COMMENT: At the heart of the complex issues of 9/11, terror & security and immigration flow and border security is in fact a double system– one where there is a war to uncover contraband and control the ‘migratory’ movements of Americans & ordinary people. They are stripped of their humanity and asked, against the spirit of ‘innocent until proven guilty’, to pass screenings. Meanwhile, the system is either unable or unwilling to control the flow of immigration and certainly not capable of catching the 1-in-500,000,000 would-be terrorist. In the case of the latter, accused terrorists seem to gain access through the system– watchlists disregarded, passports not required, quartered, aided and even provoked by FBI assets, etc, etc. By these criteria, it is clear that neither Janet Napolitano, nor probably any director of Homeland Security can truly “protect” the Homeland– so why should we be bothered and violated with a system that is broken, but also hypocritical and fatally flawed?
Phoenix Law Enforcement Examiner
January 1, 2010
In light of the recent lapses in our National security the question now is who is running our Homeland Security? Obama or Napolitano ? Is Napolitano a figure head that is going to suffer the wrath of the media and absolve the Obama administration of accountability? Or is Obama going to admit that Napolitano is really not qualified and he needs a true military or police security professional in charge of protecting US Citizens.
The Examiner reported on 12-28-2009 that the qualifications of Napolitano may not be appropriate
for the position she holds or what the Obama administration expected.
Now that the news media frenzy begins to bring out the performance of our Homeland Security the spot light is on Napolitano’s laundry. She cannot escape her history as the Arizona Governor, or her actions to protect Arizona’s borders from the influx of Mexican drugs and illegal immigrants. She certainly cannot take back her words.
It seems that Napolitano has two resumes. One that was effective enough to convince the Obama administration to offer her the position of Secretary of Homeland Security (not to mention her pro Obama campaign efforts) and one that most Arizonian’s know as the real Napolitano.
No matter if your a Republican or a Democrat the facts stand on their own. Napolitano has tried to walk the line. One side advocates a hard line secure the border stance with severe penalties for employment of illegal immigrants and the other is a soft stance to Immigrants and Arizona business’s who hire these immigrants to increase their profits and who presumably contribute to the political candidates who sympathize with their plight.
[efoods]Napolitano is a savvy politician and in an effort to court the Obama administration Napolitano provided this press information on November 23rd 2008.
Washington bureau David G Savage:
As governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano last year signed into law the nation’s harshest penalty for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, a measure that would take away their business licenses for a second violation.
She called it the “business death penalty” and the “most aggressive action in the country” to stem the flow of illegal workers. She also criticized Congress and the federal government for failing to act on immigration overhaul. “The states will take the lead, and Arizona will take the lead among the states” she said.
But in Arizona her press is different:
Arizona Republic: December 28th, 2008.
“Still, Napolitano has resisted pressure from the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to take an even harder stance against illegal immigration. She vetoed more than a dozen bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants”
Some of the bills that Napolitano vetoed are:
1. A bill that denied in-state tuition and day care for illegal immigrants.
2.A bill that would have given all Arizona police officers the authority to enforce immigration law. (and her law)
3.A bill that would have designated English the official Arizona language
4.A bill that would have prohibited the use of a Mexican ID card called the “Matricula Consular” from use as a form of proof of identity in Arizona. According to the FBI, this form of ID is easy to forge, and is in wide circulation through out the United States in fraudulent from.
In addition Napolitano also yanked $1.6 million in state funding from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to blunt his efforts to arrest illegal immigrants through crime sweeps that critics said were terrorizing immigrant communities and violating civil rights.”
In December 2009 Napolitano told the Arizona Republic: “What I would say is that we are undoubtedly safer now than prior to 9/11. I would give credit in the Department of Homeland Security context to my tow predecessors (Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff). Building a federal department is not easy work. We’re still building it”.
It’s true that the influx of immigrants across our borders has decreased, and the crime rate in border cities has decreased , but some have said that our global economy has been, in part, the reason and the crime rate is not the result of Homeland Security’s performance. The rate of drugs passing over our borders has not decreased but increased.