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thing. as it is right now, i am not sure i know what is in the second l -- bill, maybe not even the first one. things get moved around and at some point leadership was making decision behind closed doors. there are chosen people they negotiate with and their staff that writes it in, that can all change by the time the print gets on the paper. the differences between the two come down to goodlatte has the most enforcement and it is the most restrictive, but has components in it of amnesty. i will say it this way, the amnesty for daca recipients is a component of each. when you look at those two scenarios, the goodlattes the gentleman from texas seek >> follow that conversation at c-spanners org. we'll take you live to the u.s. house floor for debate on immigration. consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 7, 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 an 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 nstructions.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour. mr. burgess: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: 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. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: 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 an undocumented -- 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 ver 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 tion for childhood arrival citizens. this will apply to approximately 700,000 individuals who are currently iunit 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, t not new. in 2014, a number of unaccompanied alien children -- the number of unaccompanied alien children increased exponentially and reached crisis levels. 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 ca 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 health n the place of 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 frommmunicateable diseases 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. mcin of my visits 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 town.ion to 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. 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 millis of dllars 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. t is time to take steps that we not only strengthen our immigration laws for the citizens f american 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california. >> mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman forielding me the customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. torres: 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. resident 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 in direct violation of current court orders. it will lead to more family separation and the only diffence now is that families will wait 20 days before beg separated. i want every member of direct v current court orders. it will lead to more family thi
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 rom 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,
drugs drugs in pill forms and injections on the indigenous children seeking asylum. so this brings us to why we're here today. watching , everyone 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. that of the $2 trillion
we already added when republicans voted for their tax scam. this bill makes it harder for those seeking asylum to receive protection. nd it fails to protect the children that have already been separated from their parents. many will call this legislation the more conservative option that the house children that ha 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 cam, 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 nded 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, representativ hastings, and his amendment to fix t.p.s. blocked. but not all amendments were blocked. ust 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. we will wait and see. we will . 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. mr. burgess: 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 ars 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california. mrs. torres: mr. speaker, i yield to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for two minutes. mr. pascrell: good morning, mr. speaker. , iticus, 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. ourth, the incendiary talk painted the entire mexican our ally, probably
our third or fourth leading trade partner, our ally, with o 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. 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 e don't accept the security of this nation. 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, four mexico. you never met a mexican tourist. and i certainly haven't met one, either. i yield back, mr. speaker.
the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas. excuse me, california. mrs. torres: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, the distinguished ranking member of the committee on rules, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for three minutes. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, what we're doing here today is insane. for eight years republican leaders have blocked every attempt to debate bipartisan immigration bills. 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-passe 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. 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 t 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. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i'll yield myself three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, just remind people in this body 10 years ago the democrats were in the majority. inedin 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: i yield two minutes to a distinguish member of the rules committee, the gentleman from florida, mr. hastings. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for two minutes. mr. hastings: i thank the gentlelady for yielding time. dr. burgess, i would urge through the speaker that you have the levers of powenow, 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. and ay taxes in a myriad 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. mrs. torres: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 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 otheruntries. t onl 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: 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 gd 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 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 ugh th when it's foggy there in san diego or other times when they have that unit 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 ings 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
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 ine doments 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 our affected by that is 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 worker tify where the 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 wo 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. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from texas reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: 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. shined asn't until we 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 shi the california, the democratic leader, nancy pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank 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 p ning at e 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 know e who are children 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 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 , filling r dreamers
out their american dream to build out the president's obscene border wall. both are loaded full of every, 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 statesefugee resettlement program is the crown jewel of merican 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 ject the american -- the publicans' attack on
dreamers, vulnerable children, and families. we dreamers, vulnerable children, and families. we reject your zero, your zero policy. 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: how much time do i have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has 10 minutes remaining. the gentlewoman from california has no place. 13 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. burgess: i reserve my time to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, ms. barragan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. barragan: 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 nd 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. we 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 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. the speaker pro tempore:
gentleman from reserves. the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from maryland, like t to help dreamers, but in reality the democratic whip, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for four minutes. 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 professed the ve 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 immigration. -- restrictions on legal immigration. democrats will strongly oppose this s bill. mr. speaker, please summon immi 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i'lleserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas. mrs. torres: i yield 30 seconds to the gentlelady from california, ms. lofgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. lofgren: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: 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. withoutker pro tempore: objection. without objection. mrs. torres: to discuss our
proposal, i yield two minute to the gentleman from california, mr. aguilar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. aguilar: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. thompson: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. welch: mr. speaker, is this institution broken? r 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 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. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california. mrs. torres: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. panetta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. panetta: 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 conibute 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 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. once again, mr.
