Border Security Challenge: Recent Developments and Legislative Proposals, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Martime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, May 22, 2008 [open pdf - 219KB]
From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "This is the 11th border security hearing that this subcommittee has held this Congress, and we welcome the opportunity to continue our examination of the challenges we face in securing our borders and implementing real, comprehensive reform of the immigration system. In developing a strategy to secure our border and reduce illegal immigration, we must also create strategies and reforms to holistically address the important commercial, humanitarian and environmental issues involved in border security and immigration reform. Many of the agents on the frontlines of our border have to consider combinations of these issues every day, and it is our responsibility to make sure they have the adequate training and resources to do that job. The 110th Congress has increased border security funding by $2.4 billion between fiscal years 2007 and 2008, far surpassing the administration's proposed funding levels. So I look forward to hearing how the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using this ample and increased funding to enhance our Nation's border security. I believe that these funds can help address some of the issues that were recently reported." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Mark E. Souder, Bennie G. Thompson, Silvestre Reyes, Brian P. Bilbray, Ginny Brown-Waite, Gabrielle Giffords, Heath Shuler, Thomas S. Winkowski, David V. Aguilar, and Michael C. Kostelnik.
Serial No. 110-118
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