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Friday, July 20, 2012

Napolitano defends Obama's immigration policy

Last month Obama announced ex cathedra that he was granting amnesty for illegal aliens in the United States who meet certain criteria.  Today, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to defend the move.
Via FoxNews
"Our nation's immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner," Janet Napolitano said in prepared remarks submitted to the House Judiciary Committee. "But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case."
Her first line is pure BS as she has no intention to enforce anything in a strong and sensible (whatever THAT means) manner.  The evidence came later in her testimony*.  However, here is the criteria for amnesty:
"Under the policy change, illegal immigrants would be eligible to avoid deportation if they can prove they are 30 years old or younger, have been in the United States at least five years, arrived before they turned 16, have graduated from a U.S. high school or earned an equivalent degree or are currently in school and do not have a criminal record. They can also apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limit on how many times it can be renewed."
In other words, if you've simply been here long enough and have been in our school systems, you can stay.  Break the law, avoid detection, and if you have used any of the benefits of American freedom, you can stay.  Never mind that you haven't paid into the system that you have leached off of (food, medical care, education, local, state, and national infrastructure), you get to move up to the front of the line.
It is a slap in the face to Americans who are unemployed, it's a slap in the face to Americans who are naturalized citizens who immigrated legally, and it's a slap in the face to the Border Patrol agents who put their lives on the line to enforce and protect the border.
This change will make the immigration problem much worse and much more complicated.  What Mexican dad or mom wouldn't want to bring their family here so that the kids can become citizen?  I believe it is highly likely that the influx of illegal aliens will increase with this.  I can see Mexican teens trying to come across on their own.  I can see the cartels trying to exploit these kids.  And I can see that leading to potentially tragic circumstances.

*More evidence via Gateway Pundit that Nappy won't enforce anything:  She was grilled later in the session by Congressman Gohmert (R-TX) about an employee who, in the past, had a foundation that potentially supported Radical Islamists.  This same employee had accessed classified information from his personal computer and downloaded it, allegedly to sell it.  Nappy refused to answer the question whether she knew that the name of his foundation was the same name of an Islamic terror group.  Instead, she cast Gohmert's line of questioning as Islamophobic. 

Secrets sold, not a problem.  Stop supporting local law enforcement, not a problem.  Supporting amnesty for illegal aliens, not a problem. 


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