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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 6/29/10 - RE_ News Release Redacted) 2

CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 6/29/10 - RE_ News Release Redacted) 2

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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 6/29/10;
CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 6/29/10;

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Congressman BennyThompson, chair of theHouse Committee onHomeland Security, metwith members of the Alliance for Security andTrade in Washington,D.C.
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Note..Mayor Foster, et al, were on the Hill yesterday. We have forwarded the press release toCongressional Affairs to help correct the record.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Border mayors and business leaders brief Homeland Security Committee members7 February 2008María González-EscareñoLAREDO, February 7 - On the eve of Homeland SecuritySecretary Michael Chertoff's visit to the Rio Grande Valley, members of the Alliance for Security and Tradebriefed the Democratic members of the HouseCommittee on Homeland Security on border security,and immigration and economy.The briefing took place Thursday morning in WashingtonD.C., with panelists Dennis Nixon, CEO and Chairman,IBC Bank, Alliance for Security and Trade; McAllenMayor Richard Cortez, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas andEagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster.U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Ciro Rodriguez,D-San Antonio were among the Democratic Memberspresent at the briefing, as well as Committee Chair Rep.Bennie Thompson, D-MS. “We are just knocking on doors in an effort to conveythe Texas border reality. The challenge is conveying ourreality; they are estranged from the reality of theborder,” said Foster, in a telephone conversation withthe
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. “Texas is unique in that it has a wonderfulnatural resource to which the Secure Fence Act will be atremendous negative impact.” The issues discussed at the hearing were the Secure Fence Act, alternatives toborder fencing in Texas, and immigration and the economy. Specific topics of discussion included the levee project in Hidalgo County and the River Vega project inLaredo, as well as wait times at ports of entry and facilitation of legitimate cross-border travel. “Dennis Nixon was the principal witness and he presented a strong outline on theeconomic needs, economic effects of the fence, and on the need for comprehensiveimmigration reform,” said Salinas.The Laredo mayor also said that the Texas Border Coalition's work on proposing
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