Transcript of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Hearing on the Proposed Fiscal 2012 Appropriations for Southwest Border Enforcement   [open pdf - 330KB]

"With the 5,500 miles of border with Canada, the 1,993 miles of border with Mexico and the 2,627 miles of shorelines securing the borders of the United States is a daunting task. Since its inception this subcommittee has closely examined security efforts and conditions along our borders particularly along the Southwest border. Our focus today is not merely to recite where we have been. We all -- we know well the significant resources and dramatic strives that have been made since 2003. Rather we want to talk about the goals for border security. We want to hear three things directly from you, the officers and agents who work on the frontlines. Number one, what's the current assessment of border security? Number two, when will the border be secure? What does that mean, what resources are needed. And number three, how do we measure progress for a secure and economically vibrant border?"

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