According to the Heritage Foundation piece:
- On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Secretary Napolitano went on CNN’s “State of the Union” and proclaimed that crossing the border illegally is not a crime. This statement left a lot of folks scratching their heads given that U.S. law—the law Napolitano is sworn to uphold—says quite the opposite. Section 8, Title 1325 of the U.S. code clearly states that those who enter the U.S. illegally are committing a crime.
Really. Not a crime. Hm. That’s a tough one to support Sect. Napolitano. It does seem that the Obama Administration is gearing up to legalize everyone here illegally. A new built in voting block to dilute the fabric of our country. But aside from that motivation, whatever happened to Pres. Obama’s sense of “fairness?” Is it fair to legalize illegals when there are those who come into this country following and respecting it’s laws? If you don’t agree with the process or feel the process needs to be streamlined or changed, by all means, work to change it. But we don’t do things by ‘fiat’ here in the US.
- Failing to enforce workplace and immigration laws will only encourage more to ignore the law.
The fight has to go beyond the border. Just adding inspections on people heading south is not going to work. Homeland Security will inconvenience everyone but the smugglers who don’t care if some of their loads get caught and will seek alternative routes. On the U.S. side, there has to be a robust integrated response of federal, state, and local law enforcement at the regional level (meshing with is going on in California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico) that targets the cartel and transnational gang networks. At the local level, the U.S. needs more community policing that targets criminal elements in the border community. That means more support and assistance for border county sheriff departments.
Secretary Napolitano’s job is to follow and enforce the law—not to use her authority to undermine it.