Leahy Schedules Hearing On Oversight Of Immigration & Customs Enforcement

WASHINGTON  – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has scheduled an oversight hearing of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Wednesday, Feb. 3.  The hearing is expected to address the need to reform the immigration detention system.

Early in her tenure, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced a major internal review of the immigration detention system.  The Department of Homeland released a report calling for reforms related to medical care, access to counsel, and certain conditions of detention in August 2009.   Recent press reports have highlighted an increase in deaths at immigration detention facilities, and ICE’s handling of those cases.   

The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over immigration and naturalization related issues.  Secretary Napolitano testified before the Judiciary Committee in December and discussed proposed reforms to the detention system.  The Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, will testify at the hearing, which will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m., in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Member statements and witness testimony will be available online.  The hearing will also be webcast live.

Members of the press, especially television camera crews, should contact the Senate Daily Press Gallery or the Senate Radio-Television Gallery to reserve space at the hearing.

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January 27, 2010


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on “Oversight of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement:  Immigration Detention Reform” for Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

            By order of the Chairman.

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