tv U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House Debate on Immigration Bill CSPAN June 5, 2019 1:33am-2:28am EDT
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next, the floor debate on the legislation. this runs under one hour. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. shalala: madam speaker, on monday, the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 415, providing for consideration of h.r. 6, the american dream and promise act under a closed rule self-executing manager's amendment. the rule provides two hours of debate equally and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on the judiciary. madam speaker, i rise today in support of the bill in this rule, h.r. 6, the american dream and promise act. i rise as the granddaughter of immigrants. this is a historic day in which we begin to shape immigration policy that reflects american values. h.r. 6 offers a path to lawful
permanent resident status for dreamers, t.p.s. holders. these are our fabes, our friends, our school mates, our workers and our families. they make our communities stronger and fuller. they are americans in every way except under the law. we intend to correct that today. these immigrants are long-time residents of our country with deep roots in the communities where they reside. for many of them, the united states is the only country they have ever called home. t is cruel and unamerican that we have left members of our communities to suffer in uncertainty in this way. with this bill, we keep families together and ensure these men, women and children can continue contributing to the communities we share. in my district, florida's 27th,
there are 11,400 residents who are eligible for protection under h.r. 6. approximately 8,200 are dreamers or d.e.d. r t.p.s. holders. as i have long said in my south florida community, it doesn't mooter the color of your skin, who you hold hands with our religion or country. you are from miami if you call our city home and the house of representatives will make clear that you have every right to call yourselves americans, too. madam speaker, i proudly accept this step forward to a more just america. let's pass this rule in h.r. 6. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. ms. lesko: thank you, madam
speaker and i thank representative shalala for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. lesko: circumstances demand that we make substantial improvements to our nation's broken immigration system. my home state of arizona is at the forefront of the crisis on our nation's southern border. but the bill before us today offers no solutions and will instead, i believe, exacerbate the problem. i have represented the people of arizona for over a decade. last congress, i was honored when the people arizona's 8th congressional district sent me to represent them here in washington, d.c., for my constituents as a resident of a border state, fixing our broken immigration system is a top
priority. with customs and border patrol apprehending 4,500 people per day and in april over 100,000 people just in that month alone it is critical to develop and implement a solution immediately. as a member on the homeland security committee, the judiciary subcommittee on imdepration and the house rules committee, i stand ready to work with my colleagues, democrats and republicans, to develop real solutions to our immigration crisis. unfortunately with the bill in the rule today it is evident that the majority has no interest to fix the broken immigration system. the bill advances a series of what i believe are flawed policies and as the bill worked
its way through the committee process, the majority denied reasonable amendments to improve the bill. and the rule cast on a party-line vote, very partisan bill by the rules committee does not allow for amendments to be considered by this body as a whole at all. it is a closed rule. democrats have framed this bill as a solution for recipients of deferred action for childhood arrival program or daca. laudable goal. and last night in rules committee, the chairman said it's only designed for a small group of people, the daca recipients. that's just not true. in fact, the american people should know what this bill really does. it provides green cards and that's a special pass path to citizenship to millions of
illegal aliens whether they are current recipients of daca or not. unlike obama's executive order on daca that allowed people that have been living in the u.s., this bill allows people who have been living in the united states illegally for 40 years, decades to get a special path to citizenship. that's not what president obama's daca program did. . it places the interests of u.s. immigration laws above the interests of those who have been waiting and waiting to enter this country legally. it provides amnesty. and it will only incentivize further illegal immigration. the american people should also know what this bill fails to do. it does nothing to provide the men and women protecting our
border with the resources they need to keep our country safe. it does nothing to fix the tea facto system of catch and -- de facto system of catch and release. it does nothing to remedy the crisis at our southern border. in fact, i believe it will make it worse. finally, the american people should know the changes that my republican colleagues and i proposed to improve on this bill, all of which my democrat colleagues rejected. democrats rejected an amendment to exclude aliens convicted of a misdemeanor firearms conviction. from getting this special pathway. democrats rejected an amendment to exclude illegals convicted a misdemeanor d.u.i. offense if the alien conduct injured or killed another person. or if they had multiple d.u.i.'s. what this means is if there was
an illegal immigrant that had a misdemeanor d.u.i. that severely injured someone, they are still welcomed in under this plan. you know, approximately half of the 158,000 people arrested by i.c.e. in fiscal year 2018, the illegal immigrants that were arrested, were about 81,000, had been charged or convicted of driving under the influence. this bill could reward people like this with a special pathway to citizenship. democrats also rejected an amendment to make gang members ineligible for benefits under this bill. democrats also rejected an amendment to make fraud a ground for ineligibility. in fact, i did an amendment that said if you fraudulently fill out the application form or misrepresent yourself as a u.s. citizen in the past to get benefits, you would be rejected.
