U.S. Congress

Developments in congressional legislation and oversight relating to immigration law and practices in the United States.

Senatorial Nightmares: The Letter of Edward J. Markey and Colleagues
November 2, 2019

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.

The dispute over ICE detainers in Charlotte goes national
October 28, 2019

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.

Mexican drug cartels control human smuggling across the southern border
October 6, 2019

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.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz vs. Thomas Homan
September 20, 2019

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.

House Committee on Oversight investigates GEO Group immigrant detention centers
September 7, 2019

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.

CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan: Congress encourages child trafficking by failing to act
August 3, 2019

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.

ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence Testifies Before Congress
July 30, 2019

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.