House Judiciary's Witness List for Thursday's 287(g) Hearing

I just received the witness list for Thursday's 287(g) hearing from New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler's office. At this point, it's highly unlikely that the Republicans will try to call Sheriff Joe Arpaio because the Dems are running the show, and Arpaio would be walking into a hostile environment.

As previously reported. Mesa Police Chief George Gascon is on the list, as is Julio Mora, who was harassed by MCSO deputies during the HMI raid in February. He was dropping off his father for work as the MCSO was storming the Phoenix landscaping company. Mora is an American citizen, raised in Arizona.

Congress Nadler's office informed me that these are the only two witnesses who will address Arpaio. Others will be discussing the 287(g) program and federal immigration laws in general.Arpaio's critics' dreams of seeing Maricopa County's top constable being grilled before the cameras is unlikely. Still, Gascon should be cool to watch, and I'm looking forward to hearing Mora's testimony.

Joint Hearing on the Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Judiciary Subcommittees to Investigate Public Safety and Civil Rights
Implications of State and Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws

Washington, D.C. - The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration,
Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, and the
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will
hold a joint hearing on Public Safety and Civil Rights Implications of
State and Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws. The hearing
will be co-chaired by Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Jerrold Nadler and will
focus on wide-ranging allegations of racial profiling in connection with
the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's 287(g) program. The hearing
will also examine allegations of unconstitutional policing and
immigration enforcement tactics by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa
County, Arizona.

The Subcommittees will hear from U.S. citizens who were interrogated,
arrested or detained by state or local law enforcement authorities who
were attempting to enforce federal civil immigration laws. The
Subcommittees will also hear from experts who will discuss how state and
local law enforcement of immigration laws can result in racial profiling
and harm the relationship between police and immigrant communities.

This hearing will take place on Thursday, April 2nd, at 10:00am in the
Rayburn Building, Room 2141, Washington, D.C.

Witness List
Panel I

Julio Cesar Mora
Avondale, Arizona

Antonio Ramirez
Frederick, Maryland Community Advocate

Deborah Weissman
Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Clinical
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

Ray Tranchant
Operations Director, Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach,
Adjunct Professor at Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Panel II

David Harris
Professor of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Hubert Williams
Police Foundation

George Gascon
Chief, Mesa Police department
Mesa, Arizona

Kris Kobach
Professor of Law University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

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