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hawaii that was trying to force same-sex marriage in america. we wrote, and i was one of the authors of it, wrote the defense of marriage act, put it into iowa law and so from 1998, 11 years later, the supreme court of the united states -- excuse me -- supreme court of the state of iowa created a command for same-sex marriage in iowa, and iowans rose up and threw three of them off the bench the following election in november of 2010. not because of the policy decision but because they had not kept their oath of office to support and defend the constitution. they're obligated to read and understand and believe the constitution and then issue their judgments based upon the law, the text of the law and as an ancillary component of this, the intent of the legislature itself because the legislature is the voice of the people. the judges are not.
they're appointed for life. there it was june 25, 2015, on friday, the supreme court manufactured a command for same-sex marriage. this is appalling to me because i can read the constitution and understand what it means and read the precedent cases that flow from marbury on down to today. but no longer possible to look at this court by studying the text of the constitution and the text of the law because we have a court that will make it up as they go along, write laws as they go and discover what they would call a new right in the 14th amendment, equal protection under the law. there is equal protection already. that was about making sure that babies that were born to the newly freed slaves post-civil
war would be american citizens and enjoy the rights and privileges of being a citizen of the united states, a person that enjoyed personhood in good standing, the 13th amendment ended slavery and the 14th amendment guaranteed equal rights and this court has twisted it into a command there is haven't a difference between a man a woman and there is a difference and it has been husband and wife, those are the kind of things that if the states want to establish same-sex marriage, so be it. that's the constitutional and fits the structure of our united states constitution along with the various state constitutions and the structure of the rule of law. but if a court wants to manufacture a new right, let alone a new command, that's wrong and this congress ought to
speak up and we need a president that will appoint justices to the supreme court that will rule on the text of the constitution, its original meaning and on the understanding of what the text of that constitution says. i would back up to the king versus burwell decision and add this to those folks who are listening in and the staff from the supreme court, if you are studying a law like obamacare that comes before the supreme court and read the texan doesn't include our federal government and you believe that congress wanted the federal government to establish the exchanges or intended to write that into the law, you don't write it in and say that's what they meant, you have to remand it back to congress and tell us this is what the law says, therefore if the congress wants the law to say something different, we have to amend it here in the house
and the senate and get a presidential signature. that is the government that we have, mr. speaker. and frustrating for me, to listen to the dialogue otherwise that the senate's not doing their job because they would hold a confirmation of a presidential appointment and we have a president that has proven he isn't going to protect our constitution, this is the time we must dwent our constitution and we must nominate and elect a president of the united states who will make those appointments to the supreme court who believes the constitution means what it says. mr. speaker, i didn't come here to talk about that. that's my rebuttal to what i have listened to the last 40 minutes or so. i came to talk about the rule of law, for sure. and part of this is stimulated by an immigration hearing that we had yesterday in the house
subcommittee judiciary. this is the type of hearing that i have listened to too many times, one of the hardest hearings that i have sat through in my times during congress. a gentleman ses, standing up for the rule of law and using the legal and justifiable evidence that he had before him and he has been criticized for his effectiveness by the people who don't want to enforce the law, sheriff jenchingins and we had witnesses from two families who were suffering tragically. one was a mother who has testified before the judiciary committee in the past and i have met her at an immigration event in richmond, virginia and listened to the tragic, tragic story of her son joshua, who was
essentially abducted from his school, when he was a sophomore in high school or so and hauled outside of town where he was eaten bludgeoned and finally murdered and had then the perpetrator, an illegal alien that the law enforcement encountered and released on the streets and whom law enforcement had picked up already once, this illegal alien beat this boy to death and then went and bought gasoline and burned his body. he hauled his body out and poured gasoline on him and burned this josh youa's body and took a shower and went to a
movie as if it was another day in the life of. well, mr. speaker, it was another day in the life of america and americans. another life lost to an illegal criminal alien who was who had no business to be here, one who had been encountered by law enforcement officers in the past and i.c.e. declined to pick up and place into removal proceedings. this happens every day in this country and happens hundreds of times in this country each year. these incidents of illegal aliens that are arrested and turned loose on the street because the president has this drea of prioritization or prrl prosecutorial diss creation -- discretion and the sad sad story told by laura will kerrson
yesterday that she has the courage and the heart to share her story with us and to place that awful, brutal memory again into her mind's eye and pour that forth into the congressional record so that some of us, some of us will soak that up and be mobilized to do something more, do something more to resist the president's policy of amnesty, amnesty, that has been part and parcel of the obama policy and been getting worse and worse every month. i thank god for laura and i ask god to bless the life and soul and memory who has paid a high price because we have an ideological president who as stated on the other side of the aisle is not doing his job and ordering law enforcement
