S. Hrg. 110-1024: Securing the Northern Border: Views from the Front Lines, Hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 2, 2008, Field Hearing in Havre, Montana   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Jon Tester: "Over the past couple days, I and members of my staff have been traveling a good portion of the Hi-Line, visiting with folks about what is on their minds when it comes to the border. I was pleased to be joined in Scobey, Montana, on Monday by the No. 2 man at the Department of Homeland Security, a fellow by the name of Paul Schneider, and we visited about the border. [...]. His words exactly to me when I met him were, 'I am glad I did this. I would not have believed it if I had not seen it,' talking about the rural nature, the number of people, and the vast distances. We all know. We live here. We understand it. As we all know, the U.S.-Canada border is a source of pride. Some 4,000 miles long, it is the longest demilitarized border in the world. It is a very special place. We have friends to the north, and, of course, our friends to the north have friends here in the United States. But that does not mean that we can be complacent. Drug trafficking across our border is a problem--whether you are talking about BC Bud, or something worse. There are known terrorist groups that are organized in Canada. And when a potential terrorist travels, say, from England to Canada, it will attract somewhat less attention than if they try to fly directly into the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dan W. McGowan, Robert DesRosier, Donna Matoon, Michele James, Loren L. Timmerman, J. Alexander Philp, Kristian D. Merkel, Annmarie Robinson, Brenna Neinast and Jon Tester.

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