Securing the Southwest Border: Perspectives from Beyond the Beltway, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 17, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the March 17, 2015 hearing "Securing the Southwest Border: Perspectives from Beyond the Beltway," held before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Chairman Ron Johnson: "Securing our border is incredibly complex. The U.S.-Mexico border stretches 2,000 miles across four states and nine border sectors -- each with its own unique terrain and distinct challenges. For example, the Texas Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector border is in the middle of the Rio Grande, a narrow, often shallow, and easily navigable river. Meanwhile, in Arizona, two north-south mountain ranges provide cover for smugglers and illegal crossers. Protected lands and a Native American reservation restrict access to approximately 80 percent of the Arizona border. Both push and pull factors drive illegal immigration, and an unsecure border not only contributes to our broken immigration system but also threatens Americans' national security and public safety. Any border security legislation must recognize that this is a multifaceted problem. And this problem is exacerbated by our lack of information. We don't know for sure how many people today are 'living in the shadows.' And, most important, there is no solid way to track illegal flow at our borders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Chris Cabrera, Mark J. Daniels, Howard G. Buffett, Othal Brand, and Monica Weisberg-Stewart.

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