H. Rept. 114-10 Part 1: Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015, Report Together with Dissenting Views, To Accompany H.R. 399, Including Cost Estimate of the Congressional Budget Estimate, January 27, 2015 [open pdf - 319KB]
From "Background and Need for Legislation": "Our homeland security hinges in part on how well we control who and what enters this country. A porous border is a conduit for drug smugglers and human traffickers, and a vulnerability terrorists may exploit. Supporting and overseeing the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to secure the Nation's borders is a principal responsibility of the Congress. Over ten years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department still lacks a National strategy to secure the borders or reliable metrics to measure border security progress. Since the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to enhance border security, primarily through new investments in personnel, technology, and infrastructure. Despite billions of dollars and decades of policy debates, the border is not secure. Illegal entries into this country continue at an astounding pace, and criminal enterprises have continued to exploit our weaknesses to get drugs, weapons, and other illicit goods into our communities. The Committee believes that operational control must be achieved through smart deployments of technology and infrastructure and progress must be assessed using robust border security performance measures. The required operational plan should be a roadmap to enable the Department to achieve requirements set forth in the legislation."
H. Rept. 114-10 Part 1; House Report 114-10 Part 1
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