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Today's House Judiciary Committee Hearing Will Involve 2013's SAFE Act

Today, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on “Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation,” where they will be bringing back an extremist piece of legislation from 2013: the SAFE Act. As if Republicans weren’t making it clear how anti-immigrant they are, with their three votes last week against DACA/DAPA.  When the SAFE Act passed out … Continue reading »

HJC Witness Today Includes Disgraced Former INS Officer Who Lied to Congress

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Interior Immigration Enforcement Legislation,” where it will discuss failed bills like the incredibly anti-immigrant SAFE Act. But the real story is who will be testifying at the hearing — namely, even more extremist witnesses from the Center for Immigration Studies and the hate group Federation for … Continue reading »

Tomorrow: Another HJC Hearing, Another Set of Tanton Network Witnesses

When Republicans want to hear “expert” testimony on anti-immigrant views, there is apparently only shop in town: the John Tanton network.  Tanton, of course, is the white nationalist who founded or helped found three key anti-immigrant groups, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (or FAIR, a hate group), the Center for Immigration Studies (the think tank), … Continue reading »

Senator Durbin: Opposition to Executive Action is Support for Mass Deportation

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on immigration reform and the President’s executive action for immigrants — and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) used his time to take apart the arguments of the anti-immigrant crowd. Watch the video below: Speaking for opponents for executive action were John Eastman, Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage, and … Continue reading »

Senate and House Judiciary Committee Hearings Feature FOUR Tanton Network Supporters

Congressional Republicans clearly don’t care that the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a hate group or that its founder, John Tanton, is a white nationalist.  Why else would they hold two immigration hearings today (one by the House Judiciary Committee and one in the Senate) and invite not one, not two, not three, but four witnesses affiliated … Continue reading »


Hearing on Keeping Families Together: The President’s Executive Action on Immigration and the Need to Pass Comprehensive Reform DECEMBER 10, 2014 Washington, DC–We thank the Judiciary Committee for holding this important hearing today on the recent Immigration Accountability Action Initiatives.  This hearing rightly highlights the need to keep families together. The expansion of the Deferred … Continue reading »

Memo to Speaker Boehner and the House GOP: If You Don’t Like President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration, Then Bring Comprehensive Immigration Reform to a Vote this Year. Pass. The. Bill.

With Congress back in session this week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is teeing up attacks on President Obama’s lawful use of executive action on immigration, with the House kicking things off with two hearings scheduled for Tuesday. If Republicans are actually serious about dealing with immigration and preempting President Obama’s executive action, they have … Continue reading »

Children's Hearing Exposes Harrowing Journeys and Mistreatment for Minors Reaching US

Today, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus held an ad hoc hearing on Capitol Hill entitled “Kids First: Examining the Southern Border Humanitarian Crisis.”  The members of Congress listened to testimony from children who had fled violence and experts who had worked with them, and one Congresswoman expressed her astonishment that this was the first time … Continue reading »

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Today; Meet the Folks Testifying

If you thought yesterday’s Homeland Security hearing on the children at the border was a long parade of Republican posture-taking, wait until today’s House Judiciary Committee spectacle, titled nothing less than  “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Minors.” Here are the witnesses: Mr. Tom Homan, Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. … Continue reading »

Homeland Security Hearing on Border Children Displays GOP Posturing

At today’s Homeland Security Committee hearing (“Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border“), House Republicans demonstrated an insistence on using the children at the border story to score cheap political points, regardless of the facts. More than once, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson emphasized the fact that the children are refugees, and that the main … Continue reading »