officers not to do their job. federal law requires when federal immigration law enforcement officers encounters individuals unlawfully in the united states shall be placed in removal proceedings. that's the law and our border patrol officers are told, if you are here to enforce the law and determined to do so, you better get yourself another job. they have become the welcome wagon on the southern border. and now, most anybody who crosses that border and makes it across the rio grande border that stretches from texas all across to new mexico, arizona and california. anybody who gets across, if you claim asylum, you can be a refugee and this federal government will roll out the welcome wagon. michele bachmann and i stood on the banks of the rio grande
river a summer and a half ago and watched as they inflated a raft, two coyotes and they helped a lady into that raft, unday afternoon, broad day lit -- daylight. she had two bags of her property and brought that across the river and under the eyes of the city police and the border patrol, but it was shift change and they helped one of the coyotes got out of the raft, helped the pregnant lady out of the raft on to u.s. shores and then handed her two little ditty bags and they got back across the river, deflated the raft and put it in their car, knowing it was a coyote car and the lady
stood there. she and her unborn baby and her two bags, waiting for the border patrol to show up. takes a little longer during the shift change. they show up. and i didn't follow this case any further and they preferred that i didn't. she probably applied for asylum, the baby is now born and the baby is an american citizen and now is the parent of an anchor baby. well, that's the kind of person that barack obama has granted temporary amnesty for deferred action for parents of -- i keep wanting to tell you what that word means to me, but the parents of americans is what the president would like to call it, deferred action for parents of america. dapa. i watched one of those parents
come across the border on an inflateable raft with two coyotes. and now the president -- he has issued that we grant this amnesty for the parents of anchor babies to be staying free in the united states. that's the -- defies the rule of law and defies the very law, the specified law itself. in that case, it was heard before the supreme court this week, mr. speaker and the question is, does the president have prosecutorial authority, prosecutorial discretion. while the precedents -- and i don't know that the supreme court has ruled on it. i believe they have not. but the precedents that are out there in the lower courts and the practice has been if a chief executive officer can project his policy through his subordinates that they have to
pick and choose which cases they will prosecute. when they do it, that is called prosecutorial discretion. it has to be on an individual basis only and that's by the words of the former secretary of homeland security who testified before the judiciary committee a in the first morton memo, it creates four difts group of people. declaring it to be prosecutorial discretion when it is not, because it applies to four different groups of people. that's the story of joshua wilkerson and the witness sitting next to her is michelle ot, the grieving mother of a daughter, 21 years old, who was bay view ent at
university and wanted to become a law enforcement investigate tore and the best grades you could have living and loving life and enjoyed the graduation ceremonies the day before, when an illegal criminal alien, drunk driver perpetrator rearended her in the street and killed sarah root. sarah root. 4.0 student, the world ahead of her wanting to contribute to this country to life, to society, living and loving life, her life abruptly ended by a criminal alien who had been ken countered by law enforcement and immigration attorneys knew of him and two of them had been quoted and he had been released and released onto the streets
where he had three ties the blood alcohol content allowable by law, drag racing in the streets. and her mother told the story yesterday of her daughter, whom she loved so deeply and her family's life, they will carry this hole, this ache in their heart that didn't need to be. sarah root would be alive today if the president had done his job, if law enforcement had been allowed to do their job, if i.c.e. had responded when local law enforcement had responded nd sometimes i.c.e. issues a detainer and this is mixed up both ways. i.c.e. is prohibited eff i.c.e. that won't to their job, and we have local law enforcement that won't cooperate sent outcremplet, they
a statement that i.c.e. is not mandatory, and congress passed a law that i.c.e. detainers are mandatory they wrote the rule that i.c.e. detainers are mandatory and dan rags ddale issued a statement that, no, it's a recommendation, it's not mandatory. now we have, in this confused, jumbled up mess of the refusal to enforce the law, to take care that the laws are faithfully executed, we have the deaths of our children. our children. joshua wilkerson, sara root, and while sara root's mother is in transit to come here to testify, this accident, by the way, happened, this drunk driving, illegal alien, homicidal accident that killed sara root, the 4.0 student, i keep hearing about the valedictorians that
come across the river. sara was very close to being the valedictorian of her college class. she didn't get a chance to live and love life beyond one day after her graduation. and while her mother is here with tears in her eyes, flying from omaha where this tragedy took place, to testify before the united states congress, there's another incident in omaha, this time, a very similar incident, another illegal alien that had been incarcerated before, picked up before, released again this illegal nava killed margarito luna, a 35-year-old man walking down the streets of omaha, and this driver this illegal, was three times the blood alcohol content as well. as was the driver who killed sara root. now every one of these are preventable. they're preventable. whether they're a willful homicide or whether they're
