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    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-28

    DURBIN. Mr. President, immigration is an issue which divides America. You only have to tune into the Presidential debate to hear it. Most everyone would agree that the immigration system in America is...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-18

    REID. Mr. President, it has been almost 3 years since the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform. Senate Democrats worked with a handful of Republicans to craft a good, fair, comprehensive immigration...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-04-05

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, a few years ago President Obama gave a speech in Miami where he said the following about immigration: ``I know [that] some . . . wish that I could just bypass Congress and change...



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    Representative Pete Olson

    From: TX District 22

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2016-03-15

    OLSON of texas in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, I am privileged to interact...



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    Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    From: IL District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-09-09

    GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, you know in the movies when someone has to make a choice and a little devil and a little angel appear on their shoulder to give good and bad advice? Well, that is what I feel...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-07-21

    REID. This past weekend, Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump did what he did best: He said something dishonest and really distasteful. In speaking about the senior Senator from Arizona, he mocked...



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    Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    From: IL District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-07-09

    GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, for the record, I am not Mexican, and I am not an immigrant. Given the rhetoric of one of the leading Republican candidates for President, it is important to point that out at...



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    Representative Doug LaMalfa

    From: CA District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-07-08

    LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, just last week an American woman was shot and killed by an...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-06-03

    DURBIN. Mr. President, it was 3 years ago this month in June of 2012 that President Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, that provides temporary--underline the...



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    Representative Frank C. Guinta

    From: NH District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-01-14

    GUINTA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. GUINTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the President's continued use of executive action to bypass Congress...



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    Representative Virginia Foxx

    From: NC District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2015-01-12

    FOXX asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, as the granddaughter of Italian immigrants, I am thankful America has always opened her arms to people...



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    Representative Virginia Foxx

    From: NC District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-08

    FOXX asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, on November 20, President Obama significantly overstepped the bounds of his constitutionally granted executive...



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    Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    From: IL District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-04

    GUTIERREZ asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, let me tell my colleagues about a mom I met on Tuesday....



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-04

    SESSIONS. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. SESSIONS. Madam President, it has...



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    Representative George Holding

    From: NC District 13

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-03

    HOLDING. Mr. Speaker, the issue is no longer whether Congress and the President can agree on immigration policy. The question is: Does a President have the power to alter our Nation's laws without passing...



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    Representative Louie Gohmert

    From: TX District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-03

    GOHMERT. Mr. Speaker, I would like to associate myself with the words of my colleague, the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Woodall). I think this body has been blessed by Rob Woodall being here, and his...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-01

    REID. I, of course, welcome all Senators and our staff back from the Thanksgiving recess. I am sure that, like me, people spent time with their loved ones, some here and some at their homes around the...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-01

    LEAHY. Mr. President, while the distinguished Senate leader is still on the floor, I thank him for his comments on the immigration bill. I would note he was kind to talk about hundreds of hours. I may...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-12-01

    REID. Mr. President, through the Chair to the distinguished President pro tempore of the Senate, for me in Nevada it is very important in the State of Nevada because the State of Nevada is 10 or 15...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-12-01

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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-11-20

    DURBIN. Mr. President, it has been 511 days since the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to reform our broken immigration system. Fourteen Republicans joined the Democrats in supporting a measure which...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-20

    CORNYN. Mr. President, I am glad I came to the floor and heard my friend and colleague, the majority whip, from Illinois, and his explanation for how it is clearly within the President's authority to...



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    Senator Ted Cruz

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-20

    CRUZ. Mr. President, the words of Cicero are powerfully relevant 2,077 years later: When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us?...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-20

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    A picture of Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-11-20

    LEAHY. Madam President, as we know, tonight President Obama is going to speak to the American people about reforming our broken immigration system. I had dinner with him last night, and we talked about...



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    Senator James M. Inhofe

    From: OK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-20

    INHOFE. Tonight there will be a speech. I think everyone is aware of that. I think we all know pretty much what the President of the United States is going to say. I would like to read the oath of...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-20

    McCONNELL. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The Republican leader is recognized. ...



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    Senator Michael B. Enzi

    From: WY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-20

    ENZI. Mr. President, today I express my opposition to the President's plan to grant executive amnesty to 4 million to 5 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States. By circumventing Congress...



    A picture of Representative Louie Gohmert

    Representative Louie Gohmert

    From: TX District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-19

    GOHMERT. Mr. Speaker, we got word earlier this afternoon that President Obama intends to issue an oral decree followed by a written decree--as any good monarch would--indicating that he has decided to...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-11-19

    DURBIN. There was a moment in the Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln sent a message to General McClellan. General McClellan was in charge of the Union troops, but he wouldn't use them. He sat encamped,...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-11-17

    CORNYN. Only a few years ago a prominent Democrat firmly and unequivocally rejected the idea that the President of the United States could singlehandedly enact an amnesty for millions of immigrants who...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-11-17

    MIKULSKI. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Ms. MIKULSKI. Madam President, a parliamentary...



