In a Senate hearing for her confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano emphasized the need to crack down on employers of illegal aliens.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, the nominee to be Homeland Security secretary, pledged Thursday to get tougher with employers who hire illegal workers.
“You have to deal with illegal immigration from the demand side as well as the supply side,” she told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during her confirmation hearing. The committee is expected to send her nomination to the full Senate for a vote early next week.
“You have deal with what is drawing people across the border, and that is a job,” said Napolitano, a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general
Napolitano, who signed into law Arizona’s employer-sanctions bill, didn’t elaborate on her plans for dealing with employers who hire illegal workers. Some critics of immigration reform complain that law enforcement has been lax in prosecuting those employers.
Napolitano also voiced support for continued fence-building along the border, but did express concern that a fence along the entire southern border would not be as cost effective as other more high-tech monitoring approaches.
Although Barack Obama has been supportive of “comprehensive immigration reform” that provides a path to citizenship (in other words, amnesty for those here illegally), he has also linked it to gaining control of our border. This may be one small piece of evidence that he intends to meet that commitment.
Beyond that, we can only hope that the reality of the challenges he faces with several of his top priorities – cutting carbon emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, not to mention reducing unemployment – can only be made that much more difficult by importing more carbon emitters, more oil consumers and more laborers to be added to an ever-growing overcapacity of labor.
He’s a smart man and not an idealogue, two qualities necessary for an open mind that’s receptive to finding and fixing the real root cause of our nation’s problems. So we can only hope that he will come to understand that rampant population growth, exacerbated by high rates of immigration, is simply not in our nation’s best interests. We can be proud of our heritage as a nation built of immigrants. But there comes a time when the process of building is complete. Like a building made of concrete, once complete, you don’t keep pouring concrete in through the windows just to uphold the tradition of using concrete.