Frequent Traveler Programs: Balancing Security and Commerce at Our Land Borders, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, July 26, 2007 [open pdf - 8MB]
From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "Today's hearing is our subcommittee's eighth hearing specifically focused on border issues. [...] Today we turn to the frequent traveler programs that impact both our Nation's security and the free flow of commerce. Customs and Border Protection currently operates three frequent travel border crossing programs: NEXUS, which is a binational program with Canada for people traveling between the U.S. and Canada via air, land, or private boat for business or pleasure; we have SENTRI, which is a unilateral initiative for pedestrians and noncommercial vehicle travelers crossing into the U.S. across the southwestern border; and FAST, a binational program with Canada for cargo shipments at specific locations on the northern border; and it is also accepted in conjunction with Mexico's Express program along the southern border. These programs are designed to allow preapproved, low-risk travelers or shipments to receive expedited processing at certain border crossings. And today I am interested in examining the security implications of these programs and the effect they have on commerce, particularly to our border regions. I would also like to gain a better understanding of how Customs and Border Protection administers these various programs, and to discuss whether it makes sense to keep these programs separate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Mark E. Souder, Henry Cuellar, David G. Reichart, Robert M. Jacksta, Neal M. Belitsky, Luisa O'Connell, Thomas Gann, and Bennie G. Thompson.
Serial No. 110-63
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