Developments in congressional legislation and oversight relating to immigration law and practices in the United States.
Under Senate Bill 3470 introduced on March 12 by Senator Edward Markey from Massachusetts, immigrants who became public charges would no longer be deportable.
Senator Edward J. Markey and ten colleagues, all from the Democratic Party, have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, protesting a proposal that DNA samples be collected from detained aliens.
Legislation will be introduced in the Senate and House granting clear authority to law enforcement agencies to honor ICE detainers. This is largely motivated by the refusal of the sheriff in Mecklenburg County, NC to comply with requests to hold aliens in detention on behalf of ICE.
U.S. government immigration officials testify before Congress that Mexican drug cartels are in complete control of human smuggling at the U.S. southern border. U.S. immigration policy incentivizes human smuggling similar to how narcotics trafficking is incentivized.
In a hearing organized by the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Debbie Wasserman Schultz demonstrates for the U.S. public what it means to be close-minded and intolerant.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent sweeping requests for information to private operators of ICE detention facilities. In light of recent developments, it seems that the committee is searching for information that could be useful to them in the future.
In testimony before a Senate committee, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan explained how Congressional refusal to fix immigration legislation is encouraging the trafficking of Mexican children to the United States.
In the opening statement of his testimony before the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence makes the case for increased funding for ICE law enforcement operations.