Border Security on Federal Lands, Oversight Field Hearings before the Committee on Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, August 5 and 28, 2006 [open pdf - 311KB]
From the opening statement of Stevan Pearce. "This brings me to the point of this hearing. Today we are hearing about solutions. It is important for the Committee to hear what border security measures will be put in place as well as their benefits to all those who depend on Federal lands for their livelihood and recreation. The key to implementing these solutions is the legislation that ultimately passes Congress and is signed into law. It is at this point where the House and the Senate depart ways. We passed a bill in the House that is primarily designed for border security leaving the two other issues of both legal and illegal immigration literally to be solved at a later date. The Senate took a different approach and brought in a bill that said we are going to try to solve the three aspects-border security per se, illegal immigration, and legal immigration. I don't think that we can do all three at one time. Having said that, being one of the people on the Homeland Security Committee primarily responsible for the House border security bill, my office wrote much of that bill. I am the only member of the House Homeland Security Committee that is on the southern border. I understand the issues, I think, more than most." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Brian Bilbray, Stevan Pearce, Steve Borchard, Christopher John Ingram, Judy Keeler, Victor Manjarrez, James McGarvie, Thomas A. Nassif, Carolyn E. Powers, Muriel Watson, Dennis R. Rehberg, Thomas G. Tancredo, Jeffrey Copp, Wayne Dusterhoff, Robert Harris, Jeremy House, and Abigail Kimbell.
Serial No. 109-60
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