Janet Napolitano: Personal ambition outpaces action
One would think that Gov. Janet Napolitano’s background as a former state attorney general and U.S. attorney for Arizona, would make her a natural for chief of Homeland Security. Arizona, is after all, a border state — the major portal for illegal immigration into the United States. And it is worth noting that the flood of humanity across our border is not limited to Mexicans and Central Americans. Among the millions of illegal aliens pouring across the U.S.-Mexican border this year, many come from countries hostile to America
Which makes Napolitano’s famous quip on the topic of controlling the illegal invasion even more troubling: “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.”
In fact, some of the strongest opposition to construction of a border security wall has come from Democrat Napolitano. She has scoffed at the idea of implementation of actual barriers, stating it would be too expensive, take too long to construct, and be ineffective once completed.
And, in the midst of a state hiring freeze, she recently appointed former Douglas Mayor Ray Borane as her policy adviser for border and immigration issues. This is the same Borane who said the Minuteman Project was not welcome in his town, because they are “white supremacist, racist and very dangerous people” and were “creating an environment that is not good for our people!”
Does this give a hint of what Americans can expect from the ambitious politico, Napolitano?
According to a Time magazine cover story as far back as 2002, illegal immigration accelerated after President Bush proposed a temporary worker (the term ‘temporary worker’ rated higher with focus groups than the previously used and now less favored ‘guest worker’) program. Either way, it amounts to amnesty, allowing millions here illegally to remain in the U.S. legally. In the cover article, Who left the door open? Time concluded that despite all the talk of homeland security, sneaking into the U.S. is scandalously easy – and on the rise. Millions of illegal aliens will pour across the U.S.-Mexican border this year, they wrote, many from countries hostile to America. The article, reported on the damage, the dangers and the reasons the U.S. fails to protect itself.
Within a week of the Sept. 11th, terror attacks on the U.S., Zogby polled Americans on border security and immigration issues. and asked whether the government was doing enough to control the border and screen those allowed into the country. 76 percent said the government was not doing enough.
In the intervening years, has complacency taken over our common sense?
Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin calls Napolitano a Shamnesty wolf in enforcement clothing. Read Malkin’s assessment here.