The Border Wall: Strengthening our National Security

Hearing Date: April 27, 2017 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

  • To discuss the costs of illegal immigration and the benefits that a border wall would provide to national security, economy, and respect for the rule of law.
  • More than 11 million undocumented aliens are illegally present in the US straining federal and state resources, specifically law enforcement resources with regard to gang and violent criminal activity.
  • The Center for Immigration Studies reports that, “if a border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 illegal crossers . . . the fiscal savings would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall.”
  • The Subcommittee is interested in learning more about the potential economic and security benefits of the border wall, as well as best practices.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Dr. Steven Camarota, Ph.D. Director of Research Center for Immigration Studies Document
Mr. Brandon Judd President National Border Patrol Council Document
Ms. Maria Espinoza Director The Remembrance Project Document
Ms. Agnes Gibboney Mother whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant Document
The Honorable Seth Stodder Former Assistant Secretary Border, Immigration, & Trade Policy U.S. Department of Homeland Security Document