Rachel Rose Hartman
March 26, 2013
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday rejected a “border trigger” provision many Republican lawmakers say must be included in immigration reform legislation.
The proposal, which would require that that the U.S. border with Mexico be declared secure before illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. could apply for citizenship, has sparked significant concern among progressives and union leaders. And Napolitano, a Democrat and former Arizona governor, revealed Tuesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast roundtable in Washington that she also believes it shouldn’t be put into practice.
“Once people really look at the whole system and how it works, relying on one thing as a so-called trigger is not the way to go,” Napolitano said, adding that multiple factors must be taken into account to determine the border’s status. She added that there “needs to be certainty” in an immigration reform bill for families already in the United States.