S. Hrg. 115-289: Border Security, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session on the Effects of Border Insecurity and Lax Immigration Enforcement on American Communities, March 1, 2017, Improved Border Security and Public Safety, April 5, 2017, and Border Insecurity: The Rise of MS-13 and Other Transnational Criminal Organizations, May 24, 2017 [open pdf - 10MB]
This is a compilation of "Border Security" hearings, including the March 1, 2017 on "The Effects of Border Insecurity and Lax Immigration Enforcement on American Communities," the April 5, 2017 on "Improved Border Security and Public Safety," and the May 24, 2017 on "Border Insecurity: The Rise of MS-13 and Other Transnational Criminal Organizations," held before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "To me, the role of the Federal Government--the top priority is the defense of this Nation--defense of this homeland, the security of its borders and the security of its citizens. And, that is really all this hearing is about--is to lay out a reality through some powerful examples. And, again, we have Julie here. We have Sheriff Eric Severson from Waukesha County, Wisconsin, who will be laying out and talking about the problem of drug abuse, because our borders are so porous. In the 1980s, heroin cost $3,200 per gram. Deputy Rectenwald, we were talking yesterday. You think it is about $80 a gram. Ten doses per gram--that is $8 for a hit of heroin. It is a very affordable, destructive habit. And, that is because our borders are so porous. So, there is a lot of destruction occurring. We have a sheriff and a deputy sheriff here, describing those things. And, of course, Deputy Sheriff Rectenwald will be talking about another tragedy--another young mom, Jill Sundberg, who was murdered by five individuals--criminals that were in this country illegally. Again, we are going to allow these powerful stories to be told, so we understand the consequences of not enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: (March 1, 2017) Julie Nordman, Eric J. Severson, and Ryan Rectenwald; (April 5, 2017) John F. Kelly; (May 24, 2017) Timothy D. Sini, Scott M. Conley, and J. Thomas Manger.
S. Hrg. 115-289; Senate Hearing 115-289
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