Panel Video: Our Borders a Decade after 9/11

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Ten years after 19 foreign hijackers staged the 9/11 attacks, much has changed in America's immigration and border-control policies, and much has not. The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion to examine what's been done in immigration and related areas since 9/11 to strengthen America's security and what challenges remain.

The panel discussion was held on Thursday, September 15, at 9 a.m., in Room 2237 of Rayburn House Office Building.


Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee after 9/11 and author, among other things, of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, the REAL ID Act of 2005, and the Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (which passed the House but not the Senate)

Janice Kephart, the Center's Director of National Security Policy and former border counsel for the 9/11 Commission

Jessica Vaughan, the Center's Director of Policy Studies and former Foreign Service Officer

Roy Beck, Executive Director of Numbers USA

Moderator: Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's Introduction and Statement


Question and Answer statement with Rep. Sensenbrenner


Introduction to Remaining Speakers



Janice Kephart's Statement


Jessica Vaughan's Statement


Roy Beck's Statement


Question and Answer Session