Big Sis’ Long Goodbye Ends With Speech Urging ‘Common-Sense’ Immigration Reform

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Outgoing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s long goodbye ended Tuesday with a farewell speech in which she urged Congress to pass some form of amnesty for the 11 million or so illegal aliens now living in the United States.

Napolitano said unilateral grants of amnesty, either through her own self-willed enforcement oversights or through President Barack Obama’s threat to bypass Congress, are no substitutes for legislation that would structure a systematic plan whereby illegal aliens could know what to expect as they walk a path toward U.S. citizenship.

In particular, Napolitano called on Congress to devise legislation that accommodates “dreamers” — the youngest generation of illegal aliens who, as children, entered the country with their parents. Dreamers know no life outside of the one they’ve lived inside the United States, despite remaining undocumented throughout their young lives and their ongoing status as illegal aliens.

Napolitano criticized Congress for failing to tackle what she called “common-sense immigration enforcement priorities,” which, she said, would devote enforcement resources to “criminals, national security and public safety threats” instead of the deportation of workaday illegal aliens.

“Congress had a chance to give these so-called dreamers a way to stay in our country through the Dream Act, but unfortunately, that legislation failed to garner the 60 votes needed for cloture, falling just five votes short, despite strong bipartisan support,” Napolitano said.

The Dream (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act was proposed in a very different political climate, coming early in George W. Bush’s first term and only a month before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Napolitano’s remarks referred to a 2007 Senate iteration of the bill, which fell short of defeating a filibuster by a 52-44 cloture vote.

Napolitano defended DHS’ handling of illegal immigration during her tenure, saying Congressional gridlock on immigration reform had justified her liberal interpretation of her own powers as DHS Secretary and had freed her to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” under the Obama Administration to stop the ticking clock counting down the length of time “dreamers” can remain in the United States.

Napolitano, a former Arizona Governor, will take up her new position as the president of the University of California system next week. To her yet-unnamed DHS successor, she advised “a large bottle of Advil.”

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  • Sarah Conner

    Just leave already…dumb b!tch…

    • Don 2

      Just curious, was she a man, before she was a woman?

      • Warrior

        LMAO! Maybe she’ll be the first one to take advantage of Dr. Brown’s transgender bathrooms.

        • Don 2

          Looks like she missed her calling and should have been a guard at Auschwitz.

          • momo

            No, the Nazis had standards!

  • Gary

    Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out. I’m glad she is going to Californica. No way for her to screw up that state any more than it already is.

  • rivahmitch

    That 11 million is a fake number. Estimates run from twice to triple that. As to Napolitano, that female dog should be euthanized.

  • Liz

    She needed to go a long time ago, all she has ever done is turn a blind eye to the immigration issue. Maybe Gov. Brewer can get some work done now, oh wait I forgot, O’Bama is still President.

  • native blood

    Common sense immigration? Suppose we just secure the border and stop all benefits to the invaders. Then, there would be no immigration problem. Self deportation is very effective.

    • Vis Fac

      Agreed The People’s Republic of Commexico (PRC) provides meals health care welfare food stamps education and housing for illegals all on the taxpayers dime. The PRC has the highest income and sales tax in the nation to pay for this charity why would illegals (or any liberal) want to leave for places where they must fend for themselves?

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  • Alan

    Please just shutup and go away, you have been here far to long already.

  • Alan

    Please just shutup and go away, you have been here far to long already.

  • Vigilant

    “Congressional gridlock…had justified her liberal interpretation of her own powers as DHS Secretary and had freed her to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” under the Obama Administration…?”

    So now it’s personal interpretation of powers rather than following the Constitutional restrictions on such powers? There was a guy in Egypt named Morsi who thought he could get away with the same thing.

    If Congress had any fealty to the Constitution, and the guts to act with fidelity to it, they would have impeached her and her boss long ago.

  • Vigilant

    The headline indicates she urged “Common-Sense’ Immigration Reform.” The very FIRST priority dictated by common sense would be to secure the border before anything else is even considered.

    • Andy

      But that makes sense. You wont get that from Obama and his minions.

    • Robert Messmer

      Her idea of common sense, grant amnesty, is not reform just capitulation! Thank god that since she is white that Holder will not consider her approach as being any good to “solving” the crime problem.

  • Andy

    I’m sorry, but if that 8itch wants amnesty, let her pay for the eleven million or so illegals that are here now to take the burden off the rest of us. I get tired of spreading my wealth to a bunch of scheming, drug dealing, illegal dirtbags. You broke our law to come here. GO HOME. You come here illegally and demand this and demand that and want rights? What f&*king rights do you deserve? You have the right to leave. That’s all the rights you have. You spit out baby after baby and now it becomes our problem? Bull$hit. Common sense immigration is to send them all back, if they are illegal, and then. after one warning shot, shoot to kill when they try to approach the border again, illegally. Am I mean and cruel to talk like this? Maybe, but no worse than the elected leaders who allowed this to happen in the first place and pissed me off, so thoroughly, that this is now how I feel. God forgive me for feeling this way but I am so angry watching this administration give our Country away in bit and pieces. This ridiculous excuse of a president has cost us so much respect on the worlds stage. He has kissed the worlds ass, bowed to our enemies and now wants to become the nations insurance company with Obamacare. The governments main purpose was to protect its citizens not screw them! I don’t feel protected anymore. Do you?

    • Don 2

      Andy, just don’t try sneaking south across the border. Mexico will throw you in jail for that.

      • Andy

        Exactly. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. I was born here from parents who were born here from parents who wanted a better life and had to wait to come here LEGALLY.

  • Vash the Stampede

    No amnesty.Give them community service to make them pay for the trouble of sending them back.Let them go through the proper channels like everybody else.

  • me

    Time to deport the whole administration back to Kenya.

  • Thomas Alan Langley

    Butch Napolitano has been a disaster for our country. She advises a bottle of Advil for her successor. She needs to take some Ex-lax because she is full of it. The President & the Secretary of DHS are supposed to insure that the laws of faithfully executed. You don’t get to pick & choose which laws you enforce.

  • terri

    No more welcome immigrant reform in U.S. If some country are good & skill job for help to America, that is okay permit law U.S. If more criminals of country are badly for grow amnesty to America, that is not okay for break law, people harm worse on Americans. They must stay other countries because they are no good dangerous. U.S. citizens need safety law stricter avoid bombing, socialist, stealing treasons, false teacher god & murderer, more..If our country will be messy & sicker on them..