    A picture of Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez

    From: IL District 4

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-09-10

    GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, my press secretary has kept me pretty busy the last few days, talking about the President's decision to delay executive action on immigration, in two languages. I made it clear...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-09-10

    SESSIONS. I thank the Presiding Officer and appreciate the opportunity to share some thoughts on an important subject tonight. Earlier this week I spoke about the President's promise that he would issue...



    A picture of Representative Lamar Smith

    Representative Lamar Smith

    From: TX District 21

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-09-08

    SMITH of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. SMITH of Texas. Madam Speaker, the President continues to claim that if Congress...



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    Representative Glenn Thompson

    From: PA District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-07-30

    THOMPSON of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker,...



    A picture of Senator John Cornyn

    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-07-21

    CORNYN. Mr. President, from the beginning of our Nation we have had our challenges. We have had big challenges and little challenges, and somehow, some way, America has always risen to those challenges...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-07-07

    SESSIONS. Mr. President, the crisis at our border continues unabated. It is a crisis that should never ever have occurred. It occurred as a direct result of the failure of the leadership of the United...



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    Senator John McCain

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-07-07

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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-06-11

    GRASSLEY. Mr. President, I come to the floor to address two issues, a shorter issue on immigration and a longer issue on the student loan program, particularly in reference to legislation offered earlier...



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    Representative Lloyd Doggett

    From: TX District 35

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-12-02

    DOGGETT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. DOGGETT. Mr. Speaker, this Thanksgiving as our family gathered joyfully for dinner, we thought not only of our happiness,...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-09-19

    SESSIONS. Mr. President, we continue to see that special interest groups remain undaunted in their efforts to ram through an immigration bill that will do real damage to the wages and job prospects of...



    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-07-25

    DURBIN. Mr. President, America has a rich history of immigration. We are a nation of immigrants. There is hardly a person in America today who doesn't have an immigrant parent, grandparent, or at least...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-25

    SESSIONS. Mr. President, Senator Durbin is such an eloquent champion for righting injustice, and I am always impressed with him, and I do agree that the American people are good and decent people. They...



    A picture of Representative Tammy Duckworth

    Representative Tammy Duckworth

    From: IL District 8

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-07-17

    DUCKWORTH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. DUCKWORTH. Madam Speaker, last month, in Addison, Illinois, I held an immigration...



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    Representative Steve King

    From: IA District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-17

    KING of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I want to say, first it's a privilege to be recognized to address you here on the floor of the House of Representatives. And it's also interesting and engaging to listen...



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    Representative Sean P. Duffy

    From: WI District 7

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    DUFFY. Mr. Speaker, tonight, we want to have a conversation about immigration and immigration reform because we recognize that in 1986, when Congress and the President came together for immigration reform,...



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    Representative Adam Kinzinger

    From: IL District 16

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    KINZINGER of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin for organizing the time and bringing us all together. This is an important discussion. When I think back to somebody who's a...



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    Senator Cory Gardner

    From: CO

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    GARDNER. I thank the gentleman from Illinois. Mr. Speaker, we're all together on the same issue tonight on the House floor as we discuss the important issue of immigration inform. Many of us elected...



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    Representative Richard Hudson

    From: NC District 8

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    HUDSON. I thank my colleague, Mr. Speaker. It's an honor to be here tonight. I'm a new Member of Congress. I was elected just last year. I ran for Congress the first time I had ever run for office...



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    Senator Cory Gardner

    From: CO

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    GARDNER. I thank the gentleman, the Speaker, for the additional time to continue this conversation, and thank you as well to Members for this opportunity to discuss what is truly one of the biggest issues...



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    Representative Richard Hudson

    From: NC District 8

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    HUDSON. Well, I'm happy to jump in. I thank my colleague from Colorado for giving us this opportunity. I think the problem is just the general distrust in the way Washington does things, and you only...



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    Representative Adam Kinzinger

    From: IL District 16

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    KINZINGER of Illinois. The big picture of this is we're getting into a lot of the details we need to. But I want to just, as I give my last statement of the night, I just want to say this. You know,...



    A picture of Representative Sean P. Duffy

    Representative Sean P. Duffy

    From: WI District 7

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-16

    DUFFY. Mr. Speaker, I think it's important for all of us to stand strong, stand tall and lead, listen, communicate on this very important issue. And I know that's what we want to do here tonight is throw...



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    Representative Ted S. Yoho

    From: FL District 3

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-08

    YOHO. I would like to thank the gentlelady from Minnesota, my home State, for allowing me to speak tonight on this very important topic. This is a perfect example where Congress has failed to lead...



