARENTS AND DOES NOTHING TO SEE THE CONSCIENCE OF THE NATION. IT HAS NO OVERSIGHT OR PUBLIC REVIEW OF FOR-PROFIT AND NONPROFIT CENTERS. ELIMINATES THE STANDARDS OF CARE TORE CHILDREN IN DETENTION SEPTEMBERERS. TODAY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT DACA RECIPIENTS. THEIR FATE IS SPENT TO SPENDING $23 BILLION ON A POLITICAL GIFT TO TRUMP FOR A WALL THAT PUTS WILDLIFE AND BORDER LINE COMMUNITIES AT RISK. A SYSTEM THAT WOULD DISQUALIFY OVER 80% OF CURRENT AND ELIGIBLE DREAMERS. WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS DREAMERS, ANOTHER TRUMP CREATED CRISIS. A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE THAT INCLUDES SOME THINGS THAT I WOULD OPPOSE BUT I WOULD VOTE FOR IT. BUT THIS EFFORT WAS SABOTAGED BY TRUMP AND THE REPUBLIC LEADERSHIP. WE ARE NOW TO ASKED ON H.R. 3136, THE ANTI-FAMILY VALUES BILL. IT IS WASTEFUL, REPRESSIVE AND MEANINGLESS. REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU SELL IT OR LIE ABOUT IT, THIS PARTICULAR PIG WILL NEVER BE A SILK PURSE. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:49:27 PM

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

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                          • 06:49:35 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

                            IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES.

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                          • 06:49:41 PM

                            MR. FLORES

                            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 136. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN DEMRAT FOR…

                            I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 136. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN DEMRAT FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEND TIME FOR TALKING ABOUT THIS. I REPRESENT THE 17TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS WHICH HAS A NUMBER OF COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT ARE HOME TO HUNDREDS OF DREAMERS WHO ARE STUDYING TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES. WE SHOULD GIVE THEM A PATH TO COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH AN EARNED PATH TO LEGAL STATUS. THESE DREAMERS WERE BROUGHT HERE BY THEIR PARENTS AND FOR MOST, AMERICA IS THE ONLY HOME THEY KNOW. THEY DID NOT COMMIT THE CRIMES TO ENTER THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. AND THIS SAYING IS AMNESTY IS DIFFICULT. IT WILL ENSURE THAT CHILDREN THAT ARE AP PRESENT HEPPEDED AT THE BORDER WILL NOT BE SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENT. ENFORCING THE LAW IS IMPORTANT FOR THE INTEGRITY OF OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND FOR THE IMMIGRANTS THAT COME TO OUR COUNTRY LEGALLY, MANY OF WHOM WHO RESIDE IN OUR STRICT. THE PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT TO STOP THE SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. ONLY CONGRESS CAN ENACT A PERMANENT SOLUTION THAT AMENDS CURRENT LAW THAT HAS FLAWS AND LOOPHOLES AND OVERTURNS LEGAL PRESS DENTS BY THE COURTS. THIS BILL INCLUDES FOUR PILLARS THAT WERE AGREED ON BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND DEALS WITH BORDER SECURITY AND COMES UP WITH A SOLUTION FOR THE DREAMERS AND GETS RID OF A VISA LOTTERY WHICH HASN'T BEEN HELPFUL AND IT REFORMS CHAIN MIGRATION SO WE CAN BRING IN THE IMMIGRANTS THAT WILL BE INTEGRAL. I WILL NOT WE CANNOT MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT ENACTING STRONG BORDER SECURITIES AND THE SOLUTION FOR OUR DREAMERS THAT THIS BILL PUTS FORWARD WILL STRENGTHEN BORDER SECURITY. ROBUST SECURITY INCLUDES A BORDER WALL AND IT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH BORDER TECHNOLOGY, PERSONNEL AND MODERNIZATION OF OUR PORTS OF ENTRY. THIS BILL RIGHTLY AUTHORIZES THOSE COMPONENTS. I URGE A YES VOTE FROM ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THIS BILL AND I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:52:28 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA MS.…

                            I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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                            THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. SCHULTZ SCHULTZ MADAM SPEAKER --

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                          • 06:52:42 PM

                            MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

                            I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO REPUBLICAN-ONLY COMPROMISED BILL. THIS IS…

                            I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO REPUBLICAN-ONLY COMPROMISED BILL. THIS IS AMERICA'S SOURCE OF STRENGTH. THIS BILL GUTS ASYLUM PROTECTIONS AND DASHES THE HOPES OF LITTLE IMMIGRANTS SEEKING TO REIGNITE. THIS IS A PONZI SCHEME TO BUY AN EXTENSIVE BORDER WALL THAT TRUMP PROMISE THAT HAD MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR. AS A MOTHER, THIS BILL MAKES MY STOMACH TURN. DESPITE CONGRESS DIAL TEARS, THIS DOESN'T PUT AN END TO THE CHILD ABUSE AND INNOCENT DREAMERS WOULD BE FORCED TO NAVIGATE THAT COULD TAKE 20 YEARS. REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S CHALLENGES. THE PRESIDENT PUT OUR CHILDREN IN FENCED CAGES. WITH THIS BILL, REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE ABOUT TO PUT LADY BIBT IN A FENCED CAGE WHICH WOULD BE REVOLTING. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:53:53 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON EACH SIDE?

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                            EACH SIDE HAS 7 1/2 REMAINING.

                          • 06:54:04 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            I RESERVE.

                          • 06:54:07 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I YIELD 1 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD…

                            I YIELD 1 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD ALLARD.

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                          • 06:54:18 PM

                            MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS EVIDENCE THAT DOES DO NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE…

                            I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS EVIDENCE THAT DOES DO NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE CHILDREN THAT ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS AND DOESN'T ADDRESS THE PLIGHT OF DREAMERS. INSTEAD OF UNITING FAMILIES, IT ELIMINATES THE ABILITY TO SPONSOR PARENTS AND ADULT CHILDREN AND SIBLINGS AND ABANDONS FAMILY MEMBERS WAITING TO ENTER. THIS BILL LIMITS ACCESS TO ASYLUM AND ELIMINATES PROVISIONS THAT PROTECT CHILDREN TO SEEK REFUGE AND EXCLUDES THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS AND NO GUARANTEE OF CITIZENSHIP AND DOESN'T REMOVE THE FEAR OF DREAMERS AWAY FROM FAMILIES. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A SHAM. IT AUTHORIZES PROLONGED DETENTIONS, FUNDS URM TRUMP'S BORDER WALL AND WEAKENS CHILD PROTECTION LAWS AND ERODES OUR TRADITIONS OF UNITING FAMILIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS IRRESPONSIBLE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 06:55:39 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 06:55:46 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            I RESERVE.

                          • 06:55:48 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 06:55:55 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,…

                            I NOW YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS.

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                          • 06:56:06 PM

                            MRS. DAVIS

                            MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, I LED MY COLLEAGUES IN A LETTER TO SECRETARY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, I LED MY COLLEAGUES IN A LETTER TO SECRETARY NIELSEN ASKING ABOUT PLANS TO REYOU NYE FILE THE THOUSANDS OF CHIRNS SEPARATED. NEITHER THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER NOR THE BILLS BEFORE US ADDRESS THE CRISES FACING THESE CHILDREN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW HOW AND WHEN THE DETAINED CHILDREN WILL BE RETURNED TO THEIR PARENTS. WHAT IS THE PLAN TO REUNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR LOVED ONES? WHAT ARE THE AGENCIES DOING TO ENSURE THIS REUNIFICATION? ARE THEY GUARANTEEING THAT FAMILY MEMBERS THAT COME FORWARD WILL NOT BE AT RISK OF DEPORTATION THEMSELVES? SHOULDN'T THESE QUESTIONS BE AT THE HEART OF ANY LEGISLATION WE CONSIDER? OTHERWISE, IT BECOMES A PRIORITY TO BUILD A WALL INSTEAD OF SOLVING THESE OVERRIDING HUMANITARIAN CRISES. THIS ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO CREATE PROBLEMS AND THEN CRAMBLES TO SHIFT BLAME AFTER PUBLIC OUTCRIES. WE SAW IT WITH THE MUSLIM BAN. WE SAW IT WITH DACA. AND NOW THESE CHILDREN ARE THE LATEST VICTIMS. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR END TOLERANCE. I LOOK FORWARD, MR. SPEAKER, TO HEARING BACK ON D.H.S. AND H.H.S. AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO.

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                          • 06:57:46 PM

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                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES.…

                            THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 06:57:56 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 06:58:04 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,…

                            I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS.

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 06:58:20 PM

                            MR. LEWIS

                            MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. NADLER, FOR YIELDING. MR.…

                            MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. NADLER, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART TO OPPOSE THIS MEAN-SPIRITED BILL. THE HOUSE DOES NOTHING TO STOP FAMILIES FROM BEING TORN APART OR LOCKED BEHIND CAGES, BEHIND BARS. THIS THEY WON'T BRING A CLEEM DREAM ACT TO THE FLOOR. YOU DO NOTHING TO STOP THIS ADMINISTRATION ASSAULT ON IMGRANS' FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. THE WORLD IS WATCHING WITH SHAME AND DISGUST. THE LATE APRIL RANDOLPH DURING THE 1960'S REMINDED US WE HAVE COME TO THIS LAND IN DIFFERENT SHIPS BUT WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT NOW. AND JUST THREE SHORT YEARS AGO, THE POPE REMINDED THIS BODY TO DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO TO YOU. MR. SPEAKER, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE VERY SOUL OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE. AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT. THE MORAL PRINCIPLE IS SIMPLE. WILL YOU LEAD OR FOLLOW? WILL YOU BRING A BIPARTISAN COMPASSION NATURE BILL TO THE FLOOR AND SHOW THE NATION AND THE WORLD THAT WE RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE DIGNITY OF EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD. MR. SPEAKER, WILL YOU OFFER YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS A LIFE VEST OR LET THEM DROWN? WE CAN DO BETTER AS A NATION AND AS A PEOPLE. WILL YOU BE A HEAD LIGHT? WILL YOU BE A HEAD LIGHT? WILL YOU LEAD? WILL YOU BE COMPASSIONATE? AND LOOK OUT FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS? LOOK OUT FOR THE DREAMERS, LOOK OUT FOR THE LITTLE CHILDREN. THE MOTHERS AND THE FATHERS. THE CHOICE, THE RESPONSIBILITY ARE YOURS, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 07:00:40 PM

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                            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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                          • 07:00:43 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

                          • 07:00:45 PM

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

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 07:00:50 PM

                            MR. NADLER

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

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

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                          • 07:00:56 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:00:59 PM

                            MR. COSTA

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS REPUBLICAN PARTISAN BILL. JUST A…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS REPUBLICAN PARTISAN BILL. JUST A FEW DAYS AGO I TRAVELED TO SAN DIEGO WITH SEVERAL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO SEE FIRSTHAND HOW CURRENT IMMIGRATION POLICIES ARE BEING ENFORCED. THERE WERE CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS AND MIGRANTS SEEKING ASYLUM. OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION IS MAKING A CHALLENGING SITUATION WORSE. OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH. WHY DON'T WE TRY SITTING DOWNED AND WORKING TOGETHER ON REAL -- DOWN AND WORKING TOGETHER ON REAL BIPARTISAN REFORM? THIS IS A PARTISAN PROPOSAL THAT HOLDS DREAMERS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN HOSTAGE AND DOES NOTHING FOR CALIFORNIA FARM WORKERS. WHAT'S WORSE, IT BUILDS A $25 BILLION WALL THAT BY ITSELF DOES NOT PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS FOR OUR BORDER SECURITY, WHICH WE ALL BELIEVE IN. BY THE WAY, DIDN'T THE PRESIDENT PROMISE THAT MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR THIS WALL? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING. VOTE NO. LET'S GET BACK TO WORKING ON BIPARTISAN REFORM. REFORM THAT PROVIDES US WITH BORDER SECURITY WE NEED AND FIXES OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND RESPECTS THE DIGNITY AND THE HUMANITY OF ASPIRING AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:02:16 PM

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                            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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                          • 07:02:19 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

                          • 07:02:21 PM

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                            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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                          • 07:02:29 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, BUT BEFORE I DO I HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, BUT BEFORE I DO I HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. WILL THE HOUSE VOTE ON THIS MEASURE TONIGHT?

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                          • 07:02:41 PM

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                            THE CHAIR CANNOT COMMENT ON THE LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE. THE CHAIR CANNOT…

                            THE CHAIR CANNOT COMMENT ON THE LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE. THE CHAIR CANNOT COMMENT ON THE LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE.

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                          • 07:02:48 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            WILL THE HOUSE VOTE TOMORROW?

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR CANNOT COMMENT ON THE LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE.

                          • 07:02:54 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            ACCOUNT CHAIR ADVISE WHEN THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON THIS MEASURE?

                          • 07:02:57 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR CANNOT COMMENT ON THE LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE.

                          • 07:02:59 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            UNDER THE RULE, THE MINORITY, THE DEMOCRATS, ARE ENTITLED TO OFFER ONE…

                            UNDER THE RULE, THE MINORITY, THE DEMOCRATS, ARE ENTITLED TO OFFER ONE FINAL AMENDMENT IN THE FORM OF A MOTION TO RECOMMIT. WHEN WILL WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY?

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                          • 07:03:13 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR CANNOT COMMENT ON DEBATE ON THE BILL AT THIS TIME.

                          • 07:03:17 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            WE NORMALLY HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY IN DEBATE. WILL WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY…

                            WE NORMALLY HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY IN DEBATE. WILL WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY IN DEBATE TONIGHT?

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                          • 07:03:23 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR IS ENTERTAINING DEBATE ON THE BILL.

                          • 07:03:26 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I UNDERSTAND THAT. WILL WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AS PART OF THAT DEBATE TO…

                            I UNDERSTAND THAT. WILL WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AS PART OF THAT DEBATE TO OFFER THE AMENDMENT IN THE FORM OF A MOTION TO RECOMMIT, AS IS OUR RIGHT DURING DEBATE?

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                          • 07:03:43 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            UNDER THE RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS…

                            UNDER THE RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS AVAILABLE.

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                          • 07:03:48 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            SO I TAKE IT THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER THAT MOTION TO RECOMMIT BEFORE…

                            SO I TAKE IT THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER THAT MOTION TO RECOMMIT BEFORE WE FINISH DEBATE TONIGHT?

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                          • 07:03:59 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR IS CURRENTLY ENTERTAINING DEBATE ON THE BILL.

                          • 07:04:01 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            YOU DIDN'T ANSWER MY QUESTION, SIR. WE ARE, OF COURSE, ENTERTAINING DEBATE…

                            YOU DIDN'T ANSWER MY QUESTION, SIR. WE ARE, OF COURSE, ENTERTAINING DEBATE ON THE BILL NOW. THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT -- THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IS PART OF THAT DEBATE AND MY QUESTION IS, WILL WE BE PERMITTED TO OFFER THAT MOTION TO RECOMMIT BEFORE WE FINISH DEBATE TONIGHT?

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                          • 07:04:24 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            AFTER THE HOUR OF DEBATE ON THIS BILL IS EXPIRED, THERE MAY BE THE…

                            AFTER THE HOUR OF DEBATE ON THIS BILL IS EXPIRED, THERE MAY BE THE POSSIBILITY --

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                          • 07:04:29 PM

                            MR. NADLER

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                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            AFTER THE HOUR OF DEBATE ON THIS BILL HAS EXPIRED, THERE MAY BE AN…

                            AFTER THE HOUR OF DEBATE ON THIS BILL HAS EXPIRED, THERE MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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                          • 07:04:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THERE MAY BE. IF THE CHAIR CAN'T ANSWER, PERHAPS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

                            THERE MAY BE. IF THE CHAIR CAN'T ANSWER, PERHAPS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION ABOUT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                          • 07:04:49 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD.

                          • 07:04:51 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                          • 07:04:52 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            I DON'T CONTROL THE FLOOR SCHEDULE SO I CAN'T ANSWER THE GENTLEMAN'S…

                            I DON'T CONTROL THE FLOOR SCHEDULE SO I CAN'T ANSWER THE GENTLEMAN'S QUESTION AS TO THE TIMING OF WHEN THE GENTLEMAN'S OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER A MOTION TO RECOMMIT, WHICH THE RULES PROVIDES FOR, WILL BE AFFORDED TO HIM. I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT.

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                          • 07:05:08 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            CAN THE CHAIRMAN PERHAPS COMMENT ON WHEN THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON THIS BILL?

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                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            AGAIN, I DON'T CONTROL THE FLOOR AND I DON'T HAVE ANY DIRECT ADVISE ON…

                            AGAIN, I DON'T CONTROL THE FLOOR AND I DON'T HAVE ANY DIRECT ADVISE ON WHEN THAT WILL TAKE PLACE -- ADVICE ON WHEN THAT WILL TAKE PLACE.

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                          • 07:05:23 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR WHAT PURPOSE ARE WE DEBATING THIS BILL TONIGHT IF WE…

                            MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR WHAT PURPOSE ARE WE DEBATING THIS BILL TONIGHT IF WE CANNOT GUARANTEE WHEN OR IF WE WILL VOTE? LET ME REPHRASE THE QUESTION. CAN THE CHAIR GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL IN FACT VOTE ON THIS BILL AT SOME POINT?

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                          • 07:05:45 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OR?

                          • 07:05:47 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            I'M ASKING THE ACTING SPEAKER RIGHT NOW.

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                            YEAH. THE CHAIRMAN JUST REITERATED THAT THE CHAIR IS ENTERTAINING DEBATE…

                            YEAH. THE CHAIRMAN JUST REITERATED THAT THE CHAIR IS ENTERTAINING DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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                          • 07:06:05 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            WELL, WE ARE ENTERTAINING DEBATE ON THE BILL OBVIOUSLY. BUT CAN YOU…

                            WELL, WE ARE ENTERTAINING DEBATE ON THE BILL OBVIOUSLY. BUT CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL IN FACT VOTE ON THIS BILL AT SOME POINT? OTHERWISE WHY ARE WE WASTING TIME?

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                          • 07:06:17 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR WILL NOT ADVISE ON FOOTTURE LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE.

                          • 07:06:23 PM

                            MR. NADLER

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                            MR. NADLER

                            CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO OFFER OUR MOTION TO…

                            CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT WE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO OFFER OUR MOTION TO RECOMMIT, WHETHER OR NOT WE EVER VOTE ON THIS BILL?

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                          • 07:06:38 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR WOULD REITERATE THAT THE RULE DOES PROVIDE ONE MOTION TO…

                            THE CHAIR WOULD REITERATE THAT THE RULE DOES PROVIDE ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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                          • 07:06:43 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            BUT THE CHAIR WILL NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE RULE WILL BE ADHERED TO AND GIVE…

                            BUT THE CHAIR WILL NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE RULE WILL BE ADHERED TO AND GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER THAT MOTION?

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                          • 07:06:53 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE CHAIR IS ENTERTAINING DEBATE ON THE BILL.

                          • 07:06:56 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            OK. THE CHAIR IS BEING VERY FORTHCOMING. I DO ASSUME THAT WE WILL HAVE THE…

                            OK. THE CHAIR IS BEING VERY FORTHCOMING. I DO ASSUME THAT WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER OUR MOTION TO RECOMMIT. I FURTHER ASSUME THAT AT SOME POINT WE WILL VOTE ON THIS BILL, OTHERWISE EVERYTHING THE MAJORITY HAS SAID ABOUT WHY IT'S BEING OFFERED WOULD BE A LITTLE LESS THAN HONEST. I WILL NOW CLOSE. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, THIS SUPPOSED COMPROMISE BILL IS A SHAM. IT FAILS TO COVER DREAMERS OR PROVIDE THEM WITH A CERTAIN PATH TO CITIZENSHIP. IT FAILS TO END THE TRUMP FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY. IT REVOKES CRITICAL PROTECTIONS FOR DETAINED CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. IT ELIMINATES IMPORTANT ASYLUM PROTECTIONS. IT MAKES COMMUNITIES LESS SAFE. AND IT SLASHES LEGAL FAMILY IMMIGRATION. AT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, THIS BILL ATTACKS FAMILY UNITY, ATTACKS IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES, AND ATTACKS COMMON DECENCY. AND IT EVADES FULFILLING THE PLEDGE OF THE SPEAKER AND THE PRESIDENT THAT WE WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT -- THAT WE WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM AND ALLOW A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR THE DREAMERS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:08:10 PM

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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.

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                          • 07:08:15 PM

                            MR. GOODLATTE

                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING ON OUR SIDE, I YIELD THE BALANCE…

                            MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING ON OUR SIDE, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO.

