Serial No. 107-74: Creation of Homeland Security Department, Hearing before the Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, June 26, 2002   [open pdf - 303KB]

From the opening statement of Bill Thomas. "Today, in addition to its own laws, Customs enforces well over 400 other provisions of law for at least 40 agencies. A number of these statutes are quality of life issues that relate to the environment, such as motor vehicle safety and emission controls, water pollution standards, pesticide controls, Freon smuggling, and the protection of endangered wildlife. Other laws safeguard American agriculture, business and public health, and consumer safety. On June 18, 2002, President Bush proposed to transfer all of the authority and assets of Customs, as well as any other Federal agencies, to a new Homeland Security Department. Specifically, Customs would be placed under an Under Secretariat for Border and Transportation Security along with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration. […] The President proposes to create a new Homeland Security Department, the most significant transformation of the Federal Government in over a half-century by transforming and realigning current government activities into a single department whose primary mission is to protect our homeland. The creation of the Department is a key step in the President's national strategy for homeland security. The hearing will focus on details of how this realignment will affect Customs and its core functions such as collection of duties and trade facilitation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jimmy Gurule, James B. Clawson, Colleen M. Kelley, Timothy Farrell, Jerry Cook, Stephen Lamar, Timothy H. Edgar, and Charles E. Sandler.

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