Given the overwhelming evidence that the the Administration has made the border safer, and the immigration system better, today’s misguided hearing in the House Committee on Homeland Security is out of sync with the reality of the current dynamic on the southwest border. The El Paso Times explores the political dimensions of the report at the heart of today’s congressional hearing.
In other news, immigrants on the ground in Alabama speak out about the civil rights crisis they face. A member of the Democratic Oversight Committee expressed his outrage over the subpoena of Attorney General Eric Holder Committee’s in the wake of the ATF Fast and The Furious scandal.
The El Paso Times – Report paints border of fear outside El Paso by Zahira Torres, 9/27/2011
“Perry, who is running for president, has repeatedly said that Texans are living in fear because the federal government is doing a poor job of securing the border. Federal officials argue increased resources along the border have made it safer than ever before.
The authors of the mostly anecdotal report praised the state’s border security efforts while criticizing the federal government. They commended Staples, who plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2014, and outlined Perry’s involvement in Texas’ border security efforts.”
The Huffington Post – Alabama Immigrants To DOJ: ‘The Situation Here Is Very Dire’ by Elise Foley, 10/14/11
Department of Justice officials made a surprise appearance at a community forum in Birmingham, Ala. on Thursday evening, encouraging residents to report civil rights violations in the wake of the state’s harsh new immigration law.
The Hill – Oversight Committee Dems call DOJ subpoena ‘a political stunt’ by Daniel Straus, 10/12/11
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Mo.), the ranking Democrat, called the subpoena “a political stunt.” Cummings re: @thejusticedept subpoena: “Rather than legitimate fact-gathering, this looks more like a political stunt,” the House Oversight Democrats’s account tweeted.
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