Department of Homeland Security U. S. Coast Guard Statement of Captain Patrick W. Brennan On 'National Security Implications of Border Security Along the Northern Border' Before the Armed Services Committee U. S. House of Representatives, August 01, 2006 [open pdf - 66KB]
In his statement to the Committee, Captain Brennan commented that everyday, thousands of people try to enter our country illegally, many to work and provide a better life for their families. After all, in their home countries, they make only a fraction of what they could make in the United States. Our strong economy creates the demand for these workers, places tremendous pressure at the border and makes our job of securing the border, both at and between the ports of entry, very difficult. To most effectively secure the border, we must reform our immigration system to relieve this pressure. We need comprehensive immigration reform that increases border security, establishes a robust interior enforcement program, creates a temporary worker program, and addresses the problem of the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants already in the country.
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