Border Security Oversight: Identifying and Responding to Current Threats, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, June 27, 2013   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the June 27, 2013 hearing, "Border Security Oversight: Identifying and Responding to Threats," before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the joint statement of David Murphy and Michael J. Fisher: "We are here today to discuss how border security has changed over the past ten years, not only in terms of resources, infrastructure, and operations, but also in how we assess and measure the state of an ever-changing border environment. Some have suggested that levels of security can be measured in terms of linear miles of 'operational control,' a tactical term once used by the Border Patrol to allocate resources among sectors and stations along the border. We do not use this term as a measure of border security because the complex nature of the multitude of different border conditions cannot be described by a single objective measure. Although an indicator of success, we cannot measure border security solely based on crime rates, because even the safest communities in America have some crime. It is not merely a measure of resources, because even the heaviest concentration of fencing, all weather roads, 24-hour lighting, surveillance systems, and Border Patrol agents cannot seal the border completely." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Fisher, David J. Murphy, Thomas Homan, Jason Chaffetz, John J. Duncan, Jr., and Rebecca Gambler.

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