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February 6th, 2012
Grijalva Will Lead Feb. 10 Congressional Hearing, Rally for Justice Along Nogales Border Area and in Tucson to Highlight Conditions

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva is leading a delegation from the House of Representatives to Tucson and Nogales, Ariz., on Feb. 10thfor an ad hoc border field hearing to examine effective border policy. The day will include a congressional tour of the U.S.-Mexico Border, a closed-door security briefing with law enforcement officials, and a community rally at San Miguel High School in Tucson, where Rep. Grijalva will deliver keynote remarks.

Congressional participants include Reps. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) and Michael Honda (CA-15).

“What we’ve come to think of as ‘the border debate’ has drowned out not just the reality of life along the border, but many of our state’s other pressing needs,” Grijalva said. “Today, one in five Arizonans live in poverty. Arizona is the second poorest state in the nation. The people that live and work border communities– my constituents– understand the policy failures that have led us to this broken economy and failed immigration system better than Washington. That’s what this day is going to be about.”


All times are local.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ad Hoc Hearing – “Effective Border Policy: Security, Economy and Immigration Reform”                       

Location – Nogales City Council Chambers (Nogales City Hall) at 777 N. Grand Ave. in Nogales

Witnesses will include elected officials, law enforcement officers, local business leaders and students affected by immigration policy

3:30 p.m.

Members of the Congressional Delegation will participate in a tour of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Location – Exit 40 on Chavez Siding Rd. off I-19

6:00 p.m.

Members of the Congressional Delegation will participate in the “Arizona: Together We Stand” Rally

Hosted by BorderLinks, Southside Presbyterian Church, Border Action Network, Coalición de Derechos, No More Deaths and Samaritans

Location – San Miguel High School Gymnasium at 6601 S. San Fernando Rd. in Tucson

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