On December 30, 2009 I wrote this article for the “Examiner”. I did not know then how accurate my thoughts would be. You can decide for yourself.
Janet Napolitano’s Two Faces
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.
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.
In some cases States and local jurisdictions have taken it upon themselves to do what the Federal Government would not. In Napolitano’s own state of Arizona the Sheriff of Maricopa County has empowered his deputies to round up illegal immigrants and hand them over to the Homeland Security (ICE) in a effort to enforce Federal Immigration Laws that were not being enforced by the State of Arizona or the Federal Government.
And in Texas, according to Washington Post writer Spencer Hsu on March 12th 2009:
President Obama is reviewing a request from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to send National Guard troops to the Mexican border in response to violence triggered by Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, the White House said.
“We’re going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense,” Obama told reporters from regional newspapers on Wednesday as reported by the Dallas Morning News and McClatchy Newspapers.
“I’m not interested in militarizing the border,” Obama said.
In the most direct comments so far on the drug fight that has killed 7,000 people in Mexico since the beginning of 2008, the president praised Mexico President Felipe Calderon for “taking some extraordinary risks under extraordinary pressure” to fight the cartels.
US Officials say the amount of violence that has spilled over into the United States so far does not warrant major concern. Nevertheless, Obama added, “I think it’s unacceptable if you’ve got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. Citizens”
Perry, who called on Washington to pay for 1,000 additional troops or federal agents on the border, called Obama’s statement “a mistake”.
Certainly Napolitano’s background validates her report card of the Homeland Security’s performance in the last year and mirrors her performance as the governor of Arizona but is it in concert with Obama’s security plan for the United States of America ? Is our Homeland Security responding to Obama’s vision or Napolitano’s vision? Possibly they are one in the same.