Thursday, August 13, 2009

Napolitano Focuses on Immigration Enforcement

Published: August 11, 2009
New York Times

EL PASO — A day after President
announced that legislation to overhaul immigration
laws would have to wait until next year, the secretary of homeland security
played down the need for change in a speech here and took a tough stance on
enforcing current immigration laws. [...]

Her remarks disappointed advocates for immigrants, who questioned whether
increasing enforcement would improve security as much as overhauling immigration
laws would.

“How many more millions if not billions of dollars are we going to put
into the border without fixing the immigration system?” asked Ali Noorani,
executive director of the National Immigration Forum.Joshua
Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee
, said of Ms. Napolitano, “She’s increasing enforcement of laws that
President Obama and she have both said are broken, and the result is going to be
a lot of human misery.”

Ms. Napolitano and other administration officials have argued that a
tough stance on illegal immigration is necessary to convince American voters to
accept a wider overhaul that would give legal status to millions of foreigners.

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