House Judiciary Committee to hold field hearing in El Paso on immigration and domestic terrorism

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FILE – In this June 15, 2019, file photo, migrants cross the Rio Grande illegally to surrender to the American authorities on the U.S.-Mexico border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. El Paso has swiftly become one of the busiest corridors for illegal border crossings in the U.S. after years as one of the sleepiest. (AP Photo/Christian Torres, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (WIAT) The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship will hold a field hearing focusing on conditions along the southern border and the violence aimed at immigrant communities. The hearing will take place Friday in El Paso, Texas.

Border policies, ‘anti-immigrant rhetoric’, and domestic terrorism – Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee field hearing will focus on ‘Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Border Policies and the Relationship Between Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric and Domestic Terrorism.’

WATCH: House Judiciary Committee holds Field Hearing in El Paso, Texas on Immigration and Domestic Terrorism

There will be testimony from El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal; Brown University Assistant Professor of American Studies & Ethnic Studies Dr Monica Munoz Martinez; YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Castillo; American Civil Liberties Union of Texas Border Rights Center Policy Counsel Shaw Drake; Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center Executive Director Linda Rivas; and Border Network for Human Rights Executive Director Fernando Garcia.

During the press conference members will also focus on the importance of the field hearings inclusion of details about last months, mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso that left 22 people dead – an incident being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Representatives say they hope that this hearing will help immigrants and their families and bring the unlivable conditions and treatment of those in immigration facility to light. They say there should be and are many other ways to take care of the immigrants who cross the border in a humane way. Horrible conditions and inhumane conditions do not have to be apart of the immigration process.

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