Using Resources Effectively to Secure Our Border at Ports of Entry Stopping the Illicit Flow of Money, Guns, and Drugs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, April 5, 2011   [open pdf - 321KB]

From the opening statement of Candace S. Miller: "Our first two hearings examine security between points of entry by focusing on the concept of operational control, focusing on the right mix of technology, infrastructure, and personnel. Today I want to pivot and focus on the security at our ports of entry. So this hearing builds on the previous two by examining how the Office of Field Operation uses the resources appropriated by Congress to stop the illicit flow of money, guns, and drugs. When we think about border security, I think one of the first things we think about are discussions of Border Patrol agents and fences and camera towers, et cetera, all focused on getting control of the border again between the ports of entry. However, I think it is very important that we understand that we face just as serious challenges at the ports of entry in our Nation. In fact, a recent Department of Justice report said that nearly 90 percent of all the drugs that come into our Nation flow through the official ports of entry. They are not coming in between the ports of entry. They are coming through the actual ports of entry. Where there are drugs, there will be money, there will be guns. Make no mistake, the cartels are running drugs across the Southwest border. They are very highly sophisticated and they are an enemy with one goal, and that is certainly for them to make as much money as possible. […] When it comes to National security, we need to do better. When it comes to border security, we need to do much better. So I will be very interested to hear why those statistics were not included in this year's budget documents and what we can do to ensure that we are catching the overwhelming majority of drug traffickers at or near the border." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Henry Cuellar, Bennie G. Thompson, Thomas Winkowski, Stanley F. Korosec, Timothy J. Koerner, Richard F. Cortez, Colleen M. Kelley, and Nelson H. Balido.

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