Janet Napolitano Supports PRO Immigration Reform Recommendations!

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Janet Napolitano speaks, for the first time, on her plans for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
In a nutshell, Napolitano says:
1. Secure Southern Border but No 2000 mile Fence: Instead Technology. "Some fencing in some places may make sense, but only if it's part of an overall system."
2. Pathway to Citizenship via facilitating the applications for citizenship of those who are entitled to become citizens.
3. No Mass Deportation, No ICE Raids: We will not focus on raids. Mass Deportation is up to Congress. "But right now we're focusing on human traffickers ." We are
 after Felonious Criminals!
4. Employer Sanctions: Interior enforcement against those who intentionally are going into the illegal labor market and creating a demand for illegal laborers. "I met with the Attorney General for the United States, Eric Holder, to talk about how we unite the forces of the U.S. Attorney's offices across the country with our offices to make sure that those who are actually benefiting financially in large scale from this pay a criminal sanction."
Napolitano's Bottom Line:
"We want enforcement of our nation's immigration laws; we want at the right time to take up the whole issue of immigration; and we want to do what we can administratively to help those who are entitled now to become citizens under our law to get through that process."
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7 Comments

Horace said:

Enforce our laws as written and enacted by our Constitutionally elected Congress!

laura said:

To me, Secretary Napolitano's interview was all about the connection between immirgants and criminality. No mention of the huge contributions immigrant workers without visas make to our communities. No mention of the abuses of the Bush administration, the raids on family homes, the deaths in "detention centers."

Her vocabulary could have come straight out of Lou Dobbs.

Secretary Napolitano is no friend of the hundreds of thousands of US citizen children whose parents have been deported. We don't even know the number of how many hundreds of thousands of non-US citizen children were separated from their parents.

It seems the Obama administration is planning (for how long?) to continue the Bush administration policies. I think President Obama can understand what separation from their mother or father means for a child. But I think he will need to be pushed to to the right thing about it.

And the right thing will have to be a major shake-up at ICE - as a start.

Horace said:

Gee, that doesn't square with what Kevin Johnson over at Immigration Prof blog posted:

DHS Secretary Napolitano Outlines Immigration Policies on NPR: U.S. Needs More Enforcement and "Boots on the Ground"

Madeleine Brand interviewed DHS Secretary 225pxportrait_napolitano_hires_newJanet Napolitano on immigration policy on NPR today. It was a troubling interview, specifically her almost myopic focus on the need for more enforcement, more "manpower," "boots on the ground", technology, etc. Indeed, Napolitano sounded just as hawkish on enforcement as Secretary Chertof did.

Napolitano might well have been talking about the war in Iraq as opposed to immigration law and its enforcement. The interviewer caught the drift, with Napolitano's response telling:

"Q I'm hearing a lot of enforcement from you right now. What about the other side of it? What about the immigration part of it, and changing immigration policy to allow more or fewer immigrants in?

A. Again, that's for the Congress to decide."

There is no mention of non-enforcement immigration issues within the Secretary's purview. Here are a few:

1. The many problems with immigrant detention, including poor health care, poor conditions, deaths, etc. that make the news regularly.

2. The persistent claims of racial profiling in immigation enforcement.

3. The thousands of deaths along the U.S./Mexico border resulting from increased enforcement operations.

4. The fact that, despite a great increase in fees last year, the processing of petitions for naturalization and other immigration benefits have long, long backlogs.

5. The fact that, despite record numbers of removals ever year, which cost the taxpayers billions of dollars, there was no indication until the recent slide in the American economy that the undocumented immigrant population in the United States was decreasing.

6. The fact that increased enforcement and removal campaigns have overwhelmed the immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts.

On a very specific level, this letter to the Secretary (Hat tip to Dan Kowalski!) lists some simple administrative changes that the Secretary could take to resolve some hardships on immigrant widows and widowers of U.S. citizens.

One possible good sign. In response to a question about human impacts of immigration raids, Napolitano mentioned that there would be a focus on employers. However, she did not say that there would be any reduction in workplace raids like we saw in New Bedford, Postville, and other small towns, which resulted in the arrest and removal of large percentages of the community (with, coincidentally, Latinos comprising more than 90%-plus of those arrested).

Click here for Roberto Lovato's take on Napolitano's militaristic stance on immigration.

KJ

Dee said:

The way I read this is, Napolitano is choosing her words very carefully, but clearly she is supporting the PRO agenda, although she is taking initial baby steps. We need to work with Napolitano and her head of Detention Centers, Dora Schirro.

What Can she do now?
1. No 2000 mile fence.
2. Clear up the Backlog. Pathway to Citizenship for those "entitled" to become citizens
3. No Mass Deportation. No more Ice Raids.
4. Employer Sanctions
5. Go after Felonious Criminals vs workers. Immediate Deportation vs long stays in detention centers.

What is she talking about taking back to Congress?
1. Changing Legal Status of Immigrants here.
2. Changing Immigration Quotas to allow more Immigrants in.
3. Revoke Business Licenses

Dee said:

Her comments also came in closely after the House Judiciary Committee asks her and Eric Holder to investigate Sheriff Arpaio and the 287(g) policies.
Napolitano mentions Holder in this interview. Clearly she will be working closely with him.
And her comments saying they will target felonious criminals/traffickers illustrate she and Holder will be targetting the criminal element, the Employers, Drug Cartels and Human traffickers, and NOT the Workers or use the Racial Profiling tactics of Arpaio.

These are the two areas she can enact immediately without legislation. She will Stop the ICE Raids and take this new approach.
She will allow the workers who are working through the process, those she terms "entitled" to proceed through the process.

jenniffer anders said:

i think on the matter or immigration there could be a very mutually benefiting solution. this is my proposal

12,000,000 x $1.00(a day) = $ 12,000,000.00
TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS IN ONE DAY

12,000,000 x $1.00(1 mth) = $ 372,000,000.00
THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO MILLION IN ONE MONTH

12,000,000 x $1.00(1year) = $4,380,000,000.00FOUR BILLION THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY MILLION DOLLARS IN ONE YEAR

IF EACH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT COULD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT OF THE SHADOW WITH THE CERTAINTY OF BEING GIVEN THE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP AND BE ASKED TO PAY A FINE OF A DOLLAR A DAY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS THEN THEY WOULD HAVE EARNED THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE COUNTRY WOULD BE DEBT FREE.

WHAT DO YOU THING

"No Mass Deportation, No ICE Raids: We will not focus on raids. Mass Deportation is up to Congress. "But right now we're focusing on human traffickers ." We are after Felonious Criminals!"

This will be a nice key if she can focus on this. I know ICE Raids have been a problem in the past and mass deportation numbers were recently at a very high state. Congress will act in their own way.

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