Should Mexico Hold Veto Power Over U.S. Border Security Decisions? Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, August 17, 2006   [open pdf - 9MB]

From the opening statement of F. James Sensenbrenner. "I would like to welcome everybody to the second field hearing of the Committee on the subject of illegal immigration. The purpose of this series of hearings is to examine the challenges our nation currently faces with regard to illegal immigration and the impact that the Reid-Kennedy immigration bill passed by the Senate would have if it were to become law. The Committee's first hearing examined the enormous cost illegal immigration imposes upon American taxpayers and social services. The focus of today's hearing is the issue of whether the United States should be forced to prospectively consult with a foreign government when taking steps to strengthen the security of our borders, something that section 117 of the Reid-Kennedy bill requires. Today's hearing will also look at the social and fiscal consequences of large-scale illegal immigration, such as drug smuggling, alien trafficking and violent crime in El Paso and the other cities and towns along the southwest border and examine whether the Reid-Kennedy bill would address or merely compound these problems. A nation's sovereignty is defined in part by the ability to control its borders. President Reagan once remarked that, 'A nation without borders is not really a nation.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: F. James Sensenbrenner, Sheila Jackson Lee, Leo Samaniego, Kathleen Walker, Richard Wiles, Alison Siskin, Andrew Ramirez, Eliot Shapleigh, and Luis Figueroa.

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