Illegal Immigration, Crime, and Deportation Policy
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldana, relatives of crime victims, and local law enforcement officials testified at a hearing on crimes committed by people living in the U.S. illegally. Director Saldaña testified about the agency’s deportation practices and why those convicted of violent offenses were released back into the U.S. rather than deported to their country of origin.890 views
U.S. Strategy Against ISIS
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Joseph Dunford testified at a hearing on operations against ISIL,* including the Obama administration decision to deploy 250 additional troops to Syria. Secretary Carter said that as the U.S. was continuing to battle ISIL in Syria and Iraq, he had been becoming increasingly concerned about the political and economic challenges each country was facing.900 views
* The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAISH/DAESH in Arabic is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.
Guantanamo Bay Transfers to the U.S.
Officials from states and counties around the U.S. testified at a hearing on the Obama administration plan to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and transfer the detainees to facilities on U.S. soil. Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) said the plan to use a military prison in Charleston “made zero sense” and would cost her state potential jobs and new business. Then state and local law enforcement officials talked about the potential cost to local communities. Mr. Gude testified that the Guantanamo Bay facility should be closed and that transferring the prisoners did not pose an unacceptable risk.716 views