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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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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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House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Border, Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

The House Judiciary Committee devoted two days this week to the markup of three enforcement-only immigration bills. The legislation would strip much-needed protections from an already vulnerable population–including children and asylum seekers–impact the agriculture industry, place burdensome requirements on small business owners, and cost the American taxpayer a lot of money. The Legal Workforce Act, […]

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Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

Written by on February 5, 2015 in Deferred Action, Economics, Executive Action, Hearings with 9 Comments
Senate Hearing Shows Deferred Action Programs are Beneficial to Social Security

The Senate Homeland Security committee on Wednesday held its first hearing about President Obama’s immigration executive actions. The hearing and the witnesses testifying focused on the “implications and unanswered questions” about the deportation relief offered to some undocumented immigrants included in the president’s actions. First, the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary, Stephen C. Goss, provided testimony […]

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