Enhancing Border Security: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session, February 10, 2000 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Spencer Abraham: "Today, we will address the issue of enhancing border security. On December 14, 1999, Ahmed Ressam was arrested after attempting to enter Port Angeles, WA. He was found with nitroglycerin and other potential bomb-making material. He was successfully apprehended, but he will not be the last one to try. I hope today's hearing will shed light on four areas, in particular: First, what happened in Washington State in the days prior to the New Year and how Federal agencies responded to those events; second, what steps INS and Customs took and how did the two agencies coordinate their activities. Third, what other factors enhanced our ability to respond? In particular, how did cooperation between Canada and the United States, the world's strongest bilateral relationship, work during these incidents, and how does it work more broadly to protect Americans from potential dangers? And, finally, fourth, what additional resources are necessary to help deter and defend against terrorists, drug smugglers, and others seeking to do harm across our borders?" Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Spencer Abraham, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick J. Leahy, Rayn H. Callister, Slade Gorton, Colleen M. Kelley, Robert E. Lindemann, Michael A. Pearson, Ora A. Smith, and Charles W. Winwood.
S. Hrg. 106-1063; Senate Hearing 106-1063; Serial No. J-106-64