These hearings are critical to making the process work. We are bringing the issue of illegal immigration straight to the American people and they have responded by making it clear to us that control of our borders and the safety of our citizens are the top priorities. The American people realize that the first step in solving illegal immigration must be securing the border. I don't think its any coincidence that the Senate and the President began moving toward the House's 'enforcement first' approach since these hearings were announced. They finally understand that there is consensus on all sides for enforcing existing immigration laws and securing our borders. These hearings will strengthen that position.