Strengthening the Border - Finding the Right Mix of Personnel, Infrastructure, and Technology, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 15, 2011   [open pdf - 381KB]

From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "This hearing determines and tries to build on that discussion by examining the three main pillars that allow Border Patrol agents to be effective. That, of course, is a combination of personnel, infrastructure, and technology. I think we certainly need all three to be successful in securing our borders. The Department of Homeland Security's Analysis of Alternatives, which formed a new technology plan for the State of Arizona, consists of a combination of Remote Video Surveillance Systems, Mobile Surveillance Systems, Unattended Ground Sensors and other types of technology. The backbone of the Arizona plan actually consists of Integrated Fixed Towers, which look very similar to the original design of SBInet. However, it now appears that the technology plan for the entire Southwest border currently being prepared will not be ready until July instead of March, as we had originally hoped. I am concerned about the lack of a comprehensive technology plan as well for the Northern border, which does not appear to be something that CBP is considering at this time. I just would once again, and I always say that I am totally cognizant and very sensitive to all of the challenges that are happening on the Southern border of our Nation, but I like to remind folks we actually have two borders, so the Northern border as well. Both of them need to be secured." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Henry Cuellar, Bennie G. Thompson, Michael J. Fisher, Mark Borkowski, Michael C. Kostelnik, General Hugo Salazar, and Richard M. Stana.

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