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miller because by virtue of what we offer in comparison to the rest of the hemisphere and the haitians are a prime example starting off with brazil and moving to chile and migrating through central america to get here. there is going to be a pool that existed. stephen miller put everybody in mexico and people waited in mexico in squalor. host: i have to abruptly ended there and my apologies. you can follow the reporting at washington post.com. thank you very much for the conversation this morning. guest: thanks for having me. we are ending now because the house is coming in early today and they begin their legislative work with live coverage here on c-span stop -- c-span.
[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: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., september 21, 2021. i hereby appoint the honorable val butler demings to act as
speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 6, 2021, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. with time equally allocated between parties and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 10:50 a.m. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: madam speaker, every american knows the image of george washington crossing the delaware, the fallen rifle men at gettysburg, the soldiers raising the flag at iwo jima. we have moments of individual
heroism and virtue so profounding and moving that they live within the proud story of our country. to these iconic images, history has now added another. that of a young marine sergeant in full combat gear cradling a helpless infant in her arms, amidst the unfolding care os at the cabal airport -- kabul airport proclaiming, i love my job. the entire war in afghanistan is told in this picture. the sacrifices borne by young americans who volunteered to protect their country from international terrorism, the heroism of those who served their country even when their country failed them. the idealism of a generation that tried to bring enlightening modernity to an inflicted society. and most of all, the stark contrast between good and evil, tyranny and freedom, barbarity
and justice, brutality and mercy. above all others, this is the image that describes it all. it's given power and immortality by the spirit of the young woman in this photo, marine sergeant nicole ji. through the ages to come, this picture will speak of the sacrifice of blood and treasure of 20 years of struggle and of the vision, hope, liberty, justice, and humanity that some patriots like nicole, to leave their homes and families and place themselves in harm's way on the other side of the world. as shakespeare put it, this story, shall the good man teach his son. historians looking back on this age will find its stories summarized in this single picture and illustrated in the life and dreams and ultimate sacrifice of nicole ji. they will note her life ended just days after this photo was taken at the age of just 23
years. they'll remember that this angelic young lady was cut down with 12 of her brothers and sisters by incar nate, evil. they will ponder where that young life might have led. that's an important question and the answer is all to those who knew her. she was married to her high school sweetheart. 4.1 g.p.h. at her high school. one pretty bad ass marine, as her sister put it. she could have done anything she wanted. and what she wanted most was to serve her country and to serve humanity. who else than a guardian angel amidst the i could os during the last days of kabul, who could have looked in the eyes of an infant and proclaim, i love my job. speaking of the fallen heroes of
past wars, james asked the question -- where do we get such men? well, here's the answer. we get such men and women from little towns across america like rosedale, california. they leave their family and friends in pursuit of the highest virtues to which human beings are capable and they do it because their country asks them and because it is noble. i don't know how to offer condoleanses to nicole -- condolences to nicole's family, her husband, her father and mother and sister and friends. their loss is beyond my comprehension. i can only offer my awe and gratitude that humanity has a small band of brothers and sisters like nicole for without them, america, that last best hope of mankind on this earth, would not be possible.
across this capitol depicts general washington in uniform ascending to the heavens flanked by victory and freedom and surrounded by the essence and fruits of a free nation and in that depiction, washington beckons. and from little towns like roseville, california, decent young men and women with promising young futures like nicole answer and i don't know how their families can bear it. but i do know what we owe them. before her father left the stage at a community memorial he had one request. he pleaded, never forget her. please, never forget her. we can never repay that debt except to honor her memory, keep her sacrifice always in mind and to draw inspiration and devotion to god and to country. and remember all those who
sacrificed everything to proclaim liberty throughout all the land and under all the inhabitants thereof. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. crow, for five minutes. mr. crow: madam speaker, it is my honor today to recognize the accomplishments of mi casa resource center, now in their 45th year of service. mi casa was founded in 1976 by a group of eight latino mothers who dreamed of a better world of themselves -- for themselves and their family. they wanted employment and education and expanded mi casa to include business development, delivering training for low-income entrepreneurs who just needed an opportunity. today, mi casa is a pillar for mothers, latinos and anyone looking for business support in the denver metro area. mi casa helped launch 45 new
businesses, reached more than 1,800 people overall. the transformational impact of any casa on our -- mi casa on our community can't be understated. i commend them on their remarkable work and i congratulate them on their 45th anniversary. madam speaker, it is my honor today to recognize the efforts of several churches in my district that worked tirelessly to provide relief, support, and resources to their communities during the covid-19 pandemic. they hosted food banks for those in need, provided financial help to those struggling to make ends meet and sought out opportunities to support the social, spiritual, and emotional needs of members. our community is better because of them, and i recognize the volunteers who sacrificed their time, energy, and own well-being to provide relief to those who needed a lifeline extended to them. they built a network of hope. to the staff, volunteers and members of mosaic church, friendship church, city of god
christian center, hard rock church, i thank you. the impact of this outreach in our community is provide. i commend all involved for their ongoing efforts to ensure that no one gets left behind. madam speaker, i rise today to celebrate douglas county and colorado's sixth district for being named the second healthiest county in the united states by the u.s. news and world report. with all due respect to the rest of my colleagues, there's no state like colorado. we're home to 300 days of sunshine, the rocky mountains, world-class outdoor recreation and exceptional small businesses. in a year defined by a devastating public health crisis, our state added another accomplishment -- community health. with six of america's top 25 healthiest communities in colorado, douglas county ranked second. home to countless walking trails, community building events, and innovative infrastructure solutions,
douglas county is a great place to live. so come to see what it's all about. i invite all my colleagues to visit douglas county and the rest of my incredible district to what makes the centennial state one of a kind. madam speaker, it is my honor today to recognize the career of vita lance brown in arap row county. the saying goes, if you want something done, ask vita. and if vita asks you to do something you can't say no. a force for change in our community, vita's faith has good governance and civic leadership. she ensures elected officials at every level are working to better the community. she devotes her time and energy to many organizations, including moms demand organization, aurora naacp, and countless others. as a servant leader she provides free baby-sitting, tutoring for children, volunteering at local schools, feeding the homeless and serving as deacon at macedonia baptist church.