preventable, but these are the cities, mr. speaker, these are the cities where the obama administration has released these criminals into. they've released over 30,000 of them. these are where the reoffenses have taken place in multiple cities around obviously california and on up along the pacific coast, where there's a lot of illegal immigration, that's where you see a lot of recidivism crime, here's arizona, here's texas. you've got it in the heart of the heartland, that's colorado. on the east coast. something has happened in most of the states and this is because of the prosecutorial discretion. this president has released, his administration released over 30,000 criminals, criminal aliens, onto the streets of america and of those that they released, there have been at least 124 of them who have been charged with homicide for 135 murders. that's 135 dead americans who
would be alive today if the president didn't have the policy of releasing criminal aliens onto the streets. that's the ones we know of. that's the ones that there's recidivism within a five-year window of time, whose names we know, whose incidents we know, but that doesn't include anywhere near all of them, mr. speaker. this is the locale, this is the face of one of these perpetrators. mauricio hernandez. what did he do? mauricio hernandez a sexual predator who impregnated the 13-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend, repeatedly had sexual relations with her, ways that i won't repeat here on the floor, took her off to soccer games he, also gave her an abortion inducing drug and she went into a port-a-pot and had the baby that was alive and he went in and saw that baby and
this girl was then hauled home, the baby was left to die. that baby died, mauricio hernandez is the perpetrator. he's another illegal alien. another one who has been encountered by law. another one granted de facto amnesty because of the president's policy. i can stand here, mr. speaker, every night i could come here and give you these stories. i can give you the data on the thousands of americans that are dead at the hands of the criminal aliens that have been incarcerated for a temporary period of time and released by multiple jurisdictions across this country and every american that dies at their hands is a life that could be saved. if we just followed our laws. that's what's at stake here. but we're going to have to personalize it because people over on this side of the aisle have their fingers in their ears on data but when they see the faces, hear the anguish in the
voices, especially of the mothers or the voice -- and i'll conclude with this, mr. speaker, or the voice of the father, scott root, who said, when they arrested this perpetrator that killed his daughter, he was out before they could bury his daughter. he was out on $5,000 bail, which was less than it cost him to bury his daughter, and that individual absconded back out of the united states now, not to be reached again by the arm of the law which is not long enough because they put him out on bail. i don't want to see any more bail to criminal aliens. i want to see law enforcement. i want an expectation that when the slaw brecken in the united states, that there's going to be an enforcement that it be applied equally, without regard to any of the categories the president encourages us to be members of. that being one of god's children is good enough to be protected by the law, everybody treated equally, secure or borders, -- borders, restore respect for the
rule of law, save these lives, send these people into prison and when they're done, send them back to the country they can live in legally for the rest of their lives if they don't stay in our prisons for the rest of their lives. mr. speaker, this is an infuriating topic america needs to know a lot more about and i'd ask, mr. speaker, that this country keep the family of these victims in their prayers every day until such time as we restore the respect for the rule of law again in america. with that, i would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. o'rourke, for 30 minutes. mr. o'rourke: thank you, mr. speaker. to listen to some in this country and certainly some of my colleagues, mexico represents nothing more than a threat to
the well being, the safety of this country and to every son and daughter in every community within the united states. it is also a threat, some will tell you, to our economy, to our financial well being and our homes -- in our homes and our cities and our states. this vision of mexico and our relationship with that country and where the two join at the u.s.-mexico border is dominated by this kind of anxiety, this scare mongering, and an attitude of fear that neglects the truth, the facts, and the opportunities that our relationship with our closest partner on the world stage truly presents. it is my hope tonight to share with my colleagues the facts, the positive truth about what mexico represents to all of us. certainly in the communities
along the u.s.-mexico border, el paso, texas, the city that i have the honor of representing and serving in congress, the state of texas where i'll be joined by colleagues who represent districts deeper into the interior of texas, but really to everyone, everywhere, in the united states. when i listen to some of my colleagues who can be forgiven much like those in ancient history who, not having traveled to distant lands or across the oceans could only envision monsters or frightening things that were going to come and get them, should they venture past what they knew and what was safe and what was home to them, those who do not nomex coe, who do not live on the u.s.-mexico border, may understandably have their thoughts and their concerns dominated by thising an psi -- anxiety and fear. it's my hope as someone who
lives in and represents part of the u.s. side of the u.s.-mexico boarder to shed some light using facts and using real people, real u.s. citizens, real mexican citizens, and real people from el paso and ciudad juarez, which together form the largest binational community in the western hemisphere and one of the largest binational communities anywhere in the world. when you hear people who are concerned about mexico and what it retchts to the united states, that fear -- what it represents to the united states, that fear is often dominated by two different areas, one is economic and the other is fear about our security in this country. let me lay some of those fears to rest. let me address some of those concerns at face value using the facts and figures from the united states-mexico relationship and again from the district that i represent in el paso, texas.
