Leahy Announces Witnesses For February 13 Hearing On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON  – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Friday released a list of witnesses invited to appear at a February 13 hearing on comprehensive immigration reform.

Next week’s hearing is the Senate’s first on immigration reform this Congress, and will occur one day after President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address.  The panel of witnesses will offer a broad range of testimony on an issue that will be at the forefront of both the Judiciary Committee, led by Leahy, and the full Senate in the coming months.  The hearing, entitled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” will be held on Wednesday, February 13, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.  Reporters interested in covering the hearing should RSVP to their respective press galleries.

On Friday, Leahy announced a list of witnesses invited by the Committee to testify at the hearing. 

“I am looking forward to beginning a wide ranging discussion about the need for truly comprehensive immigration reform,” Leahy said.  “Next week, the Judiciary Committee will hear not only from the Administration, but from advocates, business leaders and those who have been impacted by our broken immigration system.  The diversity of this panel represents the many voices we need to hear from as we begin this important legislative debate.”

Testifying at the hearing will be Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and Define American founder Jose Antonio Vargas; America Online cofounder and Revolution CEO Steve Case; and National Council of La Raza president Janet Murguía. Other witnesses include the American Federation of Government Employees’ Chris Crane and the Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan.

Member statements, witness testimony, and a live webcast will be available online on February 13. A Spanish-language version of this release can be viewed here.

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Witness Information
For Background Purposes Only

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  Secretary Napolitano has led the Department of Homeland Security since her confirmation in 2009. She was twice elected governor of Arizona, serving in that position from 2003 until her cabinet secretary appointment in 2009, and before that served as U.S. Attorney in Arizona. 

Jose Antonio Vargas.  Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and founder of Define American, an organization focused on immigration reform.

Jessica Vaughan. Jessica Vaughan is the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Steve Case. Steve Case is the co-founder and former CEO of America Online. Case has more recently championed entrepreneurship and innovation as chairman and CEO of his investment company, Revolution, and through the Case Foundation.

Chris Crane. Chris Crane is the president National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118 of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Janet Murguía.  Janet Murguía is president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights organization in the country. Prior to joining NCLR in 2005, Murguía served as an executive vice chancellor at the University of Kanas. She also worked in the Clinton administration and began her career on Capitol Hill.  

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