unfortunately, my democrat colleagues said no. welcome them in. democrats rejected an amendment to remedy a confidentiality provision that prevents information from contained in an application from being used for law enforcement purposes thereby impeding law enforcement efforts. o summarize, under this bill gun criminals are welcome, drunk drivers are welcome, gang members are well come, fraudsters are welcome, but law enforcement's hands are tied. from the bill's text and failure to adopt reasonable amendments, it is clear that my democrat colleagues do not value the integrity of our immigration system or ensuring that criminals do not exploit loopholes in their bill. at best, they are choosing to ignore the chaos at the border and to ignore the perverse
incentives of their policy of wide reaching amnesty. at worst, they are encouraging it. last congress republicans voted forer a daca solution. that enforces the law and remedies our immigration system. republicans recognize that america is a nation of immigrants, but also that the world has changed since we put in place the immigration laws governing our enforcement efforts along the southern border, and we need immigration laws reformed. that bill that republicans proposed and i supported last year would have addressed daca by allowing daca recipients to obtain legal status. it would not have allowed forer a special pathway to citizenship. it would not have allowed them to jump in front of the line. that republican bill recognized that many daca recipients
entered this country without legal documentation through no fault of their own, but they were in a country, and we needed a solution. that republican bill would have also secured our border, improved enforcement, and addressed our need for skilled workers. it authorized a border wall, mandated e-verify, and increased visas for the skilled workers we need most. it also eliminated the diversity visa lotterery and increase the credible fear standard to combat asylum fraud. the bill offered reasonable immigration reform but not one single democrat member of congress voted in favor of it. instead today my democrat colleagues are advancing a bill that offers no reforms to the legal immigration system, no border security, no solutions for the humanitarian crisis
that's happening each and every day on the border, and it comes with a $35 billion, with a a b, billion dollar price tag. the crisis on our southern border is real. and substantial. with customs and border patrol apprehending an average of 4,500 people per day on the southern border, border patrol facilities are beyond capacity. immigration and customs enforcement facilities are full. the number of people apprehended in the past seven months has already surpassed any year since 2009. at this rate, c.b.p. will apprehend over 1.64 million people in just one year. that is more than the last recorded official population of the city of phoenix. we must develop and implement a solution to the crisis at our
southern border immediately. instead, we have before us a partisan bill to provide amnesty to millions of people and incentivize countless more to cross our border illegally. this bill has no chance of being taken up by the u.s. senate or signed by the president. the majority's inaction to the crisis at our southern border is absolutely unacceptable. speaker pelosi and the democrat leadership refused, refused to even fund the extra funding for the humanitarian crisis that would help the children and the migrants themselves. with that, i urge opposition to the rule and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam
secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to house concurrent resolution 45 directing the clerk of the house to make correction in enrollment of h.r. 2157. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. shalala: madam speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentlewoman from california, the distinguished chair of the judiciary subcommittee on immigration and citizenship, ms. lofgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. lofgren: i stand here today in strong support of h.r. 6, the american dream and promise act of 2019. a product of decades long advocacy, grit, and compromise. extremely proud to stand with dreamers and recipients of temporary protected status and deferred and forced departure. we're here because of their hard work as well as the steadfast determination of immigrants rights groups, faith-based organizations, labor ubeons, civil rights
groups, business associations, and so many of my colleagues who have worked tirelessly to bring this bill to the floor today. our work has paid off. there is widespread bipartisan support across the country for protecting dreamers and passing the dream and promise act. just yesterday over 100 business leaders urged us to vote in favor of the bill, including household companies hewlett-packard, and levi strauss. they support the bill because the united states will benefit economically from its passage. the chamber of commerce says they support the bill and they may make the vote on dream act a key vote. even now, more than 70% of the top 25 fortune 500 companies which generate $3 trillion in annual revenue deploy dreamers. even the conservative cato institute found allowing dreamers to remain here would