let me start with some of the economic concerns and address them with the economic facts and the economic argument. some of my colleagues may not know this, but mexico is our third largest trading partner, and for some states like the state of texas, like the state of new mexico, like the state of arizona, like the state of california, mexico represents our number one trading partner. for many other states, deeper into the interior, mexico represents our second largest trading partner. but the volume of trade between our two countries is unlike any other even among our top trading partner, china. for with mexico, for every dollar of import value that we bring into this country from mexico, 40 cents of that dollar were value that originated here in the united states. components, manufactured goods, that were built here in america by americans, by u.s. citizens,
that were exported to mexico for final assembly and manufacture before reimportation in the united states. it's why with mexico, when we export to mexico, we win. when we import from mexico, we win. and that volume of trade between our two countries is responsible for one out of every four jobs in the community that i represent, el paso, texas. it is responsible for more than 400,000 jobs in the state of texas. more than six million jobs throughout the united states. so i want to make clear that our relationship with mexico does not just benefit border communities like mine or border states like texas. you look at new york, 381,000 people depend on our relationship with mexico for the jobs that they go to each and every morning. in ohio, the number is 224,000. in the state of washington,
128,000. in fact, every single one of our 50 states has a significant trading and jobs-based dependent relationship with mexico. were we to jeopardize that with harmful rhetoric or wrongheaded policies, we would not just jeopardize this historic relationship with our partner to the south, we would jeopardize the very well being and life blood for six million american families, spread throughout this country. in fact, if we don't do a better job of facilitating the trade we have with mexico right now, we run the risk of losing the jobs we already have. the department of commerce estimates that for every minute of delay on our international ports of entry that connect the united states and mexico, because we're not getting more trade into the united states from mexico and out of the united states into mexico, we lose about $166 million for every minute of delay, $166
million lost to the united states economy. now let me talk about the security argument. and i just heard from my colleague from iowa that mexico and mexican immigrants, whether they are undocumented, whether they are pursuing a better life in this country, whether they are as almost all of them are net contributors to our economy, to our community, to the safety of our cities, that somehow they represent this terrible threat, the primary threat for our country and the sky and everything with it is falling should we not be able to deport these 11 million undocumented immigrants from communities like washington, d.c., from el paso, texas, from fort worth, from throughout the united states. i'd like to share something with my colleagues and with you, mr. effect that the
immigrants have on the safety of our communities. i represent el paso, texas, with, which ciudad juarez, represents the largest binational community in the world. 24% of the people i represent were born in another country, most of them, the country of mexico. i will tell you it is not in spite of that fact that we have so many migrants in our community. but in large part because of it that el paso is this country's safest city over 500,000. so of all the large cities in this country, from los angeles, on the west coast, new york on the east, el paso is this country's safest city. and it has been not just in the past year, but for years before this last one and for the last 10 or 15 years it's been rated one of the top five safest cities in the united states. and that is because the relation that we have with -- the relationship that we have with mexico, the migrants coming from that country are coming to this
one to build a better life for hemselves, certainly, but more they are keeping them focused on their studies and contributing to their communities and staying out of trouble and getting ahead and doing better. that's what i want you to know when we talk about security relative to mexico. i also want my colleagues, who themselves are taxpayers and the taxpayers they represent to know that today we spend $18 billion a year to secure the u.s.-mexico border. that in the last 10 years, we have doubled the size of the border patrol force from 10,000 agents to 20,000 agents and that we are reaching, if we are not already past a point of diminishing returns and do know more good-bye adding more agents
to already swollen ranks of border patrol. let me give you some facts that bear that out. in the year 2000, we had 1.6 million oop present hentions with our border with mexico. is last year, we had 330,000 apprehensions. another way to look at this is that in 2005, the average border patrol agent on the southern border, our border with mexico, made 106 apprehensions in that year, 2005. 2015, last year, the average agent made 17 apprehensions the entire year and in the el paso sector, again one of the most critical sectors with our connection for mexico, the average agent made six
