Democrats will visit border in March after refusal to join Judiciary Republicans on trip

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, objects to the actions of Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-New York.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, objects to the actions of Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-New York. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats will visit border in March after refusal to join Judiciary Republicans on trip

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Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have refused to attend a congressional hearing on the U.S.-Mexico border next week and called it a “brazen act of political grandstanding” by Republicans.

Ranking member Jerry Nadler and Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement ranking member Pramila Jayapal of Washington announced Democrats’ refusal to cooperate with Chairman Jim Jordan’s excursion to Yuma, Arizona, on Feb. 23.

“Next week, Judiciary Republicans will hold their second stunt hearing on border security,” said Nadler and Jayapal in a joint statement. “Instead of focusing on real solutions to a complicated problem, Judiciary Republicans will once again not hear from any federal government witnesses at their hearing, further cementing this hearing as a brazen act of political grandstanding. As a result, Democrats, who have been to the border regularly the last few years, will not attend next week’s performative hearing.”

Democrats will instead travel to an unspecified part of the southern border in March to meet with “community and government officials on the ground.” The Republican hearing next week will feature two elected community leaders and the regional hospital CEO. GOP members are also expected to receive private briefings by federal border officials outside the hearing, as is standard for congressional visits to the border.

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Judiciary Democrats also claimed that Republicans had not consulted with them ahead of the trip, which a senior GOP aide told the Washington Examiner on Friday was false.

“We gave the Democrats three weeks’ notice about the border hearing, when we are technically only required to give them one week notice,” said the GOP aide. “Our staff has been in communication with Democrat staff about the border hearing via phone, text, and email. All of the Democrats were invited to come, but apparently not one could find time to attend an official congressional hearing.”

Instead, the aide claimed that Democrats had asked “if it was acceptable for them to send a staffer on the trip.”

“How did the Democrat staffer find out about the trip if they weren’t consulted?” the GOP aide wrote in a text message.

A video of the trip announcement during a Feb. 1 hearing in Washington three weeks ago indicates that all members of the committee, including Democrats, were informed.

“Before we adjourn, we want to inform all members about a [congressional delegation trip] our committee will be taking to the border on Feb. 22, 23, 24 — make the minority aware of that,” said Jordan. “This hearing has made clear the problems that we — the real problems we see at our border and across our country, so we want to make sure that we get down to visit that area here later this month.”

Fifteen Republicans will visit Yuma for the panel’s first in-person visit to the southern boundary following a first hearing that took place in Washington at the start of the month.

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Yuma County Superviser Jonathan Lines, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, and Yuma Regional Medical Center’s President and CEO Dr. Robert Trenschel will testify before lawmakers next Thursday.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said last November that border-related hearings would be held outside Washington so that members of both parties can gain a better understanding of the issue.

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