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                          • 07:08:21 PM

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                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. CURB CURB THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. CURB CURB THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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                          • 07:08:25 PM

                            MR. CURBELO

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN. THE REASON…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN. THE REASON I'M HERE, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS BECAUSE I MADE A COMMITMENT TO MY CONSTITUENTS, AND REALLY TO THE COUNTRY, THAT I WANTED TO IMPROVE OUR COUNTRY'S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. IF YOU LOOK AT THE REALITY OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY, IT'S REALLY SAD. WE HAVE A CHAOTIC SITUATION AT THE BORDER. WE HAVE DRUG TRAFFICKERS ACTIVE AT THE BORDER, BRINGING IN THEIR DRUGS, POISONING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE HUMAN TRAFFICERS, WHICH ARE EXPLOITING SOME OF THE MOST -- HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, WHICH ARE EXPLOITING SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, PROFITING OFF OF THEM. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN THAT GET BROUGHT OVER BY COYOTES GET ABUSED, MOLESTED, RAPED. THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENING AT OUR SOUTHWEST BORDER. AND IT HAS TO CHANGE. THE UNDERLYING BILL INVESTS IN BORDER SECURITY AND MOST AMERICANS, AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, WANT TO SEE THE SITUATION AT THE BORDER IMPROVED. AND AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY BELIEVES THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIKE EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, HAS THE RIGHT AND THE DUTY TO ENFORCE ITS LAWS AND TO PROTECT ITS BORDERS. I'M ALSO HERE, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I MADE A COMMITMENT TO SOME OF THE VICTIMS OF OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG IMMIGRANTS IN OUR COUNTRY WHO WERE BROUGHT OVER AS CHILDREN. SOME OF THEM HAVE NO MEMORY OF THEIR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN. THEY ARE THE VICTIMS OF A BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. SOME OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, I KNOW THEIR STORIES BECAUSE I KNOW THEM WELL. WHEN THEY'RE 14 OR 15 THEY DISCOVER THAT THEY'RE UNDOCUMENTED. AFTER YEARS OF HAVING SAT IN CLASSROOMS WITH OTHER KIDS, PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO OUR OWN FLAG, AND LOVING THIS COUNTRY JUST AS MUCH AS WE DO. AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL CONTAINS A SOLUTION THAT'S FAIR TO THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS. IF WE DON'T PASS THIS BILL, THESE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS, THE DREAMERS, THE DACA RECIPIENTS, COULD LOSE ALL OF THEIR PROTECTIONS IN A MATTER OF MONTHS. NOW, WE DON'T HAVE TO GET INTO WHY OR HOW THAT HAPPENED. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME COURT CHALLENGES OUT THERE. BUT THAT'S THE REALITY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH TODAY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'VE ALL SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THIS TRAGEDY OF CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED AT THE BORDER. AND THE DIFFICULT POSITION THAT THE CURRENT AND THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WERE IN OF HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ENFORCING OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS AND SEPARATING FAMILIES. YES, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PLANNED AND STARTED DETAINING FAMILIES TOGETHER UNTIL A COURT TOLD THEM THAT THEY COULD NOT. AND NOW WE HAVE A TRUE TRAGEDY ON OUR HANDS. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO HELP SOLVE THAT ISSUE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE MODERNIZE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. BY MAKING SURE THAT OUR ECONOMY'S NEEDS ARE MET. NOW, THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO VOTE NO AND TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THE STATUS QUO. A FAILED, BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT HAS CREATED SO MANY VICTIMS OVER THE YEARS. FROM THE SMALL CHILDREN WHO GET ABUSED BY THE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, TO THE YOUNG IMMIGRANTS IN OUR COUNTRY WHO DISCOVERED ONE DAY THAT THEY WERE UNDOCUMENTED. TO DRUG TRAFFICKING AT THE BORDER THAT'S POISONING SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. A VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL IS A VOTE FOR THAT STATUS QUO. AND I DON'T THINK ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER SUPPORTS THE STATUS QUO ON IMMIGRATION. SO I RESPECTFULLY ASK MY COLLEAGUES, I KNOW THIS BILL ISN'T PERFECT. THIS ISN'T THE BILL I WOULD HAVE DRAFTED. MY BILL IS THE RECOGNIZING AMERICA'S CHILDREN ACT. THAT'S THE BILL THAT I DRAFTED AND THAT I WOULD PREFER. BUT THERE'S 435 OF US IN THIS CHAMBER. AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO MEET SOMEWHERE. MEET IN THE MIDDLE. COMPROMISE. AND LET'S NOT LET THIS TIME BE LIKE IT ALWAYS IS ON IMMIGRATION, WHERE EVERYONE SAYS, UNLESS I CAN GET 100% OF WHAT I WANT, NO ONE'S GOING TO GET ANYTHING. AND THAT MIGHT BE EASY FOR US TO SAY HERE IN THIS CHAMBER. BUT THAT ISN'T SOMETHING EASY FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR, FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FOR YOUNG IMMIGRANTS BROUGHT TO OUR COUNTRY, FOR THE DACA POPULATION. THAT ISN'T EASY FOR THEM TO HEAR. THEY WANT TO HEAR THAT WE'RE GOING TO FIND A WAY TO GET TO YES. AND THAT ALTHOUGH OUR SOLUTION MIGHT NOT BE PERFECT, IT WILL LEAVE US AT A PLACE BETTER THAN THE ONE WE'RE IN TODAY. SO THAT'S WHY I RESPECTFULLY ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO STRONGLY CONSIDER SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL LEAVE OUR COUNTRY MUCH BETTER OFF THAN IT IS TODAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 07:13:25 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                          • 07:13:29 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A REPORT BY…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A REPORT BY THE CATO INSTITUTE TITLED "HOUSE G.O.P. BILL CUTS LEGAL IMMIGRATION BY 1.4 MILLION OVER 20 YEARS."

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                          • 07:13:43 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                          • 07:13:45 PM

                            MR. NADLER

                            THANK YOU.

                          • 07:13:52 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI,…

                            THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                          • 07:14:10 PM

                            MR. MCCAUL

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

                          • 07:14:17 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:14:19 PM

                            MR. MCCAUL

                            MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                          • 07:14:24 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

                          • 07:14:28 PM

                            MR. MCCAUL

                            MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT CHILDREN. I'M THE FATHER OF…

                            MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT CHILDREN. I'M THE FATHER OF FIVE CHILDREN. THIS BILL WILL KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER, NOT SEPARATED, AS EXISTS UNDER CURRENT LAW. THIS BILL CHANGES THAT LAW SO THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CAN KEEP FAMILY UNITS TOGETHER. I TALKED TO THE SECRETARY TODAY. SHE TOLD ME THERE WERE 12,000 CHILDREN IN THESE DETENTION CENTERS. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE BE TRANSPARENT WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE FACTS. 10,000 OF THESE CHILDREN DID NOT COME IN WITH THEIR PARENTS. . 10,000 OF THESE CHILDREN MADE THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY THROUGH CENTRAL AMERICA, THROUGH MEXICO, AND UP INTO THE UNITED STATES WITH THEIR GUARDIAN AS THE COYOTE. THE HUMAN SMUGGLER, THE HUMAN TRAFFICKER, THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY. MANY OF THEM ABUSED AN EXPLOITED ALONG THE WAY. I HAVE BEEN TO THE DETENTION CENTERS AND THE HUMAN SMUGGLER, THE HUMAN IT'S HEARTBREAKING IT SEE THESE KIDS. THIS BILL PROVIDES A DETERRENT TO STOP THIS. AND SOME, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL PROTECTS THE CHILDREN. YOU KNOW, AS A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR IN TEXAS, I SAW THE THREATS COMING FROM THE UNITED STATES SOUTHERN BORDER, THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS, THE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, THE MS-13, THE OPIOIDS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ALL WEEK. PRECURSORS COMING FROM CHINA INTO MEXICO, BRINGING HEROIN AND OPIOIDS INTO THE UNITED STATES, KILLING THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS. THE VIOLENCE, THE DESTRUCTION THAT'S WHY WE NEED A SECURE BORDER. AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A LONG TIME ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. HILLARY CLINTON TALKED ABOUT WE NEED A SECURE BORDER. BARACK OBAMA TALKED ABOUT WE NEED A SECURE BORDER. NOW WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO I THINK IS SERIOUS ABOUT SECURING OUR BORDER. THIS BILL DOES MANY THINGS, BUT IT STICKS TO THE FOUR PILLARS WE TALKED ABOUT IN THE WHITE HOUSE. BORDER SECURITY, BY BUILDING A WALL BARRIER SYSTEM, TECHNOLOGY , AND PERSONNEL. THE VISA LOTTERY SYSTEM, A RANDOM LOTTERY SYSTEM TO GO MORE MERIT BASED TO BRING IN TALENT RATHER THAN A RANDOM SYSTEM. CHAIN MIGRATION IS REDUCED SO THAT IT'S NOT JUST BASED ON FAMILY BUT RATHER ON MERIT. AND THEN FINALLY, WE PROVIDE THE SOLUTION FOR DACA. WE LEGALIZE THE DACA KIDS. WE GIVE THEM LEGAL STATUS TO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CAN'T SUPPORT THAT. BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AS MY ROLE AS CHAIRMAN OF HOMELAND SECURITY WHY I THINK THIS BORDER PROTECTION IS SO IMPORTANT. THIS IS A MAP, SPECIAL INTEREST ALIENS PATHWAY INTO THE UNITED STATES. 2,000 SPECIAL INTEREST ALIENS WERE APPREHENDED TRYING TO MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE UNITED STATES EVERY YEAR. SPECIAL INTEREST MEANS SPECIAL INTEREST COUNTRIES COMING FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, FROM AFRICA, TERROR HOT SPOTS COMING IN THROUGH OUR HEMISPHERE AND GOING UP INTO THE UNITED STATES. THE 9/11 COMMISSION TALKED ABOUT THIS. THEY SAID BEFORE 9/11 NO AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SYSTEMATICALLY ANALYZED TERRORIST TRAVEL STRATEGIES. HAD THEY DONE SO, THEY COULD AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE DISCOVERED THE WAYS IN WHICH THE TERRORIST PREDECESSORS TO AL QAEDA HAD BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY BUT DETECTABLY EXPLOITING WEAKNESSES IN OUR BORDER SECURITY SINCE EARLY 1990'S. JUST RECENTLY SECRETARY NEILSEN TESTIFIED THAT, SHE SAID, WE HAVE ALSO SEEN ISIS IN WRITTEN MATERIALS ENCOURAGE ISIS FOLLOWERS TO CROSS OUR SOUTHWEST BORDER GIVEN THE LOOPHOLES THAT THEY ARE AWARE OF. WE HEARD FROM ADMIRAL HEN RICKSON, THE U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND ADMIRAL SAY, SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ATTEMPTING TO CROSS OUR BORDERS HAVE TIES TO TERRORISM AND SOME HAVE INTENTIONS TO CONDUCT ATTACKS IN THE HOMELANDS. AND THEN THIS ONE TERRORISM AND SOME HAVE INTENTIONS TO CONDUCT ATTACKS. RECENTLY DECLASSIFIED C.I.A. REPORT WRITTEN IN 2003 SAID SPECIFIC INFORMATION AT THE TIME AL QAEDA'S ONGOING INTEREST TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES OVER LAND BORDERS WITH MEXICO AND CANADA. THEN THEY ALSO REPORTED BY THE C.I.A., THIS IS THE C.I.A. REPORTING, BIN LADEN APPARENTLY SOUGHT OPERATIVES WITH VALID MEXICAN PASSPORTS. THE SECRETARY WENT ON TO SAY, WE'RE IDENTIFYING AND STOPPING TERROR SUSPECTS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE GONE UNDETECTED. IN FACT, ON AVERAGE MY DEPARTMENT NOW STOPS 10 KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS A DAY, NOT A YEAR. 10 KNOWN TERROR SUSPECTS A DAY FROM ENTERING INTO THE UNITED STATES. I THINK IT'S TIME WE GET THIS DONE. IT'S MY LAST YEAR AS CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE, AND I WANT TO END IT IT WITH PROVIDING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE SECURITY 10 KNOWN TERROR THAT THEY DESERVE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:20:54 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:20:58 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

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

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS FAKE DACA BILL, A BILL THAT WE JUST FOUND OUT 10 MINUTES AGO THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO EVEN VOTE ON TOMORROW. AND SO ALL OF THIS TIME, ALL OF THE COMMENTS WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE OTHER SIDE ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO DO OUR WORK, WELL, THEY HAVE NOW DECIDED IT MUST NOT BE TOO IMPORTANT, WE'RE NOT GOING TO VOTE ON IT. SO TO DO OUR WORK AGAIN THIS IS A FAKE DACA BILL. AND OBVIOUSLY SOMEONE HAS LOST THEIR NERVE BECAUSE WE'RE NOT EVEN GOING TO VOTE ON IT. SO I HAVE TROUBLE BELIEVING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT KNOW THAT HIS UNILATERAL DECISION TO IMPLEMENT THE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IN APRIL WOULD RESULT IN THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN BEING RIPPED FROM THEIR PARENTS' ARMS. OVER THE PAST SIX WEEKS AMERICANS HAVE GROWN MORE AND MORE ALARMED BY THE IMAGES AND VOICES OF CHILDREN WHO, WITH LITTLE OR NO WARNING OR EXPLANATION, WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR LOVING PARENTS. FOR WEEKS BOTH THE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR CREATING THIS HUMANITARIAN DISASTER. THEY BLAMED IMMIGRATION LAWS. THEY BLAMED THE DEMOCRATS. THEY BLAMED CONGRESS. THEY BLAMED PARENTS FOR TAKING THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY NORTH TO SEEK HAVEN FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. NONE OF THIS WAS TRUE. THE LIES DID NOT FLY. THAT DOG DIDN'T HUNT. THIS PAST WEEKEND SEVERAL OF US IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS FLEW DOWN TO THE BORDER TO SEE FOR OURSELVES WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THE FAMILIES. THE PRESIDENT, SEEING THE NEWS STORIES OF SUFFERING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, SUCCUMBED TO HIS BASE DESIRE FOR BETTER PRESS AND FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED WHAT WE ALL KNOW. HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAMILIES SEPARATION CRISIS. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER HE SIGNED YESTERDAY DOUBLED DOWN ON ZERO TOLERANCE AND PROVIDES NO RELIEF TO THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN SEPARATED. LIKE THE EXECUTIVE ORDER, H.R. 6136 DOES NOT RESOLVE THE FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS. IT DOES NOT STOP C.B.P.'S ABILITY FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS. TO SEPARATE FAMILIES IN VARIOUS SITUATIONS, INCLUDING FOR THOSE SEEKING ASYLUM AT PORTS OF ENTRY. THE SOLUTION H.R. 6136 OFFERS IS TO DETAIN CHILDREN INDEFINITELY WITH THEIR PARENTS WHILE THEY WAIT TO BE PROSECUTED IN FACILITIES THAT DO NOT HAVE TO COMPLY WITH COURT ORDERED REQUIREMENTS FOR CLEAN DRINKING WATER, TOILETS, AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. IT IGNORES THE 2016 FINDINGS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S OWN ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT STUDIED THE QUESTION OF FAMILY DETENTION. IN IT THE EXPERTS CONCLUDED THAT FAMILY DETENTION IS NEITHER APPROPRIATE NOR NECESSARY FOR FAMILIES, AND THAT IT IS NEVER IN THE BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST A CRUEL, INHUMANE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT POLICY OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. BY VOTING DOWN H.R. 6136, WE CAN SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT TO STOP FAMILY SEPARATION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:25:07 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:25:10 PM

                            MR. MCCAUL

                            I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                          • 07:25:11 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:25:14 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS…

                            MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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                          • 07:25:22 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                          • 07:25:25 PM

                            MR. THOMPSON

                            THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL BE BRIEF. MANY MEMBERS CAME IN THIS WEEK…

                            THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL BE BRIEF. MANY MEMBERS CAME IN THIS WEEK EXPECTING TO CONSIDER AND VOTE A MEASURE THAT TRADES BORDER WALL FUNDING FOR DREAMER FIX. H.R. 6136 IS NOT THAT BILL. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD COMPEL THE EXPENDITURE OF BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR DECADES TO COME ON AN UNNECESSARY BORDER WALL. WHILE MAINTAINING THE CRUEL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY, LIMITING ACCESS TO ASYLUM, SHRINKING LEGAL IMMIGRATION, ENDING THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM, AND ABOLISHING PROTECTIONS FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN. THERE IS NOTHING PRO-FAMILY OR PRO-SECURITY ABOUT THIS BILL. THIS IS A FAKE DACA BILL BILL. NO HEARINGS, NO WITNESSES, NO STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, NO MARKER, NOT EVEN A C.B.O. SCORE. AND NOW WE FIND AT THIS HOUR THAT WE HAVE BEEN DEBATING A BILL THAT WE WON'T EVEN VOTE FOR TOMORROW. I WONDER WHY? IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE SOME OTHER PEOPLE HAVE FOUND OUT THAT THIS IS A FAKE DACA BILL AND PROBABLY NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT'S PRINTED ON. BUT WE SHALL SEE. FOR THESE REASONS I URGE A NO AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          • 07:27:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. BUT WE SHALL SEE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

                            THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. BUT WE SHALL SEE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                          • 07:27:13 PM

                            MR. MCCAUL

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING I'D JUST LIKE TO -- I KNOW THIS IS AN…

                            THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING I'D JUST LIKE TO -- I KNOW THIS IS AN EMOTIONAL TOPIC. I THINK BOTH SIDES HAVE WHAT THEY THINK ARE THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THEIR HEART. I FEEL THE CONSTITUTION DRIVES ME TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT'S MY MOST SOLEMN, HIGHEST RESPONSIBILITY. I JUST WANT TO CLOSE WITH A QUOTE FROM OUR SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY. SHE SAID, THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT FROM THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM RIGHT NOW ARE THE SMUGGLERS, THE TRAFFICKERS, THOSE WHO ARE BRINGING DRUGS, AND TERRORISTS. SO LET'S FIX THE SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, I AGREE WITH HER. LET'S FIX THE SYSTEM. LET'S PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                          • 07:28:04 PM

                            The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                            • 07:28:05 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, THE…

                              ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 953, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDER OED ON THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                            • 07:28:25 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND PROVIDE FOR BORDER SECURITY, AND…

                              A BILL TO AMEND THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND PROVIDE FOR BORDER SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                            • 07:28:34 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6136 IS…

                              PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6136 IS POSTPONED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        • 07:28:39 PM

                          POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                          Pursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule 19, further consideration of H.R. 6136 is postponed until a time to be announced.

                          • 07:29:00 PM

                            ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                            The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                            • 07:29:10 PM

                              MS. KAPTUR

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY'S "DETROIT FREE PRESS" REPORTS TWO…

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY'S "DETROIT FREE PRESS" REPORTS TWO BABIES WERE TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER AND FLOWN IN THE DEAD WERE TAKEN BY OF NIGHT LAST NIGHT TO GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. ONE CHILD IS EIGHT MONTHS OLD, ANOTHER IS 11 MONTHS OLD. HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM HOME. 50 MORE IMMIGRANT CHILDREN HAVE LANDED IN FOSTER CARE BY SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION IN WESTERN MICHIGAN. A STAFFER AT BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICE, WHICH IS ASSISTING THESE DISPLACED CHILDREN SAYS, NOT ONLY ARE THEY BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILY, THEY ARE BEING TRANSPORTED TO PLACE THAT THEY DON'T KNOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, TAKING CHILDREN FROM PARENTS PRESENTS A DEEP MORAL CRISIS FOR OUR NATION. THE ABDUCTION OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S KIDNAPPING OF CHILDREN MUST END. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THIS IMPORTANT ARTICLE IN THE RECORD AND REMIND MY COLLEAGUES OF THE WORDS AT THE BASE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BY EMMA, GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES IN THE RECORD AND YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE, THE RETCHED REF FUSE OF YOUR TEEMING SHORE, SEND THESE THE HOMELESS, TEMPEST TOSSED TO ME, I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR. THAT'S THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW. HOMELESS, THAT'S THE AMERICA OF LIBERTY FOR ALL. I YIELD BACK. .

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                            • 07:30:43 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES?…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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                            • 07:30:57 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. JEFFRIES OF NEW YORK FOR TODAY, JUNE 21.

                            • 07:31:02 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARKE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                            • 07:31:24 PM

                              MR. CLARKE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

                          • 07:31:25 PM

                            SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

                            The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

                            • 07:31:27 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS EVENING'S SPECIAL ORDER.

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                            • 07:31:39 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ORDER.

                            • 07:31:41 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS EVENING THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS -- THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS EVENING THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS -- THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS IS GOING TO BE SHARING SOME THOUGHTS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THIS EXTREMELY HORRIBLE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY THAT MR. TRUMP HAS SUBJECTED OUR NATION TO. SO I WANT TO THANK THE SPEAKER ONCE AGAIN. AND I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S CRUEL AND INHUMANE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY AT THE BORDER THAT HAS RESULTED IN THE SEPARATION OF MORE THAN 2,000 CHILDREN FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR LOVED ONES. THIS POLICY CALLS TO MIND THE WORST OF OUR HISTORY. INCLUDING THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II, OUR REFUSAL TO GRANT SAFETY TO JEWISH REFUGEES DURING THE HOLOCAUST. AND THE TREATMENT OF AFRICANS WHO WERE BORN HERE AS CHATTEL SLAVES DURING AND THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE PASSAGE. UNLIKE WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS, THIS POLICY IS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW. AND I THINK THAT HAS BEEN MADE PLAIN TO ALL AMERICANS. IT IS NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DOING. AND I THINK THAT HAS BEEN MADE PLAIN TO ALL AMERICANS. AND IT IS NOT IN ANY WAY JUSTIFIED BY THE BIBLE. IN FACT, AS A CHRISTIAN, SOMEONE WHO GREW UP IN THE CHURCH, I KNOW THAT THESE VERY SAME VERSES WERE FIRST FALSELY USED TO JUSTIFY FOUR CENTURIES OF CHATTEL SLAVERY, AND THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES US TO WELCOME THE STRANGER AND TO BEWARE OF SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES. SO DON'T BE DECEIVED. THIS POLICY OF CHOICE IS SOLELY THE RESULT OF A RACIST, XENOPHOBIC, ANTI-IMMIGRANT, ANTI-FAMILY VALUES AGENDA ADOPTED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO INTIMIDATE IMMIGRANTS OF COLOR SEEKING ASYLUM FROM VIOLENCE AND PERSECUTION, FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL GAIN. THE ADMINISTRATION, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO SOUGHT TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS DECISIONS BY COWARDLY CLAIMING THAT NO SUCH POLICY EXISTS, AS SECRETARY NIELSEN CLAIMS IN A REPLY TO MY MARCH 20 LETTER, AND THEN REITERATED MORE RECENTLY VIA TWITTER. MORE LIES AND DECEPTION. HOWEVER, WHEN 2,000 CHILDREN ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES, MANY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN DISPERSED ACROSS THIS NATION AS A RESULT OF A DECISION MADE BY THE TRUMP DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, A POLICY OF DEPRAVITY INDEED EXISTS. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. CHILDREN ARE NOW, AS I'VE STATED, BEING SHIPPED ALL ACROSS THIS NATION, INCLUDING TO NEW YORK CITY, WHERE THERE ARE CURRENTLY AT LEAST 239 CHILDREN BEING DETAINED JUST A FEW MILES FROM MY DISTRICT, AND THOUSANDS MORE WHO ARE MILES AWAY FROM THEIR CAREGIVERS. YESTERDAY DONALD TRUMP FINALLY GAVE WAY TO PUBLIC PRESSURE BY SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT HE CLAIMS WILL END THIS HORRIFIC POLICY. UNFORTUNATELY HE DID SO BY ABROGATING HIS RESPONSIBILITY UNDER THE FLORES AGREEMENT TO RELEASE CHILDREN WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY, AND TO KEEP THOSE WHO ARE IN CUSTODY UNDER THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE CONDITIONS POSSIBLE. THIS MEANS THAT CHILDREN WILL BE DETAINED WITH THEIR FAMILIES, WHICH IS ALSO UNACCEPTABLE. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BODY TOO IS NEGLECTING ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY DEBATING THE MOST RESTRICTIVE IMMIGRATION BILLS THAT IGNORE PAST COMMITMENTS TO DREAMERS, ENDS THE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM, AND WOULD BUILD AN UNNECESSARY AND INEFFECTIVE BORDER WALL WITH MEXICO. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, REPUBLICANS WHO CONTROL EVERY BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT BLAME DEMOCRATS FOR THEIR FAILURE TO LEGISLATE AND OFFER THESE REGRESSIVE DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL BILLS AS SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS THAT THEY THEMSELVES HAVE CREATED. SO TONIGHT I CALL ON THIS ADMINISTRATION TO STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH IMMIGRANT LIVES. AND ON MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO PASS MEANINGFUL IMMIGRATION REFORM, COMPREHENSIVE IMIMMIGRATION REFORM THAT NOT ONLY PROTECTS DREAMERS, PROTECTS INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE UNDER TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS, AND STOPS SEPARATING FAMILIES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY HONOR AND MY PRIVILEGE TO BRING TO THE FLOOR AT THIS TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, REPRESENTATIVE JOE KENNEDY.

