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Eagle Forum Alert
August 2, 2006

House Immigration Field Hearings Schedule

House Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Boehner have announced the following hearings on immigration. Be sure to take note of hearings in your area and make plans to get many of your family and friends together to attend.

The following hearings have been scheduled, but details are still unknown:

August 23, 2006 — Grand Rapids, MI

House Select Committee on Intelligence
"What is the threat to the United States from Islamic extremists who abuse the legal immigration system?"


August 24, 2006 — Concord, NH

House Judiciary Committee
"How do illegal immigrants impact the costs of healthcare, local education, and other social services, and would these costs increase under Reid-Kennedy immigration bill? What is the societal impact of the Reid-Kennedy bill's grant of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants?"


August 25, 2006 — Upstate New York

House Judiciary Committee
"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?"


August 28, 2006 — Hamilton, MT

House Resources Committee
"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?"


August 29, 2006 — Evansville, IN

House Judiciary Committee
"How are U.S. workers impacted, and potentially displaced, by the Reid-Kennedy bill?


September 1, 2006 — Dubuque, IA

House Judiciary Committee
"Do the Reid-Kennedy bill's amnesty provisions repeat the mistakes of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986?"


Past hearings:

July 31, 2006 — Plano, TX

House Education and the Workforce Committee
Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee
"Immigration: Enforcing Employee Work Eligibility Laws and Implementing a Stronger Employment Verification System."
Location: City Hall, 1520 Ave. K, Plano City Council Chambers, 11:00 a.m.
Contact: 202-225-4527

Witnesses:

  • John Chakwin, Special Agent in Charge, Dallas Office of Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Dallas, TX
  • Jon Luther, CEO, Dunkin Donuts, Canton, MA
  • Abel Martinez, Vice-President of Partner Relations, Risk Management, and Compliance, HEB Grocery Company, San Antonio, TX
  • Geri Simmons, Human Resources Manager, representing the Society for Human Resources Management, Alexandria, VA
  • Bill Beardall, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX


August 1, 2006 — Selfridge, MI

House Armed Services Committee
Full Committee
"National Security Concerns on the Northern Border"
Location: Selfridge Air National Guard Base, 29423 George Ave., Joint Dining Facility (Building 164)10 a.m.
Contact: 202-225-4151 recorded schedule 202-225-2675

Witnesses:

  • Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Peplinski, Commander of the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base
  • Chief Patrol Agent John Bates, Sector Chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency;
  • Coast Guard Capt. Patrick Brennan, Commanding Officer, Sector Detroit
  • John Jamian, former Maritime Administrator of the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration and former Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority
  • Sheriff Dan Lane of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, St. Clair, MI
  • Army Col. Paul Disney of the U.S. Northern Command Joint Task Force North


August 2, 2006 — Yuma, AZ

House Armed Services Committee
Full Committee
"National Security Concerns on the Southern Border"
Location: Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, intersection of 32nd St. and Ave. 3E, Yuma, AZ; 1:00 p.m.
Contact: 202-225-4151 recorded schedule 202-225-2675

Witnesses:

  • Marine Corps Col. Ben Hancock, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, AZ
  • Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon, Sector Deputy Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Maj. Gen. Antonio Pineda, National Commander, U.S. Civil Air Patrol


August 2, 2006 — San Diego, CA

House Judiciary Committee
Full Committee
"How Does Illegal Immigration Impact American Taxpayers and Will the Reid-Kennedy (Kennedy-McCain) Amnesty Worsen the Blow?"
Location: Bayview Restaurant, Marine Corps Recruitment Depot, 3800 Chosen Ave., San Diego, CA; 2 p.m. Contact: 202-225-3951

Witnesses: TBA


August 3, 2006 — Las Cruces, NM

House Administration Committee
"How can Congress best protect the integrity of the federal voting process by combating election fraud and eliminating non-citizen voting?"


August 3, 2006 — Phoenix, AZ

House Administration Committee
"How effective are state policies like Arizona's Proposition 200, which requires voters to provide evidence of citizenship, at combating election fraud?"


August 5, 2006 — Santee, CA

House Resources Committee
"What efforts need to be undertaken to prevent federal public lands from being harmed as they are used as a pathway for illegal immigration? Does the Reid-Kennedy bill compromise our federal lands?"

Location: West Hills High School, 8756 Mast Blvd., Santee, CA, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: 202-225-7800
Witnesses: TBA


August 8, 2006 — Bellingham, WA

House Homeland Security Committee
"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?"


August 10, 2006 — Nashville, TN

House Energy and Commerce Committee
"What is the impact of the Reid-Kennedy bill's amnesty provisions on the healthcare delivery system and for individual American taxpayers?"


August 14, 2006 — San Diego, CA

House Government Reform Committee
"What is the impact on state and local governments, in terms of both societal costs such as policing and direct government costs such as health care and welfare benefits, of illegal immigration? Would the Reid-Kennedy bill impose huge unfunded mandates on state and local governments?"


August 14, 2006 — Gainesville, GA

House Education and the Workforce Committee
"What is the impact on American workers and businesses of the Reid-Kennedy bill's provisions mandating Davis-Bacon wage rates for guest-workers?"


August 15, 2006 — Dalton, GA

House Energy and Commerce Committee
"What is the impact of the Reid-Kennedy bill's amnesty provisions on the healthcare delivery system and for individual American taxpayers?"


August 17, 2006 — El Paso, TX

House Judiciary Committee
"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?"


August 17, 2006 — Sierra Vista, AZ

House Select Committee on Intelligence
"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?"


August 17, 2006 — Austin, TX

House Homeland Security Committee
"What are the criminal consequences of illegal immigration along the Southern Border?"




 
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