add an extra $350 billion to our economy and an additional $90 billion in tax revenue. on the other hand, failure to support legal resident status for dreamers will directly undermine our competitiveness and subject them to permanent exile. that makes no sense. we have waited long enough, it's time for us to pass the american dream and promise act in the house of representatives. 2001 when the first iteration of the dream act was introduced and 18 years later we're finally poised to pass it. we have seen the benefits of the president's daca announcement, a temporary initiative, that allowed these young people to temporarily work and to stay without looking over their shoulders. but the courts have kept us from seeing that destruction of
daca that the president, president trump, had ordered, and polls show that 90% of americans support legal recognition for dreamers. dreamers are americans. all they lack is the paper to prove t they live in every one of our 50 states. their families hail from every region of the world. their contributions are felt all across the landscape of this country. among them are future industry leaders, nurses, doctors, chefs, construction workers, teachers including 5,000 teachers in california, and care providers for our children and parents. dreamers are joined in their efforts by t.p.s. and d.e.d. brethren. in the same month the administration announced the end of daca, they allowanced termination of t.p.s. for six countries, and a few weeks later the termination for d.e.d. for lie beerans own though they have been here for 30 years. more than 400,000 nationals in
seven countries face exile from the united states. the majority have lived here for at least 20 years building their lives, raising families, that include more than a quarter of a million u.s. citizen children. the future for dreamers and long-time t.p.s. and d.e.d. recipients does not have to be uncertain. we have the opportunity to pass the dream and promise act in the house of representatives today. and by doing so put those dreamers and strivers on the path to legal recognition. let's put partisan fights aside for the good of our nation, for the good of our economy, and our communities and approve this rule and-r and later today vote for the dream and promise act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to my good friend, representative biggs, the representative from arizona.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. biggs: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, representative lesko. i want to give context to this before i talk specifically about the idea of a closed rule here which i oppose so much. first of all, there are about 690,000 in the daca population. but there is an estimate that there is another one to 1.2 million, but no one knows what that number is, who might have applied but chose not to apply under the obama-era daca regulations. but you also have a significant population post-2012 who have been brought here. we have had a surge in 2013, surge in 2014 of unaccompanied minors. we have seen a surge in the last few months even again. we don't know what the population looks like for this. another way to put this into context is this way, you have a million people who have abscond interested their court date. that means very haven't shown
up. they have an order to appear and not showed up. you have another million with active removal orders. that's two million people roaming the country. we don't know who or where they are. we brought in 1.2 million legal immigrants last year. that's a good thing. we're going to catch more than 1.2. we will apprehend more than 1.2 million illegal aliens coming a across our borderer this year. -- border this year. these are numbers that are almost unfathomable. that population i just mentioned will be the second largest city in the united states after new york city. more than los angeles itself. but when we say we're going to apprehend 1. million this year, when one talks to border patrol agents, people who conduct censuses on these things, they will tell you we have no idea any longer what the get away number is. .
four months ago they thought they were catching one in three. today they will say we have absolutely no idea. and last week in el paso alone, one group of over 1,000 people were apprehended. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. biggs: a group of 1,000 were apprehended. we are averaging about 4,500 apprehensions a day in this country. what happened when this bill came to markup and why it is in my opinion a real problem that we have a closed rule here. the republicans offered a number of amendments. we pointed out issues that we thought were of concern. we offered amendments to address those issues such as allowing repeat criminals and gang members to obtain a green card.