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                            • 07:37:27 PM

                              MR. KENNEDY

                              I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MS. CLARKE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE…

                              I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MS. CLARKE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHERS, IN CONGRESS, AND AS A MEMBER OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND ON THE COMMITTEE, HEALTH CARE AND IMMIGRATION POLICIES THAT RUN THROUGH THE VANES OF OUR SOCIETY -- VEINS OF OUR SOCIETY. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS, MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ELOQUENTLY DESCRIBED THE SHORTCOMINGS THE IMMIGRATION BILLS BROUGHT FORWARD BY REPUBLICANS. I ECHO THEIR OUTRAGE. AT WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS ON AMERICAN SOIL. AND THEIR FURY THAT CONGRESS STILL IS SO UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO ADDRESS IT. AS THIS DEBATE HAS UNFOLDED, ONE COURSE IN PARTICULAR CAUGHT MY EAR -- CHORE US IN PARTICULAR CAUGHT MY EAR. THESE VOICES THAT SAY -- CHORUS IN PARTICULAR THAT CAUGHT MY EAR. THESE VOICES THAT SAY, OUR OWN KIDS ARE SUFFERING. OUR OWN COUNTRY HAS ISSUES. WE FEEL FOR THESE CHILDREN AT THE BORDER, BUT HOW DO YOU EXPECT US TO TAKE CARE OF THEM WHEN YOU'VE MADE IT SO HARD FOR US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN? MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THOSE VOICES THAT I WANT TO SPEAK TO THIS EVENING. FIRST TO SAY, YOU'RE RIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY WHO WILL NOT GET ONE HOT MEAL TODAY. LET ALONE THREE. WE HAVE CHILDREN WHO WILL SHOW UP TO SCHOOLS WITHOUT BOOKS, CHILDREN WHO WILL SPEND WINTER WITHOUT COATS OR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. OR SUMMER WITHOUT CLEAN WATER OR COOL AIR. WE HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE ABUSED, WHO ARE ILL, WHO ARE ABANDONED, WHO ARE OPPRESSED. ALL OF THIS IN THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED. UNITED IN OUR RAGE THAT AS A COUNTRY, A NATION AS RICH AS OURS, MAKES IT SO DAMN HARD FOR FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE. UNITED BY A RESOLVE TO DO BETTER , BECAUSE IF A PLACE, A COUNTRY LIKE AMERICA CAN'T MEET ITS PEOPLE'S NEEDS, THEN WHO CAN? SO, MR. SPEAKER, SOME DREAM UP WALLS. FRANTICALLY GRASPING AT WHAT THEY CAN, AND PUSHES OTHERS AWAY IN A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S ENOUGH LEFT OVER FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS A FEROCIOUS INSTINCT TO DEFEND OURSELVES AND OUR LOVED ONES AND ONE THAT ANY PARENT CAN UNDERSTAND. PARTICULARLY THOSE PARENTS ARRIVING AT OUR BORDER TODAY. THOSE WHO RISK EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING TO SHOW UP ON OUR SHORES AND BEG FOR MERCY. CAN WE NOT SEE IN THEM THAT SAME PARENTAL INSTINCT, BASIC HUMAN INSTINCT, TO BEAR ANY BURDEN TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD? IF WE WERE THEY, I KNOW OF NO PARENT WHO WOULDN'T WALK THROUGH JUNGLES AND DESERTS, RISK GANGS AND VIOLENCE, FOR THE CHANCE OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILD. LOOK, IN A PERFECT WORLD, ALL BORDERS WOULD BE PEACEFUL. ALL GOVERNMENTS WOULD BE STRONG AND GOOD. ALL FAMILIES WOULD BE WHOLE. ALL NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE. ALL COMMUNITIES WOULD HAVE THE RESOURCES TO FIX WHAT'S BROKEN, PICK UP THOSE AMONG US WHO HAVE FALLEN. BUT OURS IS NOT A PERFECT WORLD. SO NIGHT AFTER NIGHT CHILDREN SHOW UP ON OUR DOOR STEP TERRIFIED, TRUM ADVERTISED -- TRAUMATIZED. AND, YES, WE HAVE OUR OWN TRAGEDIES. OUR OWN STRUGGLES. OUR OWN MONSTERS TO DEFEAT. AND NO, WE CANNOT RIGHT EVERY WRONG, WE CANNOT SAVE EVERY SOUL, AND WE CANNOT SHOULDER THE WORLD'S INEQUITIES ALONE. BUT WE CAN, WE ABSOLUTELY CAN OFFER SMALL AND WEARY HEADS A SAFE PLACE TO REST. WE CAN MAKE SPACE FOR PEOPLE WITH NO PLACE ELSE TO GO. WE CAN DO THAT. AND STILL TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN. WE CAN WELCOME THE TIRED, THE POOR AND THOSE YEARNING TO BE FREE, AND STILL BE FREE OURSELVES. WE CAN HELP THE VERY HUNGRY AFFORD FOOD, THE VERY SICK GET CARE, THE VERY COLD GET SHELTER. WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING OUR OWN DINNER, OUR OWN HEALTH, OUR OWN BED. WE CAN CHOOSE BOTH. AMERICANS DO EVERY SINGLE DAY. ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SOUP KITCHENS AND SHELTERS AND SCHOOLS AND BATTLEFIELDS AND OPERATING TABLES. OUR PEOPLE, THEY STRUGGLE, THEY STRETCH, THEY EXTEND AND THEY DO IT WHEN IT'S HARD. WHEN IT'S UNCOMFORTABLE. AND INCONVENIENT. SO NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THIS ADMINISTRATION DOUBTS THEIR CAPACITY OR THEIR COMPASSION, THEY REACH OUT. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THEY TRY AND FORCE US TO CHOOSE BETWEEN TAKING CARE OF SOMEONE ELSE AND TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES, THEY DO CHOOSE BOTH. FOR WE CANNOT FAIL, WE CANNOT FALL FOR THAT FALSE CHOICE. BECAUSE IF WE, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANNOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO MUSTER THE RESOURCES, THE COURAGE, THE BOLDNESS, THE POLITICAL WILL TO ENSURE THAT NO CHILD SUFFERS ON OUR SHORES, WHO WILL? I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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                            • 07:44:36 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR HIS ELOQUENCE AND REALLY…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR HIS ELOQUENCE AND REALLY PUTTING WHAT HAS BEEN A VERY DISTURBING PERIOD OF TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN PERSPECTIVE. INDEED, AS OUR CHILDREN BORN IN THE UNITED STATES WITNESS WHAT IS TAKING PLACE UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, WE ALL HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES THE QUESTION ABOUT WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS. AND WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE LEAVING AS A LEGACY FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO INHERIT FROM US. AND I BELIEVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS REALLY PUT IT ALL INTO CONTEXT, BECAUSE INDEED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, WHERE WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, WE HAVE LIMITED OURSELVES BY THE DIVISION, THE ARTIFICIAL DIVISIONS THAT WOULD SUBJUGATE SOME HUMANITY WHILE ELEVATES OTHERS. HAVING SAID THAT, I HAVE BEEN JOINED BY ONE OF THE MOST ELOQUENT SPEAKERS HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SHE IS THE CHAIRWOMAN OF OUR STEERING AND POLICY FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, HAS BEEN A FIERCE FIGHTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND IT IS MY HONOR TO BRING TO SPEAK TO US AT THIS TIME, THE HONORABLE REPRESENTATIVE, ROSA DELAURO, OF THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT. THANK YOU. .

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                            • 07:46:24 PM

                              MS. DELAURO

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK AND WITH HEARTFELT THANKS FOR…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK AND WITH HEARTFELT THANKS FOR ORGANIZING THIS EFFORT TONIGHT AND CALLING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS SUCH A POIGNANT AND POWERFUL ISSUE. ONE THAT WE HAVEN'T FACED IN A LONG TIME. AND ONE THAT HAS ENGAGED, ENGAGED THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY IN A WAY THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN IN A VERY LONG TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO STRONGLY CONDEMN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY OF CHILD ABUSE. YES, IT IS CHILD ABUSE AT OUR NATION'S BORDER. AND TO DEMAND ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS. THE PRESIDENT'S ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY HAS SEPARATED THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. SOME WHO ARE YOUNGER THAN A YEAR OLD. I JUST SAW MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MARCY KAPTUR, AND SHE TALKED TO ME AND SHE WAS ON THIS FLOOR JUST NOT THAT LONG AGO AND SHE SAID, THERE HAVE BEEN TWO BABIES SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS, AGES 8 MONTHS AND 11 MONTHS, AND FLOWN TO MICHIGAN. THINK ABOUT IT. THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN CHILDREN. THINK ABOUT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS NOW KEEPING BABIES AND TODDLERS IN CAGES. THE FENCING IS WHAT YOU DO FOR A DOG RUN. IT'S THE SAME KIND OF FENCING THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE IN. AND YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER. HE CLAIMED IT'S GOING TO FIX THE CRISIS THAT HE MADE. YET TWO INFANTS WERE ON THE PLANE TONIGHT SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND SENT TO MICHIGAN. WHAT IS THE WEIGHT OF THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER? IT'S NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT'S WRITTEN ON. HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER IS NOT GOING TO FIX THE CRISIS. MICHELLE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE WOMEN'S REFUGEE COMMISSION MIGRANT RIGHTS AND JUSTICE PROGRAM, SHE DESCRIBED THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER AS, I QUOTE, QUOTE, NO SOLUTION. SHE SAID, AGAIN I QUOTE, THERE ARE MORE THAN 2,000 CHILDREN ALREADY SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. AND THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THAT NIGHTMARE. 2,300 CHILDREN WHO ARE IN LIMIT BOW -- LIMBO, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEIR PARENTS ARE. THEY ARE TOO YOUNG SOME OF THEM TO KNOW WHERE THEIR PARENTS ARE. AND THEIR PARENTS DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO A SHOPPING MALL ON A SATURDAY WITH YOUR KIDS OR GRANDKIDS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN TURN AROUND AND YOU CAN'T FIND THEM? THE PANIC, THE PANIC IS OVERWHELMING. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO FIRST. WHO TO CALL. ARE YOU LOOKING AROUND FRANTICALLY. AND IT'S THE SAME WITH THE CHILD. WHO IS CALLING OUT, MOMMY, GRANDMA BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEIR LINK IS. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHAT ARE WE DOING? IT'S A NIGHTMARE. THIS IS ABOUT CHILDREN. THEY ARE AT THE CENTER OF THIS CRISIS. AND YOU KNOW, AS I SEE IT THERE ARE THREE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS HAVE YET TO ANSWER. FIRST IS, THE REUNIFICATION, AND THERE IS NO PLAN FOR REUNIFICATION. HOW IS THIS ADMINISTRATION GOING TO REUNITE CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS? ACCORDING TO STATISTICS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, BETWEEN MAY AND JUNE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, AS I SAID, TOOK 2,00 CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS AT THE BORDER. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GUARANTEE PROMPT REUNIFICATION OF ALL OF THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN SOME OF THE PARENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN DEPORTED? SOME OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE NONE OF THE RECORDS NECESSARY TO TURN THEM BACK TO THEIR PARENTS OR EVEN TO VERIFY WHO THEIR PARENTS ARE. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I FEAR THAT THESE CHILDREN MAY NEVER SEE THEIR PARENTS AGAIN. AND THAT IS WHAT THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT SAID. JOHN SANDWICK, HE SAID AND WARNED, I QUOTE, YOU COULD BE CREATING THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANT ORPHANS. THAT IS UNSPEAKABLY HEARTBREAKING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT FOR MANY OF THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS. THAT LAST HUG MIGHT HAVE BEEN THEIR LAST HUG. CAN YOU IMMACKIN -- IMAGINE THE TERROR? IT IS TERROR TO NOT KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILD IS AND WITH THE THOUGHT YOU MAY NEVER SEE THAT CHILD AGAIN. I CAN CANNOT IMAGINE IT. I WAS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TODAY, GOOD PART OF THE DAY, AND I SAW A LOT OF LITTLE YOUR CHILD IS TAKES HERE. BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN PLAYING ON THE CHAIRS, HERE IN THE SAFE AND SECURITY WITH THEIR MOTHERS OR THEIR FATHERS WHO ARE SONS, DAUGHTERS, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MAYBE EVEN GRANDCHILDREN. I HAD MY OR THEIR FATHERS WHO ARE GRANDCHILDREN HERE LAST WEEK. IF YOU THINK ABOUT, YOU MIGHT NOT NEVER -- YOU MIGHT NOT EVER SEE THEM AGAIN. OR THEY MAY NOT SEE YOU. THAT IS WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE BORDER. WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS UNDER WHICH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS DETAINING THEIR CHILDREN? CHILDREN ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. WE NEED TO TAKE EXTREME PRECAUTION WHENEVER WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM. IN THESE DETENTION FACILITIES, WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATION IN REGARDS TO HEALTH CARE AVAILABILITY OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS? BECAUSE EXPERTS ARE COUNTING THE ALARM ABOUT THE HEALTH REPERCUSSIONS, THE MENTAL HEALTH REPERCUSSIONS. A PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK AND PSYCHIATRY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, HE SAID, I QUOTE, IT'S NOT LIKE AN AUTO BODY SHOP WHERE YOU CAN CAN FIX THE DENT AND EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE NEW, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN'S MINDS. IF THAT TRAUMA CONTINUES OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME THAT CAN ACTUALLY BEGIN TO SHIFT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE IT BECOMES MORE OF A CHRONIC TRAUMA. THESE CHILDREN NEED PROFESSIONAL CARE AND INSTEAD THERE ARE REPORTS THAT CHILDREN ARE BEING SEDATED. THEY ARE BEING INJECTED WITH SEDATIVES TO KEEP THEM CALM. THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THERE ARE REPORTS THAT CHILDREN ARE BEING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN ARE NOT RECEIVING ANY OF THE CARE AND ATTENTION THEY NEED. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. THERE ARE CLEAR STANDARDS ON THE BOOKS ON HOW CHILDREN ARE TO BE CARED FOR IN THESE NEED. THAT IS SITUATIONS. WE NEED TO ENSURE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS FOLLOWING THE LAW. ANOTHER AREA IS OVERSIGHT. CONGRESS HAS A MORAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THE ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING THE PROPER, IMMEDIATE, AND NECESSARY STEPS TO FIX THEIR OWN SELF-INFLICTED CRISIS. WHICH IS WHY I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION WHICH 180 OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SUPPORTED, AND DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES HAVE SUPPORTED. TO CONDEMN THIS POLICY AS CHILD ABUSE. THIS IS CHILD ABUSE. MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE OF RIGHT OR O LEFT OR DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS, THIS IS AN ISSUE OF RIGHT AND WRONG. AND THAT IS WHY WE SENT A LETTER TO THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, MR. MULVANEY, AND H.H.S. SECRETARY ON JUNE 14 AND ASKED ABOUT THE COSTS THAT THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY DECISION HAS INCURRED. WE HAVE NOT HEARD AN ANSWER FROM THEM OR FROM THE ADMINISTRATION ON ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS. NOT ON COST, NOT ON REUNIFICATION, NOT ON STANDARDS, NOT ON OVERSIGHT. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE PRESIDENT'S SELF-MANUFACTURED CRISIS IS CHILD ABUSE PLAIN AND SIMPLE. AND AS MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS , WE HAVE A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, A MORAL OBLIGATION TO STAND UP AND TO SAY STOP THIS CHILD ABUSE. MR. PRESIDENT, FIX THIS CRISIS NOW. YOUR EXECUTIVE ORDER DIDN'T DO IT. AND THE HUMANITY, THIS IS ABOUT OUR HUMANITY, IT IS ABOUT THE SOUL OF THIS SONTRY. WHAT WE'RE ABOUT AND WHERE OUR VAL -- OF THIS COUNTRY. WHAT WE'RE ABOUT AND WHERE OUR VALUES ARE, WHATEVER OUR VIEWS ARE ON IMMIGRATION, ON -- TO WATCH WHAT'S HAPPENING AT OUR BORDER WITH DISRUPTING FAMILIES, RIPPING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS IS A DISGRACE AND IT'S ONE THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AND IT'S ONE THAT THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THOSE OTHERS WHO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT NEED TO LOOK INTO THEIR HEART AND SOUL AND SAY, I CAN'T GO THERE. LET'S DO SOMETHING ELSE. TO HELP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR ALL THAT SHE IS DOING TO BRING ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE. GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU.

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                            • 07:56:58 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

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                              MR. QUIGLEY

                              THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY.…

                              THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY. IN LESS THAN A WEEK MY OFFICE HAS RECEIVED OVER 800 PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, AND LETTERS FROM CONSTITUENTS REGARDING THE CRISIS AT OUR BORDER. CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE ALARMED, ASHAMED, ANGRY. THEIR OUTRAGE IS WARRANTED AND I SHARE IT A CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER CALLED IN TEARS UNABLE TO SHAKE THE VISION OF HER OWN SECOND GRADERS LOCKED IN CAGES. A U.S. MARINE CALLED TO SHARE HIS RECENT BOUTS OF PTSD EXPLAINED THAT THE CRISIS REMINDED HIM OF THE TIME HE AND OTHER PERSON SOLDIERS WERE FORCED TO TAKE VIETNAMESE CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS. COUNTLESS CONSTITUENTS HAVE POINTED OUT THE PARALLELS BETWEEN THIS INHUMANE PRACTICE AND THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS IN 1940'S AND EVEN THE CAMPS OF WORLD WAR II. IN COUNTLESS TAKE VIETNAMESE CHILDREN WANT TO COMMIT A CALL TO ACTION BUT THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO COMBAT THE DEPLORABLE STEPS THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN. WHILE ACTIVE AND ENGAGED CONSTITUENCIES IS IMPERATIVE TO A STRONG DEMOCRATCY, THIS ISN'T THEIR PROBLEM TO FIX. THE PRIMARY SOLUTION TO THIS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS MUST COME FROM THE ADMINISTRATION THAT ARBITRARILY CREATED THE PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. INSTEAD OF STEPPING UP TO RIGHT THIS WRONG AND FINALLY EMBRACE THE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED, THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAVE SPENT THE PAST WEEK BLAMING THE DEMOCRATS FOR STEPPING UP TO RIGHT HEARTBREAKING, LIFE CHANGING MESS THAT HE HAS MADE. THEIR ATTEMPTS TO CAST BLAME AND DISTRACT ATTENTION FROM THE EMERGENCY AT HAND HAS NOT CHANGED THE FACTS. AT LEAST 2,300 CHILDREN REMAIN SEPARATE INTERESTED THEIR PARENTS, LIVING IN UNCONSCIONABLE CONDITIONS, MANY BEHIND CAGE-LIKE FENCING, OR IF THEY WILL BE REUNITED. IN FACT, THE ADMINISTRATION STILL DOES NOT HAVE A COHERENT PROCESS FOR REUNITING FAMILIES, NOR HAVE THEY INDICATED THAT THERE EVER WILL BE ONE. . THE PRESIDENT SIGNED, THE BILL CARRIES REAL WEIGHT AND CHANGE BY ENDING THIS ABHORRENT POLICY OF SEPARATING FAMILIES SEEKING OPPORTUNITY. IT CLEARLY STIPULATES THAT NO CHILD IS TO BE REMOVED FROM THEIR PARENTS CUSTODY. INSTANCES OF NEGLECT OR ABUSE. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY CAN SEPARATE CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF DETERING IMMIGRATION TO THIS COUNTRY. THESE CHILDREN, THE MOST INNOCENT AND VULNERABLE POPULATION SHOULD NEVER BE USED AS A BARGAINING CHIP AND THAT IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TRIED TO DO. WE WILL NOT LET THE ADMINISTRATION GET AWAY WITH THAT. NEITHER WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR FAIR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT IS HUMANE, SMART AND COST EFFECTIVE. BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST WE MUST ADDRESS THIS HORROR AT THE BORDER.

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                            • 08:01:40 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR BRINGING TO THE FLOOR THE CONCERNS…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR BRINGING TO THE FLOOR THE CONCERNS OF CHILDREN IN OUR COUNTRY WHO ARE LOOKING AT WHAT IS TAKING PLACE ON OUR BORDER. AND NOT QUITE UNDERSTANDING -- NOT GRASPING THE WEIGHT OF WHY AND HOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE HOME OF THE FREE, THE HOME OF THE BRAVE, THE LAND OF THE FREE. AND SO, WE ARE REALLY IN A SPACE IN TIME RIGHT NOW WHERE EVERY AMERICAN IS REALLY QUESTIONING WHAT WE VALUE IN TERMS OF ONE ANOTHER'S HUMIDITY. AND AS SOMEONE WHO I KNOW WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF SOLUTIONS -DRIVEN POLICY IS THE GENTLELADY , MS. CAROL SHEA-PORTER FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE AND I YIELD TO HER.

