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Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

Congressional Hearings Highlight Need for Practical, Comprehensive Solutions That Promote Public Safety

The tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco this month prompted Congress to schedule two hearings this week—one held today in the Senate Judiciary Committee and another scheduled for Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. While several family members of victims shared their heart-wrenching stories of loss in today’s Senate hearing, one witness, Reverend […]

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DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified to the House Judiciary Committee—his first appearance in Congress since the tragic killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Secretary Johnson faced Congressional representatives who repeatedly supported making immigration detainer requests mandatory. Johnson responded by repeatedly emphasizing “cooperation” with local authorities, rather than mandated […]

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One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

Written by on July 9, 2015 in Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
One Year Later: Government Officials Request Lawyers for Immigrant Children and More Judges

On Tuesday, the Senate Homeland Security committee held a hearing examining the U.S. government’s response to last year’s arrivals of unaccompanied children fleeing Central American violence. Despite continuing disagreements between Senators as to the cause of the increased numbers of children fleeing their homes, two solutions received uniform support from U.S. government officials: providing lawyers […]

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Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Written by on May 15, 2015 in Congress with 7 Comments
Congress Pursuing Anti-Immigrant Agenda in 2015

Americans—77 percent, according to a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll—want Congress to take action on immigration reform. In the last Congress, comprehensive reform passed the Senate by two to one, and received 192 supporters in the House. Yet the new Congress in 2015 has turned the clock back. According to the Alliance for Citizenship, […]

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After Earthquake in Nepal, Bill Introduced to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese Nationals

Written by on May 4, 2015 in Congress with 1 Comment
After Earthquake in Nepal, Bill Introduced to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese Nationals

One form of humanitarian assistance the United States can offer to Nepal, a country now recovering from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that flattened buildings and killed more than 7,000 people, is temporary protected status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals who currently are in the United States. Last week, several members of Congress introduced a bill, H.R. […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

Written by on April 28, 2015 in Birthright Citizenship, Hearings with 22 Comments
Ending Birthright Citizenship: (Still) Unconstitutional, Unwise, Unworkable, and Un-American

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Birthright Citizenship: Is It The Right Policy For America?” The hearing will question whether those born in America will automatically be citizens, as they have been for over 150 years. Undoubtedly, the hearing will feature the same counterproductive anti-immigrant rhetoric that nativists have trotted out before, […]

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ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

ICE Director Saldaña Faces Critics in Congress

On Tuesday, new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña, responsible for immigration enforcement inside the United States, testified for the first time to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. Saldaña defended ICE’s implementation of its new enforcement priorities, promised to convince local jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE, and received sharp questioning regarding […]

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Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

Written by on March 27, 2015 in Hearings, Visas with 1 Comment
Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

This week, the Senate Homeland Security committee examined various immigrant guest worker proposals. This was the Committee’s third “Securing the Border” hearing this week, after Tuesday’s hearing on transnational crime, and Wednesday’s hearing on root causes of Central American migration. The witnesses all agreed that increasing legal immigration would decrease unlawful immigration across the border—especially […]

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Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Border, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, which was titled “Securing the Border: Assessing the Impact of Transnational Crime,” lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were largely in agreement as to what the biggest security problem is along the northern and southern borders of the United States: the […]

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The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Written by on March 17, 2015 in Economics, Employment, Hearings with 1 Comment
The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Note: Today’s blog features the oral testimony of Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read his full written testimony here. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the American Immigration Council. […]

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