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House Proceeding 07-29-08 on Jul 29th, 2008 :: 0:32:12 to 0:36:22
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Bennie G. Thompson

0:26:46 to 0:32:12( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bennie G. Thompson

Bennie G. Thompson

0:31:58 to 0:32:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bennie G. Thompson: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. r. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in i support of legislation i have introduced,

Gus Bilirakis

0:32:12 to 0:32:22( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: h.r. 2490, which would qualify and expand a coast guard pilot program to collect biometric in formation on aliens a interdicted at sea. i want to thank homeland security committee chairman,

Gus Bilirakis

0:32:12 to 0:36:22( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Gus Bilirakis

Gus Bilirakis

0:32:22 to 0:32:33( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: bennie thompson, for hisso willingness to move this bill through our committee and toit the floor for consi fderation today. i also want to thank peter king, our ranking member, for his

Gus Bilirakis

0:32:33 to 0:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: support of this measure and his determined effort to strengthen our homeland security. firs t as chairman of our committee and now as ranking member, i'm honored to serve with both these

Gus Bilirakis

0:32:48 to 0:33:01( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: great men. the house unanimously adopted h.r.h. 2490 a 2s an amendment to the coast guard authorization ac t several months ago. however i believe it is important for this body to act on h.r. 2490 independently,

Gus Bilirakis

0:33:01 to 0:33:12( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: given the uncertain prospect t for enactment of thena coast guard bill in this congress. my bill requires the coast guard to move forward on itsts biomet tricks at sea effort within one

Gus Bilirakis

0:33:12 to 0:33:27( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: year and provide a cost analysisco to congress on expanding these capabilities to other c oast guard and depart ment of homeland security el vessels and units. as part of this analysis, my bill

0:33:27 to 0:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

also encourages d.h.s. to give priority to expanding mobile, biometric collection capability to assets in areas that are most likely toel encounter illegal border crossings in the maritime

0:33:40 to 0:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

environment. the efforts of the coast guard g in this areas show great promise. since the col lection of limited biomet tricks on individuals -- bio metrics on individualsiv collected at see,

0:33:53 to 0:34:06( Edit History Discussion )

they have collected data from 1,513 migrants resulting in nearly 300 matches against databases of wanted criminals, immigration violators, and others who had previously encountere d government

0:34:06 to 0:34:18( Edit History Discussion )

authorities. in stead of being released to repeat theirpe dangerous and illegal behavior, these individuals are a now detained and prosecuted. the u. s. attorney's office in san juan, pue

Gus Bilirakis

0:34:18 to 0:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: rto rico, hasas prosecuted more than 118 individuals for violatiduons of u.s. immigration lawsig and other o offenses -- other offensesen based on substantially information obtaiinned through the

Gus Bilirakis

0:34:31 to 0:34:48( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: biometrics b program. the coast guard reportsgu thatha illegal migration in the mono pass, an area between the dominican republic and puerto rico has been reduced by 50% in just the past year

Gus Bilirakis

0:34:48 to 0:35:00( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: as a result of the biometrics program.me by leveraging its relationships with d.h.s., the coast guard now has access to millionsmi of fi ngerprint files it can use to positively identify individuals

Gus Bilirakis

0:35:00 to 0:35:12( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: i encountered at s ea. those who are without w identification and are suspected of attempting to illegally enter the united u states. now that the coast guard has determined that mosted

Gus Bilirakis

0:35:12 to 0:35:24( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: effective way to collect biometrics at sea, the department of homeland security needs to determine the most appropriate way to move forward and expand this effort as cost-effectively as

Gus Bilirakis

0:35:24 to 0:35:37( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: possible, which is what my bill requires. given the success of existingxi efforts on biometrics by the coast guard, i believe that it is imperative that we move forward on t his bill so

Gus Bilirakis

0:35:37 to 0:35:51( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: that these efforts are cost-eff ective and will do the most good. mr. speaker, it is clespar that the collection of biometrics at sea by these coast guard is already helping greatlyre deter

Gus Bilirakis

0:35:51 to 0:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: illega l migration. and prevent thehe capture and release of dangerous individual s. so those were not releasing them anymore, mr. speaker. that's very impornt v. i urge all my colleagues to help further

Gus Bilirakis

0:36:00 to 0:36:12( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: that elpffort by voting for this bill. i thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from mississippi.

Gus Bilirakis

0:36:12 to 0:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close if the gentleman from florida is prepared to close also. the speaker pro tempore:ea the gentlema n from florida. da mr.

Bennie G. Thompson

0:36:22 to 0:36:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bennie G. Thompson: bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. before i yield back the remaining balance of my time i urge this house to consider both t he authorization and appropriations bills thisls year. the homeland security an

Bennie G. Thompson

0:36:22 to 0:38:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bennie G. Thompson

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