speaker, because of the important role they will play because of the lack of -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. panetta: i ask that -- i am against it. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: chair would advise each side two minutes remain on each side. mr. burgess: i reserve to close. mrs. torres: i'm ready to close, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. mrs. torres: thank you, mr. speaker and members. gat mallan -- got -- en couple decided to gsh decided to send their daughter to the u.s. hat young girl was me.
i was welcomed here in a loving home. freezing cellin a . had no choice. my mother died a couple of years later. these parents are mak 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 felt ndson, a 3-year-old, 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. burgess: 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. the speaker pro tempore: 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. mrs. torres: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 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
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the speaker pro tempore: 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. mrs. torres: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california. mrs. torres: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: 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.]
reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: 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 andtrolled by the air 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. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman from texas is recognized.
for what purpose does the ntlemafrom virginia, mr. goodlatte, seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4760, a bill to amend the immigration laws and homeland security laws and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 954, the amendments printed in house report 115-7 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 ill control 1 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte. mr. goodlatte: ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 4760. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: i introduced h.r.
4670 along with michael mccaul, for labrador, to provide 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 cro ctels 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 t 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 tmp and support h.r. 4760. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler. mr. nadler: i yield myself three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: 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 the ing employers to use 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlema reserves. members are reminded from engaging in personalities toward the president. -- entleman from virginia
is recognized. mr. goodlatte: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam chairperson, i now yield three minutes to the distinguished ranking member of the immigration subcommittee, ms. lofgren. thspeaker pro tempor the gentlewoman from california is recognized for three minutes. ms. lofgren: it's an anti-immigration bill. it slashes immigration. it criminalizes almost the people. documented 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, hotls, 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. policy. dn't 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam chairman, i now yield three minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois i recognized for three minutes. mr. gutierrez: 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. for ildren who are fleeing
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 jailhem 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. the speaker pro tempore: 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. mr. goodlatte: 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. not xcluded if they do 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 the 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 hortdls 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam chair person, i now yield one person to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. ellison. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for one minute. mr. ellison: i thank the gentleman for the time. i ask my colleagues to stand if fullositn 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. mr. goodlatte: madam speaker, may i inquire how much time remains on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia has eight minutes. the gentleman from new york has
11 minutes. mr. goodlatte: i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. i now yield -- i now yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. correa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. correa: 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 n 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. mr. goodlatte: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is ecognized for three
recognized for three minutes. mr. labrador: this bill provides the tools needed to enforce our immigration laws, eis cure our borders and begin the process of reforming our legal immigration systemhile 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 threeear, 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 our commitment to grant our
owers and other workers, a workable agricultural guest worker program. the lack of a reliable urce 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 frivolityat fraud and 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. lawrence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman veck -- the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. lawrence: 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 -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves this egentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: i yield two minutes to the ranking member of the crime subcommittee the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is ecognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: 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 en there 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. the speaker pro tempore: the jerusalem tees -- the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: it is a sin and a shame that we have an administration. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mr. nadler: i yield the gentlelady 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. yk lee: 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 -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: at this time it's my pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. barton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. for two minutes. mr. barton: 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 ink th 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 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. barton: i thank the chairman. the speaker onized. mr. nadler: how much time is remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 6 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. nadler: 6 1/2? and the other side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia has four minutes remaining. mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. chu: 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. his war on families must stop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: i continue trow serve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is ecognized. mr. nadler: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. takano: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from new york is ecognized. mr. nadler: i now yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you vermuch. 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expire. the gentleman from virginia continues to reserve.
