Judiciary Committee Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Comprehensive Immigration Reform II take place today at 9:30 a.m. in the Senate Dirksen Building, Room 226. You can listen to it live online here. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Frank Sharry from the mainstream National Immigration Forum, Mark Krikorian from the hardliner Center for Immigration Studies and Princeton University sociologist Douglas S. Massey are scheduled as witnesses.

NBC's First Read: "The immigration issue may break through today. Homeland security chief Chertoff and Labor Secretary Chao testify at a Senate Judiciary hearing on immigration reform nearly three months after both skipped an earlier hearing on the subject. Today's hearing comes after the release of a new Tarrance Group (R) poll showing that more than 70% of likely GOP voters would favor a plan providing illegal immigrants with a way to earn legal status, while also increasing border security and imposing tougher penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Also today, off the Hill, Senators McCain and Kennedy discuss their immigration reform legislation at the US Chamber of Commerce at 12 noon."

Late update: Here the Dobbs transcript.