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Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CARTER. I thank my friend for yielding.

This law, and I understand that a point of order has been raised, but this is serious business we're talking about here. The sovereign State of Arizona is being overrun by dangerous people, that being murderers, up and down that border.

I've been to that Arizona border. I've seen the fence being built in Arizona, and I've seen the fence that it replaced, which wouldn't even hold in a pair of goats. And yet we have a flood flowing across this border.

And so what does the Governor of that State do? Steps forward and says that the Federal Government is not meeting its obligation. We are going to protect our citizens.

Now, one of the things that I have been very concerned about--I will yield to my friend in a moment.

One the things I have been very concerned about, as I've watched the judiciary and the legal system develop, is we've learned how to use our court system as a battering ram against our opponents, both our opponents in business and now our opponents in politics and in other places, just to batter them into position. The United States Government should not be battering the State of Arizona into a position that the State believes is contrary to the will of their people.

I now yield to my friend from Arizona.


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