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rest? well, i'm supposed -- they're going to let me pay that out after i'm in the united states. it becomes clear very quickly that once again this business model that the drug cartels have includes getting people in rafts where the rio grande river requires a raft, or just getting them across an unguarded -- in unguarded areas or areas where we need a wall and don't have one, getting them across and then getting them to d.h.s., get d.h.s. to send them to the city where they want them to set up traffickers, -- human trafficers, and what a business model. you -- traffickers, and what a business model. you get the government of the united states to help set up , your siness machine
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business model in the united states, they're shipping your employees around the country to different cities, and, yes, it's normally under the guise of, i have a relative there, here's the relative's address, this is which are want to go, they're going to take care of me, and perhaps you get delayed and have to wait for an immigration judge that was appointed by eric holder to give you a notice to appear for a hearing four years later, a year or two years, four years later sometimes, and then you can go on to the city where the drug cartels want you to finish paying off what you owe them for getting you into the united states. so to have a business model that requires your workers to pay you is extraordinary.
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but that's what drug cartels are able to do when off willing obama administration here in the united states that will help you set up your drug cartel mechanism here in the united states. that's what's been going on. you generate so much money by having workers pay you to work for you and getting billions of dollars from the drugs that are ent in to the united states, hooking people here in america, making them reliant on an -- on and addicted to drugs to destroy their lives, so, basically, i mean the drug cartels get a two-for. they destroy the human infrastructure of the united states with poison that some would say, well that's another name for illegal drugs.
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and then in the meantime, you've got all that money coming to you and you use that money to buy there's e, thank god some standup police in mexico that can't be bought, but if they go too strongly head-to-head with the drug cartel, we've seen the pictures, they can end up with their head on a pike as a message. we've had chiefs of police that were killed when they refused to cow tao to the drug cartels. and the message becomes pretty clear. so it seems to be that the biggest reason mexico, with extraordinary people, extraordinary natural resources, a beautiful, fantastic country in which they're located, a
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location that is just incredibly advantageous because they've got shipping that can go out on the west coast like we do through the pacific, shipping that can go out to the east coast into the caribbean, to the gulf of mexico, ready access to north american markets, ready access to south american markets. what an opportunistic location for mexico, yet they struggle so far behind most nations, or so many nations in the world, dozens and dozens, 60 or so before them because drug cartels have such a powerful part in mexico itself. o there are many americans and
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especially friends of mine across the aisle here who think it is an absolute outrage to talk about building a wall between the united states and mexico. there are some mexican officials that think it's an outrage to talk about building a wall between the united states and mexico. now some of those mexican officials think it's an outrage because they haven't thought through the magnificence that may arise in mexico once we have secured the border between mexico and the united states and we can slow the drug trafficking to a trickle and so the drug cartels will not be looking at billions of u.s. dollars, they'll be looking at thousands, or if they're extremely powerful, maybe millions.
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but we get that down to thousands, then the mexican people will be able to have criminal without corruption, without massive pockets of corruption, without a drug cartel that can buy soldier, buy police, buy chiefs of police, buy mayors, and again, thank god it's only a small part of mexico, but it keeps mexico suppressed from the great economic power that it could be. and the potential is all there. you build a wall, then you shut down the drug cartels and when they only have thousands of dollars to bribe police instead of millions or billions of dollars, then law and order will prevail and the drug cartels ill not and we will have the
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most extraordinary neighbor to r south all because we in mending example wall and we had a wall between us that we kept up, we took care of, we shut down, helped mexico shut down the drug cartels by being a good neighbor, enforcing the border, and the standard of living in mexico spirals upwards through the skies. the power mexico would have as a nation in any international organization will be extraordinary. and the united states will reach unparalleled relationship as neighbors. that's worth building a wall for.
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yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, for 0 minutes. mr. gallego: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i am a marine. james madd. war shows the characterist exs of military leaders. those who served under mad you -- mattis. es
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so it is with a heavy heart that i rise to oppose legislation hat would allow general mattis to serve as. for members of congress who enshrined this prohibition law had fresh memories of the second world war. they were wary of a decorated general slipping off his uniform and slip spoog a civilian role. they were apprehensive of installing a secretary deafs who would be perceived as favoring one praverage of the service over another. they also feared they could suffer thsh the military could suffer if a military leader could transfer to a powerful
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sillian job. happened was this after the korean war and the congress made clear it was a one-time waiver to the rule. none of our national security challenges compares to that. mr. speaker, i understand that many of my colleagues are eager to grant this waiver because they greeted the announcement of his appointment with a sigh of relief. it meant donald trump had picked someone who is known to be competent and patriotic and who doesn't have a cozy relationship with the russian government. that's an understandable reaction. we're all extremely confident the yen would do a better job than general flynn or some of the other alternatives. we shouldn't let trump's bad behavior and poor judgment compel congress to lower this bar. if anything we should raids the bar for trump, not make exceptions just because we're glad he didn't go with someone like flynn. mr. speaker, a simple set of rules and norms form the fabric
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of american democracy. since the founding of the republic, leaders of every party and political persuasion have uphold this basic framework. through generations, american leaders have placed principle before party. with remarkably few exceptions, presidents from george washington to barack obama have valued our institutions and our democracy more than private gain or personal advancement. now, mr. speaker, we have a president-elect who doesn't think the rules should apply to him. we have a president-elect who is brazenly breaking norms left and right. we have a president-elect who promises to make america great again but is devoiding the country as never before. here in the united states, we believe every american is entitled to equal justice under the law. but donald trump believes that a different set of rules should apply to him than applied to president obama or president bush or any of the other men who have held this highest office. unlike his predecessors, donald trump has stubbornly refused to release his tax return. unlike his predecessors he has
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irresponsibly meddled in our foreign relations. and he has done nothing to diminish massive conflicts of interest stemming from his complex business dealings overseas. yet instead of applying a check on this pattern of reckless behavior, house republicans have rolled over time and time again. the republicans won't stand up to a president entering office with just 37% approval because it's precisely that 37% they have public that scares them. in fact, the 37% has terrified them for eight long years now. it scared them into turning a blind you to racist birther conspiracy theory, skeared them into shutting down the government and even risking a debt limit default which would have triggered an unprecedented economic breakdown. mr. speaker, we need a president like bruckbrauk who looks out for 100% of the american people. we need a president like barack obama who abides by 100% of the
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rules. and we need a house majority that's willing to uphold the constitutional obligations 100% of the time. moving forward in this congress the pow to check donald trump is in republican hands and depends on republican votes. but they have been too scared, too cowed and too unwilling to do what these tough times demand. if we the members of the great body won't stand up for the norm that was sustained this republic for 230 years, then who will? general mattis is a patriot but now it's time for all of us in this chamber to reiterate a basic truth in a democracy, rules matter. shouldn't be discarded at the first sign of difficulty. they shouldn't be undercutty with bavers -- by waivers. importants predens must be upheld in good times and bad. this is america, not a banana republic where the leader gets to rewrite the rule book. our principles are enduring, our values are timeless. for more than two century, our
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commitment to the rule of law has been unshakeable. that's why we should reject this waiver. that's why we should hold donald trump to the same high standards applied to all 43 of the presidents before him. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1rk the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
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-- we will take a look at the hearing with the general mattis now. >>

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