Fencing the Border: Construction Options and Strategic Placement, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, with the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 20, 2006 [open pdf - 727KB]
From the opening statement of Mark E. Souder: "Good afternoon and thank you all for coming today for our hearing on Fencing the Border: Construction Options and Strategic Placement. I would like to thank chairman Dan Lungren of the Subcommittee of Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity for sponsoring this very important joint hearing. This represents our first formal inquiry into this pressing subject. It is vital that we approach it as seriously and thoughtfully as we can. Though the question of whether we should have more border fencing has occasionally generated more heat than light, the fact is that this proposition is more or less settled in Congress. The immigration bills passed by both Houses call for a substantial expansion of fencing, at least 380 miles in the Senate bill and at least 700 miles in the House bill. So in our hearing today we seek to move beyond the question of whether to expand the fence and on to question of what kind of fencing, where should it go, what kind of challenges we should anticipate, and so forth. While many are understandably impatient to secure our very porous southwest border, the fact is that we don't get many chances to do it right, and we had better be prepared in this as thoroughly as possible. To do that, many questions have to be asked and many obstacles have to be foreseen and overcome. Through this hearing, we seek to make a significant step forward in that process." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark E. Souder, Daniel E. Lungren, Loretta Sanchez, Elijah E. Cummings, Norman D. Dicks, Duncan Hunter, Silvestre Reyes, Steven Pearce, Kevin Stevens, Douglas Barnhart, T.J. Bonner, Steve King, Carlton Mann, Art Mayne, Don Williams, and Ginny Brown-Waite.
Serial No. 109-92; Serial No. 109-254
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