Congressional hearing focuses on border security

September 20, 2011 • State News

Tiffany Hartley, widow of David Hartley, speaks during a news conference after a House Committee on the Judiciary held a Secure our Texas Border Forum at the University of Texas at Brownsville, with Congressman Blake Farenthold at left and Congressman Ted Poe, right, Monday, Sept. 19. 2011, in Brownsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Four months after President Barack Obama went to the other end of the Texas-Mexico border to tally achievements in border security and call for comprehensive immigration reform, a Republican congressman said the border remains unsafe and convened a hearing Monday in this border city to show it.

“I do believe that the concept out of Washington that the border is as secure as it has ever been is not actually factual,” said U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, a Texas Republican. “The federal government is probably doing more than it has in recent years but the border … is still not secure.”

Poe, a member of the House Judiciary committee’s subcommittee on immigration policy and enforcement, said from the start that he didn’t want to combine border security and immigration. But since a secure border is the prerequisite many Republicans have set for immigration reform and the goalpost Obama accused Republicans of moving during his May speech in El Paso, immigration remained the unspoken presence at the hearing on the campus of the University of Texas-Brownsville.

Poe cited the number of foreign nationals in county jails along the border and the Border Patrol’s statement earlier this year that Login to read more

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