Queen of border insecurity: Napolitano could be worse than Chertoff?

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.

8 Responses to Queen of border insecurity: Napolitano could be worse than Chertoff?

  1. Kathy says:

    Very scary appointment – open border Homeland Security chief, of course I didn’t expect any different from the “One.” She has no clue what is going on south of the border. Hello there are more terrorist at the door (as well as those already here). Another head in the sand politician who only looks out for self.

  2. RA says:

    The answers to the questions are yes, yes, and yes.

    If Napolitano really has future political aspirations, which I believe she has, this potential appointment would be disastrous for her career. This is a no-win appointment for anyone that goes near it – really regardless of what stance any DHS chief adopts. An open-borders advocate risks terrorist infiltration, necessarily green-lights and fuels international gang activity, necessarily increases crime rates, necessarily increases health-care, education, and law-enforcement burdens across the U.S., and necessarily fuels anti-immigrant sentiment as a consequence of an open-borders stance. A strict enforcement advocate risks criticism for spending increases, alienation of many business lobbies, accusations of policy and enforcement racism, and criticism from politicos who believe that both legal and illegal immigration are just means of altering voting constituencies. Napolitano would be extraordinarily ill-advised to accept such an appointment.

    Napolitano’s claim “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,” ignores the fact that not every potential illegal will have, or get access to, means to counter physical barriers, and the related fact that border security has to be as cost-effective as is possible without compromising enforcement. Any physical barrier does several things – it sends a message, and it both impedes and reduces traffic flow. If it reduces traffic flow, that’s enforcement dollars saved, enforcement effectiveness increased (fewer events to deal with), and therefore an overall reduction in national expense. Besides, is anyone REALLY discussing a 50-foot wall, or are they discussing a combination of multiple physical barriers and patrol enforcement?

    Show me Napolitano as head of DHS and I’ll show you a broken nation and a political cripple. That’s the way border security works.

  3. Joe Evans says:

    Yours is an excellent analysis of the situation and this pending appointment. I would imagine that Napolitano was less than thrilled with Eric Holder being appointed as Attorney general. That would no doubt have been her selected plum, had she been given the choice. The Homeland Security post will give her visibility, which could end up being her downfall. Her leadership on the myriad border issues has been single-fold: BLAME THE FEDS. Now, she will not be able to finger point and will be expected to actually DO something. Therein lies the rub.

  4. RA says:

    Joe, thank you – that means a lot to me – but thanks to you especially for pointing out Napolitano’s “Blame the Feds” tactic, which I entirely failed to consider.

  5. Sideliner says:

    It’s not complacency that has taken over common sense. It’s the greed of the businesses, such as service industries, resorts, restaurants and construction that want to have a steady stream of low wage and exploitable laborers who live three families to a single family residence, and are reluctant to press for insurance and other benefits. Jason LeVecke and “Mac” Magruder are prime examples. They are aided and abetted by the Chambers of Commerce and their willing cohorts. Meanwhile Americans are not only displaced in the job market, but have to subsidize the education, medical costs and criminal justice price tags that are hanging around the necks of those here illegally. And what about those from rogue nations mentioned here? They live to see us destroyed. The businesses that participate in this deception should be boycotted. They put their bottom line above our national security.

  6. SherriAZ says:

    A continued economic death spiral and hungry Americans who will work 2 jobs if need be to try to save their homes will spell real trouble for any politician trying to push through amnesty. Ignore our borders at your peril, Nappy.

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