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ADVISORY: House Judiciary Committee to Hold Field Hearing in El Paso on Immigration and Domestic Terrorism

Washington, DC, September 3, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship will hold a field hearing in El Paso, TX on Friday, September 6th, 2019 focusing on conditions along the southern border and the violence aimed at immigrant communities.  The two-panel hearing, entitled Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Border Policies and the Relationship Between Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric and Domestic Terrorism, will be led by El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-TX) and attended by Chairman Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Garcia (D-TX), Rep. Neguse (D-CO), and Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX).

Prior to the hearing, Members will join for a press conference starting at 9:15am to discuss the importance of the field hearing in El Paso and the work of the Committee in its oversight of the Trump Administration’s border policies.  The press conference will be followed by the two-panel hearing starting at 10:00am and feature testimony from expert witnesses.  A list of the panelists can be found below.

WHO:             Rep. Veronica Escobar, Subcommittee Substitute Chair
                         Rep. Jerrold Nadler, House Judiciary Committee Chair
                         Rep. Pramila Jayapal
                         Rep. Sylvia Garcia
                         Rep. Joe Neguse
                         Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

     Panel One
                Jo Anne Bernal, Esq. – County Attorney, El Paso County Attorney’s Office
                Monica Muñoz Martinez, PhD – Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies & Ethnic Studies, Brown University
                Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq. – Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA

     Panel Two
                Shaw Drake, Esq. – Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Border Rights Center
                Linda Y. Rivas, Esq. – Executive Director, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center
                Mr. Fernando Garcia – Executive Director, Border Network for Human Rights

WHEN:           Friday, September 6, 2019
                         Press Conference @ 9:15AM MDT (press wishing to attend should arrive starting at 8:30am for setup)
                         Hearing @ 10:00 AM MDT (doors open to public at 9:45am)                      

WHERE:         El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center
                          University of Texas El Paso
                          2051 Wiggins Way
                          El Paso, TX 79902

Media wishing to cover must be credentialed and should call the House Judiciary Committee to RSVP before Friday, September 6th at (202) 225-3951.