Law Enforcement Problems at the Border Between the United States and Canada: Drug Smuggling, Illegal Immigration and Terrorism, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, April 14, 1999   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Lamar Smith: "This subcommittee has never held a hearing specifically addressing the northern border. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of reports highlighting the lack of Federal resources on the northern border and the resulting threat to U.S. national security and community safety. Three threats need to be addressed: drug smuggling, illegal immigration and terrorism. All these threats are exacerbated by the lack of resources on the northern border. In fact, the Border Patrol currently has only 289 agents along the 3,500 mile northern border. It is obvious that if we do not know who comes into our country, we do not know what comes into our country, like illegal drugs. A porous border is an open invitation for illegal drug smugglers and for terrorists and their goal of mass destruction. […] Drug smugglers, terrorists and illegal aliens travel both ways across the border. Canadians as well as Americans will benefit from better border security. The United States and Canada already have engaged in cooperative efforts to combat illegal alien smuggling and to share intelligence information regarding drug smugglers and terrorists. Both countries have much to gain by supporting joint and individual efforts to reduce the threats to both Americans and Canadians." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lamar Smith, Dale Brandland, Michael Bromwich, Eugene Davis, Mark Hall, David Harris, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Michael A. Pearson, John Conyers, Jr., and Robert Trotter.

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