Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Monday that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has still not answered questions about the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, despite having more than a month to do so since her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 23.
Grassley’s comments came during a statement he gave opening the Senate debate on the Gang of Eight immigration bill. He questioned the process by which the bill has been rushed through the Senate.
“The Judiciary Committee received the bipartisan bill at 2:24 AM on April 17th,” Grassley said, according to a statement released by his office.
We held hearings on April 19th, 22nd, and 23rd. We heard from 26 witnesses in three days. We heard from the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s union. We heard from economists and employers, law enforcement and lawyers, professors and advocacy groups. We even heard from people who are undocumented, proving that only in America would we allow someone not right with the law to be heard by the American people.
One such witness, Grassley notes, was Napolitano. “We attempted to learn about how the bill would affect the functions of the Executive Branch, and whether she saw the same flaws that many of us were finding,” Grassley explained.
“Unfortunately, we still have not received responses to the questions we raised at her hearing on April 23rd,” he said. “We should have the benefit of hearing from the Secretary, especially since she will have to enforce what’s laid before her.”