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Janet Napolitano

Current DHS Secretary and former governor of Arizona.

See also Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, and Obama immigration.

Last modified Jun 1, 2013
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Senate amnesty: DHS Sec'y could decide to give illegal aliens citizenship (Napolitano) - 02/04/13

... Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. ...Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan immigration reform framework unveiled this past week, said Napolitano should decide. "What we’ve proposed is that the DHS secretary, whomever it is...

Obama on track to add 200,000+ new legal workers to a weak job market (immigration, amnesty, DREAM Act, Janet Napolitano, DHS, DACA) - 10/26/12

According to Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security [1], over 200,000 illegal aliens have applied to Obama's "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" amnesty. That's not as bad as it could be, but it's still very bad news for American workers: in a weak job market, Obama's adding hundreds of thousands of new legal workers. Those who are illegal aliens are clustered in jobs that...

Lawsuit: Janet Napolitano favored underqualified female cronies over men (Department of Homeland Security) - 08/10/12

... Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano in an explosive but heretofore unnoticed federal lawsuit alleging Homeland Security employment discrimination against straight male agents by Napolitano... in favor of her lesbian girlfriend and sexual harassment of male agents by Napolitano’s handpicked Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Chief of Staff, Suzanne Barr. The lawsuit...

Janet Napolitano admits terrorists cross U.S.-Mexico border "from time to time" - 08/01/12

... (Democratic Party of Arizona) asking Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security if it's true that there's "material evidence of the presence of terrorists along our southern border". Napolitano responds (via this): "With respect, there have been - and the Ababziar matter would be one I would refer to that's currently being adjudicated in the criminal courts - from time to time, and...

Feds estimate over 1 million will apply for Obama's amnesty, will cost millions - 07/24/12

... Caldwell. [2] Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that the government would grant waivers "in very deserving cases." [3] There is one situation in which harping on the cost could be extremely effective: if doing so could play a role in a winning lawsuit designed to block the program. One possible way to block the program might be due to Obama deciding by...

Obama passes DREAM Act by executive fiat; who's to blame; what to do - 06/15/12

... by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the...

Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio help deprive Third World of an honor student (also: Frederica Wilson, David Rivera, Ros Lehtinen, Napolitano, Reid) - 03/08/12

... to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on their behalf, planned to meet with Pelaez and her sister on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, asked the sisters to stop by his office, too. ...Nelson spoke to Napolitano on the phone Monday night, and the Homeland Security chief pledged to personally get involved. By Tuesday, the agency had issued a stay. "Given that the...

Temporary Protected Status extended 18 more months (El Salvador) - 01/10/12

As you can see by the next link, nothing says "Permanent" quite like Temporary Protected Status. That government program allows foreign citizens to stay in the U.S. on a "temporary" basis due to disasters or strife in their homelands. It's important to note that those covered by it are here legally: they aren't illegal aliens. The issue is that TPS keeps getting extended year after year. Another...

Obama voting push: relaxes Green Card wait time for illegal alien family members (Luis Gutierrez) - 01/06/12

... ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-00140_PI.pdf. Note that it's signed by Janet Napolitano.

DHS gives in to Luis Gutierrez demand to halt a deportation; Gutierrez keeps promoting bad policy - 01/04/12

... and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. We were scheduled to get an update on the deportation prioritization plan and other immigration issues, but I used the opportunity to ask the Secretary why Martha was still detained after three nights in jail. Eventually, later that day, in fact, ICE officers came to pick Martha up, ran the appropriate background check on her and then placed her...

Is Elizabeth Warren fake? (opposes Secure Communities immigration enforcement) - 09/20/11

... her and pointing out that even Janet Napolitano supports the program. [2] Ask yourself: what would Warren do if she wanted to help the middle class? Why does obtaining political power even if means enabling corrupt banks and businesses seem to be a higher priority for her? ------------------------------------------ [1] See Brown's September 14, 2011 letter to Deval Patrick entitled 'Brown To...

Dozens of pro-illegal immigration groups were invited to Obama's mini-amnesty rollout and you weren't - 08/25/11

... announcement, "S1" (presumably Janet Napolitano) called "key members" Sen. Bob Menendez, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, and Rep. Xavier Becerra to let them know. Then, DHS Counselor John Sandweg spoke with Alicia Caldwell of the Associated Press to share the news with a sympathetic ear (her writeup is here). Then, there were "staff level calls to dream letter signatories"; that refers to the April...

Obama declares administrative mini-amnesty: will review all 300,000 facing deportation hearings (UPDATE: open the floodgates?) - 08/18/11

... work permits. Per DHS secretary Janet Napolitano: "From a law enforcement and public safety perspective, DHS enforcement resources must continue to be focused on our highest priorities... Doing otherwise hinders our public safety mission - clogging immigration court dockets and diverting DHS enforcement resources away from the individuals who pose a threat to public safety." That sounds good,...

