Protecting the Maritime Borders: Leveraging Law Enforcement Cooperation to Enhance Security Along America's Coasts, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, July 12, 2011   [open pdf - 422KB]

From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "The goal of this subcommittee has been to make sure that the Department of Homeland Security is adequately securing America's many, many miles of border. However, when we talk about border security, sometimes we don't think about our liquid borders that our Nation has. Our coasts obviously need to be secured just like the borders and the deserts of Arizona or across the Northern tier of our Nation as well. […] As this subcommittee moves forward, I think we need to try to zero in on the importance of maritime security for our Nation's economic well-being and the threats that are posed to the global supply chain that transits the goods and services that we depend on across our world's oceans and into our waterways. […] The Coast Guard is the lead agency for maritime security in America. Customs and Border Protection [CBP] ensures the integrity of the supply chains and enforces custom laws. […] It is certainly clear that CBP Air and Marine and the Coast Guard cannot secure our coastal borders without State and local law enforcement assistance. As with other aspects of border security, a team approach is required in the maritime domain. Local law enforcement agencies are necessary to keep our waterways secure. In a time of constrained budgets and limited resources, we just can't afford to have wasteful and duplicative efforts by different levels of government." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Henry Cuellar, Bennie G. Thompson, Michael C. Kostelnik, Paul F. Zukunft, Tim Donnellon, Adrian Garcia, Mike Rogers, Michael T. McCaul, Jeff Duncan, Benjamin Quayle, and Scott Rigell.

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