On July 10, 2014 Rep. Marc Veasey of Texas asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the humanitarian crisis along the US border:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to encourage my colleagues to do the right thing: to work across the aisle and take swift action to address the humanitarian crisis that our Nation is currently facing.
As a parent, I look at the situation at our Texas border, and I think of the circumstances that would lead my wife and me to send our 8-year-old on a dangerous journey thousands of miles away from home without us–away from his room, away from his toys, away from the things that he loves the most.
Children awaiting their fates at detention centers are victims of crime, violence, and war, and we have a responsibility to address the root causes of their migration. Without a comprehensive solution, however, we will continue to face situations like the crisis that we see now at the southern border.
For over a year now, House Republicans have refused to take up a long overdue overhaul of the immigration system that will streamline the legal immigration process, decrease the Nation’s deficit, secure our borders, create jobs, and provide an earned pathway to citizenship.
We need to put politics aside and work together to pass a fair immigration plan for the 21st century that honors this country’s history as the land of opportunity, justice, and equality for all”, said Veasey.
Source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov/
See related posts: “In 2012 President Obama announced he would not enforce the law with regard to 800,000 young people who crossed our border illegally. Predictably, families and dangerous smugglers got the messages”, said Rep. Stutzman https://groundreport.com/in-2012-president-obama-announced-he-would-not-enforce-the-law-with-regard-to-800000-young-people-who-crossed-our-border-illegally-predictably-families-and-dangerous-smugglers-got-the-messages/
See report: “We need to deploy our National Guard to secure our border”, said Rep. Duncan https://groundreport.com/we-need-to-deploy-our-national-guard-to-secure-our-border-said-rep-duncan/
See report: ICE complicit in aiding and abetting human smugglinghttps://groundreport.com/ice-complicit-in-aiding-and-abetting-human-smuggling/