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Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CHAFFETZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this bill. This bill is amnesty. We should not be rewarding illegal behavior. We should be prioritizing Americans. And we should be prioritizing the millions of people who are not willing to break the law. They are trying to do it legally, lawfully, sometimes waiting 20 years to go through the process. We need to fix legal immigration, not reward illegal behavior.

Further, while I have the greatest respect for the leadership within the committee, I need to say that in the 23 months that I served on the Subcommittee on Immigration, it is an embarrassment that we met 12 times and never discussed this. Never, never did we have a substantive hearing or discussion on this bill.

Yet under martial rule we bring it here to the floor with a very short time span, in the middle of the night here and try to slam this through. That is fundamentally wrong to the process; and when the process is wrong, you get a bad result. I urge my colleagues to vote ``no.''


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