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House Proceeding 03-24-09 on Mar 24th, 2009 :: 0:45:40 to 0:50:10
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Gus Bilirakis

0:45:28 to 0:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: subcommittee, representative bilirakis, had already an identical bill in the 110th congress. and i was pleased to support his homeland security measure that passed the house by a vote of 394-3 with one member voting present. i urge my fellow members to vote for this bill, one which gives the secretary of the homeland security the tools she needs to secure ouration's maritime border.

Gus Bilirakis

0:45:40 to 0:50:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Gus Bilirakis

Gus Bilirakis

0:45:51 to 0:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: i yield back. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. bilirakis: i yield myself, mr. speaker, as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman isecognized. mr. bilirakis: i rise today in support of h.r. 1148 which i introduced earlier this year. this bill directs the secretary of homeland security to conduct a cost analysis and determine

Gus Bilirakis

0:46:13 to 0:46:34( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: the most appropriate places to expand upon a successful pilot program conducted by the coast guard that collects biometric infoation on illegal aliens interdicted at sea. this tool, as used by the coast guard, has made a measurable impact on our border security and could be on -- on our border security and could be

Gus Bilirakis

0:46:35 to 0:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: used by other d.h.s. components with assets in the maritime environment such as customs and border protection. the expansion of this program will further enhance the department's efforts to secure our borders. . the february 3rd homeland security showed the coast guard using this technology at sea

Gus Bilirakis

0:46:58 to 0:47:20( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: when it rescued a boat full of illegal aliens attempting to make it from the dominican republic to puerto rico. as a result of these use of biomet tricks, the coast guard was able to identify and detain 10 individuals with criminal records in the united states. including a repeat human smuggler that was wanted by customs and borr protection. this episode illustrated the use

Gus Bilirakis

0:47:21 to 0:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: of biomet tricks at sea and on land. it works. in fact, the coast guard has reported that illegal migration in the mona pass, the narrow body of water between the dominican republic and puerto rico, has been reduced by 75% as a result of the biometrics program. since the beginning of the coast

Gus Bilirakis

0:47:43 to 0:48:04( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: guard's biometrics pilot anti-caribbean in november of 2006, the coast guard has selected biometric data from 2,455 migrants using hand-held scanners. this has resulted in the identification of individuals with criminal records, and the u.s. attorneys' office in san juan, puerto rico,

Gus Bilirakis

0:48:05 to 0:48:25( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: as prosecuted 271 individuals for violations of u.s. law with a 100% conviction rate. we have seen the success of this pilot program. it ensures that individuals attempting to enter the united states illegally by sea have criminal records will not simply be retned to their home lands.

Gus Bilirakis

0:48:26 to 0:48:47( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: they will be detained so they cannot attempt to enter the u.s. again. it is now time for the department to determine the best and most effective manner to expand this program, to hands border security. i hope the department will

Gus Bilirakis

0:48:48 to 0:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: deploy this program in the mostries risk-based, cost effient manner appropriate consistent with the coast guard component and d.h.s. component. i also look forward to expanding the appropriations for this program and i urge my colleagues to join me in this effort. this is the third time that the house is considering legislation to authorize this program.

Gus Bilirakis

0:49:11 to 0:49:33( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: an amendment i offered to the coast guard authorization act that was similar to the bill was considered -- it was passed actually last year by a vote on april 24, a voice vote. in addition the houseassed a stand alone version -- stand-alone version of that amendment last summer as mr. carney said, with his support,

Gus Bilirakis

0:49:34 to 0:49:56( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: at 394-0. actually 394-3. the biometrics program is another tool that is being used by the department and its effort to secure our borders. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. carney: i have no more speakers. if the gentleman from florida

Gus Bilirakis

0:49:57 to 0:50:10( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: has no more speakers, i'm the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. bilirakis: i have no more speakers, mr. speaker. i urge my colleagues to pass resolution 1148. i thank the chaman. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield back? mr. bilirakis: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the

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