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Statement before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
United States Senate
Ambassador Roger F. Noriega
American Enterprise Institute
March 25, 2015
Mr. Chairman, I commend you and your Committee for organizing a series of hearings this week to focus attention on the fundamental responsibility of securing our borders. I also would like to begin my testimony by recognizing the service of the U.S. government officials who testify before you today. I know from experience that their jobs are critical to our security, and I thank them for their service to our nation.
No event in recent years has underscored the vulnerability of the United States’ southwest border as dramatically as the wave of illegal immigrants—many of them children—crossing our border in a five-month period beginning last March. Overall in FY 2014, 51,000 “unaccompanied alien children” (UACs) were detained ... Read More