Moving the Line of Scrimmage: Re-Examining the Defense-in-Depth Strategy, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, September 13, 2016   [open pdf - 4MB]

This testimony compilation is from the September 13, 2016 hearing, "Moving the Line of Scrimmage: Re-Examining the Defense-in-Depth Strategy" before the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. From the statement of Mark Morgan: "As America's unified border agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) protects the United States against terrorist threats and prevents the illegal entry of people and dangerous materials into the United States, while facilitating lawful travel and trade. USBP [United States Border Patrol] works with our CBP, interagency, state, local, tribal, territorial, and international partners to patrol the more than 6,000 miles of land border between the POEs that we share with Mexico and Canada and 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida Peninsula and the island of Puerto Rico. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Government facilitated an unprecedented deployment of personnel, technology, and infrastructure to secure our Nation's borders. The resource base built over the past two decades has enabled USBP to develop and implement a Strategic Plan and enforcement posture tailored to meet the challenges of securing a 21st century border against a variety of different threats and adversaries. Today, our Strategic Plan is based on risk: identifying high-risk areas and flows and targeting our response to meet those threats. [...] Immigration checkpoints are also a critical element of USBP's layered approach to combat illegal cross-border activity and are the primary focus of my testimony. Border Patrol checkpoints are strategically located on routes of egress from the border and thereby additionally deters an attempted illegal entry." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Morgan, Peggy Davis, Gary Brasher, Elyse Golob, and Christian Ramirez.

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