(House of Representatives - June 27, 2013)

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  (Mr. O'ROURKE asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. O'ROURKE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to warn my colleagues about 
the Corker-Hoeven amendment within the Senate's immigration bill.
  To my colleagues who are concerned with the fiscal health of our 
country, I call your attention to this provision, which will commit $50 
billion to double the size of the Border Patrol, add 700 miles of walls 
and fencing between the U.S. and Mexico at a time when we have record-
low northbound apprehensions and net migration from Mexico is zero.
  To my colleagues who cherish our civil liberties and our 
constitutional rights, can you live with a $50 billion militarized 
buildup within the United States where more than 6 million of your 
fellow citizens live?
  And to my colleagues who care about human rights and the sanctity of 
human life, more than 5,000 people have died crossing the border into 
the United States over the last 15 years. Let's not perpetuate this 
problem; let's solve it. We need comprehensive reform, but we need 
comprehensive reform that's rational, that's humane, and that's 
fiscally responsible.