Last week, we updated you on the passage of several negative pieces of immigration legislation through the House Judiciary committee, the first step towards their consideration by the full House of Representatives. This week, we write to update you on several scheduled hearings in Congress that address immigration issues.
Today, and this entire week, is packed with hearings on immigration. This morning, the Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing entitled “Securing the Southwest Border: Perspectives from Beyond the Beltway.” The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a separate hearing titled “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.” This afternoon, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reforms will hold a hearing on the President’s November Executive Actions on Immigration.
Wednesday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee will continue its consideration of two extremely negative bills, the “Michael Davis Jr., in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act” (H.R. 1148) and the “Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act” (H.R. 1153). If passed, these bills would be particularly harmful to asylum-seekers, including women and children fleeing violence in Central America. They would expand the use of immigration detention and lead to distrust between migrant communities and the state and local law enforcement agencies entrusted with their protection.
Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a second hearing on the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security’s detention practices. Later that same day, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the recent Texas ruling blocking the President’s November Executive Actions on Immigration, which is currently impeding family unity.
All of these hearings continue the troubling enforcement-only approach to immigration reform that we have seen in this session of Congress. While immigration enforcement and border security are important pieces of broader immigration reform, we believe Congress should work to enact legislation that keeps families together, protects children, migrants, refugees and other vulnerable persons. Now more than ever, it is important that Members of Congress know that people of faith stand for fair and compassionate reforms to our broken immigration system, reforms which welcome the newcomer and protect the stranger.
Please take a moment to use LIRS’s Action Center to urge your elected representatives to:
- Oppose legislation that harms migrant children and families
- Support family unity
- Reject the use of family detention
- Support compassionate reforms to our broken immigration system
As always, check back to the blog for results of these hearings.