S. Hrg. 106-158: Continued Threat of Corruption to U.S. Border Law Enforcement Agencies: Hearing before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, April 21, 1999   [open pdf - 340KB]

From the opening statement of Charles E. Grassley: "This hearing is an oversight hearing to examine the Southwest Border operations of the U.S. Customs Service and also the Immigration and Naturalization Service. We will hear testimony from the General Accounting Office and from the commissioners, respectfully, of the U.S. Customs and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. This hearing will focus on the findings and also on the recommendations of a GAO report on these agencies. The report is a followup study based on a hearing that this caucus held in May 1997 with these very same agencies. Terrorists, drug traffickers and smugglers take advantage of legitimate business and travel to pursue their own criminal agendas. It is the men and women of the Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service that act as our front-line defense against this threat. There is, today, not a problem of systemic corruption of these agencies, but neither are they immune to individual instances of corruption or the potential for greater harm in the future. It is to examine this potential and to explore preventive measures that this hearing is meant to address so these individual instances don't become systemic corruption. Here in this area of individual, the picture is less reassuring. Both of these agencies have a variety of internal shortcomings that need immediate and ongoing continuing attention. The integrity of these services must be one of our most important missions." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Charles E. Grassley, Bob Graham, and Dianne Feinstein, Richard Stana, Raymond W. Kelly, and Doris M. Meissner.

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