Members of Congress Hold Hearing in Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force Chair, and other members of Congress headed to Alabama today for an Ad Hoc Congressional Hearing at the Council Chambers of Birmingham City Hall, where they will hear accounts of those who have been affected by the law. Other members of Congress in attendance include: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, D-N.Y. and Secretary of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Tex. and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair, Rep. Al Green, D-Tex., Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Tex., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. and Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Democrat, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif. and Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Tex.

In the first panel, members of Congress will hear from Sheriff Mike Hale, Jefferson County; Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Superintendent Birmingham City Schools; Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center Attorney; and Mayor William Bell, Birmingham.

The second panel will include testimony from Jose Antonio Castro, La Jefa Radio; Y.J., 17 year old student; Angie Baylon, ESL Teacher Woodlawn and Huffman High School; Alma, concerned parent; Trini, undocumented immigrant from Tuscaloosa; Evangelina Limon, an Alabama business owner; and Francisco Garcia, Alabama Business Owner.

This evening, members of Congress will attend a rally at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmignham, Ala., for the launch of the “One Family, One Alabama” Campaign to Repeal HB 56. Eleven members of Congress, along with civil rights leaders from around the country, will speak to express the nation's solidarity with the people of Alabama. State Senator Billy Beasley, sponsor of the proposed bill to repeal HB56, will also speak, along with people whose lives have been damaged by the law.

Also slotted to speak at the event are Zayne Smith, Grassroots leader at ACIJ; Wade Henderson, National Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Mitch Ackerman, SEIU; Hillary Shelton, NAACP, among others. The speakers will address thousands of Alabamians who will gather to challenge Alabama’s state lawmakers to repeal House Bill 56, the nation’s most vicious immigration reform law.

Read the schedule of events here.