tv U.S. House of Representatives Debate on Immigration CSPAN June 21, 2018 6:05pm-6:24pm EDT
after five years which they could be united states citizens. the discussions with house republicans is about that compromised measure. when that wraps up, we believe the house will come in for a hour of general debate and will have live coverage of that when they return. one of the reporters teating this, one senior house republican source who is good at taking the temperature, saying the compromise bill fails they'll and receives -- come back for debate and we think that final votes would happen on friday. we will have live coverage as we said when the house returns. we'll show you the rule debate from earlier ahead of votes this afternoon. hour.
>> thank you, mr. speak . mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis, pending which i yield myself as much time as i may consume. 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 for all and keep our commitment to our people. it also includes a desperately needed solution for the daca population. i've shared with many of my colleagues time and time again, i have the second highest number of daca recipients in my district in the state of washington out of the entire republican conference. a full third of washington state's daca population lives in my district of central washington. i can tell you i've met with literally hundreds of them, including just this week, monday afternoon, i met with about a half buzzen of these young people. they're smart. hardworking. respectful. caring members of our community.
people that you would be proud to call your own constituents. i am proud that this legislation provides them with the certainty that they need so that they can continue moving forward with their educational, professional endeavors and continue to be productive, upstanding members of society. you know what they told me they wanted? and that they need? they would like hope. we can give toyota them with this bill. mr. speaker, this bill also importantly addresses the terrible situation we've all been witnessing regarding family situation -- family separation at the border. children should not be taken away from their patients. we can enforce our laws and enforce our border while also keeping families together. the situation has shown one more broken piece of an immigration system that is not working for anyone. and another example that shows
why reform is so desperately needed. it makes clear that minors at the border must remain with their parent or legal guardian. so mr. speaker, i want to share an excerpt that comes from an interview that i just watched with one of our border patrol agents, a mr. chris agrara. if i may quote him, mr. speaker, we have had the situation going on for four years now. and for some reason we have not fixed it. i don't think you can necessarily blame it on one administration or another. it hasn't been fixed and it needs to be fixed. right now we have this beacon of, we'll leave the light on for you and let you come illegally into the country. if you have seen some of the stuff we've seen down here you would understand just how important it is to have a tough stance to divert people from coming here.
when you see a 12-year-old girl with a plan-b pill, her parents put her on birth control because they know getting violated is part of the journey. that's a terrible way to live. when you see a 4-year-old girl traveling completely alone with just her parent's -- her parent's phone number written across her shirt, you know something needs to be done. we had a 9-year-old boy last year have a heat stroke and die in front of us with no family around. that's because we're allowing people to take advantage of this system. so let's be honest here. if we want this law changed, then that's on congress. that's on nobody else but congress. they need to get to work and change the law, end quote. so i would respectfully challenge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but on the other side of the aisle especially, do not join senator
shumer who says there's no need for a legislative solution. there is a need. i urge you to reject much of the rhetoric that i've heard on the floor just today. rejecting funding for border security. it can be easy to make this a political and refuse to move a solution forward that actually has a chance of being signed into law in an effort to score political points. that's really ease by. but this is just too important. congress can legislate on this. congress must legislate on this. and with this bill before us, we can fix this. now to me, something important this legislation does not address is the desperate need for a reliable, efficient, and fair program for american farmers to access a legal, stable supply of workers. our broken h-2-a's and guest
worker program has hobbled much of the agricultural industry from obtaining a reliable work force. chairman goodlatte of the house judiciary committee has been a steadfast advocate for reforming this system and i thank him for his dedication to this matter over the years an i'm heartened by the commitment the speaker as well as the majority leader have given to me and others for a stand alone vote on agricultural work force legislation before the august recess. i pledge to chairman goodlatte to work with him and all my colleagues on that legislation. so while this bill does not fix every broken aspect of our immigration system, it does take a major consensus-based step toward addressing several main components, including providing certainty for daca recipients and finally securing our border once and for all.
honestly, mr. speaker, many of my constituents are asking me a pretty hard question, why isn't this bill bipartisan? why aren't any democrats supporting it? i can't -- i don't know the answer to that it may be as simple as this. because it is actually something the president will sign into law. even though it provides certainty for the daca population, which we all want, even though it addresses the terrible situation with family separation at the border, which i hear is something everybody wants to fix. anything that actually fulfills the president's goal of securing the border my democratic colleagues seemingly refuse to vote for. i don't engage in hyperbole. 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 embarrassment for our nation, and it must end. it's offensive when these bills before us are talked about as consensus or compromise when no democrats were involved. it may be a consensus between far right republicans and right wing republicans, but it's not a consensus among moderates, independents, or a single democrat. when it comes to caring about these kids, i know my republican colleagues care as well. so show it by supporting a true compromise bill like the dream act, like other bills that we have had before us, like comprehensive immigration reform, that of course will get votes from both sides of the aisle because they are the right thing to do for our
country. there are long-term consequences for this shortsighted policy. the very act of separating a family has traumatic and long lasting impact for young girls like this. taken away from their mom and dad, their culture, their support system. they don't even have the tools 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. >> live coverage here on c-span. reform act. and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r.6.