Monday, February 16, 2009

Janet Napolitano Supports PRO Immigration Reform Recommendations!

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."


Dee said...

I am curious as to Janet Napolitano's next moves. Clearly she has demonstrated her PRO perspective in this interview.

What will she say next?

pcorn54 said...

We're getting there, little by little

ultima said...

I see she is emphasizing citizenship for those who entitled to become citizens under current law. I wonder what that means. I see she doesn't mention E-verification as the primary tool for identifying miscreant employers. I wonder how she will do it. Without raids or E-verification the job can't be done.

Dee said...

Agreed. There certainly is ambiguity in her responses. What does "entitled" mean. The way I read it, this appears to be the PRO perspective. She is talking about employer accountability, but in a different way. Especially when she talks about bringing in Eric Holder.
Let's take Agriprocessors for example. Does that mean instead of a screwed up raid, she would have a team of Holders investigators go into Agriprocessors HR offices and then arrest the CEO and HR group as they did in the end?

ultima said...
I see she is emphasizing citizenship for those who entitled to become citizens under current law. I wonder what that means. I see she doesn't mention E-verification as the primary tool for identifying miscreant employers. I wonder how she will do it. Without raids or E-verification the job can't be done.

Anonymous said...

I do think by using the term "entitled" that she is not refering to those who have come to this country illegally. Not sure what she means but it sounds like speeding up the process for those who have applied for citizenship.I do agree with ultima regarding the question of how she will go after employers without E-verify or continued raids.

Dee said...

The facts are, over 40% of the 12M are Visa overstays. Many of them are trying to work through their issues in Immigration Court. Some of these folks are picked up in pending status and thrown in detention centers and die (like Ng did) or are deported. Arpaio picks up many of them and puts them in his vermin infested jails then hands them over to ICE or deports them.
If the Immigration backlog is cleared, then these folks can work through the process.

Vicente Duque said...

Rahm Emanuel appreciates the high Hispanic voter turnout and support for Democrats in 2008 that shifts the political landscape


February 17, 2009

Rahm's immigration turnabout

Some excerpts :

It was not so long ago that Rahm Emanuel was on the House Democratic leadership team and being accused of throwing immigrants “under the bus” for the sake of strengthening Democrats’ power in the House.

As the engineer of the Democrats’ 2007 takeover of Congress, Emanuel was viewed as stalling House consideration of broad immigration legislation, fearing that Democrats in Republican-leaning districts would become roadkill at the hands of angry voters. Even a Democratic president would have to wait until his second term to take on the issue, Emanuel once opined.

But now, as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Emanuel is removing roadblocks that stand in the way of some of the legislative agenda benefitting immigrants, ethnic minorities and their advocates.

More Information on Obama and Minorities here :

Vicente Duque

The Arizonian said...

I'm not sure if Holder is the right person to talk to.....:

Holder: US is nation of cowards on racial matters

Feb 18 12:36 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder described the United States Wednesday as a nation of cowards on matters of race, saying most Americans avoid discussing unresolved racial issues.
In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.

"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," said Holder, nation's first black attorney general.

Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, Holder said, but "we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race."

He urged people of all races to use Black History Month as a chance for frank talk about racial matters.

"It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation's history, this is in some ways understandable," Holder said. "If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us."

He told Justice Department employees they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding.

Is he suggesting there be a law forcing different "races" would have to mingle in their off time?

Analisa said...

Just a heads up, Dee. Check out today's show on Democracy Now for a great report on the civil rights probe of Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

Obama and Napolitano will be in Phoenix today to sign legislation on an unrelated matter.

Analisa :-)

David Romm said...

She mentions the ICE raids, but not the ICE detainment centers where immigrants face cruel and inhumane abuse by the guards. ICE reminds me of the gestapo, who use brutal tactics to beat up, lock up, and generally torture gentle, non-criminal people without green card visas who are found living in this country. The government has no need to fund such a destructive and useless agency.

Terry Hardy said...

I just feel that the problem here is not being addresses. This country has a completely broken system that makes attaining a green card visa a multi-year process that is often laden with sidetracks caused by inept employees and poor practices. Fix the process, and many of the issues either go away or get significantly reduced.

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