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                              MS. SHEA-PORTER

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO SPEAK TO THE NATION TONIGHT…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO SPEAK TO THE NATION TONIGHT AND WE MUST KEEP RAISING OUR VOICES. I'M A DEMOCRAT BUT GREW UP IN A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND CHILDREN WERE SACRED AND TO BE CARED FOR. A LARGE, LARGE FAMILY, MANY, MANY KIDS. THERE WASN'T ANY PROBLEM BECAUSE WE UNDERSTOOD ARE THE CHILDREN ARE WHAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER. HERE WE ARE NOW, I'M IN CONGRESS AND BEEN HERE FOR EIGHT YEARS, NEVER, NEVER DID I EVER THINK I WOULD HAVE TO STAND ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ASK THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO STOP LOCKING BABIES UP, TO STOP PUTTING BABIES IN JAIL. AND HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. HOW BIG IS THIS PROBLEM? IN ADDITION TO THE CHILDREN AND THE PARENTS AND WE DON'T KNOW IF THEY WILL BE REUNITED. THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEIR CHILDRENR WHICH IS JUST HEARTBREAKING. WE SAW THOSE IMAGES OF LITTLE GIRLS BEING BROUGHT UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS IN MIDNIGHT IN NEW YORK. WHO IS DOING THAT TO THESE LITTLE CHILDREN WHO HAVE DONE NO HARM TO THEM. THESE CHILDREN ARE REFUGEES AND NOT TRYING TO BREAK ANY LAWS. THEY WERE FLEEING FROM DANGER. THEIR PARENTS CARRIED IN THEIR ARMS MANY, MANY MILES THROUGH TREACHEROUS TERRAIN CONDITIONS. JUST AS SO MANY OF OUR FOREFATHERS AND MOTHERS DID TO SAVE THEIR CHILDREN. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO PLEVE WE HAVE TO ASK THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NOT TO LOCK UP THESE PEOPLE. NOW THERE IS A PROCESS AND THERE IS A PROCESS AT THE BORDER, BUT THIS IS CRUEL AND INHUMANE AND HUMILIATING AND HURT OUR IMAGE AROUND THE WORLD. EVERYBODY IS NOW SEEING THESE PICTURES OF THESE CHILL LIRN. THEY ARE REFUGEES BEING TURNED AWAY AND WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CITY ON THE -- SHINING CITY AND WHATEVER HAPPENED TO US? AND WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? I'M GETTING SO MANY PHONE CALLS IN MY OFFICE AND THEY ARE NOT COMING FROM JUST DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS BUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHILDREN, GRAND PARENTS, THEY CALL US AND CRY, DO SOMETHING, MAKE THIS STOP NOW. WHAT IS HAPPENING DOWN THERE? WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO HAS LOCKED UP CHILDREN, AND WE JUST NEED TO SEE IT. THEY SAID THEY WEREN'T SEPARATING THE CHILDREN. AND SAID THEY WERE SEPARATING THE CHILDREN BUT THEY ARE IN CAGES AND WE SAW THE PICTURES THAT THEY ARE IN CAGES AND ALL OF OUR HEARTS BROKE. THIS CAN'T STAY. THIS IS A HUGE STAIN ON THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WHO IS KNOWN AS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE OF REFUGE. WHEN THINGS HAVE BEEN TER I BELIEVE AND SUFFERED FROM VIOLENCE AND SUFFERED FROM WAR AND ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS, THEY CAME TO AMERICA. AND AMERICANS WELCOMED THEM. AND SOMETHING HAS CHANGED. BUT NOT THE AMERICAN SOUL. IT'S NOT THE AMERICAN HEART AND NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT IT'S CHANGE IS THE ADMINISTRATION THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS INDIFFERENT AND SURROUNDED HIMSELF BY PEOPLE WHO ARE INDIFFERENT TO THIS. AND WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS, AGAINST ALL, ALL OF OUR MORAL VALUES, AGAINST THE OUTCRY, AGAINST MANY PEOPLE IN HIS OWN PARTY WHO ARE SAYING THIS IS JUST WRONG. THIS CAN'T BE RIGHT. WHY DOES THE PRESIDENT CONTINUE TO DO THIS? AND NOW THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ON MILITARY BASES. AND YOU HAVE TO THINK, WHAT ARE WE PLANNING ON DOING? WHY ARE WE NOT USING THE SAME TOOLS THAT WE HAVE BEEN USING THAT WERE EFFECTIVE? WHY DO WE HAVE TO IMPRISON THESE LITTLE ONES AND THEIR PARENTS. THEY CAN SAY ALL THEY WANT TO BE ABOUT. IF YOU ARE IN A TENT IN TEXAS, YOU ARE BROILING HOT AND THE CONDITIONS WITH PEOPLE PACKED IN TOGETHER MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY. THESE LITTLE CHISH ARE NOT COMING EXHAUSTED FROM THEIR JOURNEY AND ARISK AND HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE OTHER PROBLEMS THEY ARE SEEING, THE DAMAGE WE ARE DOING, WILL NOT GO AWAY EVER. WE HAVE TRAUMATIZED EVER. I'M A SOCIAL WORKER AND I WORKED WITH CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES AND I KNOW THE SCARS THEY ARE GOING TO CARRY ARE GOING TO IMPACT THEM FOREVER. THE PICTURES THAT HAVE COME OUT FROM THESE PLACES ARE LOCKED INTO PEOPLE'S MINDS. WHEN WE HAVE COUNTRIES SCOLDING US, SOMETHING IS REALLY WRONG AND WE HAVE TO INSIST THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION REMEMBER THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. NOT JUST HIS COUNTRY, IT'S OUR COUNTRY. AND THIS IS ABOUT OUR HISTORY OF SEEING THE PLACE OF REFUGE AND CARING ABOUT PEOPLE AND WELCOMING THEM AND KNOWING THAT THE REFUGEES THAT HAVE COME TO OUR COUNTRY -- WE LIKE TO BRAG ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE ARRIVED WITH THEIR TECHNOLOGIES AND WE SAY WE ARE THE MELTING POT AND THEY USED THEIR TALENTS AND HELP GROW OUR ECONOMY AND COUNTRY. THAT IS SOMETHING WE BRAGGED ABOUT. LET'S HAVE MEXICAN FOOD, ITALIAN FOOD. AND WE HAVE SO EMBRACED THIS. THIS HAS BEEN A MELTING POT. WE DON'T FEEL THAT CHILDREN WHO ARE BORN UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE A RIGHT TOLL SEEK REFUGE. WE PUT THOSE BABIES IN JAIL. LET THAT SIT ON OUR CONSCIENCE AND LET IT SIT ON THE CONSCIENCE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IT ISN'T RIGHT. WE KNOW HOW WRONG THIS IS. AND WHEN WE SEE OTHER COUNTRIES TALKING ABOUT US AND ABOUT OUR VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, WE REALLY HAVE LOST IT. SO I BEG THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT, I BEG THIS ADMINISTRATION, TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO LOOK AT THESE CHILDREN, TO RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN THEIR FAMILIES CAME OVER, MOST OF THOSE FAMILIES DID NOT COME OVER WELL EDUCATED OR A LOT OF MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS. THEIR FOREFATHERS AND MOTHERS CAME IN A SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE, THEY TOOK A CHANCE. NO, THEY DIDN'T FOLLOW THE PROPER CHANNELS. THE CHANNELS WERE IF YOU COULD GET ENOUGH MONEY TO WALK, YOU CAME. AND THEN YOU ENRICHED THIS WILL COUNTRY WITH YOUR PRESENCE AND HARD WORK AND EMBRACING OF AMERICAN VALUES. THOSE AMERICANS EVALUATES ARE STILL THERE. THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO RECOGNIZE THE DAMAGE HE IS DOING TO OUR IMAGE AND THE LITTLE ONES AND THE DAMAGE TO THEIR FAMILIES AND THE DAMAGE HE IS DOING TO US RIGHT NOW AND HE NEEDS TO STOP AND PAUSE AND CHANGE DIRECTION. I THANK YOU AGAIN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 08:11:10 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR SETTING THE TABLE WITH…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR SETTING THE TABLE WITH REGARD TO THE TYPE OF CHILD ABUSE THAT WE HAVE ALL WITNESSED AND ALL TRYING TO GRAPPLE WITH AT THIS TIME AND APPEALING TO THE ADMINISTRATION TO CORRECT COURSE. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF ANSWERS AND I YIELD SOME TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, JANUARY SCHAKOWSKY TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME.

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                            • 08:11:48 PM

                              MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                              I THANK YOUR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW YORK FOR HOLDING THIS MOMENT…

                              I THANK YOUR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW YORK FOR HOLDING THIS MOMENT WHERE WE CAN ALL SPEAK OUT. LIKE SO MANY OF MY FELLOW AMERICANS, I HAVE BEEN DISTRAUGHT THE LAST COUPLE OF, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL DAYS, MANY DAYS, MANY DAYS CRYING. WE ARE GETTING HUNDREDS OF CALLS TO MY OFFICES HERE IN WASHINGTON, OFFICE HERE IN WASHINGTON AND MY OFFICE IN THE DISTRICT, MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY CRYING AS THEY WATCH WHAT IS HAPPENING TO CHILDREN. AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT IN MY LIFE -- I'M A MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER AND LAST 20 YEARS, A MEMBER OF THIS UNITED STATES CONGRESS, I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH STATE-SPONSORED CRUELTYY, STATE-SPONSORED CHILD ABUSE THAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW. THERE ISN'T ANY OTHER WORD FOR IT. CHILD ABUSE. YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS ANNOUNCED AND SORT OF SO-CALLED IMPROVEMENT. BUT TRYING TO FOOL AN ENRAGED NATION INTO THINKING THAT THEY REVERSED COURSE ON THIS ISSUE OF CHILDREN COMING WITH THEIR PARENT ACROSS THE BORDER. IN REALITY, THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ENABLES THE INCARCERATION OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES AND HAS ABSOLUTELY NO PLAN TO REUNITE BABIES WHO WERE RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILIES, RIPPED FROM THE ARMS OF THEIR PARENTS. THERE ARE CHILDREN THAT WILL STILL BE IN CAGES. AND I CAN'T STAND IT. I WONDER IF YOU STAND IT, MR. SPEAKER. I'M THE DAUGHTER OF IMMIGRANTS. NEITHER OF MY PARENTS WAS BORN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND THEY CAME HERE BECAUSE JEWS WERE BEING PER EXECUTED IN RUSSIA AND FLED HERE AND ABLE TO GET TO THIS COUNTRY. THEY WERE HELPED TO BE RESETTLED IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO BY THE. MY GRANDFATHER MADE IT BY GETTING A HORSE AND WAGON AND GETTING BEFORE DAWN AND LOADING UP THE WAGON WITH VEGETABLES AND GOING THROUGH THE ALIES OF HUMBLE PARK IN THE CHICAGO AND GETTING BAGS OF POTATOES OVER HIS SHOULDERS UPSTAIRS. HE AND MY GRANDMOTHER WHO MADE CLOTHES FOR THE CHILDREN, INCLUDING MY MOTHER, SENT FOUR CHILDREN TO COLLEGE, BECAUSE THEY WORKED SO HARD TO FULFILL THE DEEM OF TAKING CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN AND HAVING A BETTER LIFE. THE PARENTS THAT ARE FLEEING ACROSS THIS BORDER ARE DESPERATE -- THEY ARE LEAVING, ABUSED FROM GANGS THREATENING OF THE LIVES OF THEIR CHILDREN AND LEAVING SOME CHILDREN BEHIND AND TAKING THE ONES THEY CAN ACROSS THIS BORDER BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THEY COULD SEEK ASYLUM IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT IS THE LAW UNTIL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THIS UNIONS DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT SAID NO, WE ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERING A RIGHT OF ASYLUM FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE VICTIMIZED BY DOMESTIC VIAL ESPECIALLY OR GANG ABUSE. WE ARE GOING TO ARREST THEM. UNDERSTAND. I BERTSCHA, WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT THAT, MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE NOT WELL OR THEIR PARENTS ARE NOT WELL, BECAUSE THIS WAS A JOURNEY ACROSS COUNTRIES, OFTEN WALKING MILE AFTER MILE AFTER MILE, LACK OF PROPER NUTRITION AND NOW CON FIND IN PLACES SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS WHO GOT THE CHILDREN IN ONE PLACE AND THE PARENTS IN ANOTHER PLACE, IN CAGES FOR THE CHILDREN. WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A SICKNESS THAT COULD PASS ACROSS THESE CHILDREN? IF A CHILD DOES, WILL WE KNOW? WILL WE BE TOLD? MANY TIMES THEY TRY TO KEEP MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OUT OF SEEING EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, GOD BLESS THEM, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO VISIT AND SEE. HOW COME THERE ARE SO FEW IMAGES BECAUSE YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR PHONE IN THERE TO TAKE PICTURES OF WHAT IS GOING. WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE REALITY OF THE LIFE, THE SUFFERING OF THESE CHILDREN, THE SCREAMING OF THESE CHILDREN, THAT IS NOW ON THE FRONT PAGE, ON THE COVER OF "TIME" MAGAZINE? ? . . I'M TELLING YOU THIS IS NOT AMERICA. SHAME ON PRESIDENT TRUMP. SHAME ON CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS FOR THEIR HEARTLESS, RADICAL SEE MORE MOTHERS PROTESTING. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 08:18:02 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

                              I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY OF THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF…

                              I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY OF THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS. VERY PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. FOR REALLY, AGAIN, DRILLING DOWN ON A NUMBER OF THE ISSUES THAT WE ALL HAVE TO GRAPPLE WITH HERE IN CONGRESS AS MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, OF THE U.S. SENATE. THAT THE ADMINISTRATION UNDER DONALD TRUMP HAS TO GRAPPLE WITH ANTI-AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE REALLY HAVE -- AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE REALLY HAVE TO SEARCH OUR SOULS AT THIS TIME. THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN. WE'RE TALKING INFANTS WHO ARE BREAST-FEEDING, TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR MOTHERS. WE'RE TALKING TODDLERS BARELY ABLE TO TALK, AREN'T POTTY TRAINED, AND HAVE TO BE STACKED UP WITH A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER CHILDREN THAT THEY HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP. WE HAVE HEARD REPORTS OF CHILDREN TRYING TO CONSOLE ONE ANOTHER AND BEING CHASTISED BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID AND THEY ONLY HAVE ONE ANOTHER TO CLING TO AND NO ONE IS THERE TO HUG THEM, THEM, TO SOOTHE THEM, TO MAKE THEM FEEL OK. THIS IS UNREAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY. THAT WE WOULD THINK TO SUCH -- SINK TO SUCH DEPTHS TO PROVE A POINT. WHAT IS THE POINT AGAIN? THAT CAN YOU NOT COME TO THE UNITED STATES -- THAT YOU CAN NOT COME TO THE UNITED STATES SEEKING REFUGE FROM VIOLENCE, FROM DEATH AND DESTRUCTION AS SO MANY OTHERS HAVE DONE IN PRIOR GENERATIONS. THESE PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR HAVE NO CLAIM TO ASYLUM. THAT IF YOU DARE COME AND CLAIM IT, WE WILL TAKE YOUR CHILDREN. WE WILL EXTRACT FROM YOU EVEN MORE PAIN THAT YOU LEFT -- THAN YOU LEFT IN THE COUNTRY THAT CAUSED YOU TO FLEE. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY. AND THERE IS ANOTHER COLLEAGUE WHO HAS THAT THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE SOMETHING THAT SHE'D LIKE TO SHARE. SHE'S THE GENTLELADY FROM THE 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, THE HONORABLE CAROLYN MALONEY.

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                            • 08:20:30 PM

                              MRS. MALONEY

                              THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT…

                              THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF YORK, MS. CLARKE, FOR ORGANIZING THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER. HER MOTHER AND I SERVED TOGETHER ON THE CITY COUNCIL. SHE WAS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS THERE. SHE'S ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS HERE. I'D SAY THAT THEY HAVE BEEN MAJOR LEADERS IN THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY, THRICK FROM THE CARIBBEAN -- PARTICULARLY FROM THE CARIBBEAN WHERE HER MOTHER WAS BORN AND BEEN A LEADER N ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE 20 -- A LEADER IN ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE 20TH CENTURY. THROUGHOUT HISTORY WE HAVE BEEN A NATION IN WHICH THE -- THE WORLD'S OPPRESSED AND VULNERABLE LOOK TO FOR HOPE, A BEACON OF LIGHT SIGNALING A BETTER LIFE. THE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY PUT FORTH BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION UTTERLY VIOLATES THAT TRADITION OF VALUES IN THIS COUNTRY. FAMILIES ARE FLEEING UNSPEAKABLE DANGER AND OPPRESSION ONLY TO ARRIVE AT YOU ARE O BORDERS AND BE TORN AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. YESTERDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT HALTSES -- HALTS SEGREGATED DETENTION FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE PRESIDENT CREATED THIS CRISIS AND ALWAYS HAD THE POWER TO REVERSE COURSE. WHY DIDN'T HE DO IT SOONER? NOW THESE SO-CALLED SOLUTION SEEMS TO BE FAMILIES WILL BE DETAINED TOGETHER. BUT EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT HALTSES WE DON'T KNOW FOR HOW LONG, AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE. ALL TODAY I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THE GIRLS, WHERE ARE THE GIRLS? I FOUND DETENTION CENTERS FOR BOYS. I FOUND THEM FOR MEN. I FOUND THEM FOR BABIES. I STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN AN ANSWER WHERE THE YOUNG GIRLS ARE. WE'RE LEFT WITH TROUBLING QUESTIONS. WE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW THEY ARE BEING TREATED. HOW A AND WHEN WILL THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS BE REUNITED? AND NOW I READ THAT SOME PARENTS HAVE BEEN SENT BACK, DEPORTED, AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE STILL HERE. HOW ARE WE GOING TO UNITE THOSE FAMILIES AND BRING THEM TOGETHER? LAST WEEKEND I JOINED MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK DELEGATION AND THE NEW JERSEY DELEGATION AND WE WENT TO A DETENTION CENTER IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY. WE HAD LETTERS THAT SAID WE COULD SEE THE PEOPLE THAT HAD BEEN A DETAINED. AND IT WAS SIGNED BY THEIR LAWYERS AND IT WAS FOUND BY THE MEN. WE WENT ON FATHER'S DAY TO MEET WITH THE FATHERS. FIRST THEY WOULDN'T LET US IN. THEY PUT PAPERS ON THE WALL AND WINDOWS SO WE COULDN'T LOOK IN. THEN FINALLY, WE DEMANDED AND DEMANDED THEY FINALLY ON THE WALL AND OPENED THE DOORS AND LET US MEET WITH FIVE OF THE DETAINEES. FOUR OF THEM CAME TO THIS COUNTRY LEGALLY. THEY CAME SEEKING REFUGE. THEY CAME SEEKING ASYLUM. AND THEY WENT THROUGH THE PROPER ORDERS AND PROPER PROCEDURES. AND ONE DID NOT BECAUSE THERE WAS VIOLENCE AT THE BORDER, HE CAME ANOTHER WAY, THEN TURNED THEMSELVES IN TO THE AUTHORITIES. AND THEIR STORIES WERE HEARTBREAKING. TWO OF THEM BROKE DOWN AND LITERALLY CRIED. ONE FATHER TOLD A STORY THAT IN HIS BUSINESS THEY WERE FISHERMEN. HIS PARTNER HAD BEEN MURDERED. THEY WERE ASKING FOR THEM TO PAY THEM MONEY, THE GANGS DOWN IN THOSE AREAS. SO THEY WENT TO THE SCHOOL LOOKING FOR HIS DAUGHTER. THE GANG MEMBERS. HE HEARD ABOUT IT. HE -- SHE WAS GOING IN THE AFTERNOON. HE IMMEDIATELY TOOK HER, HIS DAUGHTER, AND FLED AND CAME TO AMERICA. WHEN HE CAME TO THE BORDER, THEY WERE THEN MOVED INTO A DETENTION CENTER. THE AUTHORITIES CAME TO HIM AT 3:00 IN THE MORNING AND TORE HIS DAUGHTER OUT OF HIS ARMS. HE DID NOT KNOW WHERE SHE WAS. HE DID NOT KNOW HOW TO CONTACT HER. WHEN WE TALKED TO THE WARDEN, WE ASKED THE WARDEN IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY, AND AT THIS DETENTION CENTER WHERE HIS DAUGHTER WAS, AND HE DIDN'T KNOW. THEN HE SAID HE WOULD TRY TO FIND HIS DAUGHTER. WELL, WHEN I ARRIVED TODAY, I CHECKED WITH MY NEW JERSEY COLLEAGUES, THEY HAD BEEN IN TOUCH WITH THE DETENTION CENTER AND WITH THE WARDEN. THEY STILL HAD NOT FOUND HIS DAUGHTER. THIS IS DISASTROUS. THIS IS CRUEL. THIS IS DANGEROUS. AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS PARTICULAR CHILD IS AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS ARE. AND IN WHAT KIND OF CONDITIONS THESE FAMILIES ARE BEING HELD. WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THEY ARE BEING HELD. WE NEED TO KNOW DON'T KNOW WHERE THE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS ARE. THESE ANSWERS AND WE HAVE TO HOLD THIS ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE FOR COMPLETELY ENDING THIS FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY THAT THEY INITIALATED. NOW -- THAT THEY INITIATED. BETWEEN MAY 5 AND JUNE 9, JUST 35 DAYS, OVER 2,300 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN SEPARATE INTERESTED THEIR PARENTS AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER. NOW, THIS, I THINK, IS THE WORST ACTION IN OUR COUNTRY REGARDING IMMIGRANTS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. THE OTHER WORST ONE WAS WHEN WE INTERRED JAPANESE CITIZENS THAT HAD FLED AND COME TO AMERICA. WE IS THE INTERRED THEM DURING WORLD WAR II. BUT HERE WE HAVE OVER ,000 CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM -- 2,000 CHILDREN SEPARATE INTERESTED THEIR PARENTS, THAT'S 60 CHILDREN PER DAY FOR THE PAST 35 DAYS, WHO GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT NOT KNOWING WHEN THEY WILL SEE THEIR MOTHERS OR FATHERS AGAIN. AND EXPERTS TELL US THIS IS CHILD ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. THIS CANNOT BE WHO WE'RE AS AMERICANS. IT'S WHY I JOINED RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS AND EVERY DEMOCRAT ON THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE TO DEMAND A HEARING ON THIS RECKLESS POLICY. WE KEPT ASKING THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY NEVER GRANTED IT. SO TODAY THE WOMEN'S CAUCUS HELD OUR OWN SHADOW HEARING WHERE WE HEARD FROM EXPERTS ABOUT HEALTH, ABOUT LAW, ABOUT HUMANITY. WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING AS A NATION TO HELP THESE CHILDREN NOT HURT THEM. I HAVE SIGNED ON TO REPRESENTATIVE DELAURO'S RESOLUTION CONDEMNING THIS HORRIFIC BEHAVIOR. AS THE CHILD ABUSE THAT IT IS. AND WHY I AM ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, GERRY NADLER, WHICH BANS THE SEPARATION OF MIGRANT CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. THESE CHILDREN, THESE FAMILIES, AND THIS COUNTRY DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER. WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING UNTIL FAMILIES ARE MADE WHOLE AGAIN. I YIELD BACK TO YIELD BACK TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE AND THANK HER SO MUCH FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHERS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR CITY OF NEW YORK, OUR STATE, AND OUR NATION. THANK YOU.

