Democrats set to boycott House Judiciary Committee hearing in Arizona on immigration crisis

by Ryan Meilstrup

Photo: Alamy

The House Judiciary Committee will be packing their bags and heading out of Washington, D.C., to hold a hearing Thursday at the southern border.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing in Yuma, Arizona, to shine a spotlight on those most affected by the surge in illegal immigration during the Biden administration.

In a statement, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said, “The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. MST. The hearing, ‘The Biden Border Crisis: Part II,’ will examine the Department of Homeland Security’s operations at the southwest border and allow the Committee to hear testimony about the effects of illegal immigration on the Yuma community.”

The rise in border crossings has been staggering during Biden’s first two years in office. According to Fox News, migrant encounters in 2022 rose to 2.3 million, and 2023 is already on pace to break last year’s record.

However, the Republican committee members will be traveling solo. All Democrat committee members are boycotting the Arizona hearing claiming that they weren’t informed in advance of the destination hearing.

In a statement, Democrat ranking member Jerry Nadler said, “Next week, Judiciary Republicans will hold their second stunt hearing on border security. Despite the importance of this issue, there was no consultation with Judiciary Democrats, many of whom have already committed to attending other bipartisan congressional delegation trips.”

In response, the GOP members fired back, claiming that Democrats on the committee were given advanced notice of the trip.

The House GOP tweeted, “We were in communication with the Democrats for weeks about the trip. They’re just scared to face the harsh realities of the #BidenBorderCrisis.”

They then posted a video of Chairman Jim Jordan informing the committee of the trip during a hearing earlier in the month.

The Yuma hearing will be attended by Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, and Yuma Regional Medical Center’s President and CEO Dr. Robert Trenschel.

The House Homeland Security Committee will also hold a hearing on the southern border next month. On March 15, the Homeland Security Committee will travel to McAllen, Texas.  

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