The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing today in Concord, N.H., on a Senate immigration reform bill that would provide a path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.
``It's a taxpayer-funded road show," said Representative Marty Meehan, a Judiciary Committee member who will be driving from his hometown of Lowell to the hearing this morning. ``House Republicans are staging theatrical hearings instead of rolling up their sleeves and sitting down with the Senate to work on a compromise."
At least two of the witneses chosen to read aloud from prepared anti-immigrant testimony have already testified before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington DC and elsewhere this summer.
Are they running out of hand-picked and pre-scripted witnesses?
If these "hearings" were really about gathering information, why call the same witnesses over and over again to read from the same anti-immigrant script?
The sham hearing scheduled for tomorrow, Friday August 25 in Glen Falls, NY was cancelled.
Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform volunteers who arranged to take time off from work to attend the hearing will use instead spend the day calling members of the Judiciary Committee to urge them to stop the charade and pass ccomprehensive immigration reform legislation this year that will give the 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants the opportunity to earn their way to legal status.