Study in Contrasts: House and Senate Approaches to Border Security, Hearing Before Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 23, 2013   [open pdf - 440KB]

This is the July 23, 2013 hearing on "A Study in Contrasts: House and Senate Approaches to Border Security," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Candice S. Miller: "Our nation is in the middle of a very robust debate on the best path to reform our broken immigration system. An essential part of that debate is how we secure the border, so that in 10 years or 15 years we do not need to debate again and again. We need to reduce the flow of people coming to this country illegally: this includes those who sneak across the border, across the desert, and those who overstay their visas. This is more than an immigration issue; it's a national security issue. We need to start by securing the southern border, but that is not the only that we have. All of our borders - our northern border, southern border and the maritime environment - are dynamic places, once we have secured a section of the border it is by no means secured forever. It can change. Without a nation-wide plan, the drug cartels and smugglers will continue to seek out the point of least resistance and succeed in coming into our country illegally by crossing our borders. The American people overwhelming agree that we need to secure the border -- they have spoken out many times about that. It is something that unfortunately we failed to do in 1986, and immigration reform, in my mind, will not happen without the public -- the American people -- having a high degree of confidence that their Government is committed to enforcing the nation's immigration laws and following through on our border security promises." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice S. Miller, Sheila Jackson Lee, Michael T. McCaul, John Cornyn, Xavier Becerra, Jayson P. Ahern, Edward Alden, Beto O'Rourke, and Richard M. Stana.

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Ser. No. 113-28; Serial Number 113-28
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