Solving the OTM Undocumented Alien Problem: Expedited Removal for Apprehensions along the U.S. Border: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, September 28, 2005 [open pdf - 359KB]
From the opening statement of Daniel Lungren: "The subcommittee is meeting today to hear testimony on how the expedited removal program will enhance DHS's capabilities to detain and remove non-Mexican aliens from the U.S… We are here today to ensure that the appropriate resources and training exist within and across those agencies that are tasked with this important mission. Not only does the Border Patrol need to expand the use of expedited removal procedures, but there must also be adequate detention space to hold those who are apprehended. Necessary country clearances and travel documents must be obtained in a timelier fashion so that those undocumented aliens may be returned to their home countries more expeditiously…At a time in our nation's history when there are terrorists who wish to infiltrate our borders for the purpose of inflicting harm on any American, our own policies have created a system that apparently encourages more undocumented aliens to enter the U.S. illegally. It is my belief that it is this system of border security that the president intended us to reexamine in the post-9/11 world. It is also my belief that this system of border security allows potential terrorists to enter the U.S. between our ports of entry and slip into our society undetected, especially as we harden other legitimate means of entry." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Loretta Sanchez, Mark E. Souder, David V. Aguilar, Daniel W. Fisk, John Torres, and Sheila Jackson-Lee.
Serial No. 109-43
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