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                            • 08:28:08 PM

                              MS. CLARKE

                              I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR HER SENTIMENTS AS WELL.…

                              I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR HER SENTIMENTS AS WELL. AS SHE HAS STATED, I DIDN'T STATE THIS IN THE BEGINNING OF MY REMARKS, I HAPPEN TO BE A SECOND GENERATION AMERICAN MYSELF. MY PARENTS CAME FROM THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND NATION OF JAMAICA IN THE CARIBBEAN AS FOREIGN STUDENTS IN THE 1950'S. AND THEY CAME TO THIS NATION WHERE THEY KNEW THAT THEIR TALENT AND THEIR WORK ETHIC WOULD ENABLE THEM TO REACH THEIR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL, BUT COULD NEVER HAVE DREAMT THEY WOULD LIVE THIS LONG -- THEY LIVED MORE TIME HERE IN THE UNITED STATES THAN THEY EVER DID IN THE CARIBBEAN AS NATURALIZED AMERICANS TO SEE THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR TAKE PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY UNDER THE AUSPICIOUS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. I LOOK AT MY PARENTS AND I SAY TO THEM, THIS IS NOT WHO WE'RE AS A NATION. AND THAT WE STAND WITH ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL IN THIS NATION WHO SEE THIS BEHAVIOR FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AS TOTALLY ABHORRENT. THAT WILL NOT STAND BY IDLY AND SEE THIS CONTINUE. THAT WE WILL BE PART OF THE RESISTANCE TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE FAMILIES' HUMAN DIGNITY ARE RESTORED. THAT THESE CHILDREN WHERE POSSIBLE CAN BE RETURNED TO THEIR FAMILY. AT WHATEVER COST IT MAY BE. IT MAY MEAN THAT WE'LL HAVE TO DO D.N.A. TESTING. IT MAY MEAN THAT WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE HIGHER PRIVATE -- HIRE PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS, WHATEVER THE COST. IT IS UP TO US TO MAKE THESE FAMILIES WHOLE. THEY ONLY CAME TO THIS NATION SEEKING REFUGE AND WHAT WE GAVE THEM WAS HEARTACHE. WAS PAIN. WHAT WE HAVE GIVEN THESE CHILDREN IS TRAUMA, IS PAIN, GAVE THEM IS HEARTACHE. WHAT WE'RE HEARING OF REPORTS NOW IN SOME OF THESE PRIVATELY HIRED OUT CONTRACTORS, CHILDREN BEING ABUSED WHICH WAS INEVITABLE. BECAUSE, INDEED, WE ARE IRRESPONSIBLE IN THE BEHAVIOR THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION TOOK. THESE ORGANIZATIONS WERE NOT VETTED. THEY TRIED TO DO ALL OF THIS IN THE DARK. AND NOW WE ALL PAY A VERY DEAR PRICE. WE HAVE ALL BEEN STRIPPED THIS MUCH. A LITTLE BIT MORE OF OUR HUMANITY DUE TO THE BEHAVIOR OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, YOU DONALD TRUMP, AND HIS PRICE. WE HAVE ALL BEEN STRIPPED THIS MUCH. A LITTLE CABINET MEMBERS WHO HAVE SAW FIT TO HIDE THIS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO TREAT HUMAN BEINGS AS THOUGH THEY DIDN'T DESERVE THE HUMAN DIGNITY THAT ALL HUMAN BEINGS ON THIS PLANET DESERVE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR GIVING TO SHARE THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES. WE STAND SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO END THIS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY AND TO PUSH BACK AT EVERY TURN ON THE DEHUMANIZEATION OF HUMANKIND THAT REGARDS THIS NATION AS A SHINING CITY ON THE HILL. WITH THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 08:31:43 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY JANUARY ,…

                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY JANUARY , 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                            • 08:31:59 PM

