Mr. BURTON of Indiana. Really quickly, I support everything my colleagues just said, but I want to deviate [Page: H1093] a little bit and talk about something real quickly that needs to be discussed.
Mr. Chairman, we have sent two or three letters to the President--Congressman Poe, Congressman Royce and I and others--regarding our southern border. We just had two ICE agents attacked. One was killed. Seventy, eighty miles into Arizona, there are signs telling the American people: Don't go south of here because of the danger.
[Time: 11:50] This is in America. We have drug dealers sitting in spy sites in the United States monitoring the border from the U.S. side to make sure that they can bring their drugs across and bring people across in their vans and other ways. It is a real problem.
Now, we sent 17,000 people down to the gulf when the oil spill took place. We haven't sent over 1,400 National Guard people down and not even near the border in many cases, and we've got a terrible problem. Farmers and people are scared to death to go along the 1,980-mile border between us and Mexico, and the President has ignored letter after letter after letter that would deal with this problem.
And I would just say to the administration, if they were listening, let's get on with protecting that southern border. It's a war zone, and people are afraid, scared to death down there, and they're being killed and bullets are coming across the border. So I'd just like to say that I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage the administration to really get on with protecting our southern border.