Public Safety and Civil Rights Implications of State and Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law and the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, April 2, 2009   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Zoe Lofgren: "VAWA [Violence Against Women Act] was reauthorized in 2000, along with the creation of two new visas for undocumented victims of violence, those that suffer from severe forms of human trafficking, and those who are helpful in prosecuting crimes. These programs have been repeatedly reauthorized and expanded by Congress over the last decade, including, in 2008, with the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, to ensure that victims of violence have an opportunity to escape their abusers. [...] Today we will hear from a witness who has stepped up to tell us disturbing stories of abusive local law enforcement of immigration law regarding people too afraid to tell their own stories for fear of retaliation. [...] If this Congress is committed to protecting the public safety in our communities, to protecting victims of crime, and to protecting civil rights, then we are required to examine the effects of State and local law enforcement of immigration law." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Zoe Lofgren, Steve King, Jerrold Nadler, Lamar Smith, John Conyers, Jr., Melvin L. Watt, Ted Poe, Julio Cesar Mora, Antonio Ramirez, Deborah W. Weissman, Ray Trenchant, David A. Harris, Hubert Williams, George Gascon, and Kris W. Kobach.

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