Threat Convergence Along the Border: Will Drug Trafficking Techniques Provide Some Answers? 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, First Session, June 14, 2005   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Shays: "Today we will explore Federal law enforcement's ability to identify, interdict, and apprehend drug smuggling operations along our Nation's borders. This mission requires a comprehensive, unified, multiagency effort, with a clear plan that dismantles the organizations responsible, not just for smuggling drugs but also illegal aliens, terrorists, and weapons into this country. We have fallen short of this objective for many reasons but I would like to address five of them here. Reason No. 1 involves the organizational decision to split the investigative and inspection functions at the Customs and Border Protection [CBP], and Immigrations Customs Enforcement [ICE]. By splitting the two functions, the Department has limited their capacity to conduct enforcement operations in areas leading up to the border, at the border, and beyond the border. This unhealthy split has been exasperated by an extra layer of bureaucracy over ICE and CBP, namely the Directorate of Border and Transportation Security." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gregory Passic, Anthony Placido, John P. Torres, Ralph Utley, Elijah Cummings, and Mark E. Souder,

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