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House subcommittee authorizes subpoena for immigration documents from Homeland Security
WASHINGTON (AP) ' A House subcommittee has given its chairman the authority to subpoena the Department of Homeland Security for information about illegal immigrants whom the department is aware of but hasn't deported.
The authorization won approval from the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration policy and enforcement by a party line vote Wednesday.
Democrats said it was premature to issue a subpoena because the department, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is cooperating with the committee.
But GOP Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who heads the committee, says the power is necessary because the Obama administration hasn't responded quickly enough to his request.