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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 07:39 PM

The House committee tasked with making sure US immigration police follow the law has given up

Source: Quartz

WRITTEN BY
Heather Timmons
7 mins ago

It’s been three years since the House committee tasked with legal oversight of the US Department of Homeland Security actually had a hearing on the agency’s actions—a lapse that Democratic members of Congress are calling “indefensible.”

The House Judiciary Committee is supposed to vet the legality of the department’s policies, including the conduct of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the border patrol, which are carrying out Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The political party that controls the House and Senate chairs their congressional committees, and sets the committee’s agenda.

But the committee is “failing to exercise” its responsibilities, say Democratic committee members in a letter today (July 11) to chairman Bob Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican. That failure has “grown even more indefensible as the nation has watched the horrors caused” by Trump’s “zero tolerance policy” that’s separating families at the US-Mexico border, the letter continues.

The Democrats’ letter comes as the committee is involved in a bitterly partisan fight over its oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Goodlattte accused a former FBI agent who refused to testify in front of the committee this week of having “something to hide” yesterday, and other Republican members called the agent “pathetic” and part of “the swamp” today on Twitter.

Read more: https://qz.com/1326207/us-immigration-house-judiciary-committee-hasnt-held-oversight-hearing-on-dhs-and-ice-since-2015/

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Reply The House committee tasked with making sure US immigration police follow the law has given up (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jul 2018 OP
Iliyah Jul 2018 #1
Leghorn21 Jul 2018 #2
riversedge Jul 2018 #4
riversedge Jul 2018 #3
Iliyah Jul 2018 #5
Va Lefty Jul 2018 #6

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 07:43 PM

1. GOPers will not follow it . . .

They are above the law, and rules don 't mean a hill of beans.

Vote them out, but in the meantime, they will fuck us sideways.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 07:54 PM

2. ICE and CBP are unfettered mercenary armies now, and they answer to no one. They have been

my #1 greatest fear since the election. They’re armed, extremely organized (except for keeping track of babies and families) and they really like their line of work.

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:14 PM

4. good comment and true. They are running wild.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:10 PM

3. And Paul Ryan is a TrumpSWAMP creature who let Devin Nunes walk all over him. Shame.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 08:29 PM

5. The swamp t-rumpies are joined at the hip

well until the shit light turns on and the roaches run for cover.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 09:07 PM

6. Chairman Goodlatte is my congressman, for lack of a better word

I went to see him in the mid-nineties to ask his support for some legislation to help Credit Unions. When he found out who we were he said "I don't care about Credit Unions. I work for the Banks." That's a direct quote. The only reason he's "retiring" is the gop rules prevent him from being Chairman of Judiciary Committee again. He is a ginormous prick, and not in a good way.

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