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Preview: Congressional Hearings on Border, Agriculture, E-Verify This Week


house hearingHappening in the U.S. House of Representatives this week are not one, not two, but three subcommittee hearings on immigration-related topics, spanned across two different committees (Homeland Security and Judiciary). All House Committees are, of course, currently controlled by Republicans.  Unlike the hearings of the last few weeks, these next three will not be full committee hearings.  Still, we’ll be live-tweeting the action at @americasvoice. Here’s a quick rundown:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10 AM

Committee on Homeland Security Hearing: What Does a Secure Border Look Like?


  • Michael J. Fisher, Chief, Border Patrol, DHS
  • Kevin McAleenan, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Officer of Field Operations, CPB, DHS
  • RAdm William Lee, Deputy for Operations Policy and Capabilities, US Coast Guard, DHS
  • Rebecca Gambler, Acting Director, Homeland Security and Justice, GAO
  • Marc Rosenblum, PhD, Specialist in Immigration Policy, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2 PM

Committee on the Judiciary hearing: Agricultural Labor: from H-2A to a Workable Agricultural Guestworker Program


  • Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation (@FarmBureau)
  • Chalmers Carr, President and CEO, Titan Farms
  • Michael J. Brown, President, National Chicken Council
  • Giev Kashkooli, Political/Legislative Director, United Farm Workers (@UFWupdates)

Wednesday, February 27 at 2:30 PM

Committee on the Judiciary: How E-Verify Works and How it Benefits American Employers and Workers


  • Soraya Correa, Associate Director, USCIS
  • Chris Gamvroulas, President, Ivory Homes
  • Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Emily Tulli, Policy Attorney, NILC (@Emily_NILC)

For the last House immigration hearing, we wrote this piece on House wingnuts like Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX).  But if you tune into Tuesday’s Homeland Security hearing on the border, pay close attention to Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), who is as extreme and anti-immigrant a Congressmember as any of them–and isn’t afraid to show it.