we offered amendments that would allow -- that would prevent application information regarding illegal status to be used for deportation. we attempted to prevent fraudulent applications from being filed. but none of these and a whole host of other amendments offered by republicans were accepted. even some that were just absolutely rational such as d.u.i.'s that result in the accident where someone is seriously injured or even killed. they were not prevented from obtaining this path of legalization. but here we are today and now we're saying no amendments can be offered by either side of the aisle. i have essentially opposed every closed rule since i came to congress. i think it actually undermines this process where we represent
districts and come and try to offer amendments and i have offered many amendments and had them all shut down whether by vote or in the rules committee. i represent a district. when you close a rule like this, you are preventing me from ripting a border state that is receiving a great deal of difficulties because of the rampant border crossings of illegal aliens. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. shalala: i yield three minutes to the the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i rise to thank the gentlelady to support the underlying bill and the rules -- the rule that is presently before us. as i do so, let me thank my
colleague on the judiciary committee. we served for any number of years and congresswoman lofgren has been on the front lines of reason of trying to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform, and we have introduced over and over again comprehensive immigration reform and watched it be refuted and rebutted by those who really could have helped us and solve the problem of the surge crossing the border today. let me thank madam speaker who has been engaged in a very important way and my friend and colleague, representative ybal-allard who is clearly been leading on this issue and many others. let me thank the judiciary committee as well where we came together as a team. let me reinforce what has been said over and over again and that is dreamers are americans
and those who are beneficiaries who have been here for 20, 30 years have likewise shown themselves to love this country. there was a period of time when dreamers went to the iraq war. they were not citizens. but they went there because they loved this country so much. they came as a child and they realized the wondermentth misde there is dignity and human rights and question of what
investment in dollars you lose, what you throw away, more than $60 billion from the national g.d.p. over the decade from 685,000 workers. in my own state, $8 billion annually in the state's g.d.p. and immigrants are in the fabric in our society. all of us have come from that history, mine is different having been brought here by meeting those of african-american heritage as slaves. 386,000 are eligible under the dream and promise act and 115,000 live in harris county. this is the story i want to dwell on, a dreamer dice trying to rescue hurricane harvey victims, who came to be able to help those in the darkest moments of our region. hurricane harvey, the greatest -- most significant disaster
the speaker pro tempore: two additional minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady. he came from lubbock, texas. he loved texas football, country music. he had fundraisers for any manner of needs in his area. and when he saw the devastation and the people in water in harris county and we were 51 trillion gallons of water, he came with a little boat and a friend and he didn't ask the question whether they were immigrant, dreamer or nondreamer. as they were on the water or rooftops or desperate without food, he came. and tragically his family had to come and find him floating in the water when his boat had tomed and had been impacted by the wires in the water.
this is the face of dreamers. this is the face of those who would be benefiting from temporary protective status, coming from nepal and ellsalva door and countries that are under major devastation. many times there is crime in america and i understand it. but people don't understand what it is to come and flee from natural disasters, that these individuals have fled from and have no relief from the government and compound that with the violence that is going on, knowing there is so much violence. i ask for a rational thought with a multitude of organizations. but i want to raise up one, u.s. chamber of commerce. they don't come lightly to this question. and i would argue that had we passed comprehensive immigration reform 10 years ago, 15 years ago, the question of surging across the border would not be an issue. and let me be clear, we have
built barriers across the border for more than a decade. i remember giving huge sums of money to ensure in certain spaces. what we are saying now that is not a sole solution. the solution is regularizing individuals with the safeguards of this legislation and i would hope my colleagues, republicans and democrats, as americans would understand that this nation was built, was built with the sweat and love of immigrants. every one of americans can point to except native americans can point to coming from somewhere else no matter what condition they were in when they came. i ask our colleagues to support this legislation, h.r. 6 because it is the american thing to do. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. ms. lesko: i yield two minutes to my good friend,
representative gosar, the representative from arizona. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gosar: i rise as a grandchild of legal immigrants to this country. we are debating whether or not to grant permanent residency and citizenship. we must get our priorities straight. while we are in the middle of a humanitarian crisis, democratic leadership is choosing to glant amnesty to a vote by choosing to ignore our current immigration laws, democrats are inviting the mass migration as illegal immigrants across our state. if enacted this would be the largest amnesty in u.s. history and would do nothing to enforce our laws but reward law breakers. this legislation actually grants gang members to a path to citizenship and incentivize more migrants to come to the united states. congress must stop the surge of
