C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., JD, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, in a June 19, 2006 testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, titled "Immigration Enforcement at the Workplace: Learning from the Mistakes of 1986," stated:

“Most such migrants [illegal aliens] are gainfully employed here, pay taxes, and many have started families and developed roots in our society… But others seeking to cross our borders illegally do present a threat – including potential terrorists and criminals. The current flow of illegal immigrants and people overstaying their visas has made it extremely difficult for our border and interior enforcement agencies to be able to focus on the terrorists, organized criminals, and violent felons who use the cloak of anonymity that the current chaotic situation offers.”

June 19, 2006