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Update on Congressional Hearings for April 7, 2009

April 07, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

State and Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws: On April 2, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law and the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a joint hearing, “The Public Safety and Civil Rights Implications of State and Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws.” Witnesses at this hearing included a number of private individuals, professors, the police chief of Mesa, Arizona, and the President of the Police Foundation.  Links to all of the testimony can be found on the Web site of the House Judiciary Committee here.


Enforcement Priorities: On April 2, the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a hearing, “Priorities Enforcing Immigration Law.” Testifying were representatives of USCIS and ICE.  The hearing was called to examine whether ICE’s enforcement priorities are appropriate, and to examine the problems of E-Verify.  You can find the testimony of the witnesses, and the opening statement of the Chairman, David Price (D-NC), on the Web site of the Subcommittee.


U.S.-Mexico Border Violence: There have been more hearings on U.S.-Mexico Border violence. On March 24, the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing focusing on law enforcement response. Among the witnesses testifying were Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, and representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. You can find links to the testimony, and the opening statement of Chairman Allan Mollohan (D-WV) on the Subcommittee’s Web site.


On March 25, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing, "Southern Border Violence: Homeland Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Responsibilities."  Testifying were government witnesses: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; James Steinberg, Deputy Secretary, Department of State; and David W. Ogden, Deputy Attorney General.  You can find the testimony of these witnesses, as well as a video recording of the hearing, on the Web site of the Committee.

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