Thursday, November 20, 2008

Meet the new head of DHS

According to various reports, it appears that President-elect Obama has chosen Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Napolitano has had a mixed record on immigration issues, supporting comprehensive reform and standing up to nativist forces in her home state while still being a vocal proponent of certain aspects of increased border security.

Back in June of 2007, during the last round of Comprehensive Reform in the Senate, Napolitano went to Washington to discuss the issue at a conference sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Manhattan Institute.

This conference perhaps gives us the best idea about what a Napolitano run DHS will look like:


Manuél said...

thanks for posting this, hadn't seen it previously. makes me even more physically ill

Cecilia said...

As a resident of Arizona, I have seen our beloved governor play hop scotch on the immigration issue. She says she's for "comprehensive reform" and then signs the Employer Sanctions bill, forcing many immigrants to become slaves to their bosses. Alfredo Gutierrez raises some very good points and questions in his blog "Contradictions Define Napolitano" at La Frontera Times. Check it out