Serial No. 109-188: Porous Borders and Downstream Costs: The Cost of Illegal Immigration on State, County and Local Governments, Hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, August 14, 2006 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Tom Davis, "Porous borders exact a high price. Ineffective immigration enforcement undermines respect for law. It threatens national security. The steady flow of illegal immigration also passes unpredictable and largely unreimbursed costs on to States and counties already struggling to maintain safe, healthy, and prosperous communities. That de facto unfunded mandate is draining local law enforcement, health care, and education budgets. Today we're convening in San Diego to learn more about the intergovernmental impact of illegal immigration and to discuss the urgent need for enhanced border security. We particularly want to hear local assessments of efforts to strengthen enforcement in what is called the internal border where undocumented aliens apply for work, official documents, and public benefits." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Xavier Becerra, Miguel Unzueta, Bronwen Anders, Tom Davis, David Dreier, Denise Moreno Ducheny, Steven A. Escoboza, Bill Horn, and William B. Kolender.
Serial No. 109-188
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