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    Representative John Fleming

    From:

    Party:

    Date: 2013-07-08

    FLEMING. I want to thank my friends tonight that we're all sharing this hour with, and Mrs. Bachmann in particular for leading us. You know, Milton Friedman, the famous economist, said that you can...



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    Representative Louie Gohmert

    From: TX District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-08

    GOHMERT. I appreciate my friend from Minnesota yielding. It is pretty overwhelming. It's not just Texas. There's a 2010 Rasmussen poll that says 68 percent of likely voters think that securing the...



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    Representative Mo Brooks

    From: AL District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-08

    BROOKS of Alabama. Thank you. I very much appreciate this opportunity and the work that you put forth in getting us together this evening. I want to emphasize a few points about America's immigration...



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    Representative Steve King

    From: IA District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-08

    KING of Iowa. I thank the gentlelady from Minnesota for pulling this together and for yielding. And, Mr. Speaker, I'm listening to the presentation by the gentleman from Alabama (Mr. Brooks), about...



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    Representative Steve King

    From: IA District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-08

    KING of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to be recognized here on the floor of the House of Representatives, and I'm hopeful that we can carry on some of this dialogue that Mrs. Bachmann...



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    Representative John Fleming

    From:

    Party:

    Date: 2013-07-08

    FLEMING. Well, I thank my good friend from Iowa for yielding and for his words. And I'd like to build a little bit upon what you were saying, and that is that everyone speaking in this room this evening...



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    Representative Louie Gohmert

    From: TX District 1

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-07-08

    GOHMERT. Thank you. I too want to follow up on something Dr. Fleming was referring to. The Senate bill was considered some great panacea. It's going to solve all the problems. We are finally going to...



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    Representative Beto O'Rourke

    From: TX District 16

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-06-27

    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...



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    Representative Steve King

    From: IA District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-05-23

    KING. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the privilege to be recognized to address you here on the floor of the House of Representatives to raise the issues of our time and have this opportunity for...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-05-23

    LEAHY. Mr. President, after several hearings and five lengthy markup sessions, the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday evening voted with a strong bipartisan vote of 13-5 to report the Border Security,...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-05-20

    LEAHY. Mr. President, over the past several weeks the Senate Judiciary Committee has considered the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. In addition to the three...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-05-13

    SESSIONS. Mr. President, tomorrow we will continue the markup on the Gang of 8 immigration bill. They have been meeting with businesspeople and special interest groups trying to craft a piece of legislation...



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    Senator Jerry Moran

    From: KS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-05-13

    MORAN. I ask unanimous consent to address the Senate. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. ____________________ ...



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    Representative Mo Brooks

    From: AL District 5

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-05-09

    BROOKS of Alabama asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. BROOKS of Alabama. Madam Speaker, while America has the world's most generous...



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    Representative Steve King

    From: IA District 4

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-05-09

    KING of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, it's my privilege to be recognized to address you here on the floor of the United States of House of Representatives. And I know that there's issue after issue that comes before...



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    Senator Marco Rubio

    From: FL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-04-25

    RUBIO. Madam President, I wanted to speak for a few minutes here on the floor as we finish the business of this work period and we return to our home States for about a week. We will be back here on...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-04-25

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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-04-18

    REID. Mr. President, the Senate suffered a notable and stunning defeat of bipartisanship this week during the debate over background checks. They said a week ago we would never get on the bill, but the...



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    Representative Tony Cárdenas

    From: CA District 29

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-04-17

    CARDENAS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. CARDENAS. Last week, right here in D.C., I hosted farm workers from all over this country that only ask for fair treatment...



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    Representative Lou Barletta

    From: PA District 11

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-03-14

    BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise to talk about the important, compelling issue of illegal immigration. We've heard from the Gang of Eight in the Senate and now the Gang of Eight in the House. When we...



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    Senator Daniel Coats

    From: IN

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-03-05

    COATS. Mr. President, last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--also known as ICE--initiated a precipitous action to reduce the population of the illegal immigrants detained by the U.S. Government...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-25

    SESSIONS. Mr. President, last week, about the time Congress recessed, the President's immigration plan was leaked to the press and was commented on generally. A group of Senators here have been trying...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-04

    GRASSLEY. Mr. President, I am glad the Senate is now having some discussion among Members not yet on the floor about the issue of immigration because it is a very important problem that we have to deal...



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    Senator Mike Crapo

    From: ID

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-02-04

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    Senator Marco Rubio

    From: FL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2013-01-29

    RUBIO. Madam President, let me begin by thanking the senior Senator from the State of Florida, who a few moments ago made some very kind remarks about me, and I appreciate that very much. Let me just...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2013-01-29

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