                              MR. KING

                              IT'S MY PRIVILEGED TO BE RECOGNIZED HERE ON THE HOUSE OF. IT SEEMS AS…

                              IT'S MY PRIVILEGED TO BE RECOGNIZED HERE ON THE HOUSE OF. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THE NATION IS WRAPPED UP IN A IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION AGAIN AND WE ARE PEAKED OUT. AND A LOT OF THE SAME TOPICS ARE DEBATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE MINORITY FOR SOME TIME, A FULL HOUR, I BELIEVE, AND A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT COME TO MIND THAT DON'T SEEM TO MATCH UP. AND ONE OF THEM, THE DISCUSSION ABOUT SEPARATING FAMILIES. AND I HAVE MADE MULTIPLE TRIPS DOWN TO THE BORDER AND I HAVE TRAVELED MOST OF THE MILES OF THE BORDER AND I CAN'T SAY I HAVE TRAVELED THEM ALL. BUT I HAVE FLOWN, WALKED A FAIR AMOUNT OF IT AND WALKED WITH THE BORDER PATROL FOR DAYS ON END AND SAT DOWN AT NIGHT AND LISTENED IN THE DARKNESS IN SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS THERE ARE AND I HAVE BEEN THERE AS PART OF THE ARRESTS AND DRUG SMUGGLING. I HAVE SEEN MS-13. AMONG THOSE THAT WE ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING DRUGS INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I HAVE WATCHED AS THE -- WE PAROLED INTO THE UNITED STATES THE CASUALTIES FROM THE BAR FIGHTS ON THE MEXICAN SIDE OF THE BORROWER AND THE KNIFE FIGHTS AND I HAVE VISITED THOSE FOLKS IN THE HOSPITAL. AND I MET WITH THE HOSPITAL FIRST THAT COST TO THEM FOR FUNDING THE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ONLY NOT AMERICANS, NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS OR GREEN CARD HOLDERS BUT PAROLED INTO AMERICA FOR MEDICAL CARE OUT OF COMPASSION OF OUR HEARTS. SO TO HEAR THE DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW CRUEL WE ARE, HOW MEAN WE ARE, HOW HEARTLESS WE ARE, SOME OF THOSE PHRASES, I HAVE WRITTEN THEM DOWN, I HAVE WRITTEN THEM DOWN ON A DIFFERENT PIECE OF PAPER. TORE HIS DAUGHTER OUT OF HIS ARMS. WE HEARD THAT. TORE HIS DAUGHTER OUT OF HIS ARMS. BABIES SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. SOME AT EIGHT MONTH OR 11 MONTHS. IT'S DANGEROUS, IT'S CHILD ABUSE. I TOOK THE TROUBLE TO VISIT THOSE LOCATIONS AND I'M THINKING IN TEXAS IN THE BROWNSVILLE AREA WHERE YOU HAVE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS OF TRANSFR HOME MOST OF THEM UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN OLDER DESCRIBED TO BE AND SOME OF THEM ARE OLDER. I SEE SOME OF THESE JUVENILES IN THE BORDER PATROL AND THOSE FOLKS THAT ARE UNDER 18 PRESUMABLY WITH A LITTLE GRAY IN THEIR BEARD. THAT IS A LITTLE BIT OF A GIVE-AWAY. THEY ARE NOT THE WAY THEY ARE CHARACTERIZED TO BE. AS I STAND ON THE BORDER AND GO INTO THESE LOCATIONS, THE FIRST ONE WOULD BE GOING INTO THE LOCATIONS WHERE THE UNACCOMPANIED JAILEN CHILDREN ARE HOUSED. AND ONE OF THE FIRST LOCATIONS THEY SET UP WHEN THE LARGEST FLOOD CAME INTO THE UNITED STATES ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO WAS A HUGE WAREHOUSE IN TEXAS AND THAT HUGE WAREHOUSE. AND MOVED IN THERE AND WENT TO WORK AND IN A MATTER OF 17 DAYS, THEY CLEANED EVERYTHING OUT OF THAT WAREHOUSE, WASHED IT DOWN AND SCRUBBED IT DOWN AND WIRED AND PUT IN A FULL AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM ALONG WITH, -- THERE WERE CHAIN-LINCHINGED BARRIERS AND PETITIONS FOR LARGE ROOMS AND YOU HAVE TO DO THAT BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE SEVERAL THOUSAND YOUTH THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF, YOU CAN'T LEAVE THE BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER. YOU HAVE TO SPRIT THEM BY AGE AND THEY HAD TO MANAGE IN THAT FASHION, THE OLDER BOYS IN THIS AREA AND SAME WITH THE GIRLS. KEEP THE BOYS AND THE GIRLS SEPARATED EXCEPT FOR THE OUTDOOR RECKCREAGE. PEOPLE SAY THIS IS CRUEL. THIS ALL GOT STARTED BECAUSE WE SAW A PICTURE ON THE INTERNET OF A LITTLE BOY STANDING BEHIND A CHAIN-LINCHINGED FENCE AND IT WAS ADVERTISED THAT HE WAS IN A CAGE THAT WE HAD PUTTING THESE UNACCOMPANIED YOUNG CHILDREN IN CAGES. IT WAS A AN AIR KPPED WAREHOUSE AND STAND ANY CHILDREN IN A SCHOOL YARD, THE SAME KIND OF FENCE THAT IS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND YOU CAN STAND A LITTLE BOY OR LITTLE GIRL IN THE CORNER AND TAKE A PICTURE OF THEM AND CONTEND THEY WERE IN A CAGE. IT'S NOT A CAGE. IT WAS A LARGE DIFEDED AREA AND SOME OF THOSE AREAS ARE THEY WERE PLAYING SOCCER. WHEN THESE KIDS COME IN. THEY GET A SCHAUER AND GET MEDICAL CARE AND MEDICAL EXAMINATION TO SEE IF THEY ARE CARRYING DISEASE AND ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT AND THEY WILL SCARE THEM AWAY WITH ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT THEY NEED. THEY GET A FRESH CHANGE OF CLOTHES AND THREE SQUARES A DAY AND A MATTRESS TO SLEEP ON THAT IS THREE TIMES MORE COMFORTABLE THAN A SLEEPING BAG. IT IS A WARM COMFORTABLE PLACE TO SLEEP AND OWN BLANKETS AND OWN COVERAGE THAT WAY AND MANAGED ALL THE TIME. THEY HAVE THE THINGS THAT THEY NEED AND SOMEBODY SAID TO ME, BUT THEY ONLY GET TWO HOURS OF FRESH AIR A DAY. AND I SAID, THIS IS HOT. IT'S TEXAS. IT'S HOT IN SOUTH TEXAS. AND PLAYING SOCCER INDOORS. MY KIDS DON'T GET TO DO THAT. I NEVER GOT TO DO THAT. BUT THAT'S WHAT IS GOING ON DOWN THERE. THEY ARE NOT BEING ABUSED. AND YES THERE ARE COUPLEORS TO TALK WITH THEM. AND SO, BY THE WAY IN THE MOST RECENT TRIP WAS OCTOBER, IT WAS A BIPARTISAN TRIP. AND I HEARD ONE OF THE MEMBERS THAT WERE ON THAT TRIP COMPLAINING HOW BAD WE WERE TREATING THESE KIDS BUT IT WASN'T HER CONCERN WHEN WE WERE ASKING QUESTIONS. THAT MEMBER DID ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS, BUT NOT ALARMED BECAUSE THESE CHILDREN DIDN'T HAVE THEIR MOTHER OR FATHER WITH THEM. THAT WASN'T AN ISSUE THAT WAS RAISED AT ALL. ALL OF A SUDDEN EN, IT BECOMES THE SUBJECT OF THE DAY, TEARING HIS DAUGHTER OUT OF HIS ARMS. AND IT'S TOO GHASTLY. BUT IF A BABY IS EVER ATTORNEY FROM ITS MOTHER IT'S THROUGH ABORTION AND DOESN'T SEEM TO BOTHER FOLKS ACROSS THE AISLE. THEY WILL WAIL ABOUT 2,000 JUVENILES WHO WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS OR A PARENT BECAUSE THE PARENT COMMITTED A CRIME. I WOULD SUBMIT THERE ARE MORE AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY COMMIT A CRIME ON A DAILY BASIS THAN ILLEGAL ALIEN FATHERS OR MOTHERS BECAUSE WHEN THEY COMMIT A CRIME, THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS. WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN WHO ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS. USUALLY IT IS THE DADS. BUT THAT DOESN'T BOTHER THE LEFT EITHER. HOW MANY OF THESE CITIZENS ARE SEPARATED, BUT IT DOES BOTHER THEM BECAUSE THERE IS POLITICAL HAY TO BE MAKING A BIG ISSUE. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKING CARE OF THESE CHILDREN ARE COMPASSION NATURE. WE ARE HIRING COACHES TO PLAY SOCCER AND THEY ARE BEING CHARACTERIZED AS A CAGE. WELL, WHAT I SHOULD SAY, THE LARGEST WAREHOUSE IS NOT A CAGE BUT THEY HAVE CHAIN LINKED, THE SAME THING USED AROUND THE PLAYGROUNDS. BUT THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED THIS WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER AND I SUPPORT THE POLICY CHANGE THAT HE BROUGHT ABOUT WITH HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. THE LEFT WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED. IF I HAD A MAGIC WAND AND LET ME SEE IF I GOT ONE IN MY POCKET, AND I WOULD SAY TO THE LEFT, YOU HAVE GOT ALL THE REST OF THE YEAR TO COME UP WITH THE LIST OF ALL OF THE THINGS YOU WANT AND WRITE THESE POLICIES AND I DON'T CARE HOW LONG THAT LIST IS, IT COULD BE INFINITY MINUS ONE AND WHEN THE BALL DROPS IN TIMES SQUARE I'LL WAVE THE MAGIC WAND AND HAVE ALL THE POLICY CHANGES FROM TODAY TO DECEMBER 31. IF WE MADE THAT DEAL AND I AGREE TO ALL OF THAT AND THIS WAND WERE MAGIC AND WHEN THE BALL DROPPED AT TIMES SQUARE, I WOULD SAY YOU GOT ALL OF THE THINGS YOU WANT. THAT WOULD PROBABLY INCLUDE THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP. AND HERE'S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. THEY WOULD STAY UP ALL NIGHT, THE REST OF THE NIGHT, WHINING BECAUSE THEY SAY WE DIDN'T GIVE THEM ENOUGH TIME AND THEY WOULD NEVER BE SATISFIED AND IF THEY HAD TO SHOW US WHAT THEY WANTED AMERICA TO LOOK LIKE ONCE THEY HAD THEIR GLOBALIST UTOPIA ESTABLISHED, THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO PAINT IT. ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS TEAR DOWN WHAT IS AND CONTINUE TO TEAR DOWN WHAT IS RATHER THAN BUILD WHAT IS BEST FOR US. THEY ARE TURNING DOWN THE FOUNDATION AND TURNING BACK AND TURNING THEIR BACK AND DENYING THEIR COMPONENTS OF THIS. AND WHEN I SEE THAT BILL CLINTON, HILLARY CLINTON, HARRY REID, CHUCK SCHUMER HAS SPOKEN FOR AT LEAST A MEASURE OF SECURITY, BUILD A WAR WALL, ALL THOSE FOLKS WHO HAVE SPOKEN IN THAT WAY 20 YEARS AGO, BUT NOT MY MORE. THEY DECIDED THAT THEY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE FOR POURING ILLEGAL JAILENS INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BECAUSE IT PICKS FOR THEM. THESE ARE JAILENS ARE COUNTED IN THE CRENS US. HAVE YOU NOTICED WHAT CAME OUT WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THEY WERE GOING TO COUNT CITIZENS SEPARATELY IN THE CRENS SUCCESS AND YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT THE WORLD WOULD HAVE COME TO AN END BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD SUPPRESS THE COUNT OF HUMAN BEINGS AND THEY PLEEVED THEY NEED TO BE COUNTED AND THEY ARE. THEY ARE REPRESENTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF CONGRESS. WE HELD A COUPLE OF HEARINGS. I HELD A HEARING IN THE CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE A FEW WEEKS AGO. I RECALL TESTIMONY ABOUT 10, 12 YEERINGS AGO THAT CAME FROM A CENTER FROM IMMIGRATION STUDIES WHO TESTIFIED IF WE COUNTED CITIZENS FOR REDISTRICTING PURPOSES RATHER THAN PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WOULD INCLUDE LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BUT NONRESIDENTS, BUT IF WE ONLY COUNTED THEM, WE WOULD HAVE BETWEEN EIGHT AND 11 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS THAT WOULD MOVE OUT OF STATES LIKE FLORIDA, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA AND STATES, UTAH AND IOWA WOULD PICK UP A SEAT BACK AGAIN. . . AS IT IS ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE COUNTED ALONGSIDE CITIZENS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL SEATS HERE ARE DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT COUNTING CITIZENS FOR REAPPORTIONMENT PURPOSES. WE'RE COUNTING ALL PEOPLE. WHY IS IT THAT THEY WANT TO INVITE ILLEGALS INTO THEIR CITIES LIKE LOS ANGELES, LIKE MAYBE MAXINE WATERS' DISTRICT? WHY DO THEY WANT TO PROTECT THEM? IT GIVES THEM POLITICAL POWER. IT TAKES ME A LOT MORE LOT MORE VOTES TO BE ELECTED OR RE-ELECTED IN MY DISTRICT BECAUSE I HAVE A LOW PERCENTAGE OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND IT TAKES A LOT LESS VOTES IF ARE YOU IN A DISTRICT WITH A HIGHS PERCENTAGE PRESUMING THE ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE NOT VOTING, AND THEY ARE VOTING IN INCREASING NUMBERS. THAT'S BEEN PROVEN, TOO. WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT HAVE A POLITICAL GAIN THAT COMES OUT OF PROMOTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. AND WE'RE HEARING IT COME OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF THE PEOPLE ON THE LEFT TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AND MAKE A A POLITICAL ISSUE OUT OF THIS. THE MOST SUCCESSFUL INSTITUTIONS OVER THE LAST TWO CENTURIES, MR. SPEAKER, ARE THE NATION STATES. THE NATION STATES. YOU HAVE TO BE A SOVEREIGN NATION STATE. THAT REQUIRES A BORDER. AND YOU HAVE TO CONTROL WHO COMES AND WHO GOES OUTSIDE OF THAT BORDER -- INSIDE THAT BORDER. THAT'S WHAT NATIONS DO. AND INSIDE THE NATION STATE YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE RULE OF LAW. THAT LAW ALSO COVERS WHO COMES AND WHO GOES. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS UNDERSTOOD THIS. THEY WROTE IT INTO OUR CONSTITUTION. THEY ESTABLISHED THAT THE CONGRESS ESTABLISHES IMMIGRATION POLICY. BECAUSE THEY KNEW -- THEY WERE ESTABLISHING A NATION STATE. A NATION STATE HAD NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR THAT LONG OR THAT SUCCESSFULLY IN THE TIME THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS LAID DOWN THE FOUNDATION FOR AMERICA, BUT THEY HAD THE VISION ON HOW BEST TO BUILD A COUNTRY, AND THEY WROTE SOME OF IT IN THE DECLARATION AND REST OF IT IN THE CONSTITUTION. HERE WE'RE WELL PASSED TWO CENTURIES OF TERRIFIC SUCCESS, THE UNCHALLENGED GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD. WE CREATE ADD LARGER ECONOMY -- CREATED A LARGER ECONOMY, STRONGER MILITARY, MORE INFLUENTIAL AROUND THE WORLD THAN ANY COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. AND IT'S BUILT UPON THE PILLARS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. THOSE PILLARS I DESCRIBED AS RONALD REAGAN DESCRIBED OFTEN FOR US THE SHINING CITY ON THE HILL. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN SEE THAT SHINING HITTY ON THE HILL IN MY MIND'S EYE, PAINTED BY PRESIDENT REAGAN WHOM I REVERE. BUT I WOULD ARGUE THAT IT REALLY ISN'T A SHINING CITY ON A HILL. I WOULD RATHER ENVISION THE SHINING CITY AS A SHINING CITY BUILT UPON THE PILLARS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. AND THOSE PILLARS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, THE PERIMETER PILLARS, AROUND THE OUTSIDE EDGE, WITH A CENTRAL PILLAR IN THE MIDDLE THAT HOLDS IT TOGETHER, AROUND THE OUTSIDE EDGE WOULD BE A PILLAR FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, A PILLAR FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION, A PILLAR FOR FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, A PILLAR FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. THAT'S JUST THE FIRST AMENDMENT. ANOTHER PILLAR FOR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SO WE CAN PROTECT OUR OTHER RIGHTS. ON UP THE LINES. A PILLAR FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. NOR SHALL PRIVATE PROPERTY BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION. PROTECTION, ANOTHER PILLAR FOR BEING TRIED BY A JURY OF OUR PEERS, NO DOUBLE JEOPARDY. AND ON AROUND THE LINE. A FEW OTHER PILLARS ALONG THE WAY THAT AREN'T IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THAT ONE WOULD BE FREE ENTERPRISE CAPITALISM AS OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM HAS BEEN A FOUNDATION FOR THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA. AND THE PROPERTY RIGHTS NOT ONLY THAT I HAVE QUOTED IN THE FIFTH AMENDMENT, BUT ALSO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS SO THAT CREATORS HAVE A RIGHT TO THE PROCEEDS OF THEIR WORK. THEN AS I DEFINE THESE PILLARS AROUND THE OUTSIDE, THE PERIMETER PILLARS ON THIS SHINING CITY ON THE AMERICAN PILLARS -- PILLARS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, I WOULD ADD TO THAT, AS I SAID, FREE GENTS PRIZE CAPITALISM, THE DYNAMIC ECONOMY WE HAVE, AND JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES THAT ARE CORE IN THE FOUNDATION, THEY WERE THE FOUNDING OF OUR COUNTRY. THEY ARE THE CORE OF THE MORAL FOUNDATION WE'RE AS A PEOPLE. THEY ARE PART OF OUR RELIGION. THEY ARE PART OF OUR CULTURE. AND THIS NATION WOULD COLLAPSE IF WE EVER LOST THEM AND WHEN THEY ARE WEAKENED, AMERICAN GOES WOBBLY. ALL THESE PILLARS I DESCRIBED ARE PERIMETER PILLARS. EXCEPTIONAL PILLAR OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. THE ONE WE CANNOT AND DARE NOT SACRIFICE IS THE RULE OF LAW. THAT'S THE CENTRAL PILLAR THAT SITS IN THE MIDDLE THAT ANCHORS EVERYTHING ELSE THAT IT SETS UPON AND TIES TOGETHER. WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN THIS CONGRESS THIS DAY AND THESE DAYS IS A RELENTLESS EFFORT THAT'S ERODING THE -- ESSENTIAL PILLAR OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM CALLED THE RULE OF LAW. WHENEVER A MEMBER GETS UP AND ARGUES THAT WE SHOULD GRANTS AMNESTY TO ILLEGAL ALIENS BECAUSE IT MAKES OUR HEARTS FEEL GOOD, WHAT WE'RE DOING IS DESECRATING THESE PILLARS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM. CHISELING AWAY ON THEM AND ERODING THEM. OUR JOB NEEDS TO BE REFURBISH THE PILLARS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, NOT ERODE THEM. SO TO GO BACK INTO SOME OF THESE TOPICS THAT ARE BEING ADDRESSED BY PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY CONTINUALLY SAY IT'S TOO DANGEROUS IN THESE COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA SO WE NEED TO GET THESE YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF COUNTRIES LIKE HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR, VENEZUELA, COLOMBIA, BELIZE, GUATEMALA, JAMAICA, TRINIDAD TOBAGO. BRAZIL. GET PEOPLE OUT. GET PEOPLE YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF THERE BECAUSE IT'S TOO DANGEROUS FOR THEM. THEY MIGHT BE KILLED BY THE GANGS DOWN THERE. AND I RECALL SITTING IN A JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEETING WHEN JOHN CONYERS WAS THE RANKING MEMBER FROM DETROIT AND THEY WERE MAKING THAT ARGUMENT THAT IT'S TOO DANGEROUS IN CENTRAL AMERICA FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, LET'S SAY 13, IT'S TOO DANGEROUS I THINK IF YOU THINK IT'S TOO DANGEROUS FOR THOSE CHILDREN IN GUATEMALA, YOU BETTER NOT TAKE THEM TO DETROIT BECAUSE IT'S MORE DANGEROUS IN DETROIT THAN GUATEMALA. IT'S MORE DANGEROUS IN BALTIMORE THAN IT IS IN HONDURAS. IT'S MORE DANGEROUS SOMETIMES IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IT'S MORE DANGEROUS IN NEW ORLEANS. IT'S MORE DANGEROUS IN ST. LOUIS, ESPECIALLY EAST ST. LOUIS THAN IT IS IN ANY OF THESE COUNTRIES DOWN HERE THAT I JUST MENTIONED. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THESE COUNTRIES THAT I MENTIONED, I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH IT IN MORE DETAIL, THESE ARE THE TOP 10 MOST VIOLENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. THERE'S A WEBSITE CALLED WORLD LIFE EXPECTANCY DOT-COM. I FOLLOWED IT FOR A DECADE OR SO. AND SO THESE ARE THE MOST CURRENT NUMBERS, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE BODY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. WE'RE LISTENING TO PEOPLE ADVOCATE FOR BRINGING PRIME GANG AGE YOUNG MEN ESPECIALLY OUT OF THESE COUNTRIES INTO AMERICA, AND THEY ARE COMING FROM THE MOST VIOLENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, SOME OF THEM GOING INTO THE MOST VIOLENT CITIES IN AMERICA. THE COUNTRYSIDE IS SAFER THAN THE CITIES STATISTICALLY AT LEAST. SO HERE'S SOME NUMBERS. THE MOST VIOLENT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, THE ONE WHERE YOU HAVE A GREATER EXPECTANCY OF DYING A VIOLENT DEATH IS HONDURAS. HONDURAS HAS A 94.47 VIOLENT DEATHS PER 100,000 RATE ACCORDING TO WORLD LIFE EXPECTANCY DOT-COM. THEN EL SALVADOR, NUMBER TWO, SECOND MOST VIOLENT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, 62.82 VIOLENT DEATHS PER 14U7BD,000. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN EL SALVADOR WAS SO BAD THEY DIDN'T GIVE AWE NUMBER. AT LEAST THERE IS A NUMBER HERE. I DON'T KNOW I TRUST T WE KNOW IT'S VERY HIGH. VENEZUELA, 50.5 VIOLENT DEATHS PER 100,000. THAT'S NUMBER THREE. NUMBER FOUR, IT'S THE ONLY ONE OUT OF THE TOP 10 THAT'S NOT SOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE, ZIMBABWE, NOW WE'RE GOING TO OUR FAMILIAR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AGAIN, SOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE, COLOMBIA, 47 VIOLENT DEATHS. BELIZE, 41.54 VIOLENT DEATHS PER 100,000. GUATEMALA, THEIR NUMBERS HAVE BEEN A LOT HIGHER, THEY SEEM TO BE LOWER NOW, BUT STILL SEVENTH HIGHEST IN VIOLENT DEATH RATE IN THE WORLD, 39.85 VIOLENT DEATHS PER 100,000. THEN JAMAICA, 34.79. AND NUMBER 10, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COMES IN AT 31.18 VIOLENT DEATHS PER 100,000. YOU THINK, OK, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN PROPORTIONALLY? A FEW MORE ALONG THE WAY THAT I HAVE HERE. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. THEN BRAZIL, 29.50. WHAT THAT TELLS YOU IS NINE OF THE TOP 10 MOST VIOLENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ARE SOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE RIVER. AND 10 OF THE TOP 11 OF THE MOST VIOLENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ARE SOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE. ONE IS NOT MEXICO. MEXICO DOESN'T COME UP ON THIS UNTIL YOU GET TO NUMBER 19. AND IT'S EASY TO REMEMBER, MEXICO IS THE 19TH MOST VIOLENT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. AND THEY HAVE 19 VIOLENT DEATHS PER 100,000. IF WE WERE GOING TO ENHANCE VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, IF WE WANTED MORE VIOLENCE THAN LESS, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD DO IS WOULD YOU GO LOOK AT THE MOST VIOLENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, TRY TO PICK THE MOST VIOLENT DEMOGRAPHICS OUT OF THERE, YOUNG MEN, AND BRING THEM INTO AMERICA. IF YOU WANTED TO ASSURE THERE WOULD BE MORE CRIME IN AMERICA. THAT IS AN IRREFUTABLE EQUATION IF YOU GO TO HONDURAS AND YOU LOAD UP SEVERAL THOUSAND YOUNG MEN THAT ARE 15, 16, 17, 18, 129, -- 19, AND 20 YEARS OLD AND BRING THEM IN AND DROP THEM INTO THE INNER CITY OF DETROIT OR BALTIMORE OR EAST ST. LOUIS OR LOS ANGELES, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WILL HAPPEN, MR. SPEAKER? THERE ARE GOING TO BE MORE MURDERS THERE OR LESS? I DON'T THINK IT'S ANY QUESTION AT ALL. THERE WILL BE MORE MURDERS BECAUSE OF THIS. OR LOS ANGELES, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WILL HAPPEN, MR. SPEAKER? THERE ARE GOING THERE WILL BE MORE RAPES, MORE ASSAULTS, MORE THEFTS, MORE VIOLENT CRIME OF ALL KINDS. MORE DRUGS DEALT. BY THE WAY, SOME OF THEM, IN FACT A LOT OF THEM, BECOME OR ARE ALREADY MS-13. MS-13 ARE THEY SENDING PEOPLE INTO AMERICA TO EXPAND THEIR DRUG REACH? WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THEY ARE DOING THAT. WHY? WELL, THEY ARE PERPETRATING VIOLENCE. THEY ARE SHAKING DOWN THE NEIGHBORHOODS. THEY ARE EXTRACTING THE PAYMENTS AROUND THEM AND THREATENING THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM. WE KNOW THIS. THEY ARE KILLING AMERICANS. I MET WITH SOME OF THE FAMILIES OUT OF NEW YORK THAT HAD THEIR DAUGHTERS -- ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT HAD THEIR DAUGHTER KILLED JUST CLUBBED TO DEATH. ONE HAD BEEN KILLED WITH A MACHETE. THIS IS MS-13. THE DRUG GANGS IN THIS COUNTRY WE HAD THE CHIEF, DIRECTOR OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY MR. PATTERSON BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I ASK A FEW QUESTIONS, MR. SPEAKER, AND IT WAS LIKE THIS. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE ILLEGAL DRUGS CONSUMED IN AMERICA COME FROM OR THROUGH MEXICO? AND THE ANSWER THAT HE AGREED TO WAS 80% TO 90% OF THE ILLEGAL DRUGS CONSUMED IN AMERICA COME FROM OR THROUGH MEXICO. THEY DON'T ALL PRODUCE IN MEXICO. SOME OF THOSE DRUGS, A LOT, ARE SMUGGLED IN OUT OF CHINA AND THEN THEY PROCESS THE DRUGS THERE AND THEY SMUGGLE THEM INTO THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THAT'S THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS ROUTE. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WE HAVE NAND FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS. THAT'S PART OF IT. WE NEED TO ADDRESS IT HERE ON THE DEMAND SIDE. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO ADDRESS IT ON THE INTERDICTION SIDE AND ADDRESS IT WITH REGARD TO MEXICO AND POINTS SOUTH PART OF THIS EQUATION THAT IS PRODUCING AND PUSHING THESE DRUGS UP INTO AMERICA, PARTICULARLY FENTANYL, THE HIGHLY, HIGHLY DANGEROUS COMING IN CONTACT WITH THAT ONE TIME CAN KILL YOU. VERY SMALL DOSE OF IT CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE COMING OUT OF THE MOST VIOLENT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD BEING BROUGHT IN TO AMERICA AND WE'RE BEING TOLD WE SHOULD HAVE SYMPATHY FOR THAT. THAT'S THE BOYS I'M TALKING ABOUT. I COUNTED THE NUMBERS DOWN THERE, LOOKED AT THE DATA SOME TIME BACK OF THE UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN COMING INTO AMERICA. 1% YOUNG MALES, MOST OF THEM IN THAT 14 TO 16, 17-YEAR-OLD AGE GROUP. BUT THEY WERE 81% MALES THEN. IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES RIDING THE BEAST, THAT TRAIN OF DEATH, YOU MIGHT SEE 30 OR 40 YOUNG MEN THERE AND ONE OR TWO GIRLS OR YOUNG WOMEN THERE. OTHER INFORMATION THAT I PICKED UP IN TRAVELING AROUND THROUGH CENTRAL AMERICA AND DOWN AND TALKING TO THE KIDS IN THE TRANSFER CENTERS I LEARNED THIS, MR. SPEAKER. FROM SEVEN DIFFERENT SOURCES, THESE WERE SUPERVISORY SOURCES WORKING WITH THESE KIDS, THEY INSISTED THAT 100% OF THE GIRLS GOT BIRTH CONTROL BEFORE THEY WERE SENT FROM HOME ON UP ACROSS INTO THE UNITED STATES. AND FROM SAY THE DISTANCE OF THAT IS EL SALVADOR TO MCALLEN, 1,500 MILES. THEY WOULD SAY 100% OF THE GIRLS GET BIRTH CONTROL BILLS. THEY PUT THEM ON THE PILL. THEY GIVE THEM PLAN B, THE MORNING AFTER PART OF IT. AND THEY EXPECT THAT THEY WILL BE RAPED AND CONSISTENT MESSAGE FROM THOSE SAME SEVEN DIFFERENT INDEPENDENT SOURCES THAT DIDN'T INDEX WITH EACH OTHER THAT 75%, 75% OF THE GIRLS THAT ARE TRAVELING ACROSS MEXICO INTO THE UNITED STATES ARE RAPED. 75%. NOW, IT'S A GHASTLY IT'S A GHASTLY THOUGHT TO THINK THAT ANYBODY WOULD TAKE THEIR DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER AND GIVE THEM BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AND SEND THEM ON A JOURNEY LIKE THAT, BELIEVING THEY WOULD SEND THEM INTO AMERICA, KNOWING THEY WERE GOING TO BE RAPED BEFORE THEY GOT HERE. AS THEY CAME ACROSS MEXICO. THAT'S A PIECE OF THIS EQUATION THAT DOESN'T GET STATED VERY OFTEN, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT'S A CLOSE TO KNOWN FACT AS WE CAN GET, THAT'S FIELD RESEARCH DONE BY THIS MEMBER AND ANOTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS, RIGHT KIND OF WITNESSES. SO, I'VE DESCRIBED VIOLENCE, I'VE DESCRIBED THE DRUGS. I'VE DESCRIBED THE TYPES OF VICTIMS THAT WE HAVE. 50,000 OF THEM A MONTH FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS IN AMERICA, THAT TURNS OUT TO BE 600,000 ILLEGALS COMING INTO AMERICA THAT WE WOULD BE INTERDICTING. NOT COUNTING THOSE OF THAT GET PAST US THAT WE DON'T SEE. 600,000 WILL BE THE TARGET NUMBER, THE PREDICTED NUMBER, FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR OF 2018. IN ADDITION TO THIS, AS WE TALKED ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, RIPPING CHILDREN FROM THEIR FATHER'S ARMS OR FROM THEIR MOTHER'S ARMS, AND I SAID, WHAT REALLY DOES THAT IS ABORTION, RIPPING A CHILD FROM HER MOTHER IN THAT FASHION, THERE HAVE BEEN -- WE BRING INTO THIS COUNTRY BETWEEN ONE MILLION AND 1.2 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EACH YEAR. LET'S JUST ROUND THAT TO A MILLION, MR. SPEAKER. A SIMPLE NUMBER. WELL, THAT HAPPENS TO BE IDENTICAL TO THE NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IN AMERICA EACH YEAR. A MILLION. SO, SINCE 1973 IN ROE VS. WADE THERE HAVE BEEN 60 MILLION BABIES ABORTED IN THIS COUNTRY. AND ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS THAT HAVE COME INTO AMERICA. IT JUST CAME INTO MY HEAD A COUPLE DAYS AGO AS I WAS LISTENING TO SOMEONE SPEAK THAT FOR EVERY TIME A LEGAL IMMIGRANT COMES INTO AMERICA, WE ABORT AN AMERICAN BABY HERE. AND THAT BABY GOES -- I GUESS I COULD SAY AS GENTLY INTO THE DISPOSAL AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THAT BABY'S DESTROYED FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL THAT COMES INTO AMERICA LEGALLY. AND 600,000 ILLEGALS COMING INTO AMERICA THAT WE HAVE TO ADJUDICATE AND WHO KNOWS HOW MANY COME IN THAT WE AREN'T CATCHING THAT WE'RE NOT ADJUDICATING. THESE AMERICAN BABIES, THESE 60 MILLION AMERICAN BABIES ARE A HOLE IN THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF AMERICA. AND THEY ARE A HEAVYWEIGHT ON A GUILTY CONSCIENCE OF A COUNTRY. 60 MILLION BABIES. AND WHEN YOU DO THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE CALCULATION TO FIND OUT, WHAT ABOUT THOSE FUTURE MOTHERS THAT WERE ABORTED, WHAT ABOUT THOSE FUTURE FATHERS THAT WERE ABORTED, WHAT WOULD THEY HAVE DONE? HOW MANY CHILDREN WOULD THEY HAVE HAD STARTING IN 1973? AND I DID THAT CALCULATION. AND IT'S ONLY AN ESTIMATE. I WOULDN'T SAY THAT THERE ISN'T A BETTER WAY TO COME UP WITH IT, BUT WHAT I CAME TO WAS ANOTHER NUMBER. THESE 60 MILLION BABIES THAT HAVE BEEN ABORTED, ROUGHLY 30 MILLION OF THEM ARE GIRLS. AND OF THOSE 30 MILLION GIRLS, SOME OF THEM WOULD HAVE HAD BABIES BY NOW. AND IF -- AS YOU DO THE CALCULATION ON WHAT THE BIRTH RATE WAS THEN FOR THOSE EARLIER YEARS, YOU'RE LOOKING AT PERHAPS AS MANY AS ANOTHER 60 MILLION BABIES WOULD HAVE BEEN BORN EXCEPT THEIR MOTHERS AND PRESUMABLY THEIR FATHERS WERE ABORTED TOO. SO SOME PLACE, 60 MILLION ABORTED, 60 MILLION BABIES NOT BORN BECAUSE THEIR MOTHERS WERE ABORTED. SOME WERE AROUND -- SOME WERE AROUND 1 -- SOMEWHERE AROUND 100 MILLION TO 120 MILLION AMERICANS ARE MISSING AS A RESULT OF ABORTION. AND WE'RE WRAPPED AROUND THE AXEL BECAUSE OF 2,000 CHILDREN THAT WERE TEMPORARILY SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS COMMITTED THE CRIME, AT LEAST THE CRIME OF UNLAWFUL ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IF NOT OTHER CRIMES LIKE DOCUMENT FRAUD AND WHAT NOT. BUT ALL OF THE CRIMINALS THAT ARE PUT INTO PRISON THAN ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN. I'M LISTENING TO THE ANGST OVER HERE THAT I THINK IS UNNECESSARY HYPERVENTILATION, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THINK OF A MOTHER WHO IS SEPARATED FROM HER DAUGHTER AND HOW THAT CAME ABOUT, TO LEARN THAT. ABOUT ROUGHLY A DECADE AGO, A LITTLE MORE THAN A DECADE AGO, I GUESS, I WENT OVER TO IRAQ TO VISIT OUR TROOPS OVER THERE. AND I FLEW INTO KUWAIT CITY, THE AIR STRIP THERE, AND I WAS MET BY A YOUNG NATIONAL GUARD CAPTAIN AND THIS CAPTAIN -- MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, ABOUT 1:00, 1:30 IN THE MORNING, SHE MET ME AND ESCORTED ME TO WHERE THEY -- 1,168TH TRANSPORTATION UNIT WAS BASED AS THEY WERE HAULING EQUIPMENT AND MAN POWER INTO BAGHDAD OVER LAND FROM THERE. FAIRLY DANGEROUS RUN. AS THE CAPTAIN TOOK ME TO VISIT THE TROOPS, AND I SPOKE TO A GOOD SIZED GROUP OF THE TROOPS, BUT THEN AFTERWARDS, SHE HAD SIX OF HER TROOPS THAT HAD PERSONAL ISSUES THAT THEY COULDN'T SOLVE WHILE THEY WERE DEPLOYED IN IRAQ. AND I SAT DOWN WITH EACH OF THOSE TROOPS INDIVIDUALLY, TOOK NOTES AND PUT TOGETHER A BIT OF A PLAN ACTION ON WHAT I COULD TRY TO HELP -- DO TO TRY TO HELP. I DID WHAT I COULD DO. I HELPED SOME OF THEM. I DON'T KNOW THAT I SOLVED IT ALL. SHE SAID I DID BUT I DIDN'T THINK SO, MR. SPEAKER. IN ANY CASE, I LEARNED THIS YOUNG CAPTAIN HAD A 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER THAT WAS HOME. AND THIS YOUNG CAPTAIN WAS SEPARATED FROM HER DAUGHTER AT THE AGE OF 4. SO I PROMISED, SINCE THE GIRL WAS BEING BEING TAKEN CARE OF BY HER FATHER, AND THE MESSAGE WAS THAT THINGS WERE OK AT HOME, BUT I PROMISED I'D GO CHECK AND HER -- ON HER DAUGHTER BECAUSE SOMETIMES THAT MR. MOM STUFF DOESN'T GET CONFESSED OVER THE EMAIL WHEN MOM IS DEPLOYED IN THE WAR ZONE. AND SO WHEN I GOT BACK TO THE STATES, I TRAVELED BACK TO IOWA, AND SET UP AN APPOINTMENT, WENT DOWN TO VISIT THAT HOME. THERE'S THIS LITTLE 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL, SHE HAD LONG BLOND HAIR WITH REDDISH HIGHLIGHTS IN IT, STOVE PYLE PIPE CURLS, WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN TO HER WAIST IN THE BACK, MR. SPEAKER, AND I SAT THERE AND TALKED TO HER FATHER, I TALKED TO THIS 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL. AND SHE HAD MATCHING DIMPLES, THE CUTEST THING. RIGHT OUT OF NORMAN ROCKWELL. AND ENERGY, SPARKLE IN HER EYE. A SMILE ON HER FACE. LAUGHTER IN HER VOICE. KIDS ARE THE SOURCE OF ALL JOY, BY THE WAY. AND I REMEMBER HER TRUCKING AROUND TO THE LIVING ROOM AND FULL OF ENERGY, BUT ALSO FULL OF LOVE. AND IT BROKE MY HEART TO SEE THAT LITTLE 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND THINK ABOUT HER MOTHER BEING DEPLOYED IN A WAR ZONE. MISSING OUT ON 13 MONTHS OF SOME OF THE MOST JOYFUL TIME YOU CAN HAVE RAISING A CHILD. AND THAT CHILD WAS SEPARATED FROM HER MOTHER. AND THAT CHILD'S MOTHER'S NAME IS TODAY SENATOR JOANY ERNST AND HER DAUGHTER, LIBBY LEW, WHO IS NOW GOING TO THE MILITARY ACADEMY. BUT WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. EVERYBODY WHO'S DEPLOYED, WHO HAS CHILDREN, IS SEPARATED FROM THOSE CHILDREN FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. A LOT LONGER THAN THEY'RE SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN WHEN THEY SNEAK INTO AMERICA AND BREAK OUR LAWS. I HONOR THEM. I RESPECT THEM. I REVERE THEM. THAT'S TOUCHED MY HEART FOR ALL THESE YEARS. HAVING SEEN THAT. AND I'VE NEVER HEARD A WORD OF COMPLAINT OUT OF EITHER THE MOTHER OR THE DAUGHTER OR THE DAD FOR THAT MATTER, MR. SPEAKER. AND SO I WANTED TO REMIND THE BODY OF THIS SEPARATION. IT'S NOT UNIQUE TO CRIMINAL ALIENS. IT'S JUST THAT SEEMS THAT OUR SYMPATHY IS A BIT MISPLACED WHEN WE SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT THE SEPARATION AND THANKFUL THAT THEY'RE WILLING TO ENDURE, IT THE SEPARATION THAT TAKES PLACE FROM OUR ARMY, OUR NAVY, OUR AIRMEN AND OUR MARINES AND ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE SERVING AND PROTECTING OUR GOD-GIVEN LIBERTY. AND WHAT THAT MEANS TO OUR COUNTRY. AND SO I THINK OF ANOTHER TIME THAT THERE WAS A SEVERE PERSONAL PROBLEM OF A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS SERVING OVER IN THE MIDDLE OF IRAQ, AT CAMP VICTORY. I WON'T DESCRIBE THAT PERSONAL PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER. BUT I WILL JUST SAY THAT IT BROKE MY HEART TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON ALSO IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE AND AS I WENT OVER TO VISIT HIM AND HIS UNIT AND PRESENT A FLAG TO THEM THAT HAD BEEN BLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL IN HIS HONOR AND HIS UNIT'S HONOR, I MENTIONED TO HIM HOW DIFFICULT IT MUST BE. HE LOOKED ME IN THE EYE WITH A STOIC, PATRIOTIC LOOK, AND HE SAID, IT'S MANAGEABLE, SIR. WELL, HE SERVED HIS DUTY AND SERVED HIS TIME AND HE SERVED OUR COUNTRY NOBLY AND HONORABLY. AND DEMONSTRATED THAT IT WAS MANAGEABLE. THIS DIFFICULTY ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS MANAGEABLE TOO. BUT WE HAVE HIGH PRINCIPLES THAT WE MUST RESTORE AND THE HIGHEST PRINCIPLE WE MUST RESTORE IS RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW. AND WHEN ROBBLEDRAGE -- RONALD REAGAN SIGNED THE AMNESTY ACT IN 1986, I WATCHED THIS DEBATE TAKE PLACE HERE IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE. I KNOW I DIDN'T HAVE C-SPAN THEN. I WATCHED IT -- I WATCHED THE TEXT OF IT AND READ THE STORIES ON IT AND I LISTENED TO THE NEWSPAPER STORIES AS THEY WENT ON. AND WHEN IT PASSED THE HOUSE AND PASSED THE SENATE AND THE AMNESTY ACT OF 1986, IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR A MILLION PEOPLE AND IT WAS SUPPOSED TO NEVER BE ANOTHER AMNESTY AGAIN, SO LONG AS THIS COUNTRY SHOULD LIVE. AND THEY WOULD ENFORCE THE LAW AND SECURE THE BORDER AT EVERY POINT SINCE THAT TIME. BUT I DIDN'T BELIEVE IT, OF COURSE. AND I WAS RIGHT NOT TO BELIEVE IT. BUT WHEN THE BILL GOT TO PRESIDENT REAGAN'S DESK, PRESIDENT REAGAN SIGNED THE BILL , WITH THE ADVICE OF MOST IF NOT ALL OF HIS CABINET. AND MOST IF NOT ALL OF THOSE WHO ADVISED HIM TO SIGN IT HAVE REGRETTED THAT ADVICE BECAUSE THEY SAW THAT IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE AND RONALD REAGAN REGRETTED THAT SIGNATURE ON THE 1986 AMNESTY ACT AS WELL. BUT WE ARE HERE DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS CREATED BY THAT AMNESTY ACT BECAUSE WE DIDN'T RESTORE THE RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW. THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN 1986 WOULD HAVE BEEN TO CONTINUE THE KIND OF ENFORCEMENT THAT DWIGHT EISENHOWER WAS UTILIZING DURING HIS TERMS OF OFFICE. HERE'S SOME OF THE DATA THAT I HAPPEN TO HAVE IN MY POCKET, MR. SPEAKER. DWIGHT EISENHOWER MOUNTED A BORDER ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM IN 1954. AND IN 19541,074,277 WERE VERIFIED, ILLEGAL ALIENS, WERE VERIFIED TO VOLUNTARILY RETURN TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY. 1,074,277 VOLUNTARY RETURNS IN 1954 ALONE. THAT MANY YEARS AGO, BEFORE THE PROBLEM WAS AS BIG AS IT IS TODAY. AND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS OF THE EISENHOWER ADMINISTRATION, THEY MANAGED TO DEPORT 250,000 EACH YEAR OR MORE AND THEY MANAGED TO DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WITH ONLY 800 BORDER PATROL AGENTS. 800 AGENTS. TODAY WE HAVE 21,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS. THEY HAD 800. I DIVIDED THAT OUT TO SEE WHAT'S THE RATIO. FOR EVERY BORDER PATROL AGENT THAT DWIGHT EISENHOWER HAD, WE'VE GOT 26.1 BORDER PATROL AGENTS NOW. WE'RE DEPORTING -- LET'S SEE, LAST YEAR, 2017, WE DEPORTED 226,000. SO THEY GOT 26 TIMES -- MORE THAN 26 TIMES BETTER PERFORMANCE, BETTER RESULTS BACK IN THE 1950'S WITH ONLY 800 BORDER PATROL AGENTS FOR 2,000 MILES ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER. WHERE NOW IT'S 21,000. 26 BORDER PATROL AGENTS FOR EVERY ONE THEY HAD THEN. AND WE DEPORT FEWER PEOPLE THAN THEY DID THEN. AND BY THE WAY, THAT 1,074,000 VOLUNTARY RETURNS, WE CAN SET UP POLICY THAT BRINGS ABOUT A LOT OF THAT AS WELL. BUT EVER SINCE DWIGHT EISENHOWER, EACH PRESIDENT THAT SUCCEEDED DWIGHT EISENHOWER DIMINISHED OUR ENFORCEMENT WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE, LESS AND LESS AND LESS. SO FROM DWIGHT EISENHOWER WE RATCHETED DOWNHILL. AND SO THERE WERE FEWER THAT WERE DEPORTED AND LESS BORDER SECURITY UNDER KENNEDY, UNDER JOHNSON, AND UNDER NIXON AND ON DOWN THE LINE. WHEN WE GOT TO BILL CLINTON, I WAS VERY CONCERNED THAT HE WAS NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS WERE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND WHEN I LOOK BACK ON WHAT HE HAD TO SAY AT THE TIME, HE WAS AT LEAST GIVING LIP SERVICE TO. IT UNLIKE HILLARY CLINTON WHO ESSENTIALLY CAME OUT AND SAID, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE PEOPLE CITIZENSHIP, REWARD THEM WITH CITIZENSHIP FOR BREAKING OUR LAWS. I RECALL A TIME HERE IN ABOUT 2004 OR 2005, WHEN THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE WAS RAMPING UP AGAIN. THEY HAD BUSED IN THOUSANDS OF -- MANY OF THEM ILLEGAL ALIENS, I PRESUME. OUT HERE IN THE WEST -- IN THE WEST LAWN. AND A LOT OF THEM HAD ON MATCHING WHITE T-SHIRTS. I REMEMBER WHAT THEY SAID. SENATOR TEDDY KENNEDY WAS ACTIVE THEN. HE WENT OUT TO SPEAK TO THEM, FROM A SOUND SYSTEM AND A PODIUM. AND HE WAS SPEAKING THROUGH AN INTERPRETER, A SPANISH LANGUAGE INTERPRETER. BUT I RECALL THE LANGUAGE THAT HE USED AND HOW HE SAID IT. BECAUSE IT CAUGHT ME AS THE CLARION CALL AND IT WAS THIS. HE SAID TO THOSE THOUSANDS, AND I BELIEVE ACTUALLY TENS OF THOUSANDS, HE SAID, SOME SAY REPORT TO BE DEPORTED. I SAY REPORT TO BECOME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. 13 OR 14 YEARS AGO THAT MESSAGE WAS UTTERED OUT HERE ON THE WEST LAWN, MR. SPEAKER. AND THAT MESSAGE WAS CALLING PEOPLE INTO AMERICA AND PROMISING THEM CITIZENSHIP AND THIS GRINDS ON. THE SAME OLD STORY. HE RODE THE RULE OF LAW, SACRIFICED THE RULE OF LAW, DISCOUNT AND DIMINISH AND DILUTE CITIZENSHIP, AND TAKE AWAY A MEASURE OF THE INFLUENCE OF CITIZENS AND HAND IT OVER TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR CONTEMPT FOR OUR LAWS. . IT WAS JANUARY 6, 2004 AND THERE WAS AN AMNESTY SPEECH AND PLAYED OFF OF THE SPEECH. AND THEY DECIDED THAT THEY NEEDED TO, I'LL SAY ADVERTISE TO HISPANICS IN SOUTH TEXAS BECAUSE THEY LOST MOST OF THOSE COUNTIES AND I REMEMBER THAT DISCUSSION WITH KARL ROVE. THE AMERICA CAP PEOPLE KNOW WHAT AMNESTY IS. IF THEY PAY A FINE, IT'S NOT AMNESTY IF THEY LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH OR IF THEY GO TO SCHOOL. WHAT'S THAT GOT TO DO WITH IT? AMNESTY. TO GRANT AMNESTY, A CLASS OF PEOPLE, PARDON THEM. AND IF THEY SAY, IT'S NOT A PARDON IF THEY PAY A FINE. IT'S NOT A PARDON IF APPLIES. YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE LAW. RONALD REAGAN SAID I'M GOING TO SIGN THE AMNESTY ACT. BUT YOU CAN'T REDEFINE IT AND AMNESTY IS A PARDON FOR IMMIGRATION LAW BREAKERS AND THE THERE IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE CRIME. AND YOU SAY IT'S NOT AMNESTY, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A DOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO DESCRIBE IT, BUT JUST TO SAY IF SOMEONE ROBS A BANK AND STEPS OUT ON THE SIDEWALK AND YOU STOP THEM AND SOMEONE ELSE ROBS A BANK, WE CAN'T ENFORCE THE LAW NO, MA'AM AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO ENFORCE THE LAW AND BY THE WAY, ALL OF YOU GET TO KEEP THE LOOT, THIS IS WHAT THE AMNESTY IS AND PEOPLE KNOW IT. AND THEY ARE SWEEPING TOWARDS THE ZI AND IF WE AREN'T GOING TO FINISH THAT DEBATE THEN I WILL TELL YOU THE CLOUDS WILL BE HANGING OFFER THIS WEEK AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE OUTRAGED. THEY ARE BEING TOLD THESE BILLS AREN'T AMNESTY. I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR AMNESTY BUT HOLD PEOPLE TO A REAL VOTE OF AMNESTY AND BY THE WAY, WE OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT PEOPLE ANGEL MOMS AND DADS. ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN TURNED LOOSE. AND HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER AND HAPPENS MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY. AND IT ITS DOTTED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN KILLED, MANY OF WHOM WHO HAVE BEEN ENCOUNTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND GENTLEMAN MEAL SHAW, WHOM I GOT TO KNOW AS A WITNESS AT A HEARING I CALLED YEARS AGO. HIS SON, HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STAR, A STELLAR ATHLETE AND A GREAT FUTURE, WAS KILLED DOWN A COUPLE OF OLYMPICS. HUSBAND SON. JAZZ SHAW. KILLED BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AND PART OF HIS GANG MISSION WAS HE HAD TO KILL A PLAQUE GUY. HE WAS MURDERED BECAUSE A GANG AND MURDERED BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AND HE HAS THE COURAGE TO STEP UP EVERY DAY THAT NEED BE AND TELL US HOW PAINFUL IT IS AND WHAT AN OBSCENE MISTAKE IT IS TO AAWARD LAW BREAKERS. AND HE KNOWS THAT. AND HE SAID OVER FAT THEY'VE DAY, IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT FATHER'S DAY, THAT SHAKES ME WHEN I EED THAT IN TEXT. MARION MENDOZA, HER SON KILLED BY AN I WILL ELL ALIEN, HER SON, ONLY CHILD, DOMENIC, KILLED BY AN ILLEGAL. AND BODY BURNED AND BY AN I WILL YELL ALIEN AND WHO CAN FORGET KATE STEINLE WHOSE FATHER TESTIFIED WHEN SHE WAS KILLED. AND MY CONSTITUENTS, MY FRIEND TO THIS DAY, MICHELLE AND SCOTT ROOT WHO LOST THEIR DAUGHTER, SARAH ROOT, A.0 CRIMINAL STUDENT, WHO GRADUATED THE DAY BEFORE WHEN SHE IS RUN DOWN ON THE ROAD BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN AND FIRST NAME BASIS AND WHO WAS BAILED OUT OF JAIL FOR $5,000, $5,000 AND AND SCONDED BACK TO HIS HOME COUNTRY HONDURAS. AND THEY SAID HE WAS BAILED OUT OF JAIL BEFORE THEY COULD BURY THEIR DAUGHTER AND LESS MONEY. AND WHAT DO THEY HAVE LEFT? THEY HAVE MEMORIES AND BROKEN HEARTS? WHAT ABOUT THE FOUR CHILDREN KILLED IN MINNESOTA WHEN THE SCHOOL BUS WAS RUN OFF THE ROAD WHO WAS TWICE DEPORTED AND AND THESE FOUR KIDS WERE KILLED, TWO SIBLINGS AND A CHILD FROM EACH OF TWO OTHER FAMILIES AND SOME SAID, ACCIDENTS HAPPENS. ACKNOWLEDGE I SAID, IF WE ENFORCE OUR LAWS, THEY ARE NOT THERE TO KILL OUR YOUTH AND IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH ME, TRY GOING UP TO THOSE PARENTS AND CONVINCE THEM THAT THEIR CHILDREN WOULD STILL BE DEAD IF WE DEPORTED THAT INDIVIDUAL WHEN SHE WAS FIRST ENCOUNTERED BY THE LAW. WE SHOULD KNOW THE REAL TRUTH HERE, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THINK THAT ALSO, A PIECE OF THE REAL TRUTH, WHO ARE THE DACA RECIPIENTS? AND BARACK OBAMA GAVE US SOME DATA THAT WE SHOULD -- DIDN'T GIVE US THE DATA BUT THE STANDARD ON WHAT IT TOOK TO BE A DACA RECIPIENT. HAD TO COME IN BY A CERTAIN DATE OR AT A CERTAIN AGE AND CLOSED THAT OFF AT THE OTHER END AND NEEDED TO BE GOING TO SCHOOL. SO THIS CHART TELLS US A LITTLE SOMETHING. HOW MANY OF THEM, NO DIPLOMA AND MIGHT BE DOPEOUTS. 29%. 817,000 OF THEM WERE WORKING MR. SPEAKER AND HERE ARE THOSE THAT HAVE NO RECORD AT ALL AND DIDN'T FILL IN THEIR RENEWAL FORM OF WHETHER THEY HAVE GONE TO SCHOOL. 68 POIRN 9% OF THEM. THAT NUMBER IS 564,000 DISQUALIFIED THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GOING TO SCHOOL AND AND CAN'T -- EVEN WITH HELP FILLING OUT THE FORM, THAT INFORMATION IS NOT. BUT THEY GOT THE DACA PERMIT. THAT 68.9%. AND 29.1% OVER HERE THAT MAY BE DROPOUTS BUT WE CAN'T BE SURE. AND WE HAVE HAD SELF-ROFERTED CRIMINALS, OVER ,000 IN THE FIRST TRAUMP. 66% OF THE SELF-REPORTED KLS RECEIVED DACA PERMITS. AND A NUMBER OF THEM COMMITTED A LOT OF CRIMES BECAUSE WHEN THEY APPLIED FOR RENEWALS THERE WAS A NUMBER OF 33,000 THAT WERE SELF-REPORTED CRIMINALS AND 94% OF THE SELF-REPORTED CRIMINALS GOT DACA RENEWALS. 94%. THE CRIMINALS ADMITTED THEY WERE CRIMINALS BUT THEY WERE BEING HONEST BECAUSE OF 2/3 OF THOSE IN THE FIRST TRAUMP THAT CRIMINALS THAT WERE GRANTED AND 94% COMING TO 31,854 THAT RECEIVED THEIR RENEWALS EVEN THOUGH THEY COMMITTED CRIMES WHILE THEY WERE DACA RECIPIENTS. 8,86 DACA RECIPIENTS WHO UNDER THE RULES, OBAMA RULES WOULD BE DISQUALIFIED BECAUSE OF THEIR DATE OF ENTRY. THEY ENTERED IN TOO LATE OR TOO EARLY. THESE ARE NUMBERS. I STARTED SKGS FOR THEM AND TIMELY RECEIVED THESE NUMBERS. 21,100 DACA RECIPIENTS HAVE NO DATA. 775 OF THEM WENT BACK TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY AND THAT SHOULD DISQUALIFY THEM. THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND WPT AWARE OF WHAT THEY DID. AND THEY SNUCK BACK IN AND VIOLATED THE LAW. WHEN I ADD THIS UP AND I HAVE TO DISCOUNT THERE MUST BE DUPLICATES. BUT IF WE PRESENT SUME THAT EACH TIME ONE OF THESE CATEGORIES WOULD KICK THEM OUT WAS AN INDIVIDUAL BUT THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN PEOPLE WHO WERE CRIMINALS OR NO EDUCATION. WHEN I ADDED UP THE RULES REGULATIONS OUT OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE APPROVED, THERE WERE 789,000 APPLICATION FORMS THAT WERE DEFICIENT THE AND SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT A DISQUALIFICATION. I DID A MONTH. ONLY 2,947 WOULD QUALIFY EVEN AS THEY ATTESTED TO THEIR ELIGIBILITY. THESE RECORD ARE JUNK. AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUT THEM UNTIL FOLLOWEDERS ON PAPER, SEVEN PAGES OF APPLICATIONS FOR EACH APPLICANT AND THERE ARE AROUND 2 MILLION APPLICATIONS BETWEEN THE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS AND THAT IS 14 MILLION PIECES OF PAPER TO ENTER THAT DATA IN NOVEMBER OF 2015. WE HAVE A SHORT LITTLE WINDOW OF THIS DACA RECIPIENTS. HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS. HOW GOOD IS THE EDUCATION? WE ARE DEEG WITH 18,000. LET'S SEE. THOSE WHO GOT A G.E.D. TWO TEPTS OF 1%. AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, THERE IS 1/2% AND SOME COLLEGES CLISS. 33 OF THOSE AND LET'S SEE, ONE OR MORE YEARS OF COLLEGE, 620 OF THOSE. SO THOSE WHO STARTED COLLEGE, 33,000 AND CHANGE, THOSE THAT ENTERED THE SECOND YEAR, BUT THOSE THAT CAME WITH AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE, 225. THOSE ARE RAW NUMBERS. AND COLLEGE EDUCATED, 246 OUT OF 817,000 HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE AND 14 MANAGED TO ACHIEVE A MASTERS AND PROFESSIONAL DEGREES, TWO. DOCTORATE IS, ONE. SO I HAVE HEARD THIS STORY AND I GET THAT IT COULD BE THAT ONE WHO RECEIVED IT. I'M CONFUSED BY MR. FLORES WHO HAS ALL OF THESE HIGHLY EDUCATED DREAMERS, THEY DON'T SHOW UP UNLESS MAYBE IT IS IN THEIR DISTRICT AND THESE TWO PROFESSIONALS, I PRESUME THEY COULD BE LAWYERS. I MET ONE OF THOSE. HE IS A DOCTOR-LAWYER AND I SAID, WE NEED A LAWLESS LAWYER. THEY DON'T PAINT THE PICTURE THAT I'M HEARING AMONG DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ON WHAT A DACA RECIPIENT IS. IT'S TRUE THAT MANY OF THEM ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS COME IN AT A FAIRLY YOUNG AGE. AND BUT THERE ARE 135,000 OF 817,000 THAT WERE BROUGHT IN AND AVERAGE AGE IS 37 YEARS OLD. AND IT IS OUR JOB TO KEEP OUR OATH OF OFFICE TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND THAT MEANS DEFEND THE RULE OF LAW. IF WE ALLOW IT TO BE SACRIFICED BECAUSE OUR HEARTS OR POLITICS OVERRULE OUR HEADS, THIS COUNTRY WILL RULE THE DAY AND WE, NONE OF US CAN VOTE ON THIS ISSUE, HERE WILL LIVE TO SEE THE DAY THAT THE RULE OF LAW IS RESTORED AGAIN. I YIELD MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR…

