Oversight to Hold Emergency Hearing on Trump Administration Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children

Sep 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 9, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced that the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which is led by Chairman Jamie Raskin, will hold an emergency hearing on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, on the Trump Administration’s decision to end consideration of requests to defer deportation, including for children with critical illnesses.

“The Trump Administration’s decision to deport critically ill children was one of the most heartless and ill-conceived actions of Donald Trump’s entire presidency,” said Cummings when announcing the hearing.

“The officials responsible for this action must be held accountable for their incompetence and their failure to take even the most basic steps to determine the harm that would be caused by this policy,” said Raskin.

The hearing is being held in response to numerous requests, including from Committee Member Mark DeSaulnier, who represents Maria Isabel Bueso, and Committee Member Ayanna Pressley, who represents Jonathan Sanchez, both of whom will be testifying on Wednesday.

Also testifying will be officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  USCIS sent letters notifying individuals that it would no longer consider deferral requests, including for people with serious medical conditions, and the agency claimed that those decisions would now be made by ICE.  ICE publicly denied that it had any plans to take on this role. 

On September 2, 2019, the Administration announced that it would reconsider a limited set of deferred action requests that were pending on or before August 7, 2019.  The Administration did not explain whether it plans to grant those requests or whether requests submitted after August 7 would be considered at all.  Families that applied after August 7 may need to decide within days whether to stay and risk deportation or leave the country and end life-saving treatment for their children.

WHERE:  2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019

TIME:  12:00 noon

WITNESSES:

Panel One

Maria Isabel Bueso

Concord, CA

Jonathan Sanchez

Boston, MA

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

Clinical Professor of Law

Director, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

Penn State Law School

Fiona S. Danaher, MD, MPH

Pediatrician, MGH Chelsea Pediatrics and MGH Child Protection Program

Co-Chair, MGH Immigrant Health Coalition

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Anthony Marino

Director, Immigration Legal Services

Irish International Immigrant Center

Panel Two

Timothy S. Robbins

Acting Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security

Daniel Renaud

Associate Director, Field Operations Directorate

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Department of Homeland Security

MEDIA

The hearing will broadcast here

Due to limited seating, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 5 p.m. September 10, 2019.  

An RSVP does not guarantee a seat, but the Committee will do its best to accommodate as many organizations as possible.  Only one media representative per outlet will be allowed in the room.  Gallery contact information is below:

House Radio/TV Gallery:     radiotv@mail.house.gov                   (202) 225-5214

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House Daily Press Gallery:   dailypressgallery@mail.house.gov   (202) 225-3945

Photographer Gallery:           Press_Photo@saa.senate.gov            (202) 224-6548 

116th Congress