Securing the Border: Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology Force Multipliers, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 13, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the May 13, 2015 hearing "Securing the Border: Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology Force Multipliers," held before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Chairman Ron Johnson: "Today, we continue our border series hearings with an examination of the Department of Homeland Security's force multipliers in securing our border: fencing, tactical infrastructure and technology. Through our previous hearings, we have learned that each border sector across the U.S.-Mexico border is different. And the threats from our southwest border significantly differ from our threats on our northern border. These differences in terrain, climate and threats require that we understand each aspect individually and develop a holistic strategy in deploying various resources across our borders. Not only are our border sectors unique, but illegal traffic constantly flows to our most vulnerable areas. Fencing in populated areas and at our ports of entry has redirected illegal traffic to the most remote areas along the border. There is no better example of this than in San Diego, which was one of our most highly trafficked areas until fencing was built in the mid-1990s and apprehensions decreased by 95 percent. This traffic was redirected to El Paso, Tucson and, today, the Rio Grande Valley sector. Earlier this year, when travelling to RGV, Senators Carper, Sasse and I viewed aerostats that had virtually eliminated illegal traffic in the areas covered by their surveillance, only to have the flow directed elsewhere." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Randolph D. Alles, Mark S. Borkowski, Ronald D. Vitiello, Anh N. Duong, Rebecca Gambler, and Michael Garcia.

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