illegal immigration. my constituents have made it clear that the arizona's 4th congressional district does not support amnesty. this bill does not promise the american dream but rather a crisis. this crisis is doing real harm to arizona and all of america. i encourage my colleagues not to vote for h.r. 6 which would enable the humanitarian crisis on our southern border and does nothing to close loopholes. i find this legislation to be a disgrace. the american people deserve better and time this congress puts american citizens first. it came as a closed rule. it is bad process and bad policy former u.s. supreme court justice bran dice said, the government will be imperiled does not enforce the law
scrupulously. if the government becomes a law breaker and every man will be it invites anarchy. i ask my colleagues to reject this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. shalala: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. welch: this was a bright day in the history of the house. we are going to provide relief to people who are innocent. we've got to debate about immigration. no question about it. but we're talking about children, infants in some cases who were brought here through no decision of their own and then went to school here, began a career here, built a family here in many cases served in the military here, served as first responders and this is finally
an opportunity for those dreamers to have legal status. 2 1/2 million of them and we are going to provide temporary protected status to other law-abiding people who are living here and contributing. this is a big deal for the people in vermont. to those affected, it's relief. about time. second, they are contributing to the economy with the jobs they perform and the taxes that they pay. $3.5 million in federal taxes. and one in particular is a student at the university of vermont medical school. he was brought here from mexico when he was nine years old. his mom later died of cancer. his goal in life is to help cancer victims. first, he got a master's degree in chemistry doing research to advance a cure for cancer. he is a student at the
university of vermont medical school and he is dedicating his life to cancer research and cancer treatment. what a win it is for this country to have the services of his bright i'd -- ideal is particular young man. and this is the best we can possibly be as a contributing member of society. a confident nation welcomes people who are law-abiding citizens. pass this legislation overwhelmingly. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. ms. lesko: i yield two minutes to the representative from north carolina, mr. budd. mr. budd: madam speaker, i have noticed a trend lately with the bills that we seem to be voting on. hey all have attractive names,
save the internet act, the he quality act and the american dream and promise act. i rise in opposition to this bill because great titles don't equal great policy. h.r. 6 doesn't really provide a legal pathway for the daca population. instead it gives green cards to the potentially millions of illegal aliens. e bill is so broad that it prohibits using gang data basis as a reason to denny application and doesn't address the humanitarian crisis at our southern border. absolutely nothing. i visited the southern border earlier this year and i saw the crisis firsthand. i talked with our border patrol agents who need congress' help. many things are needed, but what isn't needed a political
messaging bill that has no chance of passing the senate or being signed into law. bill titles don't equal good policy and good intentions don't always lead to good outcomes. i swore an oath to defend the law and that is what i will continue to do. with that, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman florida is recognized. ms. shalala: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: i yield three minutes to my good friend, representative roy, the representative from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roy: i thank the speaker. i thank the gentlelady from arizona for her time and energy on this important issue. i thank my colleagues who have been speaking on the floor. i got to say this bill like my colleague from north carolina who just spoke is more of the same. it is more of the same political theater that we see day in and day out in this body where we refuse to actually
address the issues of the day. we have 100,000 people pouring across the border of the united states per month that are apprehended. 100,000. i watch with complete disbelief while my colleagues on the other side of the aisle dare to complain about how children are being housed. about how people are being housed when we don't have the facilities to do it. and you literally refuse to bring forward legislation to fund dealing with the problem. i have never seen greater hypocrisy in this body, and that's saying something pretty profound. i don't know how you can can look with a straight face at the american people and say you are actually addressing this concern legitimately. you are bringing forward a bill now under the idea of taking care of people who are here illegally who, by the way, were given status by the president of the united states previously , illegally and unconstitutionally, as we proved in dapa, which i was
proud to lita on behalf of texas along with the attorney general and the solicitor general where we won in the circuit. we're on appellate for the supreme court for dapa. and the daca class was illegally and unconstitutionally granted status. it matters what we do here. it matters what the government does. it matters we follow the rule of law. and it matters that we not look the american people and claim to be in the false name of compassion concerned about the migrants coming here when we have open borders that are exploiting these kids. a little girl today is going to be raped on the journey coming up through mexico. while we pretend to care. when are we going to do something about it? if you actually care about the people at the border right now, if you actually care, why wouldn't we fund beds right now? why wouldn't we fund
immigration judges right now? why wouldn't we fix asylum laws right now? not to prevent asylum, but to match it up with the 88% who are found to be fraudulently claiming asylum once they go through the process and immigration judges look at it. why wouldn't we fix that problem? today. why are we empowering cartels to profit to the tune of $2 billion in 2018 by moving human beings across our border? why are we empowering 54 migrants being stashed in a stash house in houston, texas, by the reynoso faction of the drug cartel while we do nothing about it? when we can can can can. we're the most powerful nation in the history of the world. why don't we go -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. roy: rather than engaging in the political theater of this bill.
