Washington, D.C. – Next Tuesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the lack of interior enforcement of immigration laws in the United States and how it has led to a broken immigration system. The hearing, entitled “Examining the Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation’s Immigration Laws,” will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at https://judiciary.house.gov/. Witnesses for the hearing will be announced later this week.

 House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below on next week’s hearing.

 Chairman Goodlatte: “There are many issues plaguing our nation’s immigration system but the biggest problem is that our immigration laws are not enforced. While presidents of both parties have not fully enforced our immigration laws, President Obama has unilaterally gutted the interior enforcement of our laws. Additionally, Obama Administration officials consistently exploit weak asylum standards to approve baseless claims. With little – if any – consequences for illegal immigration and deception, President Obama’s immigration policies collectively undermine the integrity of our immigration system and send the message to the world that our laws can be violated with impunity. 

“Building on the Committee’s good work on this issue last Congress, next week the House Judiciary Committee will examine the many issues facing immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States.”