What Does a Secure Border Look Like?: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 26, 2013 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the February 26, 2013 hearing, "What Does a Secure Border Look Like?" before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. From the statement of Michael J. Fisher and Kevin McAleenan "We are here today to discuss what a secure border looks like. Some have suggested that it can be described 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 reality is that the condition of the border cannot be described by a single objective measure. It is not a measure of crime, 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. For border communities, a secure border means living free from fear in their towns and cities. It means an environment where businesses can conduct cross-border trade and flourish. For other American communities, it means enjoying the benefits of a well-managed border that facilitates the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Our efforts, combined with those of our international, federal, state, local, and tribal partners, have transformed the border and assist in continuing to keep our citizens safe, our country defendable from an attack, and promote economic prosperity." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael J. Fisher, Candice Miller, Kevin McAleenan, William Lee, Rebecca Gambler, and Marc R. Rosenblum.
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