Aug. 17, 2004 – Focus by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on securing the nation's borders bodes well for the Virgin Islands if congressional testimony given on Tuesday is any indication, Delegate Donna M. Christensen said in a release.
Christensen, a member of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, attended the daylong hearings that focused on The 9/11 Commission Report, its recommendations and how to best implement them, a release from her office stated.
"There was a great focus on protecting borders," she said, "and my focus is on the 175 miles of American border that we have here in the Virgin Islands."
Christensen hosted three town meetings in the territory recently before returning to Washington, D.C., for the hearings. She said particular concerns of the people of the Virgin Islands include border security and the funding and preparedness of first responders, especially in the area of public health.
Also at the hearings, Christensen said, she and her Democratic colleagues expressed their support for The 9/11 Commission Report and its recommendations, along with full and open debate on legislation aimed at improving national security and preventing terrorist attacks.
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