                              UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL, FOR 14 1/2 MINUTES.

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                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, AS I BEGIN, I AND MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, AS I BEGIN, I AND MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN OUTRAGED BY THE PRESIDENT'S ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. SO IT'S SO THERAPEUTIC FOR ME TO STAND HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY AND TALK ABOUT A PROGRAM THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER RATHER THAN DIVIDES US. TODAY I RISE TO CELEBRATE THE SUCCESSES OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. THE LWCF IS A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CONSERVATION PROGRAM AND IT ENJOYS GREAT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT WAS CREATED IN 1964, IT WAS A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARD OUR NATURAL AREAS, TO SAFEGUARD OUR WATER RESOURCES, AND TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE. WE ALSO WANTED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS. IT WAS A SIMPLE IDEA. IT'S USE THE RESOURCES FROM THE DEPLETION OF ONE RESOURCE, WHICH WAS OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS, TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF ANOTHER PRECIOUS RESOURCE, OUR LAND AND WATER. OVER ITS 50-YEAR HISTORY, WITH NO COST TO CONTAMINATE PAYERS, IT'S PROVIDED CRITICAL ACCESS -- ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS FOR HUNTING AND FISHING AND BIKING AND HIKING AND CLIMBING AND PADDLING AND MANY OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THAT AMERICANS ENJOY. IT HAS PROTECTED CRITICAL WATER SHEDS, ECOSYSTEMS THAT PROVIDE FOR CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER AND HAS PROTECTED THE HABITAT FOR OUR WILDLIFE. FINALLY, IT HAS PROVIDED PROTECTION AND ACCESS FOR CULTURAL AND HISTORIC SITES ACROSS OUR NATION. 50% OF IT GOES TO LOCAL AND STATE GRANTS, WHICH HELP TO BUILD AND PRESERVE LOCAL AND STATE PARKS, TRACE, WILDLIFE AREAS. 50% IN MY STATE, WE HAVE USED THAT FOR HABITAT CONSERVATION PROGRAMS, THE FOREST LEGACY PROGRAM. THE OTHER 50% GOES TO SUPPORT ACCESS AND CONSERVATION IN AND AROUND OUR U.S. PUBLIC LANDS. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY DISTRICT OR NEAR MY DISTRICT, REALLY NEAR MY DISTRICT, WE HAVE PLACES LIKE THE CHANNEL IDENTIFIES -- ISLAND NARC PARK, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, AND THEY'VE ALL BENEFITED FROM THE LAND AND WATER. BUT I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT WHERE WE ARE IS THAT WE HAVE A BILL NOW, WE FINALLY MUST DEAL WITH THE RE-AUTHORIZATION AND WE HAVE A BILL, H.R. 502 THAT I WOULD LIKE TO LAY OUT, THAT RE-AUTHORIZES THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND AND IT HAS THE SUPPORT OF 35 REPUBLICANS AND 194 DEMOCRATS. MR. SPEAKER, IT MUST BE RE-AUTHORIZED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30. I ASK THAT YOU BRING IT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE IT WILL HAVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO BE JOINED ON THE FLOOR BY MY FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, REPRESENTATIVE KILMER.

