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Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GALLEGLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this bill.

Make no mistake, this bill is an amnesty for people who are in this country illegally. This will only encourage other people to send their children across the border illegally in the hope that Congress will grant another amnesty in the future.

At a time when the unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, this Congress will actually force American workers to compete for jobs with at least two million additional people. It defies common sense to argue that this will not drive up the unemployment rate and drive down wages and working conditions for legal workers.

The workers granted amnesty will not just be competing for jobs, but for admissions to good colleges, housing, health care, education, and other services. It defies common sense that this bill would not have a serious, negative impact on our economy, our workforce, our schools, our hospitals, and our communities.

I urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation.


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