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Hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security; Subject: Holding the Department of Homeland Security Accountable for Security Gaps

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HEARING OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY; SUBJECT: HOLDING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACCOUNTABLE FOR SECURITY GAPS

REP. PAUL BROUN (R-GA): (Beginning remarks are off mike.)

You've changed from having a catch-and-release program for the non-Mexican aliens to catch-and-remove. Now, does that mean that you're still doing the catch-and-release type program for the Mexican aliens?

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SEC. CHERTOFF: No, no, and first of all, let me just say this is at the border. Mexican aliens -- we've always removed them, because it's really something we do within 24 hours. You catch them and you fingerprint them and photograph them, and you send them back.

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REP. BROUN: So this is all illegal aliens that are caught.

SEC. CHERTOFF: Correct, at the border.

REP. BROUN: They are removed immediately.

Well, next question is under the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment, babies of illegal immigrants that are delivered here in this country, the so-called anchor babies, are being given citizenship. The -- do you believe that this amendment is being interpreted correctly? And then second, do you believe that legislation like the Birthright Citizens Act that I'm a co-sponsor of would have a measurable impact on decreasing the magnet for these people to come here?

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REP. BROUN: Well, in my opinion, the first thing that they shouldn't be granted citizenship to begin with. I think this is an improper application of that amendment, and hopefully one of these days we'll get the Birthright Citizenship Act put into law so that there won't be any question. But I believe it's a -- at least in my area in Georgia, it's a strong impetus to bring people into this country illegally, and these people are draining the health care system. I'm a medical doctor, and I know the health care system's being drained tremendously in our area. The educational system is being drained tremendously, and I hope that the administration will help to promote the Birthright Citizenship Act so that we can bring a legal determination of this and stop this flow of this illegal aliens into this country.

Mr. Chairman, I thank you, and I yield back.


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