Protecting Our Northern Border: Enhancing Collaboration and Building Local Partnerships, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 12, 2013 [open pdf - 922KB]
This is the July 12, 2013 hearing, "Protecting Our Northern Border: Enhancing Collaboration and Building Local Partnerships," Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate. From the opening statement of Senator Tester, "When the topic of border security arises in Washington, DC, it is the Southwest border that gets most of the attention. Well, like most folks in this room, I happen to live within 100 miles of the Northern border and have my entire life. And we will continue doing all that we can to ensure that the needs up here are addressed when we start talking about border security. After all our Northern border with Canada is the longest shared border in the world, some 5,500 miles, including 545 miles in this State alone. And I do not need to tell you that, when patrolling in an area that expansive, manpower is an answer, but it is not the only answer. It is about deployment of effective technologies. It is about Federal, State, local and Canadian partners working closely and collaboratively. And today we would like to discuss some of the things that we are doing right, and we would like to identify some of our opportunities to improve the things that we can do better. After all this is just not a security issue. It is an economic issue. It is a jobs issue. And I know how much cross-border commerce means to our State and especially to this community of Havre. There's certainly a way to promote smart and effect." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Don Brostrom, Nathan Burr, Debbie Vandeberg, Kumar C. Kibble, Christopher Richards, and Robert Desrosier.
S. Hrg. 113-537; Senate Hearing 113-537
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