she is inspired by second timothy, second verse, fourth line, i have kept the faith. now there is no store for me a crown of righteousness. i thank her for her leadership, expertise, and commitment to our community. madam speaker, it is my honor today to recognize the 30th anniversary of aurora, colorado's naacp branch. in 1991, dr. barbara shannon banister founded the aurora branch in a long step in a career devoted to civil rights. she built upon her father's work in her hometown of new orleans and went to wyoming to help form the naacp wyoming chapter. she recognized a need in aurora, through aurora, was one of colorado's fastest growing cities. it last civil rights issues. dr. shannon banister addressed this gap by creating the -- aurora branch of the naacp. i extend my gratitude to her,
the current president, and all who have dedicated their time and expertise to the aurora naacp over the last 30 years. thank you for your commitment to the residents of my district and for continually working toward this crucial mission. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. murphy, for five minutes. mr. murphy: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today with great remorse. two weeks ago, u.s. sergeant nicole gee, a marine, from roseville, california, was tragically killed in action during the august 26 bombing at the kabul international airport in afghanistan. as a physician of over 30 years, i have written hundreds of letters to families whose loved ones have passed away. the letters that i wrote to sergeant gee's family was amongst the hardest i have ever written. she gave her life in service and sacrifice to our nation, alongside 12 other marines and
armimen and -- army men and serve men. our beloved service members, all of whom we remember fondly with admiration, appreciation, and with a deep and humble respect. just a few days prior, sergeant gee commented upon her life as a marine and she said, i love my job. prior to her mission in afghanistan, sergeant gee had been a maintenance technician assigned to combat logistics battalion 24th of the 24th new marine expeditionary unit. she was based out of the base camp lejeune, north carolina, in my district. i know i can speak for everyone in eastern north carolina and the camp lejeune community in offering our most sincere condolences to sergeant gee's husband, fellow marine, girouard gee, as well as her family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time. sergeant gee's bravery, empathy, patriotism and unwavering commitment to others will never
be forgotten. her willingness to put herself in harm's way to protect her country and the cause of freedom is the most selfless act one can commit and words are not enough to convey our district's sadness and our gratitude. as a female marine, sergeant gee represented one of the fewer, one of the prouder. women make up less than 10% of the marine corps, but these women carry the same flag, fight the same fight, and bleed the same red blood as their brothers on the battlefield. sergeant nicole gee's selflessness reminds us of the many sacrifice our women in uniform make for our country every day. we will never forget her sacrifice or the sacrifices of her brothers and sisters in arms. importantly, she will always be remembered for her compassion and grace. most americans have seen this iconic photo of sergeant gee cradling and comforting an
afghan child at the kabul airport. this image is just a snapshot of her outstanding commitment to others as her loved ones and fellow marines remember nicole as an outstanding person who always had a positive attitude and never failed to put a smile on everyone's face. her dear friend, marine sergeant mallory harrison, recently took to social media to say, i find peace knowing that she left this world doing what she loved. she was a marine's marine. she cared about people. she loved fierceless. and she was a light in this very dark world. . one marine who worked with her wrote nicole loved what she was doing. what she was doing out here and she knew the risks. she did it anyway because she is and forever will be one bad ass marine. for two weeks residents and visitors have been paying their
respects to sergeant guy and her 12 fallen comrades outside of camp lejeune. thank you to all the military families and community members for adorning the gates with flowers, meaningful signs, and combat boots. the outpouring of love and support that i have seen in the third district is a true testament to the epic leggacy that sergeant guy and all our other lost u.s. servicemen leave behind. it's an honor to represent the marines in my district. they represent the very best amongst our steadfast patriots risking everything to preserve life and liberty for our great nation. their commitment is unmatched. i again extend my sincere condolences to sergeant guy's family, her -- gee's family, her friends, and fellow marines and others who were touched by her wonderful life and valiant service. there is a true void in her absence. she will be missed. but her sacrifice will never be
forgotten. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, and still i rise. as a liberated democrat. unbought, unbossed in the spirit of shirley chisholm. i rise not as a part-time freedom fighter but a full-time freedom fighter. don't do it just because it's convenient. just because it's the issue du jour. do i it because i was born -- i do it because i was born into the struggle. i didn't enlist at a later time in life. as a full-time freedom fighter,
i rise today, madam speaker, because black lives still matter. and they matter, madam speaker, wherever they happen to be. they matter not because they happen to be in the united states. they matter if they are in haiti. black lives matter. i have been to haiti. i have seen the conditions there. we need to do something about our friends in this hemisphere. and if they matter in haiti to me, surely they matter at the southern border. black lives matter wherever they are. black lives matter regardless as to who is in power. they still matter. changes in the power structure don't change the circumstances. as long as the circumstances exist, black lives still matter.
