Homeland InSecurity Chieftain Janet Napolitano has authorized the denial of U.S. entry to Canadians with non-violent mental health histories who desire to travel south of the border for business or family trips.
It turns out that personal information entered into the Canadian police database is accessible by American authorities. As an example, a 65-year old Toronto resident who attempted suicide several years ago was stopped at customs after showing her passport and taken to a secondary screening. There, a Customs and Border Protection officer informed her that he had information that police had come to her home in 2006.
“Mental illness is actually under our law as a reason that you may not get admitted,” says Brad Benson of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “The issue is always going to be: could someone be a danger to someone [else]?”
How odd that Janet Napolitano is less concerned about those coming illegally across our southern border, bringing previously eradicated, contagious diseases — in addition to drugs, weapons and criminality. She become famous for her blasé retort when frustrated Arizonans pleaded for border action: “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.”
In 2009, Napolitano inflamed American citizens with the release of a Department of Homeland Security report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” in which she warned of the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists” concerned about “illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty” — singling out returning war veterans as particular threats. Seeing Red AZ previously covered her irresponsible — some might say “lunatic” report.
Her not-quite-an-apology, nearly two weeks later, (“To the extent veterans read it as an accusation … an apology is owed.”) was greeted by the liberal taxpayer-subsidized National Public Radio (NPR) questioning whether an apology was even necessary.
The fact that she was born in New York City is obviously a bonus for Napolitano. If she was a Canadian citizen, using her own restrictions, Janet Napolitano might well be precluded entry into the USA.