The Obamarx administration has met many of the border security benchmarks Congress set in 2007 as a prerequisite to immigration reform and now it is time to change the law, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She cited construction of 600 miles of border fence and the hiring of more than 20,000 Border Patrol agents. Illegal immigration has also fallen sharply because of better enforcement and the economy.
"I've been dealing hands-on with immigration issues since 1993, so trust me: I know a major shift when I see one, and what I have seen makes reform far more attainable this time around," Napolitano said.
"How can they claim that enforcement is 'done' when there are more than 400 open miles of border with Mexico, hundreds of thousands of criminal and fugitive aliens and millions of illegal immigrants taking American jobs?" said Rep. Lamar Smith, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration and border issues.
Obama has repeatedly said immigration reform is a priority, although it has been pushed further down the list as he has taken on the economy and health care reform. Sen. Charles Schumer, a top Democrat, has said he would introduce legislation by early next year. Sen. Bob Menendez
who heads the Senate Democrats' campaign arm, has said immigration reform must be done by March or it will not be taken up until after the November 2010 elections.
Napalotano is following the lead of her boss the Liar in Chief. The economy has slowed down immigration and ICE doesn't arrest illegals so the numbers are down. Figures don't lie but liars figure. Obama is the worst President in U.S. history. Wake up people. The end is near if we don't speak out and VOTE these Marxists out at every opportunity, both locally and nationally.