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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2578, Conservation and Economic Growth Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BILBRAY. Madam Speaker, back in the nineties, I introduced a bill dealing with the wilderness area along the border. Originally, those on the other side of the aisle in the Clinton administration opposed the inclusion of roads in that wilderness area--and they opposed it strongly--until the Secretary of the Interior came down to the border and saw the habitat destruction being caused by a lack of proper enforcement.

This situation that's being proposed now is actually to try to get this issue addressed appropriately because you have individuals who are using environmental issues as a way of blocking the enforcement of law along the border.

And let me say this to both sides of the aisle: If you really do care about the habitat destruction along the border, if you really do care about the preservation of the wildlife opportunities down there, will you ask yourself, Why are you or the Republican side not addressing the issue that the Federal Government today has not taken care of the problem at the border because it hasn't taken care of the real source of the problem of the out-of-control borders, and that is employers hiring illegals.

I challenge you: Why does the Federal Government allow businesses to deduct the price of hiring illegals? Why isn't every Democrat and Republican on the New IDEA bill cutting off the tax deduction and the ability for people to profit from the tax code by profiting from illegal immigration?

Your impact on the border will be addressed more by changing your enforcement at the workplace and your Tax Code than it will be with whatever you do at the border. So I just ask you, if you care about the environment, if you care about eliminating the scourge of illegal immigration and all the problems, why aren't you stopping the subsidy of those who are creating the problem by employing them?


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