i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. shalala: madam speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. the gentlewoman reserves. ms. shalala: i reserve. mrs. lesko: could i have an inquiry on the amount of time left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona has nine minutes remaining. mrs. lesko: if i could inquire how much the democrat side has? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida has 16 minutes. mrs. lesko: thank you. madam speaker, i would like to yield two minutes to my good friend, representative woodall, the representative from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: -- mr. woodall: i thank my friend from arizona for yielding. you heard my colleague's passion from this mi crow phone seconds ago. lest you think this is about money, this bill today, this rule today combines two bills.
one c.b.o. estimates to cost $8 billion. not a penny for border security. another the c.b.o. estimates to cost $26 billion, not a penny for border security. lest you think this conversation today is about helping those young people herer under daca protections, remember the republican majority brought two bills to the floor last year that would do exactly that. got not one democratic vote on either one of them. if you think this bill is about protecting folks who are trying to strive for the american dream, madam speaker, i encourage you to read from page 3 of the bill. it says this bill applies to an alien who is inadmissible or deportable from the united states and those aliens only. i tell you that, madam speaker, because i represent a constituency that is 25% first generation americans. i represent a constituency that has played by the rules, done everything right, come to this country legally, their children
are unprotected today, and this bill does not one thing to protect those children. in order to qualify for the protections in this bill, madam speaker, you had to have come to america the wrong way. if you came to america the right way and you have been waiting in line for five years or 10 years when the case of my constituents, you know this issue well, madam speaker, 15 years, 20 years for a green card while your children are ageleling out of the system, this bill -- aging outs of the system, this bill does not one thing to protect you. only if you came the wrong way. you know to be in the daca program had you to get here before 2007. president obama's crisis on the border came in 2014. this bill today not only grandfathers all the daca kids, grandfathers all of those kids. in the meantime we spent not one penny onboarder security.
mrs. lesko: i yield an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: i'm grateful to my colleague for yielding the time. we could be doing something together today. my friend, the chairwoman of the immigration subcommittee on judiciary, she has a bill that's been co-sponsored by more than half of the democrats, by more than half of the republicans that would go directly to this issue of folks who have been standing in line for decades and cannot get a green card. we could be bringing that bill today. it's not even gotten a hearing in the committee or the subcommittee so far. this is not beyond our control. the rabbi who prayed for us this morning, madam speaker, said we can achieve the unaachieveable. we absolutely can come together and do that. this is not a serious effort to do that today, madam speaker. but it doesn't have to be the last word. if we defeat this rule, we can can come back together with bills that have been co-sponsored by majority of the republicans, majority of the
democrats and move forward on this issue together. i know that's what the speaker wants to do. i know what the chairwoman of the immigration subcommittee wants to do. i know that's what most of us in this chamber want to do. we can can. i yield back. i thank the gentlelady for yielding to me. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, madam speaker. you know, i have heard -- i'm from the state of arizona. border security and immigration has been the top issue for years now. not only in my district, but the entire state of arizona because we see it first hand. we also see the daca recipients. i mean there's good kids going to school. and i applaud the good and great daca recipients that we have. what representative woodall says is true. republicans offered two bills to give legal status, and one a
pathway of citizenship to daca recipients. but this bill goes beyond daca. it's like daca on steroids because it will allow millions of more people to get a special pathway to citizenship in front of the line of other legal immigrants that are trying to do it the legal way. so i hope at some point you know the people on the other side of the aisle know this is going nowhere in the senate. and the president's not going to do this. i hope at one point we're actually going to work together because as representative woodall said, on those two bills that we put forward last year that would have solved the daca problem, not one democrat voted for it. so, madam speaker, if the other side is done, i yield myself -- they have an additional speaker. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. madam speaker, i
yield five minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. roybal-allard. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. roybal-allard: madam speaker, let me begin by thanking speaker pelosi for making the dream and promise act one of the top 10 democratic priorities for the people and the judiciary committee for all their hard work on this bill. as co-author of h.r. 6, i rise in strong support of the rule and the dream and promise act. i will focus primarily on the dream portion of the bill. 18 years ago i was co-author of the original dream act known as the student adjustment act. today's vote on h.r. 6 is a major milestone in a long fight to protect dreamers who are part of the fabric of our american society. this bill eliminates the fear of deportation which each day
