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July 28, 2006

House Energy and Commerce Committee; “field/faux” hearings; Nashville, Tennessee August 10, 2006

House and Senate Hearings on Immigration Reform

City: Plano, TX
Date: July 31
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Plano City Council Chamber
Committee: House Education and the Workforce Committee, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations
Additional information: Field hearing is titled “Immigration: Enforcing Employee Work Eligibility Laws and Implementing a Stronger Employment Verification System.” Witnesses include:
• John Chakwin, Special Agent-in-Charge, Dallas Office of Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Dallas, TX
• Jon L. Luther, CEO, Dunkin' Donuts, Canton, MA
• Abel Martinez, Vice President of Partner Relations, Risk Management and Compliance, H-E-B Grocery Co., San Antonio, TX
• Geri Simmons, representing Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, VA

City: Selfridge, MI
Date: August 1
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Joint Dining Facility, Bldg. 164, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, 29423 George Ave.
Committee: House Armed Services Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What are the unique challenges for the Department of Defense in supporting border enforcement along the northern border?” Witnesses include:
• Brig. Gen. Michael Peplinski, Commander 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Air National Guard
• Chief Patrol Agent John Bates, Sector Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security
• Capt. Patrick Brennan, Commanding Officer, Sector Detroit, U.S. Coast Guard
• John Jamian, Member, Michigan State Legislature, former Administrator, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation and former Executive Director, Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority
• Sheriff Dan Lane, St. Clair County, MI
• Col. Paul Disney, U.S. Northern Command, Joint Task Force North - J3, U.S. Army

City: Yuma, AZ
Date: August 2
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Yuma Marine Corps Air Station
Committee: House Armed Services Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What are the operational and training impacts of a porous border on military bases along the [southern] border?” Witnesses include:
• Col. Ben Hancock, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
• Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon, Sector Deputy Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security
• Maj. Gen. Antonio J. Pineda, National Commander, U.S. Civil Air Patrol

City: Washington, DC
Date: August 2
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Committee: Senate Finance Committee
Additional information: Title of hearing is “Border Insecurity, Take Two: Fake IDs Foil the First Line of Defense.”

City: San Diego, CA
Date: August 2
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Bayview Restaurant, Marine Corps Recruitment Depot, 3800 Chosen Avenue
Committee: House Judiciary Committee
Additional information: Title of hearing is “How Does Illegal Immigration Impact American Taxpayers and Will the Reid-Kennedy Amnesty Worsen the Blow?”

City: Las Cruces, NM
Date: August 3
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Las Cruces Hospital
Committee: House Administration Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “How can Congress best protect the integrity of the federal voting process by combating election fraud and eliminating non-citizen voting?”

City: Phoenix, AZ
Date: August 3
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Arizona State House
Committee: House Administration Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “How effective are state policies like Arizona's Proposition 200, which requires voters to provide evidence of citizenship, at combating election fraud?”

City: Santee, CA
Date: August 5
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Human Resources Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What efforts need to be undertaken to prevent federal public lands from being harmed as they are used a pathway for illegal immigration? Does the Reid-Kennedy bill compromise our federal lands?”

City: Bellingham, WA
Date: August 8
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Committee: House Homeland Security Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What are the border infrastructure successes since passage of the REAL ID Act and the 9/11 Commission Implementation Act, and what challenges still exist?”

City: Nashville, TN
Date: August 10
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Energy and Commerce Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What is the impact of the Reid-Kennedy bill's amnesty provisions on the health care delivery system and for individual American taxpayers?”

City: San Diego, CA
Date: August 14
Time: TBD
Location: San Diego County Administration Center
Committee: House Government Reform Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “Costs to federal, state, and local governments of an unsecured border.” Witnesses will include Representatives of Department of Homeland Security, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, San Diego County Board of Education, State of California Medicaid Office, and the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial County.

City: Gainesville, GA
Date: August 14
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Education and the Workforce Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What is the impact on American workers and businesses of the Reid-Kennedy bill's provisions mandating Davis-Bacon wage rates for guest-workers?”

City: San Diego
Date: August 14
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Committee: House Government Reform Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is interior enforcement.

City: Dalton, GA
Date: August 15
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Energy and Commerce Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What is the impact of the Reid-Kennedy bill's amnesty provisions on the health care delivery system and for individual American taxpayers?”

City: El Paso, TX
Date: August 17
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What is the financial impact of illegal immigration on communities along the U.S. border, and could these costs rise under the Reid-Kennedy bill? What is the impact on efforts to extend a border security fence under the Reid Kennedy bill’s requirements regarding consultation with the Mexican government? Will efforts to limit illegal immigration be inhibited by the Reid-Kennedy bill's provisions relating to local law enforcement.”

City: Sierra Vista, AZ
Date: August 17
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Select Intelligence Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What is the state of technical surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for monitoring the efforts of terrorists and drug cartels to infiltrate American soil through the Southern Border?”

City: Austin, TX
Date: August 17
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Committee: House Homeland Security Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What are the criminal consequences of illegal immigration along the southern border?”

City: Grand Rapids, MI
Date: August 23
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Select Intelligence Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What is the threat to the United States from Islamic extremists who abuse the legal immigration system?”

City: Concord, NH
Date: August 24
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “How do illegal immigrants impact the costs of healthcare, local education and other social services, and would these costs increase under the Reid-Kennedy immigration bill? What is the societal impact of the Reid-Kennedy bill's grant of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants?”

City: Upstate New York (City to be confirmed)
Date: August 25
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What are the current risks of terrorists, narcotics smugglers and human traffickers infiltrating the United States, and what role do secure identification documents play in limiting those risks? Does the Reid-Kennedy bill undermine efforts to limit those risks?”

City: Hamilton, MT
Date: August 28
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Committee: House Human Resources Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “What efforts need to be undertaken to secure the federal lands along the Northern Border to prevent drug trafficking and other illegal activities? Could the Reid-Kennedy bill make these efforts more difficult?”

City: Evansville, IN
Date: August 29
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “How are U. S. workers impacted and potentially displaced with the Reid-Kennedy bill?”

City: Dubuque, IA
Date: September 1
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: TBA
Committee: House Judiciary Committee
Additional information: Subject of hearing is “Do the Reid-Kennedy bill's amnesty provisions repeat the mistakes of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986?”

City: Washington, DC
Date: TBA
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: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
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.

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 28, 2006 09:34 AM

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