The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has approved presidential nominees to fill two subcabinet positions in the Department of Justice that have responsibility over the Department's immigration-related functions. The committee action occurred on Monday, April 3, 2017, in connection with the nominations of Rod J. Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General and Rachel L. Brand, to be Associate Attorney General. The Committee approved the Rosenstein nomination by a vote of 19-1]. it approved the Brand nomination by a vote of 11-9.
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Trump Nominees to be Deputy Attorney General and Associate Attorney General
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Committee took up the two nominations at the end of a long executive business meeting, during which it also approved the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. While the full Senate moved immediately to take up the Gorsuch nomination, it was not c;ear at the time of this writing when it would take up the Rosenstein and Brand nominations.
A Hearing Featuring Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly, Another on Border Fencing, and Committee Votes on Two Subcabinet Nominees to Positions that have Jurisdiction Over Immigration Matters Highlight the Week's Immigration- and Refugee-Related Agenda
Monday, April 3, 2017
Another potential immigration-related highlight of the week could be a hearing being held in the Senate on border fencing and votes in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on two Department of Justice subcabinet nominees.
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 four hearings, one business meeting at which matters on those subjects could be marked up, and possible floor action on as many three nominees that touch on those matters.
McConnell Downplays Speculation that Funding for the Border Wall Could Result in a Government Shutdown During the April 2nd Sunday Morning
Public Affairs Programs
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Click the Play Button, above, to see excerpts of instances in which the subjects of immigration or refugees were discussed during the April 2, 2017, Sunday public affairs programs.
Coverage of two high-profile events dominated the coverage of the April 2, 2017, Sunday public affairs programs: the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States and the continuing, multiple investigations of potential ties between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russian intelligence operatives who were seeking to impact the U.S. presidential election. Discussions about those two subjects left little room for talk about anything else, including immigration and refugees.
In all, the subject of immigration was only mentioned on one of the day's five venerable Sunday morning shows: FOX’s “Fox News Sunday” program, and it only came up briefly, in discussions about whether President Trump’s request for funds to construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico could result in a government shutdown.
Extensive Immigration Discussions Unlikely Given the Guest Lists on This Weekend's Sunday Morning
Public Affairs Programs
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Coverage of the demise of the continuing, multiple investigations of potential ties between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russian intelligence operatives who were seeking to impact the U.S. presidential election will dominate this week's Sunday morning public affairs programs, leaving little room for discussions about other subjects, including immigration and refugees.
The headliner guests on the programs this weekend will include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is appearing on two programs; Assistant Majority Leader John Cornyn (R-TX); and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).
Also appearing on the programs will be the usual assortment of political journalists and political operatives. But the list of those appearing on the venerable programs who make immigration or refugees a key part of their agenda is particularly sparse this week.
A sneak peek at the guest lists for the upcoming April 2, 2017, editions of each of the five major broadcast and cable Sunday public affairs programs appears after the jump, along with previews of the likely or possible discussions on those programs about immigration and, refugees.