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National Blue Alert Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. REYES. Madam Speaker, I just wanted to add my support for this legislation and thank my colleagues from New York and Puerto Rico for introducing this very important piece of legislation.

As a former Border Patrol agent and chief in the United States Border Patrol, I had the experience of working both as an agent with all the other law enforcement agencies and then as a chief. I can tell you that there isn't a worse feeling than that phone call in the middle of the night that one of your agents or one of your officers has been injured or killed. That's why this legislation is so important not just to officers and agents across the country, but to their families.

I strongly urge that our colleagues support this very important piece of legislation and agree with my colleague from American Samoa that more than just the legislation, we ought to do everything we can to provide the funding to actually bring this critical program to fruition.

Again, I want to thank my colleagues and also Chairman Smith for bringing this legislation to the floor, and I ask all our colleagues to strongly support it.

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