as a 74-year-old black man, when i see men in uniform acting under the color of law on horses using the reins of the horses to do what was comparable to that which was done when you were trying to capture a run away slave or you were hurting slaves in a given direction, black lives matter. when i see that, i find it more than appalling. it's sinful. it's something that we cannot tolerate. and you just can't say, well, the circumstances are so bad that we have to use horses now to run down black people. black lives matter. that kind of behavior is intolerable. when i see it, i'm going to
speak up and speak out. so here's what i'm going to do about it. i'm not just going to say black lives matter. i want justice for the haitians. i remember when we had a policy to help the cubans come into this country, by the way i never opposed it, but the policy was, wet foot, dry foot. you get one foot on dry land, your other foot can be in the gulf of mexico, and you have the right to take that other foot out of water, go on into miami, and start a life in this country and eventually become a citizen. i never opposed that policy. we didn't have a similar policy for the haitians. i remember when castro opened up the jails and let the criminals come down to florida. we didn't send them back. black lives matter.
it's not just a slogan for me. so here's what i'm going to do. i'm going to draft a resolution condemning what we saw. we need to know whether black lives matter to this congress. we need to know. i'm going to draft a resolution. for those who don't understand the rules, these kinds of resolutions are not privileged. so i can't just bring it to the floor and demand a vote, so i'm going to ask it be allowed to come to the floor. because black lives matter. we need to vote. we need to know where people stand on the great issues of our time. this is an issue of all time. it's not just a day. we need to know where people stand. we need to vote.
there are a lot of things we need to vote on. we need to know where people stand when it comes to black lives and all lives, i might add, but this is the haitian issue we are dealing with now. i have fought for the other persons who come to the border. i spoke up when little girls were being ripped away from their mothers' arms. i'm not new to this fight. i want to assure you that i'm going to bring the resolution to my colleagues and we will find out whether black lives matter to this congress. i thank you for the time, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse, for five minutes. mr. newhouse: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to bring attention to a citizen of the great state of washington. to share her story and to once again urge my colleagues to make it a priority for this congress
to end the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women. ruthie kindness, a native woman of the city of parkland, turned 31 just last month. unfortunately for her family, and her loved ones, they spent her birthday just as they have over the last 10 years, without ruthie. with no idea where she is or even if she's alive. ruthie disappeared on february 7, 2011. for over a decade her family has gone without answers. little progress has been made in the investigation. ruthie's story is unacceptably commonplace for our travel community. -- tribal communities. she's one of nearly 6,000 women, madam speaker, that we know of who have been a victim of this crisis. native american and alaska native women face a murder rate
that is 10 times higher than the national average. many of their cases go unresolved for years or even decades. as with ruthie's case. we made critically important strides in addressing the crisis when petroleump signed savannah's act, and the not invisible act into law just last year. but ruthie and the thousands of women whose cases remain unresolved, under score that our work here is not yet finished. the life of ruthie kindness matters. her family's grief matters. the whole -- hole left in her community by her disappearance, that matters. finding answers for them, delivering justice for ruthie, and ending this threat of indigenous women's once and for all, that matters. i call on each and every member of this body to join me in
renewing our commitment to our native communities and to delivering a lasting solution to protect these women from the disproportionate rates of violence that they suffer. if anyone has any information about ruthie's disappearance, please call the auburn police department at 253-931-3080. together we can deliver justice for ruthie and for the thousands of indigenous women who have been victims to this crisis. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until 11a.m. today