LIVEBLOGGING: The Civil Rights and Local Immigrant Enforcement Hearing in Congress

287g Jackie at America's Voice is live-blogging the hearing today. Check it out here!

Today, Members of Congress will hear testimony from an extensive list of witnesses on the civil rights implications of the so-called 287(g) program that allows local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law. Recent studies have shown just how damaging this program can be to communities. It is this same law that allows infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio to continue his operations in Maricopa County, Arizona. Let's hope that isn't true for much longer.

Below is the full witness list for the hearing:

Panel I

Julio Cesar Mora Avondale, Arizona

Antonio Ramirez Frederick, Maryland Community Advocate

Deborah Weissman Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

Ray Tranchant Operations Director, Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia Adjunct Professor at Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Panel II

David Harris Professor of Law University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Hubert Williams President Police Foundation

George Gascon Chief, Mesa Police department Mesa, Arizona

Kris Kobach Professor of Law University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

Also, watch the hearing live here: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/calendar.html