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Border Never Secured

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, the Senate immigration bill never secures the border. It plans to mostly secure the ``high-risk sectors,'' which are less than half the border. And there is no guarantee that this will happen since there are no deadlines.

In fact, if the high-risk sectors are not secured after 5 years, a commission is established to make recommendations. ``Make recommendations'' sure doesn't sound like a secure border to me.

And there is the entry-exit system to deter those who overstay their visas--about 40 percent of all illegal immigrants. But it only applies to airports and seaports, not land checkpoints where most of the crossings occur. Again, there are no deadlines.

So it's amnesty for millions in 6 months and border security later, if ever.

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