apprehensions a year, for the entire year. so el paso is a safer city. other border cities on our side are much safer than the interior of the united states and spending record sums and seeing record low levels and seeing less than zero migration than we have in a number of years. it begs the question, when i hear my colleagues talk about securing the border before we proceed with border reform or relate particular policy, it begs the question when they ask we secure the border, how much more secure can we get. how many more billions of dollars do you want to spend? how many more miles of walls do you want to construct? how many more thousands of agents do you want to hire? how many more fewer aphentions
nd our immigration from mexico reach. the last point on the security issue that i want to stress for my colleagues is this one. despite the rhetoric and the anxiety and despite the fear that is poe voked on cable tv or even in this chamber, there has never been, nor is there now any credible terrorist organization, terrorist threat or terrorists who is using the southern border, our border with mexico, to infiltrate the united states. and i have that on public record from the director of the f.b.i., the director for the national counterterrorism center and the secretary for homeland security. the danger of continuing to surge more resources where we don't have a problem is we take our eye and our money and our
men and women off those places where we know we have had threats in the past, our international airports. in fact, our northern border with canada, where attempts have been made in the past and rtainly with homegrown terrorists or potential terrorists in our communities. that's where we need to pursue that threat. it doesn't mean that we do not remain vigilant against the potential for a terrorist threat coming along with our border with mexico. with 20,000 agents and $18 billions, drones flying overhead, 600 miles of war, we are vigilant against any terrorist incursion from mexico. and before i yield to my good friend from dallas-fort worth. i want to talk about the people
who live in this community, el paso where between the two communities, last year, there were 32 million crossings, 32 million times, someone crossed from el paso into mexico. i thought i would share with you through these pictures to my right some of the remarkable people that i live with in the community. some of the amazing people that i represent. the first person that we're ndo and closedarma up a plant. he lives in the united states and his children are u.s. citizens, he crosses into mexico every morning, managing a plant there and comes back over into
the united states where he pays his u.s. property taxes and u.s. income taxes, where he contributes by going and coaching his son's soccer game where we took this picture, he is one of the 32 million people that is crossing the border and is contributing to this country and his children are growing up here, someone i'm proud to have in my community. this next slide shows a picture of israel. d israel lives in mexico but attends at the university of texas at el paso. texas granted in-state coverage for them to attend schools in the state of texas, because we know we will be the beneficiary.
israel gets up gets up so he can make it over the international bridge in time to get to the yuft of texas and all-star student and works at the tech lab, which is one of the premier manufacturing facilities in the united states. these are 3-d printing jobs that are the future of manufacturing technology and if we do right by israel, he is going to right to spend his life and career and add value and add tax base and tax income and create jobs in our country in the community i represent. that's why i crossed the bridge with israel to learn a little bit about him and his experience. this slide shows a picture of ickey, who i joined and she is
walking up another block or two and pass the kentucky club. it was before 5:00. but vickie, who is a mexican national, is carrying her shopping bags because at least once a month rgs she comes over to the united states to my community to spend her hard-earned money in our establishments to do the shopping for her and her family. mexican nationals spend about $1.4 billion in the el paso economy. that supports retail jobs and small business owners who i represent here in the house. this is the face of the border, the face of our connection. this is vickey with whom i crossed the border a couple of weeks ago. this next slide shows manuel, lerner riving a load of
ladder. it manufactures about 70% of those ladders. the inputs from those ladders come from all all over the united states and are connected o jobs here and export for benefit of the united states and mexico. here he is crossing his load, s part of the $90 billion in u.s.-mexico trade and connected to those six million jobs. if we can get those bridges moving a little faster and get the c.b.p. officers, we can get more loads of ladders moving across, more jobs connected in the united states and good for my community, good for each of the communities represented by the members here in the chamber
tonight. and the last slide i'll show you is lisa, and you can see i jumped in the back seat of her car as i left the plant of her and moved down to el paso and working in my district with other u.s. and mexican citizens creating jobs in both countries, economic growth. and here we are in her car about to cross back into ell basso texas and she is the face of the u.s.-mexico relationship and why it is so important not just to preserve it but to grow it and capitalize it and create more jobs and opportunities. friendsought these five
