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Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my friend from California bringing this to the House floor.

The Border Patrol that patrols our borders on the north and the south are many times in isolated areas. The vastness of the land makes it lonely. And for much of the time, all they are able to do is seek and find out those who wish to sneak into the United States at the hands of a human smuggler. We call those people ``coyotes.'' I think that insults the coyote population of south Texas.

The deadliest human smuggling attempt took place in my home State of Texas not far from Houston when a coyote bringing 70 immigrants into the United States abandoned the tractor-trailer that they were in at a truckstop, and 19 of the people in that vehicle died from dehydration and suffocation. And now we are learning that the drug cartels are working hand-in-hand with the human smugglers, and they are both making a profit off of these humans that wish to come into the United States.

This is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry. And that money goes to criminals, coyotes and the drug cartels.

Last week in the Senate hearing, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard noted that in Arizona just last year, the cartels grossed $2 billion from human smuggling alone. This billion-dollar industry is being stopped by the Border Patrol. And we need to applaud their work and their efforts in trying to keep the dignity and sovereignty of the United States intact and keeping out the drug cartels, the human smugglers and the outlaws that make a profit off of people who come into the United States.

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