Securing Our Borders--Operational Control and the Path Forward, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, February 15, 2011 [open pdf - 511KB]
From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "This hearing provides the opportunity to examine the concept of operational control of the border. Operational control has sort of become a buzz word of choice when describing how much or how little of the border the Border Patrol can effectively control. The American people rightly expect and demand that we achieve operational control of the border, that the preamble of the United States, of course, says that the first and foremost responsibility of the Federal Government is to provide for the common defense. I don't think we can provide for the common defense if we cannot protect the sovereignty of our Nation by securing our borders. According to the Border Patrol, 1,107 miles are currently under effective operational control. Today I want to explore the metrics that the Border Patrol utilizes when they announce that these miles are under operational control because, interestingly, in the budget justification documents, apparently there is not a plan to gain any additional miles for the rest of fiscal year 2011 or fiscal year 2012. I am sure there will be some questions raised about those documents." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Henry Cuellar, Bennie G. Thompson, Michael J. Fisher, Richard M. Stana, and Raul G. Salinas.
Serial No. 112-4
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