Two CIS Staff Members Give Testimony Before House Subcommittees

By CIS on February 15, 2018

Sanctuary City Policies and the Opioid Epidemic

Jessica Vaughan, the Center’s director of policy studies, testified today on “The Effect of Sanctuary City Policies on the Ability to Combat the Opioid Epidemic” before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. These deadly drugs are coming across the border and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies must cooperate to fight these criminal organizations, which are often staffed by illegal aliens. Vaughan stresses the need for Congress to act to impose consequences on sanctuary jurisdictions and to strengthen laws on identity theft and fraud, which are commonly used by foreign drug traffickers and dealers to conceal their identities and their criminal activity.

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The Costs of Denying Border Patrol Access

Andrew Arthur, the Center’s resident fellow in law and policy, testified today on “The Cost of Denying Border Patrol Access: Our Environment and Security” before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Illegal cross-border traffic causes environmental degradation and poses unacceptable national security and safety risks, including gang and drug access, to all of our communities. Arthur emphasizes the need for unfettered access of movement across federal land and access to erect tactical infrastructure and the maintenance of needed access roads.

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