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Providing For Consideration of H.R. 1268, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, The Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005

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PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1268, EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR DEFENSE, THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, AND TSUNAMI RELIEF, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - March 15, 2005)

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Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this rule.

This rule adds to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations legislative language by Rep. SENSENBRENNER that is completely unrelated to the Supplemental and will allow millions of people to drive our streets and freeways without insurance or a driver's license.

Yes, we are speaking about undocumented immigrants. Yes, they broke the law and are here illegally. But, do we somehow think that denying these people the ability to legally drive is going to force them back to their home countries?
That's ridiculous.

Do we want millions of unsafe, untrained drivers on our streets with no insurance?
This provision does nothing to make America safer.

It is simply anti-immigrant legislation disguised as homeland security.

No one doubts that our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed.
The Sensenbrenner provision is not the solution to our immigration problems and does not make our country safer.

The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill is for funding our men and women in uniform overseas, not for controversial anti-immigrant agendas.

Our men and women in uniform are risking their lives for our country, and need our financial support. They need armored personnel carriers, bulletproof vests, and the tools necessary to do their job as safely as possible.

The Senate needs to be able to discuss and vote on the driver's license issue on its own merits, and not have this sneaked into our emergency war funding.

I urge my colleagues to oppose this rule.

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