On Thursday, March 10, 2011, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration is holding another in its series of blatantly anti-immigration hearings.

The leaders of House Mass Deportation Caucus, Reps. Smith, Gallegly, and King, are not only driving the GOP immigration strategy, they are driving their party off of a political cliff.

A proposal in the Texas state legislature to crack down on the hiring of undocumented immigrants features a huge exception for household labor — once again exposing the breathtaking hypocrisy of some Republicans who want to sound tough on the issue, but still benefit from undocumented labor.

Today, the leaders of the House Mass Deportation Caucus, Reps. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Steve King (R-IA) and Lamer Smith (R-TX), have organized a hearing that they’ve disingenuously titled “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities.” That’s not what it’s about.

Leaders of the Subcommittee, Reps. Lamar Smith, Elton Gallegly, and Steve King, are professing profound concern for people of color and American workers. But their voting records tell an entirely different story, and America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF) is exposing the rank hypocrisy behind their strategy.

Pew Hispanic Center is out with a new poll. Though they want to focus on letting us know that the “Public Favors Tougher Border Controls and Path to Citizenship” (we already knew that), more relevant to current immigration news is this: Americans don’t want to change the 14th Amendment’s provision on birthright citizenship.

For the past couple years, Republicans on Capitol Hill and across the country have been spitting out talking points about the need for stronger “border security.” None of them will actually define what it means to “secure the border,” but we just know that in their world, there’s never enough border security.

Move over, Jan Brewer, and make room for Kansas GOP Representative, Connie O’Brien. Unlike Brewer, who openly admitted she does not know what an undocumented person looks like (and still had the audacity to sign SB 1070 into law), Representative O’Brien thinks she knows.

Yesterday, the Immigration Subcommittee (of the House Judiciary Committee), which is led by notoriously anti-immigrant members of Congress — Lamar Smith (R-TX), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), and Steve King (R-IA) — held their first immigration hearing since Republicans took control of the House.

In response to a recent Roll Call article calling out the nativist lobby, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith wrote a letter to the editor making a series of claims—many of which he’s been making for the last 20 years—which simply don’t stack up to the facts. These myths also conveniently obscure the lack of any denial of ties to the nativist lobby. While many of Smith’s easy-to-swallow myths may stir the extreme end of a conservative base, they serve as a yet another distraction from having an open and honest immigration debate.