A recent NPR interview of Obama’s new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano left me thinking that Obama’s administration will be known for doing nothing, other than sticking with the status quo on immigration: Continued round-ups and enforcement-only policies.
When asked by Madeline Brand, “We have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. What do you do about them?” How did Napolitano respond?
“Ultimately, that’s for the Congress to decide…”
Then Brand asked, “I’m hearing a lot of enforcement from you right now. What about the other side of it? What about the immigration part of it, and changing immigration policy to allow more or fewer immigrants in?” And Napolitano’s response?
“Again, that’s for the Congress to decide.”
When asked about round-ups and separation of families, Napolitano also avoided the issue, preferring to talk about “workplace enforcement,” which if it is the same as Bush’s administration will mean more round-ups and and separation of families.
Obama needs to use his bully pulpit to make change happen. He needs to order his people to make that change happen. Simply waiting for Congress to act will have us debating against the hate-mongers (Republicans and Dumbocrats like Heath Shuler).
At this point, it looks like Napolitano has proven me right. She indeed was a bad choice!