Serial No. 109-170: Setting Post-September 11th Investigative Priorities at the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, March 28, 2006   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Shays: "Homeland security will never be about certainties. It will always be about probabilities, about risks and about choices. Which cargo containers to inspect? Which air baggage to screen? Or, as we ask today, who among the estimated 12 million non-citizens illegally residing within our borders should the Department of Homeland Security [DHS], choose to pursue? In creating the Department of Homeland Security, the goal was to consolidate previously dispersed security functions to gain the seamlessness and synergies needed to confront post-September 11th threats. The DHS Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE], brought under one bureaucratic roof for the first time the interior enforcement functions of Immigration and Naturalization Service, formerly part of the Department of Justice, and the investigative arm of the Treasury Department's U.S. Customs Service. The merger doubled the number of agents available to secure the homeland against those who would exploit our openness and hospitality. But in 2004, we learned that suspected terrorists, who entered the country on revoked visas, were not being consistently tracked or removed. Cumbersome, reactive processes at ICE raised questions about how the bureau sets investigative priorities to meet new threats to national security. At our request, the Government Accountability Office [GAO], examined how the ICE Office of Investigations is organized, how risks are evaluated and how the Department's largest investigative force allocates resources against a diverse, changing mission portfolio." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph F. Ryan, Caroline Fredrickson, Joseph R. Webber, Richard M. Stana, Richard L. Skinner, Robert A. Schoch, Dennis J. Kucinich, and Christopher Shays.

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