Restoring Enforcement of Our Nation's Immigration Laws, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, March 28, 2017   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the March 28, 2017 hearing, "Restoring Enforcement of Our Nation's Immigration Laws" before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security of the Committee on the Judiciary. From the statement of Jessica Vaughan: "Obama administration policies left immigration enforcement in a state of collapse. Interior enforcement was systematically dismantled to a fraction of previous years, we experienced a surge of new illegal arrivals at the southwest border seeking to take advantage of catch and release policies and lenient rules for claiming asylum; and the size of the illegal population ticked upward again. The suppression of enforcement has imposed enormous costs on American communities in the form of lost job opportunities and stagnant wages for native workers, higher tax bills to cover increasing outlays for social services and benefits, compromised national security, and public safety threats. The Trump administration has begun using executive authority to restore enforcement in many important ways. But there is only so much that can be done by the president. Under our constitution, Congress is really the lead branch of government on immigration law, and action from Congress is necessary to fully address the most important weak spots in immigration control. Specifically, Congress needs to address the problem of illegal hiring; tackle the problem of sanctuaries; update the laws supporting gang-related enforcement; and reduce opportunities for executive abuse of authority on work permits, parole, deferred action, and other gimmicks that have been used to offer legal status to people not authorized by Congress." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Hodgson, Jessica Vaughan, Andrew Arthur, and Archi Pyati.

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