Serial No. 108-14: The Department of Homeland Security's Security Initiatives to Secure America's Borders: Hearing before the Select Committee on Homeland Security, House of House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, June 25, 2003   [open pdf - 222KB]

From the opening statement of Jennifer Dunn: "The committee is meeting today to hear testimony assessing the Department of Homeland Security's initiatives to secure America's borders... Considering the complexity of America's ports, the long stretch of its borders, and the vast expanse of our critical infrastructure, one might simply ask our witness, where do we begin? The fact is, however, that the department has made significant progress on all these fronts, and we look forward to hearing about that progress this afternoon. It is also true that we have a lot more progress to make in the months and years ahead, and we also want to hear today about the department's plans to further enhance America's security. Internationally, we have been pushing our first line of defense overseas by placing customs agents in foreign ports to screen and inspect cargo before it arrives on our shores. Additionally, we are working with the private sector to ensure that all high-risk air cargo is screened before it is placed on the airplane bound for the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher Cox, Robert E. Andrews, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Dave Camp, Jennifer Christensen, Norman D. Dicks, Jennifer Dunn, Bob Etheridge, Barney Frank, Jim Gibbons, Bob Goodlatte, Asa Hutchinson, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Edward J. Markey, Karen McCarthy, Kendrick B. Meek, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Loretta Sanchez, Christopher Shays, Mark E. Souder, John E. Sweeny, and Jim Turner.

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