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July 25, 2006

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

Just in 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: Washington, DC
Date: July 25
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
Committee: House Government Reform Committee, Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee
Additional information: Title of hearing is "Is the Federal Government Doing All It Can to Stem the Tide of Illegal Immigration?"

City: Washington, DC
Date: July 26
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building
Committee: House Ways and Means Committee
Additional information: Hearing notice reads, "This hearing will focus on the effect of immigration and border security-related proposals on the costs and administration of certain entitlement programs within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means (including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and the effect on tax revenues and compliance."

City: Washington, DC
Date: July 26
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building
Committee: House Education and the Workforce Committee, Education Reform Subcommittee
Additional information: Title of hearing is “What is the role of English in American education and society, and does the Reid-Kennedy bill undermine, rather that encourage, this role?”

City: Washington, DC
Date: July 26
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Committee: House International Relations Committee, Western Hemisphere Subcommittee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is "Responding to the regional immigration crisis." Scheduled witnesses include:

* Thomas A. Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
* Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development
* Robert Charles, President, The Charles Group
* Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas

City: Washington, DC
Date: July 26
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Committee: House Science Committee
Additional information: Title of hearing is “How Can Technologies Help Secure Our Borders?” Witnesses include:

* Gregory Giddens, Director, Secure Border Initiative Program Executive Office, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
* Mervyn Leavitt, Deputy Director, Border and Transportation Portfolio, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS
* Anthony DiRienzo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, COLSA Corp.
Barbara Toohill, Executive Director, Homeland Security Mission Area, The MITRE Corp.


City: Washington, DC
Date: July 27
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Homeland Security Committee
Additional information: Title of hearing is “Does the Reid-Kennedy bill make it more difficult for law enforcement to expedite the removal of illegal aliens from the United States?”

City: Washington, DC
Date: July 27
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building
Committee: House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims
Additional information: Title of hearing is "Whether Attempted Implementation of the Senate Immigration Bill Will Result in an Administrative and National Security Nightmare."

City: Washington, DC
Date: July 27
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building
Committee: House Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

City: Plano, TX
Date: July 31
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Plano City Council Chamber
Committee: House Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations
Additional information: Field hearing is titled “Immigration: Enforcing Employee Work Eligibility Laws and Implementing a Stronger Employment Verification System.”

City: San Diego, CA
Date: August 2
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: TBA
Committee: House 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: Fort Huachuca, AZ
Date: August 17
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Committee: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Additional information: Subject of hearing is the role of intelligence in border security.

City: El Paso, TX
Date: August 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee

City: Detroit, MI/Windsor, Canada
Date: August 23
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Committee: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Additional information: Subject of hearing is the role of intelligence in border security.

City: Concord, NH
Date: August 24
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee

City: Upstate New York (City to be confirmed)
Date: August 25
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee

City: Evansville, IN
Date: August 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee

City: Dubuque, IA
Date: September 1
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 25, 2006 06:36 AM

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