Immigration

Beyer Appointed To Serve On House Committee On Ways And Means

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced today that he has received an appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, one of the five exclusive House committees. Ways and Means has a wide breadth of jurisdiction, including health care, trade policy and tariffs, and oversight of Medicare and Social Security. It is the House Committee directly responsible for writing tax legislation, and the old... Read more »

Beyer Requests Expanded Inspector General Review Into Shelters for Migrant Children

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Rep. Don Beyer today wrote to Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking that he expand the investigation into the reports of neglect, and both physical and sexual abuse at shelters housing migrant children. Rep. Beyer urged Levinson to review how the federal government maintains and evaluates contracts with the facilities after concerns ... Read more »

Beyer Statement Celebrating Immigration Heritage Month

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Rep. Don Beyer today released the following statement on the close of the fifth annual Immigration Heritage Month: “Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates the fact that the United States is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants. Sadly, too many people in positions of power have forgotten this core facet of America’s identity, or worse, are working to end it. During June, I met parents who haven... Read more »

Beyer Joins Congressional Colleagues to Scrutinize Child Immigration Proceedings in Arlington

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Falls Church News Press Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer was joined by eight Congressional colleagues at the Crystal City Immigration Court in Arlington to witness first hand the immigration proceedings involving children, many separated from their parents and lacking legal counsel. Present with Beyer were Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer... Read more »

Beyer, Democratic Members of Congress Visit Arlington’s Immigration Court

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ARL Now Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and some of his Democratic colleagues believe most children up for a hearing at Arlington’s immigration court are being treated fairly — but they worry that could soon change. Beyer, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and several other members of Congress sat in for some hearings at the federal immigration court in Crystal City today (Thursday), and broadly came... Read more »

Beyer Leads 75+ Democrats Seeking Answers Regarding Allegations Of Abuse Toward Migrant Children In Custody

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Rep. Don Beyer today led 77 Democrats in a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd. They sought answers regarding allegations of mistreatment toward migrant children currently in the custody of ORR, and expressed concerns about ORR’s process of releasing children, which is exacerbating famil... Read more »

Even Lawmakers Say They Have No Idea How The Government Plans To Reunify Immigrant Kids And Parents

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Frustrated and concerned Democratic lawmakers want a briefing from the federal agencies in charge of reuniting immigrant families, saying they have been given scant to no information about the scores of children now strewn across their states or the government's plan to reconnect them with their parents. As of Tuesday, Health and Human Services, which oversees the Office of Refugee Resettlement, t... Read more »

Beyer: “Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Will Go Down As One Of The Worst Mistakes In The Court’s History”

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Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii: “I believe that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Donald Trump’s Muslim ban will go down as one of the worst mistakes in the Court’s history. Chief Justice Roberts and the Justices who concurred in his opinion chose to intentionally overlook the obvious animus of bigotry which was the s... Read more »

House Dems demand answers on migrant teen abuse allegations

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AP Dozens of Democratic lawmakers demanded explanations Tuesday from the Department of Health and Human Services after charges that immigrant teenagers were handcuffed and beaten in federal custody. Seventy-seven House members signed a letter from Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia seeking answers about allegations of abuses reported by The Associated Press and other news organizations. Sworn statements f... Read more »