U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012, at 10:00am entitled, "Building a Secure Community: How Can DHS Better Leverage State and Local Partnerships?"
Chairman Miller said: "For years, our border security has been based on a layered approach that began at the border. However, it is clear that the scale and scope of maintaining operational control of our border requires the Department of Homeland Security to leverage willing state and local partners. In many ways, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are the last line of defense in our layered approach to securing the border. They are responsible for enforcing our nation's immigration and customs laws, including detaining and removing aliens who successfully cross the border illegally, or violate the terms of a visa.
"As a nation, we must be fully committed to enforcing our nation's immigration laws, as well as remove criminal aliens and those who pose a public safety threat. Secure Communities, the program where everyone who is fingerprinted has those prints cross-checked against our immigration databases to determine if they are in the country lawfully, has been a key to successfully deporting hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens. This program is on track to be fully implemented nationwide this Fall. The purpose of my hearing will be to hear from ICE Director Morton on how ICE is cultivating and leveraging local law enforcement through programs, like Secure Communities, and other efforts they are conducting to curb illegal immigration and effectively securing our borders."