Ad-Hoc Hearing 4/10: Failures to Preserve Family Unity at the Border

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Please join us for the upcoming ad-hoc hearing– 
Lines that Divide US: Failure to Preserve Family Unity in the Context of Immigration Enforcement at the Border— chaired by Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ) on April 10, 2013 at 2 pm in the House Visitor’s Center (HVC) Room 215. Immediately following the hearing, head over to the A10 Rally in support of immigration reform starting at 3pm on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. See you there!


 Ad-Hoc Hearing: Failures to Preserve Family Unity

Lines That Divide US:

Failure to Preserve Family Unity in the Context of Immigration Enforcement at the Border

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
2:00 p.m.
Room change: 215 HVC**

Dear Colleague:

While it is the official U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy to preserve “the unity of families during repatriation…taking into consideration administrative parameters,” quantitative data from multiple recent studies reveal that DHS, and the U.S. Border Patrol in particular, has failed to meet this goal. Research indicates that immigration enforcement programs intended to discourage migrants from entering the U.S. without authorization have a negligivle, if any, deterrent effect. Instead, findings show that these programs have contributed to needless and widespread family separation, often driving further irregular migration and exacerbating the vulnerability of recently deported women, men and children. 

Please join me at 2 pm, Wednesday, April 10th for an Ad-Hoc Hearing to discuss recent research and evidence that suggest that current deportation practices coupled with inadequate accountability and oversight undermine DHS’s commitment to preserve the unity of families and consider recommendations to address practices that divide and harm families in the immigration enforcement and repatriation process at the border and beyond.If you would like to be part of the panel or have any questions, please contact Christina Partida at 5-2435 or via email at

Sincerely,Raúl M. Grijalva
Member of Congress


Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ
Executive Director
Kino Border Initiative

Daniel Martinez, Phd.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
George Washington University

Donald Kerwin, Esq.

Executive Director
Center for Migration Studies

Vicki B. Gaubeca, MPH

Regional Center for Border Rights, ACLU of New Mexico

Rep. Raul Grijalva

**Note: Enter the House Visitor’s Center (HVC) through the main entrance of the Capitol Visitor Center below the Capitol (on East capitol St. NE & First St), and then proceed to “House Visitor Center” room 215.