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Chairman Thompson Calls on Secretary Nielsen to Come Before the Homeland Security Committee to Answer for the Administration’s Border Security Policies
Jan 4, 2019 Correspondence
(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting her to testify before the Committee for its first hearing of the new Congress on the Administration’s failed border security agenda. Secretary Nielsen has only appeared before the Committee once. 

In the letter, Chairman Thompson wrote:
Your border security presentation submitted to Congress today is yet another example of the misinformation and outright lies the Trump Administration has used to make the case for the President’s boondoggle border wall, defend the government shutdown, and distract the American people from a border policy so flawed that children have died in Department of Homeland Security custody.  Squandering American taxpayer money on a wall may satisfy a segment of the President’s political supporters, but it will not solve the real border security challenges facing our Nation.

In the letter, Chairman Thompson also requests DHS provide relevant documentation and records on construction of a border wall, metering individuals at land ports of entry, interdiction of families between ports of entry, and care and treatment of children in CBP custody.
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Full letter text https://homeland.house.gov/sites/democrats.homeland.house.gov/files/documents/nielsen19.pdf

At first glance the idea of a wall might sound good, but as some pet owners know, fences can be dug under. And, as shown below, the fence or wall would have to be much deeper than the existing or proposed ones, to stop a tunnel. US Border walls have been under construction for a long while. Trump should know about these tunnels from his long-time buddy, Israeli PM Netanyahu, even if he knows nothing about the Mexican Border: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip_smuggling_tunnels

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, April 5, 2012 San Diego tunnel to smuggle drugs discovered on US-Mexico border.

This says that the above tunnel was 90 ft deep, so whether the fence is 6 ft deep, 20 ft deep, or even 30 ft, it’s not deep enough to stop the tunnels. Focus should be on technology needed for above and underground surveillance.

Wall on Mexican border under construction in 2009:

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (March 14, 2009) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 133 and NMCB-14 construct a 1,500 foot-long concrete-lined drainage ditch and a 10 foot-high wall to increase security along the U.S. and Mexico border in Douglas, Ariz. (U.S. Navy photo by Steelworker 1st Class Matthew Tyson/Released)
See more information-photos here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/11/09/border-tunnels-us-senator-feinstein-was-working-to-stop-the-construction-of-tunnels-used-to-transport-drugs-across-the-u-s-mexico-border-well-before-trump/