After last week's frenetic activity, the House and Senate is expected to settle into a more normal pace of work during the week ahead, which will feature the usual assortment of hearings, markups, and floor actions.
The highlight of this week's immigration- and refugee-related Congressional activity could prove to be a hearing in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration an Border Security that promises to examine how the nation can "restore" enforcement of our nation's immigration laws.
Another potential highlight of the week could be the testimony in a House Appropriations subcommittee of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. While the demise late last week of the GOP health care "repeal and replace" bill is likely to take up a lot of the oxygen during that hearing, the Secretary's department has jurisdiction over the care and placement of unaccompanied alien children, as well as jurisdiction over programs to assist trafficking victims, and it is possible that those issues will be explored at some point during that hearing.
Outside of Washington, the Trump Administration will likely spend some time in courtrooms this week in conjunction with court proceedings in Hawaii, Maryland, and Seattle on efforts to block key portions of President Donald J. Trump's revised refugee admissions/travel ban executive order.
In all, from the perspective of those interested in immigration, refugee, homeland security, or human trafficking policy, the week's schedule includes six hearings, two business meetings at which matters on those subjects could be marked up, and possible floor action on as many as two bills and three nominees that touch on those matters.