The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, chaired by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled "Border Security Threats to the Homeland: DHS' Response to Innovative Tactics and Techniques" tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.
Since the early 1990s, border security has consisted of local surges of personnel and infrastructure, and ad hoc technology deployment. Today, these methods have pushed the vast majority of human smuggling and illegal immigration to rural and remote areas, such as the Western desert of Arizona, the Caribbean, and off the coast of California.
Tomorrow's hearing will examine the need for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a forward-looking, comprehensive plan to secure the border. This hearing will give Members the opportunity to hear directly from DHS on how it plans to account for and adapt to new tactics, such as border tunnels, ultra light aircraft, and submersible vessels.
Miller said: "As we have strengthened the Department of Homeland Security presence along the borders, drug cartels, human smugglers, and illegal aliens have come up with innovative and creative ways to bypass our security measures. We want to examine the Department's response to these shifting border smuggling tactics and their use of small boats, semi and fully submersibles, small ultra light aircraft, and the proliferation of border tunnels. As we put pressure on one area, these drug cartels and smugglers shift to another which directly points to a need for a comprehensive strategy to secure the border. Ad hoc deployments of resources to plug a hole, or address a gap that exists today without thinking about the drug cartel's next move has to be replaced with analytical thinking that anticipates weaknesses that our adversary may try to exploit. I will be interested in understanding how the Department is responding to new and evolving challenges along the borders."