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Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendments to H.R. 5281, Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010

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Ms. FOXX. I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I thank my colleague from Colorado for yielding time.

Today, I rise in opposition to the rule for H.R. 6497, and I urge my colleagues to vote against it.

Mr. Speaker, I don't think there is anyone on our side of the aisle who isn't empathetic to the fact that the youth brought to America as children did not come here illegally of their own accord. I certainly feel that way.

However, the majority of immigrants come to America because of what our Nation stands for, which is rooted in our foundation--the cornerstone being our rule of law. In order to maintain our liberties and freedom, Congress must always respect and preserve the rule of law. We must exercise our principles in fairness, not inequity; and I would argue that amnesty is not fairness but a direct assault on the rule of law.

Our immigration system is in disarray, and any immigration legislation we consider should begin with securing the border and should go through regular order.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, in closing, I really appreciate all of my colleagues coming over and making the points that they made. I want to tie into Mr. Johnson's comments, particularly about the rule of law.

You know, we are all, again, sympathetic to the young people who find themselves here illegally, having been brought here by their parents. We are sympathetic to that. But their parents left a place that was not as good a place to live as the United States, and the foundation of what makes us a great country is the rule of law. And if we let the rule of law be undermined, then we will be no better than the places that they have escaped from.

I agree with Mr. Johnson, also, that this bill is very misleading. I would like to point out something that's been said by the proponents of this bill that isn't accurate.

DREAM Act supporters would have you believe illegal aliens who don't go to college will earn citizenship through service in the United States Armed Forces. However, we already have legislation that will allow that to happen. We don't need the DREAM Act to do that, Mr. Speaker. If people want to enroll in the Armed Forces, they generally can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining their citizenship in 6 months. So we don't need the DREAM Act for that.

Mr. Speaker, again, as my colleagues have pointed out, this bill has not been properly reviewed by any of the five House committees with jurisdiction. This abuse of regular order makes it impossible for Members of Congress and their constituents to review properly and consider legislation prior to a vote. Making substantial changes to our laws through proposals which have not been appropriately vetted and forcing a vote in a lame duck session are both reckless and irresponsible.

Adding insult to injury, earlier today the House passed a martial law rule. Under martial law, the Democrat majority can bring up any bill at any time through December 18 with very little notice. This practice not only perpetuates the chaos that's consumed the Democrat majority, but is a colossal disservice to the people we are elected to serve.

Mr. Speaker, we need to deal with the people who are here illegally, and most of us want to do that, but this is not the way to do it. We need to secure our borders. And once we secure the borders, then we can deal with all the other issues related to those who are here illegally.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on the rule, vote ``no'' on the bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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