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                            • 09:34:43 PM

                              MR. KILMER

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

                              THANK YOU AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO RISE TODAY JUST TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN URGING THE HOUSE TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND BEFORE IT EXPIRES THIS SEPTEMBER. I THINK FORMER SENATOR SCOOP JACKSON SAID IT BEST WHEN HE INTRODUCED THE LEGISLATION TO CREATE THIS FUND. NEARLY A HALF CENTURY AGO. HE SAID, AMERICANS GO TO THE OPEN AREAS. AND THE LWCF IS WHAT HELPS ENSURE WE HAVE OPEN AREAS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, WHERE THE NEXT GENERATION CAN GATHER. PEOPLE IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS HAVE 600 MORE OPEN AREAS TO GO TO IN WASHINGTON STATE, THANKS TO THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND'S $600 MILLION OF INVESTMENT IN OUR REGION. THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND HAS HELPED BUILD PARKS IN PLACES LIKE TACOMA AND HAS HELPED TO PROTECT FOREST LAND AND -- WITHOUT A COST TO TAXPAYERS. FOLKS COME TO OUR REGION TO VISIT UNIQUE PLACES SUPPORTED BY THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND AND THEY STICK AROUND TO SPEND SOME MONEY AT OUR LOCAL SHOPS AND OUR RESTAURANTS. SO BY INVESTING IN THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, CONGRESS SUPPORTS JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS IS GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY. CONGRESS GETS A LOT OF -- A LOT FOR THEIR MONEY WHEN THEY INVEST IN THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. THIS MONEY HELPS COMMUNITIES ATTRACT PRIVATE DOLLARS FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH BIG GOALS. IT'S THE GLUE THAT HOLDS THESE BIG PROJECTS TOGETHER. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT JUST A COUPLE OF PROJECTS THAT HAVE HAD A BIG IMPACT IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS. SO, THE SOUTH PEW JET SOUND COASTAL FOREST LEGACY PROJECT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LANDS AND GREEN DIAMOND RESOURCE COMPANY. THAT WILL HELP PROTECT NEARLY 10,000 ACRES OF WORKING FOREST LANDS ALONG THE HOOD CANAL. KEEPING THIS LAND OFF LIMITS TO DEVELOPMENT WILL HELP MAINTAIN WORKING FORESTS, JOBS -- FOREST JOBS AND RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO COUNTY TRACE. IT WILL ALSO PROTECT ROUGHLY 1,400 ACRES OF SHELL FISH BEDS THAT SERVE COMPANIES AND 2,000 RECREATIONAL AND TRIBAL HARVESTERS. THE SALT CREEK RECREATION AREA IS ANOTHER GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT LOCAL COMMUNITIES CAN ACHIEVE THANKS TO SUPPORT FROM THE LWCF. I GREW UP JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM SALT CREEK SO I CAN TELL YOU FIRSTHAND WHAT A DIFFERENCE THIS PARK HAS MADE FOR THE REGION. I JUST IN FACT TOOK MY KIDS THERE FOR AN AMAZING DAY LAST SUMMER. FROM THE TIDE POOLS AND SANDY BEACHES TO THE PANORAMIC VIEWS, IT'S NO WONDERER THIS PARK HAS BECOME A KEY DRIVER OF OUR GROWING RECREATIONAL ECONOMY. THAT PROJECT WOULDN'T HAVE BECOME A REALITY WITHOUT THE RELATIVELY SMALL JUST 2 $250,000 BUT VITAL INVESTMENT FROM THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. THE LWCF ISN'T JUST ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES IT SUPPORTS OPPORTUNITIES IN URBAN AREAS AS WELL. LESS THAN A DECADE AGO A PARK WAS AN EMPTY FIELD WITH A DILAPIDATED PLAYGROUND BUT THANKS TO SUPPORT FROM THE LWCF, IT PARK HOSTS A MODERN AQUATICS FACILITY AND SPORTS FIELD THAT PROVIDES A SAFE, FUN AND SCREEN-FREE PLACE FOR KIDS TO SPEND THEIR TIME. IN MY WASHINGTON, WHAT I CONSIDER THE BETTER WASHINGTON, WE'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THAT THE LWCF GROWS JOBS, SUPPORTS RULE ECONOMIES AND CONNECTS OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES TO THE OUTDOORS. THAT'S WHAT'S ON THE LINE. AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE STARVING FOR BIPARTISANSHIP IN THIS PLACE, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN H.R. 502. 229 MEMBERS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, HAVE CO-SPONSORED THIS. WE HAVE 100 DAYS TO GET IT DONE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK AND HOPE THAT WE GET THIS DONE.

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                            • 09:38:11 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              THANK YOU. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA,…

                              THANK YOU. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, REPRESENTATIVE CART RIOT.

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                            • 09:38:18 PM

                              MR. CARTWRIGHT

                              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND WHEN I THINK OF CALIFORNIA AND I…

                              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND WHEN I THINK OF CALIFORNIA AND I THINK OF CONSERVATION, I THINK OF JOHN MUIR. REALLY THE FATHER OF THE NATIONAL FORESTS AND THE FOUNDER OF THE SIERRA CLUB AND YOU HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF IN CALIFORNIA, IN JOHN MUIR. HIS FINAL RESTING PLACE IS THERE. I THINK OF HIM BUT WHEN I THINK OF CONSERVATION, I ALSO THINK OF A WONDERFUL PENNSYLVANIAN CONSERVATIONIST BY THE NAME OF GIFFORD PINSHOW. GIFFORD PINSHOW WAS A NOTED REPUBLICAN AND PROGRESSIVE, A CONSERVATIONIST TO MAKE PENNSYLVANIA PROUD. HE WAS THE GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA TWICE. HE WAS THE FIRST CHIEF OF THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE. BUT ABOVE ALL HE WAS A PIONEER IN THE AMERICAN CONSERVATION MOVEMENT. SO IT MAKES ME PROUD TO BE FROM NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS GIFFORD PIN HAD -- PINSHOW LIVED. MR. SPEAKER, THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND'S AUTHORIZATION EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 30. THIS VITAL PROGRAM, WHICH WAS -- WHICH HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL SUPPORT, SHOULD BE MADE PERMANENT AND SHOULD BE FULLY FUNDED. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 502, WHICH PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZES THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND . IT HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM 229 CO-SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE, OVER 30 REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBERS RECENTLY WROTE TO LEADERSHIP EXPRESSING THEIR SUPPORT FOR RE-AUTHORIZING THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND THIS YEAR. LWCF PLAYS AN INSTRUMENTAL ROLE IN PRESERVING AND PROTECTING OUR PRECIOUS DRINKING WATER, SAFEGUARDING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, AND PROVIDING PRISTINE OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL SPACES TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, ALL WHILE CREATING JOBS AND SUPPORTING LOCAL ECONOMIES. STAKEHOLDERS WORK TOGETHER TO LEVERAGE LWCF FUNDING WITH OTHER STATE, LOCAL AND PRIVATE FUNDS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF EVERY LWCF DOLLAR SPENT. WITHOUT THESE FEDERAL FUNDS SPARKING THE INVESTMENT, WE WOULD NEVER AMASS THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO PROTECT CRITICAL TRACKS OF LAND. LWCF FUNDS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS THE CRITICAL PIECE OF A PUZZLE THAT ALLOWS PRECIOUS LAND TO BE FOREVER PROTECTED AND PRESERVED. IT'S THE FUNDS FROM OFFSHORE GAS AND OIL REVENUE THAT PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR LWCF. NOT TAXPAYER DOLLARS. WE ALL BENEFIT GREATLY FROM THE LWCF AND THE LANDS IT PROTECTS, THE OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY GENERATES $1 TRILLION PER YEAR AND SUPPORTS 7.6 MILLION AMERICAN JOBS. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, OUTDOOR RECREATION ACCOUNTS FOR WELL OVER $1 BILLION A YEAR. A SECTOR THAT ALSO ANNUALLY GENERATES $65.3 BILLION IN FEDERAL TAX REVENUE AND $59.2 BILLION IN STATE AND LOCAL TAX REVENUE. OUR FEDERAL INVESTMENT NEEDS TO HISTORIC CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL LANDMARKS AND WILDLIFE HABITATS GENERATES A SUBSTANTIAL RETURN TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. AS WE SPEAK, LWCF IS MAKING A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE IN MY OWN DISTRICT. WE'VE WORKED FOR YEARS TO FIND THE FUNDS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE AND PRESERVE A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF LAND IN CHERRY VALLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. LWCF HELPED LEVERAGE FRUNDING IF -- FUNDING FROM STATE, LOCAL AND PRIVATE SOURCES. BUT WITHOUT LWCF, THIS LAND WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST FOREVER. I WORKED VERY HARD IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THE LWCF HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO ACQUIRE THE FULL 2 9/11 -- 2,931 ACHERS IN CHERRY VALLEY. BUT WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORK THIS HARD FOR EVERY LWCF DOLLAR. WE SHOULD BE DEDICATING MORE MONEY AND PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZING THE LWCF TO COMPLETE MORE PROJECTS LIKE CHERRY VALLEY. FROM HISTORIC BATTLEFIELDS LIKE GETTYSBURG TO THE VERY HOME OF GIFFORD PINSHOW, GRAY TOWERS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IN MILFORD, PENNSYLVANIA, LWCF IS PROVIDING CRITICAL FUNDING TO PROTECT OUR MOST IMPORTANT LANDS. IT HAS WIDE RANGING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND IT IS PAST TIME THAT WE PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZE LWCF AND GIVE IT THE ROBUST FUNDING THAT IT SO RICHLY DESERVES. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 09:43:10 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED ON THE FLOOR BY MY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOW I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED ON THE FLOOR BY MY FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF -- FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, REPRESENTATIVE MCEACHIN. I YIELD HIM THREE MINUTES.

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                            • 09:43:22 PM

                              MR. MCEACHIN

                              I THANK YOU, MR. LOWENTHAL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE…

                              I THANK YOU, MR. LOWENTHAL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR NATION'S PREMIER OUTDOOR RECREATION AND CONSERVATION PROGRAM, THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. OVER THE PAST FIVE DECADES, LWCF HAS HELPED PROTECT OUR NATION'S MOST TREASURED PLACES, INCLUDING MANY IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. LIKE THE GREAT NATIONAL WILD REFUGE IN THE RICHMOND NATIONAL BATTLEFIELDS. AS WE KNOW, AUTHORIZATION OF LWCF IS SET TO EXPIRE IN 100 SHORT DAYS. THAT IS WHY THE TIMING OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR IS SO CRITICAL. IF CONGRESS DOES NOT RE-AUTHORIZE LWCF, WE WILL LOSE ONE OF OUR MOST POWERFUL TOOLS FOR PROTECTING OUR NATION'S NATURAL, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL LANDMARKS. IF THAT HAPPENS, EVERY STATE AND DISTRICT IN OUR COUNTRY WILL FEEL THE DAMAGING CONSEQUENCES. THAT OUTCOME IS UNACCEPTABLE. WHICH IS WHY I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 502, WHICH IS RANKING MEMBER GRIJALVA'S LEGISLATION TO PERMANENTLY RE-AUTHORIZE LWCF. I ALSO SUPPORT ROBUST FUNDING FOR LWCF IN THE APPROPRIATION BILLS. FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, PRESERVING OUR LANDS AND WATERS IS PERSONAL. VIRGINIA'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS HOME TO MANY BEAUTIFUL PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER SITES THAT STILL NEED TO BE PROTECTED. EARLIER THIS MONTH I TRAVELED THE BEAUTIFUL JANESVILLE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WITH LOCAL NONPROFITS TO HIGHLIGHT THE NEED TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE LWCF. MY TOUR REMINDED ME THAT THERE'S NO PLACE QUITE LIKE THE JAINS. BUT MY STORY IS FAR FROM UNIQUE. THIS HAS HELPED PROTECT PRECIOUS ECOSYSTEMS AND WILDLIFE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES NEED TO SURVIVE. BECAUSE WHILE PRESERVING THESE LANDS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, IT MAKES -- IT ALSO MAKES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE. IN FACT, OUTDOOR RECREATION GENERATES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH'S ECONOMY, THE SAME DYNAMIC APPLIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY I INTEND TO KEEP UP THE FIGHT TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE LWCF. IT HELPS COMMUNITIES PROTECT THE PLACES THEY LOVE AND WE OWE IT TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN TO KEEP THIS TOOL IN PLACE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 09:45:40 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              I YIELD TO THE REPRESENTATIVE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN…

                              I YIELD TO THE REPRESENTATIVE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, CONGRESSMAN TONKO. THIS IS 100 DAYS OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FURNED. THE WL CRMPFMP HAS ASSISTED NOSHT. IT'S 50 YEARS TO PROTECT NEW YORK'S SPECIAL PLACES AND ENSURE FOR HUNTING AND FISHING. BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN BILLS TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE WL CRMP F. I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR AND I URGE THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO BRING IT UP TO A VOTE. AND

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                            • 09:46:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.…

                              THE THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. TONCHINGTONCHING I YIELD BACK --.

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                            • 09:46:40 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              UNDER THE SPEAKER'S A NOUNSED POLICY, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                              UNDER THE SPEAKER'S A NOUNSED POLICY, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, UNTIL 10:00.

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                            • 09:47:07 PM

                              MR. GOHMERT

                              IT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING WEEK. WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE…

                              IT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING WEEK. WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE TAKING UP A COUPLE OF IMMIGRATION BILLS. AND BEFORE WE COULD GET THAT STARTED WE WERE MET WITH A FIRESTORM, OUTRAMING ABOUT CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED -- CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS. ANYBODY WHO IS A PARENT DOESN'T WANT TO HAPPEN. EVEN THOUGH AS A FELONY JUDGE IN TEXAS, I WATCHED IT HAPPEN. IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY. IT IS HEARTBREAKING. BUT IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, WHEN ANY PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES COMMITS A CRIME AND IS TAKEN TO JAIL. I WATCHED IT HAPPEN OVER AP OVER IN OUR COURTROOM. YOUR HEART BREAKS. YOU CAN'T LET THE CHILD GO WITH THE PARENT TO CHILD. SOMETIMES A CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT AND ATTORNEY GENERAL TRYING TO FOLLOW THEIR OATH AND ENFORCE THE LAW. BUT IT IS HEARTBREAKING WHEN YOU SEE THESE PICTURES LIKE THE FIRST ONE HERE. WHEN I SAW THAT, MY HEART IS BROKE. THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BOY IN A BLUE SHIRT. AND THIS IS A SEPARATE PICTURE. BUT JUST SEEING THIS, LOOKS LIKE HE IS IN A CAGE. AND YOU KNOW, YOU FEEL BAD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS ARE IN OFFICE, HE IS A CHILD OF ONE OF THE PROTESTORS THAT IS PROTESTING. HE ISN'T. THIS IS TRUMPED UP, SO TO SPEAK BY THE MEDIA AND BY THE DEPOOPS THAT ARE TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN SINCE THE STORIES ABOUT RUSSIA COL LIKE TURN OUT TO DO MORE WITH THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN. THIS IS ANOTHER SOURCE OF ATTACK. IT IS HEART REPPEDING. HE IS NOT IN A CAGE AND NOT THAT HE WAS RESTRAINING AND SKIPPING AROUND OVER HERE BUT WITH THE PROTESTORS. WE FOUND OUT THAT ACTUALLY WAS WHILE PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS IN OFFICE AND CONDITIONS IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY AND WE ARE GOING TO MOVE QUICKLY HERE. AND GO ONE AFTER ANOTHER. THIS ONE IS ANOTHER TRAGIC PICTURE AND STAY UP. WE ARE GOING TO GO QUICKLY. TRAGIC. LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE CAGED ANIMALS. THEY WHAT DURING THE PRESIDENT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. YOU SIGH THIS TRAGIC SIGN, JUVENILE HOLDING CELL, TREATING THESE LITTLE WAY AND STRICTLY FOR JUVENILES BEING HELD AWAY AND WE FOUND THAT WAS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, TOO. ALL OF THESE PICTURES WERE TOUTED AS BEING PART OF THE TRUMP'S WAR ON CHILDREN. A FEMALE HOLDING CELL. THAT IS PROOF POSITIVE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ISOLATING THESE FEMALE JUVENILES AND WE FIND OUT NO, THAT IS PART OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS SEPARATING CHISH FROM THEIR PARENTS EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE NEWSPAPERS IN TEXAS TO TELL ME. I HAVE SEEN WHAT THEY DID. I HAVE BEEN THERE ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. ALL THESE ARE PRECIOUS CHILDREN AND IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO THINK THAT ANY PARENT COULD SEND THESE CHILDREN, 90% OF THEM UN ACCOMPANIED THROUGH THE DESERT AND PUT THEM IN THE GANGS AND THEY KNOW THEM AS COYOTES. AND YET, THAT WAS ALL GOING ON, ALL OF THIS TRAGIC STUFF WAS HAPPENING WITHOUT ONE SUDDEN YEP WORD FROM THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS CAUSING. A COUPLE OF QUICK PICTURES HERE. AGAIN, THESE WERE PORTRAYED INITIALLY AS BEING PROOF OF THE HORRORS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. TURNS OUT THEY WERE UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. ALL OF THESE LITTLE SILVER LUMPS, MOST OF THEM ARE PEOPLE UNDER THERE. TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT IT'S WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS DOING, HIS ADMINISTRATION WAS DOING. NOT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. SO ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT WERE THROWING DIRT BALLS AT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHERE THEY ACTUALLY STRUCK WAS ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. SO IT ALWAYS HELPS IF YOU DON'T JUST FLY OFF LIKE -- AND IT IS NOT MAINSTREAM MEDIA BUT THE ATLANTA-LEFT MEDIA BUT COVERING FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TRYING TO MAKE THE OBAMA -- TRUM MUCH ADMINISTRATION TO LOOK HORPPEDOUS AND THEY HAVE BEEN FAR MORE CARING THAN THE FACILITIES THAT I SAW DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THEY HAVE A LOT BETTER FACILITIES. THE ONES I'M FAMILIAR IS IN SOUTHWEST TEXAS. AND SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN OFFICE, THEY ARE DOING A LOT BETTER JOB FOR CAGE FOR PEOPLE. AND I HEARD SOMEBODY THIS MORNING SAY, WOW, THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE GETTING OUTRAGED ABOUT CHILDREN BEING RIPPED FROM THEIR MOTHER'S ARMS AND I BELIEVE MR. KING HAD MENTIONED THAT NOTHING DOES THAT LIKE ABORTION. AND SOMEBODY REMINDED ME THIS MORNING THAT WHEN CHILDREN WERE BEING RIPPED FROM THEIR MOTHER, PROCESS CALLED ABORTION, IT APPEARS THAT THE DEMOCRATS FELT LIKE IT WAS OK, AT LEAST THEY DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT, NOT THAT I HEARD, WHEN THOSE LITTLE CHIRP'S BODY PARTS WERE BEING SOLD OFF AFTER BEING RIPPED FROM THEIR MOM IN AN ABORTION. POLITICS MAKES FOR STRANGE SITUATIONS TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT OUTRAGED BY PRECIOUS LITTLE CHIRLED THAT ARE BEING KILLED AND THE PARTS BEING SOLD OFF, NOT BOLT THERD BY THAT. WHEN 0% OF THE CHILDREN ARE SAID TO BE COMING UNAEXPPED AND MANY OF THOSE -- WELL WE HAVE 12,000 THAT ARE BEING HELD RIGHT NOW AND SOME OF THOSE TENDERLY HELD AND SOME OF THEM NOT SO TENDERLY. AND SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE SUBJECT TO BEING RECRUITED INTO GANGS IT IS NOT THE PRECIOUS CHILD THAT IS BEING PORTRAYED BY THE A LMPTMP-LEFT MEDIA. I KNOW IN WASHINGTON, IT IS COMMON SENSE. IN TEXAS, IT'S COMMON SENSE. WE HAVE BEEN TASKING UP THESE BILLS ON BORDER ISSUES AND I THOUGHT IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT OUR LEADERSHIP WOULD NOT AHOW US TO HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THE DEMRAT BILL. HAVE SO MANY GOOD THINGS IN IT. AMNESTY FOR DACA. SO MANY GOOD THINGS. I REALLY THINK IF OUR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAVE WANTED TO PASS, IT COULD HAVE PASSED THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT SPATED AND GO FROM 193 TO GET VOTES TO PASS IT. BUT OUR OWN LEADERSHIP DIDN'T WANT IT TO PASS. MANY OF THEM WERE OUT THERE, NO, NO THE COMPROMISED BILL AND IT SIMPLY WASN'T TRUE. THEY WERE MISREADING THEIR CONFERENCE. AND RIGHT AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS AND WELL SOME OF US WERE SAYING THE SAME THINGS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SAYING BEFORE THE LICKSAP WE NEED THEM TO BE HEARD BUT NOT BEING HEARD. BUT A GOOD COMPARISON WAS DONE ON THE ISSUE OF AMNESTY UNDER THE DEMRAT BILL. 90,000 DACA RECIPIENTS CAN APPLY FOR STATUS AND MAY BE RENEWED AP MAKES INELIGIBLE FOR A FELONY. AND CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR FELONY. BUT THERE IS AMNESTY AT THE END OF THE BILL, THE DEMRAT BILL. UNDER THE COMPROMISED BILL THAT THE SPEAKER WAS CALLING IT, $. MILLION ALIENS WHO MAY APPLY WHICH MAY BE RENEWED EVERY SIX YEARS. INDEFINITELY GOES TO TO ZWIBE AND THE APPLICATIONS COULD REACH 5 MILLION OR MORE. IT IS THE LARGEST AMNESTY. BIGGER THAN ANY AMNESTY THAT WAS GIVEN DURING THE PRESIDENT OBAMA TWO TERMS. WITH THE DIDN'T OFFER ANY. AND THERE WAS UNDER THE COMPROMISED BILL AND A CALT GORE FOR PATH TO CITIZENSHIP AND TENS OF THOUSANDS TO GREEN CARDS THAT WOULD BE ELLGIBBLING AVAILABLE UNDER THE COMPROMISED BILL THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO VOTE ON. WITH REGARD TO THE VISA LOTTERY. WITH REGARD TO CHAIN IMMIGRATION, THIS WAS A GOOD THING. IT ENDS CHAIN MIGRATION. UNDER THE SO-CALLED COMPROMISED BILL, IT DOESN'T END CHAIN MIGRATION. AND IT DOESN'T. IT DOESN'T. THERE ARE PARENTS THAT ACTED ILLEGALLY TO BRING THEIR COUNTRY INTO THIS COUNTRY, THEY WOULD BE REWARDED TO GET LEGAL -- AND AS FAR AS ENFORCEMENT, SAW TODAY HAS A GOOD COMPARISON. BUT IT WOULD BE TRAGIC IF OUR LEADERSHIP BRINGS UP THE SO-CALLED COMPROMISED BILL. WE CAN SECURE THE BORTER AND SECURE THIS REPUBLIC AND GOD WILL ENABLE US TO HELP THESE COUNTRIES THAT ARE IN TROUBLE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 10:00:45 PM

                              Mr. Gohmert moved that the House do now adjourn.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                MR. GOHMERT

                                I MOVE WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                                THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS

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                          • 10:00:58 PM

                            On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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                              Adjourned

                              The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 22, 2018.

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                                STANDS

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

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                              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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                              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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                              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 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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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              YIELD BACK.

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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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                              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 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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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 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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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 FROM TEXAS.

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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                            • 11:08:36 AM

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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

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              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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                            • 11:18:42 AM

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                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                            • 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.

                            • 11:25:13 AM

                              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 SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              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,

                            • 11:25:32 AM

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                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                            • 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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                            • 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

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                              MR. BURGESS

                              I'LL RESERVE.

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                              THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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                              MRS. TORRES

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

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                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                              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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                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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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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                              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…

                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              MR. BURGESS

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE.

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                              THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              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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                              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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                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                              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.

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                              MR. BURGESS

                              I RESERVE TO CLOSE.

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                              MRS. TORRES

                              I'M READY TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              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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                              THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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                              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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                              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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                              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.

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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                              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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                              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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                            • 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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                              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.

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                            • 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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                              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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                            • 12:30:11 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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                              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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                            • 12:32:29 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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                              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.

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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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                              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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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS EIGHT MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS EIGHT MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 11 MINUTES.

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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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                              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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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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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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                              THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 12:49:29 PM

                              MR. GOODLATTE

                              I RESERVE.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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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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                              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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                              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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                              THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              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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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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                              MR. NADLER

                              6 1/2? AND THE OTHER SIDE.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING.

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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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                              THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 12:57:42 PM

                              MR. GOODLATTE

                              I CONTINUE TROW SERVE.

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

                            • 12:57:51 PM

                              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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                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES.…

                              THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. NADLER

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

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                              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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                              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…

                              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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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS FOUR MINUTES.

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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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 VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS FOUR MINUTES.

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                              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…

                              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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                              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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                              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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                              MR. MCCAUL

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

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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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                              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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