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Homeland Security Issues

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. JACKSON LEE. Reflecting on the events of last week, I want to speak about some very important homeland security issues.

I want to publicly thank the outstanding law enforcement, FBI, and others who worked on the tragedy of 9/11, as we proceed as Members of Congress to further investigate how not to allow an incident like that to happen again.

But the one point I want to make very clearly and that has been said over and over by Members and certainly by leaders of the administration: this does not and should not stop comprehensive immigration reform. We should proceed with regular order because you need to know who's in this country.

Also, I offer my deepest sympathy to those in West, Texas, but make the point that we have to have a nexus between chemical plants and those who hold those kinds of hazardous materials. As well, we need a mechanism of reporting to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security a security plan and a process to avoid events such as the horrific tragedy that occurred. I will soon be introducing such legislation, and I certainly believe that it is our role to intervene and to secure the homeland.

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