DOJ sues Alabama over state's new illegal immigration law - 08/02/11

... with quotes from Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano is at [1]. The Department of Education is also involved in the suit due to parts of the Alabama law that involve immigration. The DOJ says they filed the suit "after consultation with the Alabama governor, Alabama attorney general and Alabama law enforcement officials", which might imply that Gov. Robert Bentley helped them. Yet, that doesn't...

Durbin, Napolitano welcome illegal aliens to U.S. Senate to promote anti-American DREAM Act (Arne Duncan, Clifford Stanley, Leahy, Schumer, Feinstein, Franken, Cornyn, Grassley, Margaret Stock) - 06/30/11

... were: administration officials Janet Napolitano, Arne Duncan, and Clifford Stanley; Sens. Durbin, Pat Leahy, Charles Schumer, Al Franken, and Dianne Feinstein; and immigration lawyer currently or formerly associated with West Point, Margaret Stock. * John Cornyn and Chuck Grassley were also in attendance; see the Cornyn quote below supporting the DA in concept just not in its current form....

Is Marie Diamond clueless, deceptive, or what? (ThinkProgress, Herman Cain, border fence, alligators, moat, Andy Kroll) - 06/08/11

... Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano once said, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.” It’s perhaps surprising that Iowa voters would be so moved by the issue of illegal immigration in a state that’s so distant from the heart of the problem. But Cain took his cues from the audience early on when they cheered any brief mention of cracking down on immigrants....

Obama meets with "stakeholders" for amnesty propaganda push ("immigration reform") - 04/19/11

... Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano * Cecilia Munoz, Deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Intergovernmental Affairs * Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President & Senior Advisor * Nancy Ann DeParle, Assistant to the President & Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy * Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President & Director of Domestic Policy Council * Gene Sperling...

Lax DHS policies resulted in illegal alien drunk driver killing a nun - 03/04/11

Due to lax policies on the part of the Department of Homeland Security, an illegal alien who had been convicted of drunk driving and had a series of other run-ins with police was not deported immediately. Instead, he was put into DHS' "Alternatives to Detention" program and in August 2010 he drove drunk and killed a nun and seriously injured two other nuns. Read about it here, including the...

Border Patrol used beanbags against armed bandits (Brian Terry) - 03/03/11

... discredit such groups. 3/9/11 UPDATE: Janet Napolitano appeared before Congress today (link): Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a congressional panel Wednesday that U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and his fellow agents were not under orders to refrain from using lethal force in a December gunbattle near the Mexican border that resulted in Mr. Terry´s death....

Unpresidential: Whitehouse.gov promotes, misleads about anti-American DREAM Act (Stephanie Valencia) - 12/03/10

... From The Good Guys: (Secretary Janet Napolitano) believes this targeted legislation provides a firm but fair way to deal with innocent children brought to the U.S. at a young age so that the Department of Homeland Security can dedicate their enforcement resources to detaining and deporting criminals and those who pose a threat to our country. That's a dodge for her lack of interest in enforcing...

Senators: ICE doing selective enforcement, not asking for more resources - 10/27/10

... [1] recently sent a letter to Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security pointing out that her version of immigration enforcement is selective and also noting that the DHS hasn't asked for more resources to do their job. Here's part of the letter (link): Recently, media reports have revealed that pending removal proceedings are being dismissed in record numbers. That sharp increase...

Secure Communities is mandatory, over objections of San Francisco and others - 10/01/10

... one of the few positive steps Janet Napolitano has taken, just as long as it is actually mandatory in practice.

Anna Gorman, Nicholas Riccardi: supporting illegal activity is mainstream, tolerant (Los Angeles Times) - 08/02/10

Anna Gorman and Nicholas Riccardi of the Los Angeles Times offer an article with a title more appropriate for an (explicit) advocacy publication: "Arizona was once tolerant of illegal immigrants. What happened?" (link). The article is just as bad, as Gorman and Riccardi present supporting massive illegal activity as a tolerant, mainstream default state and those who oppose it as somehow outside...

Obama wants $500 million to send National Guard to secure the border (prelude to amnesty) - 05/25/10

... just as then-Arizona governor Janet Napolitano had requested. That "Operation Jump Start" made for a wonderful photo op with George W Bush, but the goal was clear: look like they were doing something in order to get amnesty. Then as now this is a good move, although it's very important to make sure it's not a prelude to something else. UPDATE: In case all of the above wasn't clear, the Mexican...

Far-left working to block Napolitano's "Secure Communities" program - 04/28/10

... Department of Homeland Security is Janet Napolitano's kinder, gentler alternative to the 287g program. That's not good enough for the far-left (link). Yesterday they released the following: [T]he National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (of Yeshiva University) filed a...

Brewer signs Arizona immigration law; far-left begins opposition (MALDEF, America's Voice, Phil Gordon) - 04/23/10

Earlier today, Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law the tough immigration bill from Russell Pearce (link). Video of her signing and brief remarks are at peekURL.com/vm1nzd1 Someone tries to ask her a gotcha question about how to spot illegal aliens at peekURL.com/vmlxvwr ; she kind of flubs the answer and should have just responded with the fact that the Border Patrol and others involved...

