Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07013064 (posted Jan. 30, 2007)"
Senate Judiciary Committee Finalizes Immigration Subcommittee Membership
On 1/25/07, the Senate Judiciary Committee finalized the membership of the newly named Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees (formerly the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims).
The nine-member Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters related to: (1) immigration, citizenship, and refugee laws; (2) oversight of the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the immigration functions of the U.S Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Directorate of Border and Transportation Security; (3) oversight of the immigration-related functions of the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the Department of Labor; (4) oversight of international migration and refugee laws and policy: and (5) private immigration relief bills.
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) will chair the Immigration Subcommittee, and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will serve as Ranking Member for the minority party. Other members of the Subcommittee include: Senators Joseph Biden (D- DE), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
The Immigration Subcommittee is part of the larger Senate Judiciary Committee, which has one of the broadest jurisdictions in the Senate. In addition to immigration-related issues, the Committee has jurisdiction over matters ranging from criminal justice and anti-terrorism policy to antitrust and intellectual property law. Along with the members of the Immigration Subcommittee, the membership of the full Senate Judiciary Committee includes: Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Russell Feingold (D-WI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).