Department f Homeland Security Intelligence and Border Security: Delivering Operational Intelligence: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, June 28, 2006 [open pdf - 5MB]
Rob Simmons: "The 9/11 Commission estimated that annually approximately 500,000 people enter this country illegally, without inspection, and overstay their legal welcome. Many come for opportunities that America provides, and we understand that, but others have a more sinister intent. In order to better protect our borders, we need to know who is attempting to cross, and what are they bringing into this country, and why. Our border immigration and Coast Guard officials protect more than 5,000 miles of the border with Canada, 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and approximately 12,400 miles of shoreline east and west. To protect this vast international border, intelligence-driven operations will be the key to targeting and interdicting these threats before their arrival. On a typical day Federal officials will apprehend over 3,000 people trying to cross between ports of entry, and on a typical day will intercept one person for terrorism or national security-related reasons. These apprehensions net fraudulent documents and seemingly innocuous pocket litter, both of which can have tremendous intelligence value. Therefore, DES frontline operators must have the tools, the training, capability and processes in place to weave the information from these everyday encounters into a comprehensive intelligence picture." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Zoe Lofgren, Bennie G. Thompson, Mark E. Souder, Jim Gibbons, Jane Harman, Nita M. Lowey, Charles E. Allen, L. Thomas Bortmes, Cynthia O'Connell, James Sloan, Michael W. Cutler, and Michael O'Hanlon.
Serial No. 109-89
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