Thursday, June 24, 2010
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano tells NALEO that the Obama administration is working on immigration reform:
“Make no mistake about it. President Obama and the administration are committed to comprehensive immigration reform,” Napolitano said to cheers and applause of participants at the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a nonpartisan group that represents more than 6,000 political leaders. “But I think we can all recognize, and you as elected officials can recognize particularly, that some reform takes time.”
Napolitano highlighted President Barack Obama’s effort to make it easier for legal immigrants to become citizens and said Obama has taken a tough approach to securing the U.S.-Mexican border.
She did not mention Arizona’s tough new immigration law, which takes effect July 29 if it survives legal challenges. It requires police to question people about their immigration status while enforcing other laws if there’s reason to suspect someone is in the country illegally.
Y'know, if Obama had just left Napolitano as governor of Arizona, SB 1070 wouldn't have been signed into law, there'd be a lot less urgency about illegal immigration, and the Obama administration wouldn't have to be considering a lawsuit to block the immigration law from taking effect, which is likely to hurt the state's Democratic ticket in this year's election. Kind of a lousy call, in retrospect.