Empowering Local Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Immigration, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, August 25, 2006 [open pdf - 16MB]
From the opening statement of Mr. Souder: "This is the third hearing our subcommittee has held this year on the subject of illegal immigration. The first was in Winston-Salem in April on illegal immigrant gangs, and the second was just last month in Washington, DC, on the proposed expansion of the Southwest border fence. I'd like to thank my fellow member and good friend, Sue Myrick, classmate, who was--has invited us here to her district. I hope that the information we gather at this hearing will help us achieve the goals of securing our border and enhancing Federal partnership with State and local officials in combating illegal immigration. I should also point out that this subcommittee did a major border report three or 4 years ago before the creation of the Homeland Security Committee that was the foundation of the border committee, that 2- year cycle we did somewhere in the vicinity of 10 to 12 hearings on both the Southwest border and on the Northern border in Canada so--and we have oversight over the Justice Department, which is why we work on illegal immigration. This is just the third hearing in the cycle of the last 6 months. Since 2001, the illegal immigrant population in this country has been swelling by nearly 1 million annually. After crossing the border, most illegal immigrants undoubtedly would prefer to quietly find work and earn money rather than participate in any activity that might draw the attention of law enforcement. However, some of them feel no such restraint, as many Federal, State and local police agencies will attest. As the illegal immigrant population swells, so too does the population of criminals among them."
Serial No. 109-243
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