On July 28, 2014 Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the crisis along the border with Mexico:
“Mr. Speaker, as everyone knows now, there is a crisis on the Texas border. And what is the proximate cause of that crisis? It was the President’s decision to defer adjudication for childhood arrivals a little over 2 years ago. When the President issued his memorandum, stating that deferred adjudication was now possible, the floodgates opened.
To make that call was irresponsible. But once again, we heard evidence this weekend that the President is, again, thinking of overstepping his authority.
Mr. Speaker, this would only throw gasoline on a fire. We need legislation that will allow for more sensible solutions to be put in place. The executive overreach effectively called for no-holds-barred at the border and has caused great strain on our system.
No one but the President has the power to remedy this legislation. By issuing the order 2 years ago, the President opened the floodgates. It is up to him to quench the bleeding”, said Burgress.
Source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov/
Congressman Burgess is a member of the the Committee on Rules. As well a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the oldest legislative standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and considered to be one of the most powerful committees as well.
He is also member of the Helsinki Commission, the Republican Study Committee, and the House Republican Policy Committee.