Transforming the Southern Border: Providing Security & Prosperity in the Post 9/11 World [open pdf - 8MB]
"In the decades leading up to September 11, 2001, protecting U.S. land borders was not viewed as a national security issue. It was either a drug or crime or immigration problem, but not one rising to the level of national security. Accordingly, during this time, many critical problems which had been previously identified by border communities, industry groups, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), academics as well as congressional committees were largely ignored. Issues such as deteriorating infrastructure, inadequate facilities, insufficient staffing, stove-piped organizations, poor intelligence and dysfunctional immigration laws were repeatedly identified but never adequately addressed. Since 9/11, this has changed. Significant attention has once again been focused upon our borders in general, and specifically the nation's 7,000 mile-long land borders. The specter of terrorists crossing our land borders to attack our homeland is now a justifiable concern especially in light of a growing number of instances of terrorists or suspected terrorists being caught crossing our land borders. This report demonstrates that, even three years after the 9/11 attacks, our Southern Border is still porous and ripe for exploitation by terrorists seeking to enter the United States. Our national security depends on making this border more secure to prevent terrorists from entering the United States."
U.S. House of Representatives Select Committe on Homeland Security, Democratic Office: http://www.house.gov/hsc/democrats/