Napolitano Condemns Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández Posted: Mar 26, 2010

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Thursday that she opposed local legislation that would make Arizona the first state in the nation to criminalize undocumented immigrants.

“In my judgment, that’s not the best way to structure your law-enforcement and immigration enforcement system,” said the former Arizona governor who stood by her three-time vetoes of similar legislation.

Speaking before an audience of students at Arizona State University, Napolitano reiterated the Obama administration’s commitment to change immigration policies. She pointed to a recent set of principles set out by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

“We are working with the senators and some other members of the Congress on what actual bill language will look like and how it would actually work,” she said without providing a timeline.

But her visit didn’t happen without protests.

Outside the university, dozens of demonstrators called for more than rhetoric from the Secretary of Homeland Security.

“We are tired of them telling us that they’re against these laws and they want immigration reform. We want action,” said Carlos Garcia, an organizer with the PUENTE immigrant rights’ movement.

The group that has opposed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration policies denounced the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing cooperation with that law-enforcement agency through an agreement known as 287(g).

“Sheriff Arpaio has proven himself to be so abusive of civil rights and human rights that he should not have any contracts sanctioned by the federal government,” said Monica Sandschafer, founder and interim executive director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) a coalition of families fighting for social and economic justice.

Sandschafer said that the 287(g) program in the jails has provided an incentive for local police to arrest undocumented immigrants for minor violations like traffic stops, so they could be deported.

Rosa Gutiérrez, a U.S. citizen and resident of Maryvale, a predominantly Latino community that has been severely affected by the economic meltdown, joined the protests.

She blamed the former governor’s immigration policies in Arizona, such as employer sanctions and 287(g) agreements for the crisis the state faces.

“Since she started attacking Latinos, Phoenix is in ruins,” said Gutiérrez, 48. “Everybody is leaving and the businesses are closed. We don’t have work. Before they started doing that, this place was the American dream.”

Another official in the Obama administration was also the subject of protest yesterday.

Attorney General Eric Holder was in Phoenix for a mortgage fraud summit and couldn’t avoid questions about the status of a Department of Justice investigation into racial profiling by Arpaio’s office.

Holder said that the investigation was “serious.”

"Our civil rights division is working on it in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office here in Arizona, and I expect that we will produce results, but at this point the investigation is ongoing,” he said.


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USAFRETIRED on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:34:05 said:

Why is it that everybody hates us mexicans?
was it not the mariel bay incident that brought up crime, from last i heard only the dregs from castros jail where sent here.
Knowing alot of cubans and puerto ricans myself bieng mexican for a fact know that the majority of latinos on welfare are legal citizens from cuba and puerto rico that the USA or patriotic americans let in in the 80's take a look around and see that cubans are the most racist and lazy people at least we mexicans fought for our country as well as usa most of the memorial wall in washington are spanish names. We have a long history of fighting for our country and having served in the us military i have paid my dues get your head out of your a#$ and start realizing that we are hard workers and put more into the economy than other latin groups. As for the population "problem" maybe when Americans start having children and not considering a dog as a child then maybe you will get more of a population.


Edgar Sandoval on Apr 15, 2010 at 22:57:28 said:

I love America :) Support the dream act


Allie Matias on Apr 14, 2010 at 17:10:16 said:

United States of America Where is your focus at?

How about if we work on the embarrassing 9.5% unemployment rate we have created to our state and stop blaming people that work in McDonald's you wouldn't do their job for minimum wage!

They deserve to have rights just like any other human who walks in this beautiful country of ours.


Allie Matias on Apr 14, 2010 at 17:05:44 said:

Napolitano if you think what AZ is wrong please help us stop SB1070 from passing and you know we have a broken immigration system and they are HUMANS not animals!!!! What\'s wrong with you AMERICANS? You know this whole anti-immigration laws are not taking you anymore. Focus on employment and education and stop hating.


l00ker on Apr 14, 2010 at 16:38:03 said:

Screw Napolitano, she is just another fool walking the plank for the manchurian that she slinks for, and will have no room for cover once he is sent packing in two years or so.


