Enhancing DHS' Efforts to Disrupt Alien Smuggling Across Our Borders, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, July 22, 2010 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Henry Cuellar: "Today, the subcommittee is examining a growing homeland security challenge--that is, alien smuggling across America's borders. In recent years, those of us living near our Nation's southern border have witnessed a troubling uptick in alien smuggling activities. Not unique to the south, human smuggling also occurs along our northern border, too. As a result, the Federal Government has sent more personal resources to secure our borders, and in response individuals seeking to enter the United States illegally have become increasingly dependent on alien smuggling to help them evade our law enforcement and gain entry into the country. As we have done more to secure our borders, alien smuggling organizations have increasingly become mobile, violent, and dangerous. They are now posing new threats to our law enforcement officials, our border communities, and the people they attempt to smuggle across our borders. Particularly troubling is the potential for those organizations to smuggle terrorists into our country. While the vast majority of individuals smuggled into the United States are economic migrants, the possibility exists that those who seek to do us harm might exploit those routes, with dire consequences for our Nation's security. Therefore, we are working to secure not just our land ports, but our maritime ports of entry and coastal waters as well." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry Cuellar, Candice S. Miller, Bennie G. Thompson, Harry Mitchell, James A. Dinkins, Michael J. Fisher, Terry Goddard, Richard M. Stana, Janice L. Kephart, and Jan Brewer.
Serial No. 111-76
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