who i have the pleasure of living with in el paso, might tell you a little bit of a different story than the one that has prevailed and dominated from people who do not understand the border or our relationship with mexico but someone who does and who is here with me tonight, who represents a congressional district in fort worth and dallas and understands the importance of our relationship with mexico is mark veasey. and mr. veasey, i now yield the floor to yield. mr. veasey: i appreciate your work on this issue. you have been setting it. there has been a lot of rhetoric about what immigration means and
you have worked so hard to bring recognition about the economic benefits and you have been tremendous and i do appreciate that and wanted to talk about the fact how important the relationship is, the economic impact that you talk about all the time, how important it is to texas and the united states. accord understanding to the united states trade representatives, united states trades and goods totalled $500-plus billion. mexico was the second largest goods export market in 2015. n 2013, texas, exported over $109 billion in goods with mexico and that was 63% increase since 2008. it is hard to argue with those numbers. it shows how healthy the
relationship is with mexico and how incredibly foolish it would be to create barriers between our twon countries that could create harm to mexico and united states and our border state of texas. the united states' relationship with mexico, when you look at the economic picture, agriculture. how they get their milk, their fruit and vegetables. the agriculture is how we eat in this country. and i have met with different countries. i had cattle raiser from the forth worth area and they talked we don't have a bill and how it is hurting their industry. and these are conservative republicans. these aren't liberal democrats.
these are people that are concerned about growth and prosperity. we have a huge problem here in agriculture. one of our conservative institutes in the state of texas, texas a&m university, they did a study in 2012 that lifted dairy farms and found out that the dairy farms are helpfully dependent on dairy farms. i think that that speaks in and of itself. ithout these 133,000 workers would lose their jobs. what are we going to do if that happens? what are we really going to do? what are republicans going to do if that happens, if they're able to create borders and barriers between our southwest border?
they're certainly not going to want to make up in any sort of social services to help people because they're always hollering about how they don't want to expand government, so what are they going to do if we lose all that money? they're going to do absolutely nothing. it would be very detrimental. then also immigrant entrepreneurship. in addition to providing a reliable work forest, immigrants are also a boost to local economies when they open up businesses in their communities. more than 40% of the fortune 500 companies here were founded by immigrants or by their children. according to the partnership for new american economy. i want to highlight one of my friends that has a business in my district. gloria fuentes. she was actually my guest, representative o'rourke, at the state of the union this year. she was someone back in the 1970's that was fleing her home country of el salvador and she imimmigrated to the united
states and her visa expired. she became a permanent resident in 2006. because-her hard work, going to nightclubs at night to sell ta malis and tacos, now she has a restaurant chain of 15 across the state of texas. that was done by someone who came here as an imgrant. why wouldn't we want to make it easier for people like gloria to migrate to this country? why wouldn't we want to make it easier for us to be able to exchange and trade ideas with people from suntries south of our board her we're moving too slowly on the immigration issue and again in the rhetoric about the southwest border is really hurting our country. particularly when you look at the -- at the net migration and how many people have decided that, you know what, they don't want to live in the united states anymore just because of all the rhetoric, the hateful rhetoric that's out there, mainly coming from the
republican side and i think that it's time to stop because i think our country, i know that our country is better than that. i just want to thank you for getting this conversation started. want to thank you for your expertise and depth on this issue, particularly with you coming from el paso. it is certainly great to have you talking about this so much and reminding people about the facts because there are a lot of things out there that are floating around the congress again, coming from the republican side, that are completely untrue and deliberately false and meant to spread free across our country. the fact that you're here and you're educating the country on this very important issue means a lot to our state and to the united states. so thank you very much, representative o'rourke, and thank you for betting me share this time with you. i yield back. mr. o'rourke: i thank my friend from texas and thank him amidst all this heat and rhetoric around mexico, our relationship with that country, cost or benefit of immigration, he's
able to shed some light using the facts, sharing the truth, so that we understand our shared interdependence, shared benefits and the value of the relationship between the united states and mexico. mr. speaker, may i ask how much time remains? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has about three minutes. mr. o'rourke: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd invite my colleagues who have used the excuse, because they believe it, that we must first secure the border before we can do ything else, before we can improve our relationship with mexico, before we can capitalize on the shared production platform that is the united states and mexico today where 40% of the value of everything that we import from mexico originated in this country is connected to jobs in this country. i invite my friends who use securing the border as an excuse not to move forward on