the gentleman from new york is recognized. . mr. nadler: madam chairperson, i now yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. green: 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 o 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 chi as the tools of the trade. we cannot pass it. we should not pass it. rethink what we're doing to this country. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: how much time has each side got, mr. speaker. ret the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 2 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from virginia has four minutes. mr. nadler: i yield now 1 1/2 minutes to the distinguished ranking member of the immigration subcommittee, ms. lofgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. lofgren: 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. t -- that didn't happen. here's what the result was. the chamber of commerce has just reported that the didn't - 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 pportunities, 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 the border illegally with s is children, official says. what are we doing here? we' doing 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. mr. nadler: an additional 30 seconds to the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. lofgren: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: i believe i have the right to close and i'm the only remaining speaker. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. nadler: i'm prepared to o close. how much time? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 30 seconds. mr. nadler: i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. nadler: 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, undocumented immigrants, undermining public safety, and removing critical protection force families and children. all in one undocumented -- prot 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. the gentleman from virginia has four minutes. mr. goodlatte: 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 hasothing 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 hows 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 whe 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 ustains 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 administraon, n just this one, the tools it needs to close the loopholes, to secure the immigration than any other country on earth, border, to en 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
the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from texas will control 10 minutes. the gentleman from mississippi will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: 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. an nothing should not be 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 likegangs 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. thompson: 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 and border tion security rhetoric and policies. remember when the republican party used to say it was the party of family and border 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 wa party of law and order?
well, it does take action with respect to local law enforcement. but not in a good way. it wou 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. f enacted, h.r. 4760 would require billions of taxpayerle toars to be wasted on the
president's border wall, which 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. pay-go o waives 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. mr. mccaul: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from arizona, ms. mcsally. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. mcsally: 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, 0 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 fm 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. firsth i 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 legislatio, th bl 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 play ca recipients to not politic, vote yes on this bill. i wreeled back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from mississippi. mr. thompson: i yield one and a half minutes to the retired chief of police of orlando, florida, the gentlelady from orlando, florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one and a half minutes. >> 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. mrs. demings: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: yield one minute to the gentlelady from louisiana, a member of the homeland security committee, mr. higgins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize for one minute. mr. higgins: 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. 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. thompson: 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
rom new york, ms. rikse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one nane minutes. >> 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. iss rice: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: i yield one minute to the gentleman from kansas, mr. estes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. estes: 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 the 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. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one and a half minutes to the gentlelady from houston, texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for one and a half minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the distinguished gentleman. i would offer to say those gaut ma lan americans, el salvador ran americans and those mericans 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired this egentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from arizona, ms. lester. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. lester: 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 southen border, ending this problem once and for all. ms. lesko: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, i have no further speakers and am prepared to close athis time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized.
mr. mccaul: i have no further speakers at this time and am prepared to close if the gentleman from mississippi is reprepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserve, egentleman from mississippi is reneek is -- is recognized. mr. thompson: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: 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. the speaker pro tempore: 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. the clerk: to amend the immigration laws and homeland security law and for other
purposes. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new mexico seek recognition. >> i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentlewoman opposed to the bill. >> in the current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman qualifies. the clerk: 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. >> 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.
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 w we've experienced the horror many immigrant families feel every single day. to we've seen how ugly it is use vulnerable immigrant mothers and fathes poli 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. e 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. congress in r of the minority party at a time of deep pitical division and instability, congress in thwork 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition. mr. goodlatte: i claim time in opposition to the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. goodlatte: 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 ted a 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 wit amnesty. we need to have a movement to a merit-based immigration system. we neeto 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 der 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 needo 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. the speaker pro tempore: 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 -- miss lujan grisham: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 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.]
mr. nadler: on that i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: 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 anuse of the csecaptioned coverage of thuspreedings for p commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition. mr. newhouse: bytion of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 953, and ask for its immediate consideration in the. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will reported resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 156. ouse 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 ecommit. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members please remove conversations from the aisles. members, please take seats, remove conversations from the floor.
the gentleman from washington is recognized for one hour. >> 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.olis, nding which i yield myself as much time as i may consume. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. newhouse: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman will suspend.
please take your conversations off the floor. people in the back of the chamber, please cease conversations. n both sides of the aisle. the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: 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 all an 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 thisegislaon 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 bron piecof 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 inrview 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 understandust 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 collgues 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 anemocrats 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.