Natasha on Apr 11, 2010 at 20:38:43 said:

1. Not all illegal immigrants are from Mexico.
2. Comprehensive immigration reform does not necessarily mean amnesty. I believe Obama wanted to have people pay a fine, learn English and be in good standing with the law, as well as go to the back of the line to become legal.
3. Many who are here illegally are afraid to use government services for fear of being discovered. And the largest group who are on welfare are white people.
4. Illegal immigrants do pay taxes through property tax, sales tax, and some do file income taxes because they have fake social security numbers. Also, some would actually get a rebate because they make too little money to pay income tax.
5. Unless you\'re a Native American, you are a plain hypocrite for demanding that people go back to their country.


Joe on Apr 09, 2010 at 12:33:20 said:

RACISTS Latino's who think THEY are somehow entitled to "SPECIAL" immigration laws.

You enter this nation ILLEGALLY means you STEAL jobs, taxes, education, welfare, ID. Your very presence here is a CRIME.

GO HOME and protest in your own cesspool country instead of trying to create another cesspool in someone Else's country.


dick gerkle on Apr 06, 2010 at 11:27:08 said:

I never knew there were so many moralisic bigoted racist in that clump of sand called Arizona.


Bobby on Mar 29, 2010 at 03:44:37 said:

Go Figure is obviously blind. He can't see anything "new" around "here". He can't see roads,(that he/she drives on), he can't see jet aircraft, tunnels, bridges, factories, skyscrapers,.........the Indians didn't build them--fool. If all that stuff disappeared, I'm willing to bet YOU WOULD LEAVE--HYPOCRIT.


Dave A on Mar 27, 2010 at 14:33:30 said:

Are we a "nation of laws" or not? Think about it.


Rick013 on Mar 27, 2010 at 09:31:18 said:

Until we have immigration laws similar to Mexico's, I am not willing to accept the verbal hype of la raza, la mecha, and la lucha.

With regard to nappy poo, she is a nothing more than the poster child of the Peter Principle.


Marvin on Mar 27, 2010 at 09:22:17 said:

Janet Napoltano has proven time and time again she has no credibility on this issue as she resisted and has gutted almost all effective enforcement measures against illegal aliens.

She is an incompetent ideologue, and need I remind her that a recent Rasmussen poll shows that nearly 70% of American voters want border enforcement and not amnesty.


JJ on Mar 27, 2010 at 09:12:12 said:

Arrest,detain and deport all wetback beaner parasites!


Go Figure on Mar 27, 2010 at 02:30:03 said:

"God has established the nations (Deut. 32:8, Acts 17:26), and their laws should be respected." If you are a Christian, you NEED to be true to ALL of God's WORD - not just the ones that work for YOUR benefit.

Yeah, that sure stopped European ILLEGAL ALIENS from slaughtering NATIVE Americans and stealing their land - often breaking their own treaties.

Why didn't EUROPEANS just 'stay in their own countries' and 'fight to fix them' in lieu of heading off for America - against the wishes of NATIVE Americans?

The hypocrisy is so thick!

Who invited Europeans here anyway?

Better yet, when are YOU going back to Europe?

And stop calling this the 'New World' - the only thing new around here is YOU!


Go Figure on Mar 27, 2010 at 02:27:44 said:

"God has established the nations (Deut. 32:8, Acts 17:26), and their laws should be respected." If you are a Christian, you NEED to be true to ALL of God's WORD - not just the ones that work for YOUR benefit.

Yeah, that sure stopped European ILLEGAL ALIENS from slaughtering NATIVE Americans and stealing their land - often breaking their own treaties.

Why didn't EUROPEANS just 'stay in their own countries' and 'fight to fix them' in lieu of heading off for America - against the wishes of NATIVE Americans?

The hypocrisy is so thick!

Who invited Europeans here anyway?

Better yet, when are YOU going back to Europe?

