Does Administration Amnesty Harm Our Efforts to Gain and Maintain Operational Control of the Border, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, October 4, 2011 [open pdf - 1MB]
From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "Securing our Nation's border is certainly one of the principal responsibilities of the Federal Government, and it is foremost on this subcommittee's agenda. Over the last 9 months this year we have examined the concept of operational control at a number of our committee meetings, and really what it means in terms of how secure or how open our border actually is. As the Border Patrol points out correctly, we have a layered approach to border security that begins at the border, but it doesn't end at the border. Interior checkpoints, bus, and other transportation checks are also very valuable tools to reduce the number of illegal aliens that enter the country. The last line of defense, as we work to control the integrity of the border, is interior enforcement, and this hearing is intended to examine the impact of the administration's recent decision to more leniently apply prosecutorial discretion and how it will affect the Border Patrol's ability to gain and maintain operational control of the border. I am very concerned--I know others are, as well--that the message that this administration is sending will lead to strains on the Border Patrol's resources as potential illegal immigrants may surge across the border, making it much more difficult for the Border Patrol. What is troubling is that the administration has offered literally hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens administrative amnesty through a series of memos and letters. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice have decided to review every single case in the removal pipeline to weed out noncriminals and criminal aliens who haven't committed the most serious crimes, and then indefinitely close and ignore those cases that don't meet that threshold." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Henry Cuellar, Bennie G. Thompson, Michael J. Fisher, Kumar C. Kibble, Ruth Ellen Wasem, and Sheila Jackson Lee.
Serial No. 112-47
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