useful butnk that is 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. here 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. 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 happened about what 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 embarrent 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 process g age to 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 tearihem apt 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. 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 familie indefinitely and criminalize even more immigrants. this is what happens in this i 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 stead 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 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 le 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: 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 thre minutes to the good lady from utah, mrs. love. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from utah is recognized for three minutes. mrs. love: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington reserves the balance of his time of the the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: 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. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: 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 arin 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. 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 daughter being given powerful drugs. held down, being 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. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: to discuss our proposal i'd like to yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from washington state, ms. jayapal. ms. jayapal: 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 rder. 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 an 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 --
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. polis: 15 seconds. ms. jayapal: it blocks them from citizenship while revoking aproved petitions for three million family member who was paid fees and wait 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expire. the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: i yield a minute and a half to the good gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one and a half minutes. mr. davis: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, the chair of the democratic caucus, mr. crowley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. crowley: 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. yield become. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. new it is house: at this point i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from lorida, mr. diaz-balart. mr. diaz-balart: 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. nd 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 e 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 pathws to tizens 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. . polis: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr capuano: this bill also authorizes $24 billion to build a stupid wall this bill also says it's going ton harder for family reunification by repealing two laws that already allow it. this bill also says that three million people have done the right thing, are in line to become citizens, are going to be shunted aside. don't kid yourself about what this bill says and doesn't say. this bill also is a shame. you know it and i know it.
a previous speaker said history will judge us. you're right. they will. on this issue, god is going to judge you as well. when you go to those gates, there's a little thing in there that says you, went out of your way, to choose children for your political purposes, you really think that's a good mark to have in your book? i don't think so. when you talk about compromise, takes a little bit more than just looking in the her ror and compromising with yourself. it actually means you have to deal with people who sometimes don't agree with you. this bill is a lousey bill. you know it, we know it, and america knows it. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would remind mens to address their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. curbelo: 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. exact -- we take the 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 mornize 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: 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. unfounately, republicans sat mr. curbelo's work, my work aside. mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. doggett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. doggett: 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 sing, 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 famils 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. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman's time has expired. mr. polis: 15 seconds. mr. doggett: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: 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 marks 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 s put her on birth control because they know getting violated is a p 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: mr. chairman, i have an article i'd like to submit for the record, trump considers using military bases to house immigrant children. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: 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 timto stop president trump. mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, ms. lofgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. lofgren: 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 amily 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 mass incarceration of mothers and their toddlers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: i would reserve my time but just inquire how many speakers the other side has. mr. polis: we have several additional speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the chair advises both managers, the gentleman from colorado has 11 minutes remaining. the gentleman from washington has six minutes remaining. mr. polis: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, the president created a humanitarian crisis that inflicts lasting trauma on children when he mandated that they be taken from rarents 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 ere tak from th 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 coul 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: 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 ju that to give them that hope, mr. speaker. with that i'll reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington -- from colorado.
mr. polis: 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 ask mr. newhouse if he will yield me his time. mr. newhouse: should i respond to that, mr. speaker? the speaker pro tempore: no. mr. polis: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. engel: 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.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i want to thank the distinguished gentleman from washington, a member of the rul committee, for yielding me such time. mr. speaker, i really came down this debate part in 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 egislation that represents several years worth of work that was done by members of the republican majority to approach daca, e that is known as
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. that the republican party 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 .embers 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. 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? ey 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. mr. newhouse: i can give you 30 seconds. mr. sessions: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. . mr. polis: i yield to the gentleman from virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. connolly: 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, we have to many members coming wanting to speak. how much time do i have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington has two minutes remaining. the gentleman from colorado has 6 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield one minute to the good gentleman from california, mr. denham. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. denham: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in support not only of this re, 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i'd like to yield
myself the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 6 1/2 minutes. mr. polis: 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 solrs 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 fromheir 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 whilehose iigration 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. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. mr. polis: 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 for e will not stand
3-year-olds and 4-year-olds literally being put in cages, strapped down while they're given drugs and medicaided and njected -- 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. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: 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 talk 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. the speaker pro tempore: 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. mr. polis: mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 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 3 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. the clerk: mr. ryan of wisconsin moves to reconsider the vote on the question of passage of h.r. 2. the speaker pro tempore: 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.]
in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from minnesota. >> the request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 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.]
question on house resolution 953 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: 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. the speaker pro tempore: 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 y 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.]
the speaker pro tempore: 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. mr. polis: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: 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.]
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? >> i ask unanimous consent that in the engrossment of h.r. 2, the clerk be authorized to rrect 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. the speaker pro tempore: p