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July 06, 2006

House and Senate Hearings on Immigration Reform—Attend If You Can!

From AILA;

Rather than proceed directly with a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate immigration bills, House Republicans have opted to hold a two-month series of hearings that are intended to whip up their conservative base and focus attacks on the Senate approach. In response, the Senate Judiciary Committee is also holding hearings. Chairman Specter plans to promote the temporary worker program and earned legalization provisions in S. 2611.

Information on the hearings appears below. Check this page often for updates! For more details about coordinated press and field events, please e-mail Jenny Levy at jlevy@aila.org.

City: Laredo, TX
Date: July 7
Time: 10:00 am
Location: La Posada Hotel and Suites, 1000 Zaragoza St.
Committee: House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism
Additional information: Hearing is titled "Border Vulnerabilities and International Terrorism, Part 2." Scheduled witnesses include the following:

Panel One:
* Reynaldo Garza, Acting Chief Patrol Agent, Laredo Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Panel Two:
* Rick Flores, Sheriff of Webb County, TX
* Sigifredo 'Sigi' Gonzales Jr., Sheriff, Zapata County, TX

Panel Three:
* Gregory D. Kutz, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Special Investigations, GAO (to discuss the GAO's recent investigative report on transporting dirty bomb material across the border)
* Blas Nunez-Neto, Domestic Social Policy Division, Congressional Research Service


City: Washington, DC
Date: July 12
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Committee: Senate Judiciary Committee

City: Yuma, AZ
Date: Week of August 14
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Committee: House Government Reform Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is "Costs to federal, state, and local governments of an unsecured border"

City: TBD, Washington, DC, and locations outside Washington
Date: TBD, July and August
Location: TBD
Committee: House Education and the Workforce Committee
Additional information: The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a series of hearings on the following subjects:

* English as the official language
* DREAM Act
* The impact of current and potential changes to immigration laws on employers
* An overview of the enforcement of current immigration laws and their impact on the workforce

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 6, 2006 06:36 AM

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