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April 8th, 2013
Grijalva Hosting Ad Hoc Hearing This Wednesday on Making Immigration Enforcement More Humane and Preserving Family Unity


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva is hosting a hearing this Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in Room 215 of the House Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., on how immigration enforcement can be more humane and how law enforcement officials can reduce family separations. While it is official Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy to preserve “the unity of families during repatriation… taking into consideration administrative parameters,” multiple recent studies show that DHS and the Border Patrol have failed to meet this goal.

Members of Congress, border policy experts and human rights leaders will discuss new evidence that current deportation practices, plagued by inadequate accountability and oversight, continue to undermine DHS’s commitment to preserve family unity. Witnesses will describe the reality of life at the border and call on DHS to stop breaking families apart. 

Research indicates that immigration enforcement programs intended to discourage immigrants from entering the U.S. have contributed to needless and widespread family separation, often driving further irregular migration and threatening the safety of recently deported women, men and children. You can read more at (Jesuit Conference and Kino Border Initiative) and (University of Arizona).

WHAT: Ad-Hoc Hearing on How Current Deportation Practices Unnecessarily Pull Families Apart

WHO: Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, Jared Polis, Sheila Jackson Lee, Juan Vargas

Fr. Sean Carroll, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative

Daniel Martinez, Phd., Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Washington University

Donald Kerwin, Esq., Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies 

Vicki B. Gaubeca, MPH, Director of the Regional Center for Border Rights, ACLU of New Mexico

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

WHERE: House Visitor Center Room215, U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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