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Location: Washington, DC

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION -- (House of Representatives - April 06, 2006)

(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, illegal immigration, the process of choosing to enter this country illegally, of violating our laws, is clearly a priority of concern with the American people, and I don't think the American people are asking too much when they call our offices and tell us to secure the border and bring a halt to the massive problem of illegal entry into this country.

Some in this debate are trying to characterize those of us who want to get serious about illegal entry as mean-spirited and anti-immigrant. It is ridiculous.

In a column a while back, Peggy Noonan asked the question, What does it mean when the first thing a person does when coming into the country is break our laws? Mr. Speaker, that is a good question.

We absolutely cannot condone or incorporate into our society large numbers of people whose first act upon entering this country is to break a law.

We need to overhaul our border security. We need to overhaul the process by which people are legally admitted to this Nation.

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