WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today announced that he will convene a hearing to explore the ramifications of the Obama administration’s lax enforcement of immigration policies and the impact it’s having on the families of victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
The hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 10 a.m. (ET), and can be seen live on the Judiciary Committee’s website, judiciary.senate.gov.
Grassley said that he has invited family members of victims to testify. He has also asked the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sarah Saldana, and the Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Leon Rodriguez to testify.
“Congress has a constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the executive branch of government to make sure the laws are being faithfully executed and carried out as intended. Little oversight has been done by the previous majority to ensure the administration is exercising sound judgment and acting within the immigration laws. It’s clear they have taken far too much liberty and are essentially trying to write the laws themselves,” Grassley said. “This hearing is intended to highlight how misguided the Obama administration’s lax enforcement policies are and how these policies are putting Americans in harm’s way.”
Last week, members of the Judiciary Committee pressed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to rethink his department’s immigration priorities. Grassley also asked Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to take action to reverse “sanctuary city” policies and restore programs that promote collaboration between local and federal officials.