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Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on New Border Patrol Strategy — TOMORROW

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Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, chaired by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled “Measuring Border Security: U.S. Border Patrol’s New Strategic Plan and the Path Forward” tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Last week, the U.S. Border Patrol released a revised five-year strategic plan, which had not been updated since 2004.  Tomorrow’s hearing will examine this new strategy, and Members will have the opportunity to examine how the Border Patrol plans to gauge its success in implementing this new strategy.

Miller said: “The U.S. Border Patrol recently released their updated five-year strategic plan, which is intended to shift in focus from being ‘resource’ based to ‘risk’ based, applying resources based on the greatest border threats.  During our hearing, we will examine how the new strategy addresses the evolution of border security threats.  The border today is a vastly different place than it was in 2004, because Congress invested in additional personnel, technology and infrastructure, and one of the goals of this hearing is to ensure that this strategy aligns with the goal of securing the nation’s border.  I am troubled, however, that this new strategy is not predicated on gaining or maintaining operational control of the border which was a key metric used for gauging success of the 2004 plan.  No replacement measure has been produced by the Department of Homeland Security, so determining actual progress on securing the border has been problematic.  Members will have the opportunity to question the Chief of the Border Patrol and leading experts from the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Research Service on this new plan, how to best measure border security and the implications for our border security efforts.”

What:                Subcommittee Hearing on “Measuring Border Security: U.S. Border Patrol’s New Strategic Plan and the Path Forward”

When:                 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where:                311 Cannon House Office Building

                           **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE

Witness List:

Chief Michael J. Fisher, Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Rebecca Gambler, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Mr. Marc Rosenblum, PhD, Specialist in Immigration Policy, Congressional Research Service