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Madam Speaker, it's summertime, and families are having their summer vacations. They're taking their kids throughout the fruited plain in the United States to visit our historical Nation. But I bring you sad news. Our federal government has warned Americans that there are parts of America that they should not travel to. It is too dangerous to travel in parts of America because it's just not safe.
Here is an example. This sign is erected on Interstate 8 in Arizona. Interstate 8 is an east to west Interstate, highly traveled. It's anywhere from 30 to 100 miles north of the Mexican border, and about 30 or 60 miles south of Phoenix. In a section of 60 miles there are 12 of these signs posted. And here is what they say: "Danger--Public Warning--Travel Not Recommended."
What does that mean? It means the federal government is telling Americans you can't travel America, it's just too dangerous. We, the federal government, we can't protect you. Don't travel around here. And here are some of the comments on this sign. The first one says, "Active drug and human smuggling area." What does that mean? That means the drug cartels and the coyotes, those human smugglers, are sneaking their way across the border because it's porous in Arizona, as well as my home State of Texas, and they're bringing in drugs and they're bringing in people, and it's not safe because they don't do that in a very kind and gentle way, the smuggling operation.
It goes further. Number two: "Visitors may encounter armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed." Oh, that sounds serious. You mean we can't take the kids down Interstate 8 because they've got the drug cartels and their fast vehicles bringing drugs? Yeah, the federal government, the big federal government says we can't protect you. Don't come here.
Number three on this sign, put up by the Bureau of Land Management: ``Stay away from trash, clothing, backpacks, and abandoned vehicles.'' You see, when the coyotes bring the people in and the cartels bring in their drugs, they abandon much of their stuff that they bring in. They just throw it down, you know, on our interstates. They also throw it in some of our refuges. And it's just stay away from that because we don't know what's in all that property.
The next one on here, No. 4, if you see suspicious activity, don't confront. Call 9/11.
Ican tell you one thing: you pick up that phone and you call 9/11, you're not going to get the federal government to answer that phone because, you see, when you call 9/11, it's always some local, like the sheriffs of Arizona will call. What are they supposed to do, because the federal government doesn't want them enforcing immigration and smuggling laws. Are they going to call ICE to come out there? The federal government's already said they can't protect you. So why call 9/11? That's a useless call.
And the last one it says: the BLM, the Bureau of Land Management, encourages visitors to use public lands north of Interstate 8 because, see, we can't protect you as the federal government in the land south of Interstate 8 that goes all the way to Mexico. Has the federal government ceded that land to Mexico, the drug dealers, and the human coyotes? Kind of sounds like it to me.
And now what is the federal government's response besides putting up a bunch of these signs saying, Don't travel America; don't take your kids across this country because it's not safe. We can't protect you. The federal government has decided to send its lawyers to the courthouse and sue the State of Arizona so they won't enforce and protect their own law.
The federal government ought to spend less time sending lawyers to the courthouse and spend a little more time sending the National Guard down to the border to keep people from coming into this country without permission. After all, it is the federal government's responsibility to protect us and let us travel all of our interstate highways, even Interstate 8 in Arizona.
And that's just the way it is.
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