immigration reform, despite the fact that we have 11 million people here who are living in the shadows who despite that, do their best to contribute to this country each and every day, in service to this country, creating jobs in this country, in serving those in this country. i invite you to see the truth, to look at the facts, and to understand that our relationship with mexico has never been more important. our border with mexico has never been more secure. by any metric we want to look at, whether it's apprehensions, whether it's totals spent on the security of that border whether it's the number of men and women, 20,000, who are patrolling that border with our closest partners, certainly the closest trading partner in the state of texas, i would argue the most important country for the united states, whether you look at it economically, demographically, historically, or culturally. i hope these facts, truth, light
that we are working to shed on the issue will help my colleagues to make better decisions, better policies, and move forward in the self-interest of this country and every district and every person that we represent to do the right thing when it comes to mexico, to do the right thing when it comes to immigration reform and to do the right thing in the interest of the united states. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. rush, for 30 minutes. the gentleman is recognized. mr. rush: mr. speaker, i come toe to the house floor today
express my deep concern and sappointment regarding the grave financial challenges facing the chicago state university, which is located in my district on the south side of chicago. the enormousdue to budget crisis currently taking place in my home state of illinois, the university has not received the state funding that s essential to maintaining its multifaceted operation. unfortunately, mr. speaker, after seven months of utilizing
chicago cial reserves, state university is now in a dire position. to compensate, the university must confront the real possibility of closing its doors in the immediate future. r. speaker, the impact of this ending reality is far-reaching in its scope and it would adversely affect thousands of students and hundreds of faculty and staff, many of whom reside in my district, the first district of illinois.
the entire chicagoland region adversely verely affected by the closing of the hicago state university. mr. speaker, my district is home o 4,300 students who are enrolled at chicago state. 58% of those -- of these tudents are my constituents. the great need for this institution is demonstrated by the fact that almost 88% of enrolled students receive financial aid. of those students on financial first generation
college students and 54% of these students are low income individuals. chicago mr. speaker, state university is renowned for ecruiting and graduating nontraditional minority students who, due to a variety of reasons, have been denied many of the economic and social and educational benefits enjoyed by he greater american society. as "u.s. news & world report" notes, chicago state university ranks first in illinois in
awarding bachelors' degrees to african-americans in the physical sciences, health professions, and other related sciences. additionally, the school also anks fourth in illinois in awarding baccalaureate degrees to latino students in the education sector. mr. speaker, closing chicago state university, even on a temporary basis, would have a profound impact for the lives of all of these students who have worked so hard to beat the odds and who desperately seek to provide a better life for themselves and for their
amilies. additionally, as one of my district's largest employers, if the university were to close, it would have a devastating, rippling effect on the economics of chicago's greatest -- greater south side and also in the lives faculty and staff that is employed by chicago tate university. undoubtedly, the school's closing would also stifle any opportunity for economic covery in communities on chicago's south side and in the nearby suburban area of the city of chicago.
pending dress this dire situation in the coming days -- situation, in the coming days, i will be introducing a bill in the house to provide federal assistance to the university until this budget impasse in the state of illinois can be resolved. mr. speaker, chicago state university is far too important to the families, to the communities, that i represent to chance eave its fate to or to the political gamesmanship and indifference of its governmental leaders. illinois' governor should not
allow this historically crucial minority serving institution of higher education that so faithfully serves the needs of african-americans and latino american students to shut down on his watch. legislative leaders in the state f illinois must not allow this legendary institution to close its doors on current and future generations of upward bound tudents. mr. speaker, april 29 will be orever known as the day of educational infamy in my state of illinois.
it will be regarded as the day hat illinois lawmakers let the students of chicago state university down. it will be regarded as the day that illinois lawmakers let the citizens of the state of illinois down. will be regarded as a name that illinois lawmakers stood in the schoolhouse door to eny access to the university and acknowledge benefits of higher education to predominantly minority students who studied