Congressman Burchett discusses death of Pierce Corcoran, need for stronger border security in first House floor speech

January 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 10, 2019) – Congressman Tim Burchett (R-TN) delivered his first speech (VIDEO) on the floor of the United States House of Representatives Wednesday. The speech highlighted the tragic death of Knoxville resident Pierce Corcoran and the need to enhance and fund our nation’s border security.

The text of the speech is as follow and is available as part of the Congressional Record:

Madam Speaker:

Today I rise with a heavy heart to speak about my constituent, Pierce Corcoran.  On December 29, 2018, Pierce was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by an undocumented immigrant in Knoxville. 

This is a personal matter for me, because I have been friends with Pierce’s family for years, and they remain in my prayers.  Pierce was an incredible, hardworking young man and will be deeply missed.

People want to come to our country for new opportunities and the pursuit of happiness, and this nation is full of incentives that attract not only legal, but also illegal immigrants.  The most recent data shows that there are approximately 606,000 overstayed visa recipients, and 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants. 

Removing incentives that encourage unlawful immigration and demagnetizing that attraction must be a priority for Congress moving forward.

With stronger laws and increased border security, tragedies like the one that occurred in my home district could be avoided, and families like Pierce’s might be saved from such a heartbreaking situation. 

I yield back the balance of my time.