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[Congressional Record: March 13, 2001 (House)]
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MASSIVE IMMIGRATION INTO UNITED STATES MUST BE STOPPED
The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Cantor). Under a previous order of the
House, the gentleman from Colorado (Mr. Tancredo) is recognized for 5
Mr. TANCREDO. Mr. Speaker, the gentleman from North Carolina (Mr.
Jones) was up here a moment ago, and while I was waiting to speak to
the House tonight, I listened to his concerns with regard to the black
beret issue, and I want to add my voice to his in expressing that
concern; and to add one other point that I do not believe he made, and
I just recalled it as I was sitting here.
To add insult to injury, the berets are being purchased, being made
in China, being purchased from the communist regime in China, and being
imposed as the gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. Jones) said, for
political correctness. I want to add my voice to his in expressing deep
concern about this particular proposal.
Mr. Speaker, I rise this evening to bring to the attention of the
House a tragic accident that occurred in Colorado just yesterday. It
took the lives of 6 Mexican nationals and injured 13 others.
All of these people were in a van. The van was hit by a truck on the
highway which hit a patch of ice. The van was transporting these
people, Mexican nationals, to jobs in the United States and they were
crossing Colorado. This has become an all too common event. We have had
8 or more people killed in Colorado, I know the numbers are expanded by
events in other States. Always the same thing. People being
transported, people being exploited by others, having money taken from
them for the purpose of bringing them to jobs in the United States,
transporting them illegally into this country. They are abused many
times. They are certainly exploited, and oftentimes they are exploited
when they get here, working under conditions that we would not tolerate
in any other situation, oftentimes at lower pay. All of this because,
of course, some employers, unscrupulous employers, know that they can
do that because the employee, being here illegally, is afraid to go and
report it for fear of what would happen to them.
The problem that this raises is not just the problem of the tragic
toll of human life that occurred in Colorado yesterday, and that is our
primary concern this evening. But I think it is important for us to
understand that this underscores a much more significant problem that
we face as a Nation.
Mr. Speaker, this Nation cannot absorb the number of people that are
coming across our borders, both legally and illegally. The immigration
into this country over the last 10 years has been extraordinary. Now we
are, of course, a Nation of immigrants. I understand that very well. My
own grandparents, like everyone else's here in this room, with the
exception of Native Americans who might have claim to some other way of
being here, the fact is that most of us are here as a result of our
grandparents coming in the recent past.
I do not blame for a moment the people who are seeking a better life,
the people trying to come here for the purpose of getting a better life
for themselves and their families. I do not blame them; I blame the
We must begin the debate, although it is a difficult one, we must
begin the debate on exactly what this country will look like. How many
people are we going to let in here, both legally and illegally. The
fact is we are letting them in and I say that, letting them in because
essentially there is no border. It is a porous border. People come
across almost at will, millions annually. Several million, it is
estimated between 1 and 4 million people, no one knows exactly how many
end up here, we have a net increase every year of immigration through
illegal immigrants of that number.
Mr. Speaker, massive immigration into the United States must be
stopped. We must begin at least to debate the costs of this
immigration. There are extraordinary financial costs, both for
infrastructure development, for schooling, housing, social services,
for the incarceration of aliens here who have violated State or local
laws. We have to look and see exactly what American businesses may need
in terms of both skilled and unskilled workers, and then come up with a
plan to deal with it. We must begin the debate.
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