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Napolitano outlines path to citizenship, immigration system overhaul in ASU address

Napolitano outlines path to citizenship, immigration system overhaul in ASU address

Agree with her on the issues or not, you have to admit that Janet Napolitano possesses an unmatched perspective on some of Arizona’s most urgent challenges. And whether on the subject of immigration enforcement or balancing security with liberty, Napolitano offered her solutions in a confident, almost matter-of-fact manner Thursday night at ASU. In return, the crowd — seemingly all supporters — gave her repeated rounds of standing applause.

This wasn’t Napolitano’s first trip back to Arizona, and it’s clear that she enjoys the homecomings. Her speech and a Q&A session moderated by ASU President Michael Crow mixed serious issues with humor. Crow introduced her the way any proud family member introduces the prodigal son — or in this case daughter — deeming her a gifted leader, courageous intellect and a national asset. Napolitano didn’t spare any compliments for her hosts either.

The Homeland Security secretary and former governor’s speech didn’t contain anything surprising. She outlined the five central missions that DHS is currently pursuing under her guidance, fully parsing each in such a way that she could give an example of why it’s a problem, how they intend to pursue it and what milestones have recently been achieved or will be achieved in that pursuit.

The elephant in the room, though, was immigration. And while the Department of Homeland Security is not even ten years old, Arizonans know it coincides with immigration enforcement. It makes sense that she returned to the topic and that a large portion of the audience responded to any word on the issue.

Napolitano gave unambiguous assurances that immigration reform remains a priority for the current administration.

Her broad descriptions outlined a plan that will include a path to citizenship for many of those already in the U.S. and an overhaul of the immigration system, so legal status can be an attainable goal.

Napolitano pointed out that with the current makeup of Congress, bi-partisanship will simply have to be part of the process. She appeared wholly optimistic, though, because of the serious impact immigration policy has on the country, and because it is so clearly broken.

ASU President Michael Crow moderated the Q&A session after the speech, reading audience submitted questions. Most of them related to immigration, but Crow also snuck in a few questions just to get laughs.

With his signature coy smile, Crow asked whether Napolitano would have a better chance running for the state Senate seat against Hayworth or McCain. After the audience stopped laughing, Napolitano answered only, “next.”

- By Evan Wyloge

  1. Debra J. White
    Debra J. White03-26-2010

    Funny how she rubs noses with Crow now that she’s in higher office. I volunteered in Janet’s office for four years. She threw him out once and slammed the door so loudly that it alerted security. All the governor’s mail about Crow wasn’t flattering either. I guess she forgives the big dog. Not everyone else does.

  2. Brittanicus
    Brittanicus03-26-2010

    The connection between the computerized E-Verify federal application and illegal immigration is blatantly obvious? That’s why the open border extremists have concocted everything in their parameters of influence, to ruin the illegal immigrant worker removal app to justify the scrapping of the program. Its exceptional qualifications to intercept illegal aliens in the workforce has gained in popularity for a large majority of Americas job market, along with its physical partner the 287 (g) police enforcement arrest program that has the ability to question persons in state, county or city jurisdictions on legal status. Thanks to Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano and a group of majority leadership Democrats and few Republicans led by Sen. Chuck Schumer Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John McCain much of our Southern fence, E-Verify, 287 (G) are at risk.

    This is the lead-up to force through an ultimate Immigration Reform Act, Which is better named as AMNESTY, that will de-criminalize somewhere between 20 and 30 million illegal aliens who have entered this country. IT WOULD COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS LESS, TO REVISE THE 1986 SIMPSON/ MAZZOLI BILL WITH AMENDMENTS, THAN CONFRONTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHICH SUCH ANOTHER TRAVESTY. If the US public do not stand their ground on this terrible onslaught, our population will explode from not only those who broke the law, but the sponsorship of millions of the family circle. Once here hundreds of thousands will be financially deserted, leaving the taxpayers as the burdened beneficiary. Nor does the payout end up there, as millions more are waiting in expectation to climb the fence or slip through airport terminals.

    For instance they could make E-Verify permanent, including 287G. Next a Guest worker program for the harvesting of fruits and vegetable, but with a limited permit to work in that particular enterprise, with the understanding of returning to their home country after expiring. Next promote special visa for high caliber workforce of technical engineers, scientists and personnel who have special abilities as an interest in our nations future. Outside of these two recipients we do not need or require people who are here to either work menial jobs, or looking for a better life. We have our own population of every nationality who entered this country by following the rules. We certainly don’t need the flotsam and jetsam of criminals, that we have imported through the wide gapped open fence areas.

    FIND THE ANSWERS TO WHY OUR POLITICIANS HAVE SOLD OUT AMERICA TO CORPORATE CONCERNS AT NUMBERSUSA.. BE AWARE THAT MANY YEARS OF TURNING THEIR BACK TO THIS INSIDIOUS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INVASION, HAS BROUGHT US TO THE POINT? THE BORDER WAS ALWAYS UNDER MANNED, UNDERFUNDED BY WASHINGTON. NOW THEY MUST PAY THE PIPER BACK, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ULTIMATE BLAME FOR THIS WHOLE CHARADE OF WORKING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. IF WE RELEASE MILLIONS OF FOREIGN NATIONALS INTO THE MAINSTREAM LEGITIMACY, STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, TEXAS AND NEW YORK WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CARRY THE EXTRA FINANCIAL WEIGHT? California has rapidly sunk under the enormous weight of supporting the millions of illegal alien families, anchor baby families that has squeezed government benefits from taxpayers.

    Only American citizens have the voting power, to throw out the rancid accumulation of legislators who have undermined American society, our flag, our language. USE the phone to explain this insanity to your Senators and Representatives To get any change the only thing these public servants adamantly understand is losing your vote? Same with State law makers? THEY ARE ALL INVOLVED IN cover-ups? Read about all the corrupt politicians in the Capital and State level at JUDICIAL WATCH. WATCH CAREFULLY AS ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL BE VOTING IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.

    No Copyright. Get this commentary or any of my articles to the Public.It will entice Millions more to come for free government entitlements.

  3. david beckman
    david beckman03-26-2010

    Does she know that the constitution outlines the requirements for citizenship and anything that she does contrary to it is as illegal as the immigrants that she wants to help.

  4. bill
    bill04-06-2010

    All we can do is wait till November and TAKE OUT THE TRASH who supports this and her !!! After that we’ll wait for each election to rid ourselves of all these traditor Congressmen , Senator and President ! Can you imagine the President of the United States comming out and saying I SUPPORT AND WILL WORK HARD FOR THE 20 MILLION Criminals who have robbed this Nation blind ! WHAT A DISGRACE !

  5. Karen
    Karen04-13-2010

    @david beckman
    You are absolutely correct. However, the problem is, she doesn’t care what the constitution requires. All this adminstration wants is 20 to30 million more democrats.

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    noirl04-17-2010

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    web technologies 2.011-01-2010

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  11. Evan Wyloge
    Evan Wyloge11-01-2010

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