And stop calling this the 'New World' - the only thing new around here is YOU!


Unemployed American since '07 on Mar 27, 2010 at 01:06:25 said:

The problem with amnesty is that nobody in America wants it, only politicians want it so if they force it on the American people..I am afraid that there could be some hate..some hate towards Washington.


magyart on Mar 27, 2010 at 00:48:57 said:

Sheriff Joe must be doing something right, he keeps getting re-elected. I support his efforts and agressive enforcement of immigration laws.

JN needs to enforce our laws, not have meetings with hate groups like LaRaza.


The Redskin Redneck on Mar 26, 2010 at 22:13:11 said:

Rest assured that every poster here that is advocating illegal immigration is BENEFITTING BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. They are using these people in some despicable way. They are hypocrits and liars, that don't care whether or not American citizens have their jobs depressed, their identities stolen, their social services that they paid into bankrupted by illegal aliens,etc.etc. In other words, American citizens come in last to these scoundrels. They always try to hide under the humaitarian or anti-racist, or human rights, etc.etc. agenda. PHONIES!! LIARS!! AND HYPOCRITS!!


Dawes on Mar 26, 2010 at 22:01:01 said:

God has established the nations (Deut. 32:8, Acts 17:26), and their laws should be respected.\" If you are a Christian, you NEED to be true to ALL of God\'s WORD - not just the ones that work for YOUR benefit.-LynneNVa

Right and the laws on illegal aliens ARE CLEAR!!!


Dawes on Mar 26, 2010 at 21:59:36 said:

I wouldn't ask Janet to judge my lemonade for sugar content. My judgment is better than hers!


Marie H on Mar 26, 2010 at 20:39:16 said:

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO FOR PRESIDENT 2012!!!!!


Juliee on Mar 26, 2010 at 17:31:05 said:

She needs to be run out of town. She can not do her job and is nothing but an illegal immigration activist pretending to defend America.


Bonnie on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:54:18 said:

As usual we have to look at photos of the damn Mexicans wanting more illegal aliens in our
once wonderful country.
Mexico stay home!


l00ker on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:43:40 said:

Again, forget about his traitorous wench, like what is she going to do about Arizona, not nothing, zippo, nada.


Robert Bilodeau on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:40:02 said:

Illlegal aliens are here illegally.They commit more crimes than any group in the US;i.e.fraud,i.d. theft,murder,assault,driving without licences and insurance,out right lies to federal and state agencies. They want rights that suoercede the rights of law abiding Americans. They also harbor hate and predjudices against Americans. No one who enters illegally and sunverts the right of others trying to enter legally should ever be allowed citizenship.Countries whose citizens abuse this should be banned from immigrating any of their citizens to the US for a mandatory 20 years.


OldenTimes on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:35:44 said:

Those who think illegal immigrants should be able to come here and stay with all their children, demand rights, deplete our earned resources and say "Oh Poor Me"........HOW DARE YOU!!!!! You are as uncaring, thoughtless and ungrateful as any people I have ever seen. Sheriff Joe is a saint compared to you. Did you ever think for a minute that you that you stand in our line demand and take the place of our sick children whose parents couldn't afford healthcare. Now that child is dead! It is unconscionable for you to demand unearned rights and deny my child’s life because you’ve helped yourselves and taken the resources from us. What you’ve abused and entitled yourself could pay for many necessary treatments and many of our children could be alive today and you don't even say thank you!!................That’s the humanity perspective from the other side.


OldenTimes on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:27:34 said:

Those who think illegal immigrants should be able to come here and stay with all their children, demand rights, deplete our earned resources and say "Oh Poor Me"........HOW DARE YOU!!!!! You are as uncaring, thoughtless and ungrateful as any people I have ever seen. Sheriff Joe is a saint compared to you. Did you ever think for a minute that you that you stand in our line demand and take the place of our sick children whose parents couldn't afford healthcare. Now that child is dead! It is unconscionable for you to demand unearned rights and deny my child’s life because you’ve helped yourselves and taken the resources from us. What you’ve abused and entitled yourself could pay for many necessary treatments and many of our children could be alive today and you don't even say thank you!!................That’s the humanity perspective from the other side.


