Wolf for Senate confirmation hearing

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf


By Ray O'Hanlon

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf goes before senators tomorrow, Wednesday, for a Capitol Hill confirmation hearing against the backdrop of a federal judge's conclusion that he has not lawfully been in the job for most of the past year.

Wolf will be appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and not, as previously reported incorrectly, the Judiciary Committee.

Regardless of the specific panel, Wolf can expect tough and probing questions from senators, most especially Democrats.

Roll Call reported that in his time as Homeland Security chief, Wolf has pushed through some of the department's most contentious immigration policies, "including the summary expulsion of more than 8,000 unaccompanied children at the border during the pandemic. He has not been afraid to engage in high-profile back-and-forth over these decisions with congressional Democrats, as well as with local and state elected officials."

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Irish American activists will be hoping that at least one member of the Senate panel, from either party, will quiz Wolf on the deportation of Malachy McAllister in June and what precise role he had in ending McAllister's more than two decade battle to remain in the United States.