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House Subcommittee Hearing on H-1B Visas Misses an Opportunity to Stand Up for Unemployed Americans

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

The House Immigration Subcommittee hosted a hearing on the impact of the H-1B visa program and whether it meets the needs of the U.S economy and its workers. Unfortunately, the issues of fraud and program management remained the primary topics of concern instead of whether or not foreign workers are still necessary during the peak of our recession.

House Immigration Subcommittee Hearing Draws Attention to Child Identity Theft and Document Fraud

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Thursday, April 19, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hosted a hearing on Wednesday titled “Document Fraud in Employment Authorization: How an E-Verify Requirement Can Help." The hearing featured the testimony of Jennifer Andrushko who found out two years ago that the Social Security number of her 5-year-old son has been being used for more than a decade by an illegal alien for the purposes of employment. While the Judiciary Committee has had its share of great witnesses over the years, Mrs. Andrushko was the most interesting I have heard in a

House Subcommittee Questions ICE Director on Prosecutorial Discretion and Sanctuary Cities

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Monday, March 12, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

This past Thursday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security hosted a hearing with Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) John Morton about the FY2012 budget. The hearing was initially scheduled for February 17th, but was moved to accommodate Director Morton who had a scheduling conflict. Among the topics of discussion were prosecutorial discretion, the 287(g) program, Secure Communities, and sanctuary cities.

House Committee Misses Chance to Question Sec. Napolitano on Immigration Enforcement

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Monday, February 20, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

The House Homeland Security Committee hosted a hearing Wednesday afternoon called “An Examination of the President's FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security” with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.The President's budget essentially cuts all 287(g) funding despite an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House last year to keep the program. With little chance for the budget to pass, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle didn't put too much pressure on Sec.

Sec. Napolitano Faces Tough Questions from House Judiciary Committee

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

The House Judiciary Committee hosted a Department of Homeland Security oversight hearing last Wednesday with Secretary Janet Napolitano. Deferred Action and Fast and Furious were the primary topics of contention, and while Jason Chaffetz and Darrell Issa made their points, other good exchanges from Randy Forbes and Sandy Adams were overshadowed.

ICE Director John Morton Challenged by Immigration Subcommittee for Administrative Amnesty Policy

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Friday, October 21, 2011, 7:55 AM EDT

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following report is from the House Immigration Subcommittee's oversight hearing on the priorities of immigration enforcement. ICE Director John Morton had to defend the Administration's policy of granting deferred action or parole to illegal aliens who hadn't committed a serious crime. Rep. Ted Poe challenged Morton for implementing a policy that encourages future illegal immigration, while Rep. Trey Gowdy challenged Morton for creating a policy instead of asking Congress for assistance.

Homeland Security Subcommittee Presses DHS Officials on Policy of Administrative Amnesty

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Thursday, October 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hosted a hearing Tuesday morning titled, “Does Administrative Amnesty Harm our Efforts to Gain and Maintain Operational Control of the

More from Last Week's E-Verify Mark-up

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

EDITORS NOTE: Last week, the House Judiciary Committee completed its mark up of Chairman Smith's Legal Workforce Act, H.R.2885, which would require all businesses to use E-Verify. Ironically, the more liberal Members of the Committee tried to use conservative arguments in their attempt to delay or poison the bill. Some Members went as far as calling portions of the bill an amnesty for illegal aliens, while other Members argued that the bill for being against states rights and increasing the size and scope of the federal government.

Congress Steps up Efforts in 2nd Quarter

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Thursday, July 7, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

Last week marked the end of the second quarter of the 112th Congress. While the first quarter was somewhat lethargic, the second quarter has proven to be very productive, even if some of the Freshman Members still require a remedial education. Indeed, some of these freshmen campaigned on strong “true reformer” immigration messages, yet have done nothing but make procedural/party-line votes and colorful excuses since joining the Congress.

Senate Committee Keeps Dreaming the DREAM

By Jonathan1352 of VA, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security hosted a hearing Tuesday morning on the DREAM Act. While the DREAM Act is not as much of a threat in the 112th Congress as it was in the previous Congress, it is still a threat nonetheless as supporters of the bill continue to sell the bill under the pretense of providing educational opportunities for helpless children.

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