Moving the Line of Scrimmage: Re-examining the Defense-in-Depth Strategy

September 13, 2016 10:00 AM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

The U.S. Border Patrol’s strategy of Defense-in-Depth cedes crucial time and space to the drug cartels in the rural areas of the border by not apprehending individuals soon after they cross, instead using rugged terrain to wait hours and sometimes days to interdict illegal activities. As a result, populated rural areas adjacent to the border are faced with the prospect of increased illegal activity on their property and in their communities. This hearing will examine the Defense-in-Depth strategy, and effectiveness of interior checkpoints as a border security tool.

Opening Statements

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

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Mr. Mark Morgan
Chief U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony


Ms. Peggy Davis
Private Citizen
Witness Testimony

Mr. Gary Brasher
Private Citizen
Witness Testimony

Dr. Elyse Golob
Executive Director National Center for Border Security and Immigration
The University of Arizona
Witness Testimony

Mr. Christian Ramírez
Southern Border Communities Coalition
Witness Testimony