Cargo Security at Land Ports of Entry: Are We Meeting the Challenge? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Terrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, October 22, 2009 [open pdf - 251KB]
From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "Today's hearing will examine cargo security at our land ports along entries on our northern and southern border. This subcommittee is focused on reviewing the growing challenge the Department of Homeland Security faces in identifying, interdicting and investigating cargo security threats. To put the challenge we face at land ports of entry into perspective, let's think about it this way. There are over 160 land border crossings between the northern and southern borders; 43 of these crossings are dedicated to commercial use only, and many of those are operated and staffed 24 hours a day. Over 11 million truckloads and 2 million railcars come through those ports annually, contributing to over $338 billion dollars and $109 billion worth of imports respectively." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Subcommittee Chairwoman (D-CA); Mark E. Souder, Representative (R-IN); Bennie G. Thompson, Committee Chairman (D-MS); Todd Owen, Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection; Janice Ayala, Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Investigations, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement; Colleen M. Kelly, National President, National Treasury Employees Union; and Stephen Russell, Chairman and CEO, Celadon Group, Inc.
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security: http://homeland.house.gov/
Serial No. 111-40