A Dangerous and Sophisticated Adversary: The Threat to the Homeland Posed by Cartel Operations

February 16, 2017 10:00 AM | HOUSE CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER (CVC) ROOM 210

Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to shore up our border defenses and today we have an impressive array of technology, infrastructure and personnel deployed to keep the nation safe.  Despite our best efforts, we have seemingly made little progress over the last few years to secure the border. Most recently, reports suggest that we are little more than 50% effective at stopping people from crossing the border illegally, and narcotics continue to pour into our communities unabated. On the other side of the border, Mexican drug cartels conduct extensive counter-surveillance against our agents, and use innovative techniques to successfully smuggle their illicit loads across the border. This hearing will examine the threat posed by cartel operations to DHS’ border security efforts and the security of the Homeland.

Opening Statements

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Subcommittee Chairwoman
Opening Statement

Live Stream


Vice Admiral Charles Ray
Deputy Commandant for Operations
U.S. Coast Guard
Witness Testimony

Chief Paul Beeson
Joint Task Force—West, Arizona
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Matt Allen
Assistant Director for HSI Investigative Programs
Homeland Security Investigations
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Luis E. Arreaga
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Witness Testimony