haunts 2.1 million dreamers at school, at work, and as they care for their families. i represent 24,000 dreamers, the largest number of dreamers of any congressional district. i think of these talented and patriotic dreamers and the barriers that they have overcome to build lives and families in america, the only country they call home. i think of the courage that they have shown by standing up and sharing their stories of endurance, resourcefulness, sacrifice, and heartbreak. dreamers exemplify american values and what it means to pursue the american dream. dreamers like yaz min who was raised in a mixed status family and watched her father fight against a serious illness. this experience inspired her to help otherser. she is now studying to be a physicians assistant, serving patients like her father. h.r. 6 will enable dreamers like yaz min to reach their
full potential, contribute to their community, and help ensure america's a stronger and greater nation. dreamers like jasmine are why democrats, republicans, and independents all support our dreamers, as well as businesses, organized labor, faith groups, educators, health professionals, and former cabinet officials, among others. this broad and unprecedented coalition of support highlights the fact that this is not a partisan issue. this is about who we're as americans and what is in the best interest of our country. just like generations of immigrants before them, these incredible young people are vital to the well-being of our nation. according to the center for american progress, each year dreamers contribute $17.3 billion in federal taxes and nearly $9.7 billion in state and local taxes and their households have $75 billion in
buying power. we can cannot afford to lose the dreamerser' talents and valuable contributions to our country. let's make the dream a reality once and for all. i call on my colleagues to pass the dream act -- the dream and promise act today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: madam speaker, i'd like to know if the -- my colleague has any more peakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona virginia tech. mrs. lesko: thank you, madam speaker. again republicans, too, want to have a daca solution for the daca. but this bill isn't it because it goes way above the daca recipients and basically lets millions of more people in. people that could be gang members, that had d.u.i.'s, and so on. madam speaker, i i yield myself such time as i may consume -- i
yield myself such time as i may consume. if we defeat the previous question i will offer n a amendment to the rule to provide for additional consideration of h.r. 3056 authored by representative rogers. madam 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. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. lesko: h.r. 3056, the bill provides $4.5 billion in funding to address the immediate humanitarian crisis we have on the southern border. it includes $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance, including shelter capacity for children, care for children in custody, and transportation for safe and efficient border processing centers. it includes resources to combat
human trafficking and drug trafficking. very serious issues. it also includes $178 million for technology upgrades and law enforcement pay adjustments to respond to this great influx of families coming from central america to our border. the democrats today are waving all the rules to spend $35 billion on their amnesty bill. they have chosen to ignore the humanitarian crisis that is happening right now on our southern border. resolve6 takes steps to that problem. madam speaker, in closing, it is critical that we develop and implement a solution to the crisis at our southern border immediately. i'm from arizona. there is a crisis at our border.
instead, h.r. 6 is another political messaging bill because my colleagues know it's not going anywhere. madam speaker, i urge no on the previous question, no on the underlying message. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona yields. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. shalala: i yield myself the remainder of my time. to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, i wish to remind them what the president said after terminating daca and ending t.p.s. for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, it is now time for congress to act and today we are acting. we are in the midst of longest probationary period for permanent status in american history. today, we are providing real solutions for dreamers, t.p.s. resip cents and we are providing
solutions like maria moreno who is a quint of mine. 22 anthropology student at florida international university and currently working at history miami museum. she has spent her life focused on her education. now as she pursues her career, she continues to find ways to make changes within her community. she's a tutor for local kids, empowering them to find joy in learning. to say that maria is not worthy of permanent legal status is cruel and unjust. she is just as american as you and i. she is one of millions of dreamers who cherish the american dream. they work hard and believe in a country that is shamefully slow in recognizing their worth. despite all the hardships we have put them through, like the new comers before them, they still believe in our country's
commitment to opportunity and fairness. today the dreamers, madam speaker, are one step closer to getting their dream. today, the dreamers, madam speaker, are one house closer to getting their dream. i urge a yes vote on the rule and the previous question. i yield back the balance of my the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from virginia, miss lurea, for five minutes. miss lurea: mr. speaker, i rise today greefing for virginia beach. a great -- grieving for virginia beach. where the worst mass shooting happened last friday. that morning 1 innocent