ICE walks back from memo setting deportation quotas; "inconsistent with the administration's point of view" - 03/31/10

A few days ago, Spencer Hsu and Andrew Becker of the Washington Post offered "ICE officials set quotas to deport more illegal immigrants" (link):

Obama meets with Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer, wants amnesty bill - 03/05/10

... other than Graham; he met with Janet Napolitano yesterday to seek her help and afterwards in a statement said, "We just need a second Republican." 4. There are probably a good number more illegal aliens in the U.S. than the figure given as a fact by Nicholas. 5. The March 21 event will feature foreign citizens who are here illegally marching through our streets in a show of force, demanding that...

"Temporary" Protected Status for Haitian illegal aliens pushed by profiteers (Haiti earthquake) - 01/14/10

... the update below] Yesterday, Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security suspended repatriations of illegal aliens from Haiti; that makes some sense as long as it's actually temporary. What doesn't make sense are the calls from some to give "Temporary Protected Status" in the U.S. to Haitian illegal aliens. The word "temporary" is generally a misnomer as that status is renewed over...

Obama administration was briefed on possible terrorist attacks over holidays - 01/02/10

... Attorney General Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security, FBI Director Robert Mueller and various CIA and intelligence officials. Of this, Gateway Pundit says the expected: "Obama was warned about the threats to the homeland in a Christmas briefing before he flew off to his golfing and snorkling Hawaii holiday vacation." (link). Meanwhile, Spencer Ackerman spins it...

Three low-level Democrats join pointless call for Janet Napolitano to resign - 01/01/10

... Democrats who are calling for Janet Napolitano to step down following the attempted terror attack in Detroit. The three are: * New Jersey State Senate President Richard Codey * Democratic strategist Dan Gerstein, "a former adviser to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn" * Former New York Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato 1. None of those three appear to be at the center of the political universe, so unless...

Janet Napolitano on failed terror attack: "The system worked" (video) - 12/27/09

... of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was asked about the failed terror attack that occurred on Christmas Day aboard a jet bound from Amsterdam to Detroit. Per Napolitano, "the system worked" (see the video, also at peekURL.com/vcmnigh ). Obviously, the system didn't work; the only things that averted tragedy were a failed detonator (link) and an alert passenger who subdued the...

DHS worksite enforcement against illegal aliens plummeted under Obama, Napolitano - 11/19/09

Per this: Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009... Fiscal 2008 ran from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008. Fiscal 2009 began Oct. 1, 2008, and ran through Sept. 30 of this year. The exact figures are: * Criminal arrests: down 60% * Criminal indictments: down 58...

Dan Griswold of Cato peddles more guest workers snake oil (2009 version) - 11/17/09

... complaining that in her recent speech Janet Napolitano didn't call for a guest workers program. Griswold's proposal is built on a fantasy; he's peddling snake oil:

John King of CNN asks David Axelrod puffball immigration reform question - 11/15/09

On today's "State of the Union", John King of CNN - the replacement for Lou Dobbs - asked David Axelrod about plans for comprehensive immigration reform (transcript here, excerpts below). While Dobbs - the "advocacy journalist" per CNN president Jon Klein - might have pressed Axelrod on some of the downsides of amnesty, King simply asked a milquetoast question about process, allowing Axelrod to...

More questions for DHS' Janet Napolitano - 11/13/09

... there are some questions for Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security below. If you want to block amnesty, putting her on the spot by asking these questions on video at one of her public appearances would be a very effective way to do it; for an action plan see the question authority page. Even if you can't ask a question yourself, you can at the least promote that plan. Here's...

Janet Napolitano falsely says she needs immigration "reform" to do her job; says border more secure; sounds like Chertoff - 11/13/09

... of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano said that she needs comprehensive immigration reform (downsides at the link) to do her job and that such "reform" (aka amnesty) is more attainable due both to supposed increased border security and due to fewer people trying to cross because of the economic downturn. In her speech, she sounded almost exactly like Michael Chertoff and used several...

Ask Janet Napolitano questions in Washington DC: Friday, November 13, 2009 - 11/09/09

... Friday the 13th of November 2009, Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security will be speaking at the Center for American Progress, and there might be some form of question and answer session. If you're in Washington DC and can go there and ask her one of my questions - or a tough question you can provide - I urge you to do so. If you do get to ask the question, please at least write...

Napolitano of DHS: "al-Qaeda-type" terrorists inside U.S.; difficult to track visa exits; supposed border enforcement will lead to "reform" - 10/12/09

... of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today, and she said among other things (link): "It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs... And so it makes information-sharing, it makes effective law enforcement and it makes the shared responsibility of law enforcement ever so important." If she's telling the truth and has accurate...

Senators complain about DHS plan to reduce Border Patrol agents on southern border - 10/10/09

... variety - have sent a letter to Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security complaining about her plan to reduce the number of Border Patrol agents on the Mexican border. The letter is at [1], excerpted below: