Napolitano Urges Action on Amnesty in 2010

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01 January 2010

In an address before the pro-amnesty Center for American Progress (CAP), Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano signaled the Obama administration’s support for legislation that would include amnesty for current illegal aliens and increases in the overall flow of immigration into the U.S. Napolitano also expressed support for improved immigration enforcement – despite actions taken by her department that have dramatically curtailed enforcement.

In her Nov. 13 speech, Napolitano described the administration’s vision of immigration reform as a “three-legged stool.” The legislation must include “a commitment to serious and effective enforcement, improved legal flows for families and workers, and a firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here,” she said.

Acknowledging that previous attempts to enact amnesty for illegal aliens have been hampered by a lack of public confidence that the government would act in any meaningful way to prevent future illegal immigration, Napolitano sought to assure the public that this time things would be different. She asserted that “the security of the Southwest border has been transformed from where it was in 2007.” Furthermore, the transformation has not been limited to the border, she claimed. “[W]e’ve transformed worksite enforcement to truly address the demand side of illegal immigration.”

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