LynneNVa on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:18:10 said:

"God has established the nations (Deut. 32:8, Acts 17:26), and their laws should be respected." If you are a Christian, you NEED to be true to ALL of God's WORD - not just the ones that work for YOUR benefit.


Dave Francis on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:10:54 said:

The connection between the computerized E-Verify federal application and illegal immigration is blatantly obvious? That's why the open border extremists have concocted everything in their parameters of influence, to ruin the illegal immigrant worker removal app to justify the scrapping of the program. Its exceptional qualifications to intercept illegal aliens in the workforce has gained in popularity for a large majority of Americas job market, along with its physical partner the 287 (g) police enforcement arrest program that has the ability to question persons in state, county or city jurisdictions on legal status. Thanks to Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano and a group of majority leadership Democrats and few Republicans led by Sen. Chuck Schumer Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John McCain much of our Southern fence, E-Verify, 287 (G) are at risk.

This is the lead-up to force through an ultimate Immigration Reform Act, Which is better named as AMNESTY, that will de-criminalize somewhere between 20 and 30 million illegal aliens who have entered this country. IT WOULD COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS LESS, TO REVISE THE 1986 SIMPSON/ MAZZOLI BILL WITH AMENDMENTS, THAN CONFRONTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHICH SUCH ANOTHER TRAVESTY. If the US public do not stand their ground on this terrible onslaught, our population will explode from not only those who broke the law, but the sponsorship of millions of the family circle. Once here hundreds of thousands will be financially deserted, leaving the taxpayers as the burdened beneficiary. Nor does the payout end up there, as millions more are waiting in expectation to climb the fence or slip through airport terminals. MUCH OF THE IMMIGRATION FAULT IS THE TREATY OF NAFTA, AS MILLIONS OF MEXICANS LOST THEIR LIVELIHOOD IN GROWING CROPS.

For instance they could make E-Verify permanent, including 287G. Next a Guest worker program for the harvesting of fruits and vegetable, but with a limited permit to work in that particular enterprise, with the understanding of returning to their home country after expiring. AMENDMENTS CAN BE ADDED TO THE 1986 IMMIGRATION CONTROL & REFORM ACT approved by no other that the demised TED Kennedy. The short list can be added, but American Patriots will fight anything smelling of AMNESTY. Initially promote special visa for high caliber workforce of technical engineers, scientists and personnel who have special abilities as an interest in our nations future. Outside of these two recipients we do not need or require people who are here to either work menial jobs, or looking for a better life. We have our own population of every nationality who entered this country by following the rules. We certainly don't need the flotsam and jetsam of criminals, that we have imported through the wide gapped open fence areas.

FIND THE ANSWERS TO WHY OUR POLITICIANS HAVE SOLD OUT AMERICA TO CORPORATE CONCERNS AT NUMBERSUSA.. BE AWARE THAT MANY YEARS OF TURNING THEIR BACK TO THIS INSIDIOUS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INVASION, HAS BROUGHT US TO THE POINT? THE BORDER WAS ALWAYS UNDER MANNED, UNDERFUNDED BY WASHINGTON. NOW THEY MUST PAY THE PIPER BACK, BECAUSE BOTH PARTIES MUST CLAIM THE BLAME FOR THIS WHOLE CHARADE OF WORKING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. IF WE RELEASE MILLIONS OF FOREIGN NATIONALS INTO THE MAINSTREAM LEGITIMACY, STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, TEXAS AND NEW YORK WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CARRY THE EXTRA FINANCIAL WEIGHT? California has rapidly sunk under the enormous weight of supporting the millions of illegal alien families, anchor baby families that has squeezed government benefits from taxpayers.

