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Terry Goddard to Testify at Congressional Hearing on Illegal Immigration

(Phoenix, Ariz. – July 21, 2010) Because of his leadership in the fight against the criminal cartels based in Mexico, Attorney General Terry Goddard has been invited to testify Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., at a congressional hearing on efforts to reduce illegal immigration into the United States. 

The hearing will be held by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism. The hearing is titled “Enhancing the Department of Homeland Security’s Efforts to Disrupt Alien Smuggling Across our Borders.” 

Goddard said his testimony will center on “what Congress should do to stop alien smuggling.” 

More specifically, he said he will make the case why the federal government needs to mount a much larger campaign against the cartels that control human smuggling and drug smuggling into our country.

“Despite the size and sophistication of the cartels’ operations, I know we have the resources to dismantle their organizations. It is time for Congress and the Administration to focus on bringing them down to help secure our southwestern border,” Goddard said.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EST (7 a.m. Arizona time) in the Cannon House Office Building. Copies of Goddard’s testimony will be available when the hearing concludes. 

For additional information, contact Press Secretary Molly Edwards at 602.542.8019.