McCaul to Hold Hearing on the Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security–DHS Secretary Johnson to Testify

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NOTE: This hearing,originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2014, HAS BEEN CHANGED.  The Committee will now meet on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security will hold the following hearing on the impact of the President’s executive action on border security. The Department of Homeland Security’s Secretary Jeh Johnson to testify on the federal response and preparation for this change in policy.

TUESDAY, December 2 at 9 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witness Includes:

·         The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “The president’s decision to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants is unconstitutional and a threat to our democracy. There is no doubt our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, but this does not mean the president has the authority to act without Congress.

“History has proven that unilateral action on immigration simply perpetuates a cycle of illegal entry into this country. This was true under the 1986 amnesty and it has been true under DACA, which enticed 60,000 unaccompanied children to make the perilous journey across our southern border this summer. We will see a wave of illegal immigration because of the president’s actions, and in no way is the Department of Homeland Security prepared to handle such a surge. Furthermore, the president knows any immigration reforms will be ineffective as long as our border remains insecure.

“As chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented, starting with this oversight hearing. Sec. Johnson will have the opportunity to answer the American people’s questions, including how DHS will secure our border and prevent additional illegal immigration.”  

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.