Only American citizens have the voting power, to throw out the rancid accumulation of legislators who have undermined American society, our flag, our language. USE the phone to explain this insanity to your Senators and Representatives To get any change the only thing these public servants adamantly understand is losing your vote? Same with State law makers? THEY ARE ALL INVOLVED IN cover-ups? Read about all the corrupt politicians in the Capital and State level at JUDICIAL WATCH. WATCH CAREFULLY AS ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL BE VOTING IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.

No Copyright. Get this commentary or any of my articles to the Public.It will entice Millions more to come for free government entitlements and feeding from your Social Security.


l00ker on Mar 26, 2010 at 16:05:18 said:

Screw this traitorous wench, like what is she going to do about Arizona, not nothing, zippo, nada.


James on Mar 26, 2010 at 15:01:16 said:

David Nichols said
"Arizona is trying to pass a "Hate" Law, against good hard working "Humans", and even their "Citizen" Children! This is why Russel Pearce and Arpio have a large following of Hate Groups."

Why is it a hate law? Don't you think these undocumented hard workers should go back to Mexico and try to make their country of birth a better place? I don't know if you realize it or not ( I'm sure you do, just being sarcastic because your not to bright), but the people who were born here or came here legally could use the jobs these people are taking. Also, we are tired of paying for their healthcare, etc, etc, etc. We can't afford them anymore. We arent hate groups, we are realistic groups.


C Swanson on Mar 26, 2010 at 14:53:26 said:

It is really disheartening to see the vile comments, and all the hatred, bigotry, and in some cases, racism, displayed in many of the comments.

I guess they all came from god-fearing Christians.

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David Nichols on Mar 26, 2010 at 14:03:13 said:

Dave A.;

Controlling our Borders, and Treating our own "Citizen Children", and their hard working good Parents as Human Beings, are two completely different issues!

These good People have been allowed here for many years, they are a Vital part of our Economy, and our Country!

The U.S. Border Patrol used to maintain Water Stations in the U.S. Desert to help them get here!

To the Narrow Minded People saying "No Amnesty", I hope your maker allows you a little "Amnesty".

You represent No True American Values!

To: Liberty, and the pursuit there of.


levotb levotb on Mar 26, 2010 at 14:01:09 said:

JNo should be arrested and charged with malfeasance in office and for not enforcing Federal Immigration laws on the books.


Bobby on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:37:07 said:

Dave A says, "Napolitano couldn't even control illegal immigration in her state, how did she get to be secretary of homeland security."

That's why she got to become Secretary of Homeland Security,Dave. The Obama administration was looking for someone with a resume that included a fanatical will to leave the borders open. Janet's resume as Governor of Arizona, fit the bill. Why complicate these issues?


Bobby on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:19:09 said:

Ms. Napolitano, and those who think like her--the fifth columnists among us. Can anyone still believe that there isn\'t a conspricay among these \"leaders\",to integrate one of the most corrupt nations in the world, Mexico, with the U.S.? Without the election of a NEW NATIONALIST PARTY, this nation, stuck with the Republi-CONS AND THE Democ-RATS is doomed.


Dave A on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:03:09 said:

Napolitano couldn't even control illegal immigration in her own state. How did she get to be Secretary of Homeland Security?


David Nichols on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:58:02 said:

Thank you Mrs. Napolitano!

Arizona is trying to pass a "Hate" Law, against good hard working "Humans", and even their "Citizen" Children! This is why Russel Pearce and Arpio have a large following of Hate Groups.

This Evil has no place in America!

To:Good and Brotherhood from sea to shining sea.


Illinois Minuteman on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:37:40 said:

Amnesty is NOT Homeland Security. The last thing America needs is 20 million law-breakers competing for jobs. It makes me wonder why Lindsey Grahm wodd want to give amnesty to that many Undocumented dummy craps.


Diane on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:37:34 said:

Only a President that works exclusively for multinational Corporate thugs
and disrespects the American people would have
appointed this worthless witch as Secretary of Homeland Security!

Thank you President Obama. I'm sure Mexico salutes you!

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