BORDER PROTECTION, ANTITERRORISM, AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CONTROL ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - December 15, 2005)
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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Chairman, I thank Chairman Sensenbrenner and Chairman KING of New York for their extraordinary efforts on this bill. I do rise in support of H.R. 4437 today.
We do have a border crisis on our hands, and it is time that we do something about it other than talk. The chairmen have done a great job in bringing this forward. Everywhere I go in my district, Democrats, Republicans, everyone is united in the belief that our border enforcement is out of control and we have to give our border agents the tools they need to protect this great Nation.
My constituents see this truly as an issue of national security and of grave importance to our country. It is one we cannot wait to handle. We have to do something to secure those borders.
I am especially pleased to see that the Judiciary Committee has inserted several items on the bill that I had worked on while I was a member of the committee. During the 108 and 109th Congress, I introduced the Federal Contractor Security Act to tackle the problem of illegal entrants working for Federal contractors at critical infrastructure sites, at sites that are sensitive to our national security. And now the bill makes it mandatory for all employers, including Federal contractors, to use the worker verification system.
This is a system that employers can use at no charge, at no charge, and provide the sense of security that is needed by American citizens that the individuals working are indeed who they claim to be.
The legislation removes the guesswork about a worker's status and separates illegal entrants well before a business has invested time and money to train them.
Again, I want to thank Chairman Sensenbrenner and Chairman KING of New York. I want to thank the leadership for their work and encourage support of H.R. 4437. This is something that is good for business. It is good for our Nation's security.
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