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Homeland Sec. Chief Janet Napolitano Dodges Questions About Serving on Supreme Court

Here we go. The latest craze in Washington: Trying to guess who will replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano’s name has surfaced around here. But she’s not talking. Giving her the nod would make her such a short timer at Homeland Security. Is that such a good idea?

By Jitendra Joshi
Agence France-Presse

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

WASHINGTON- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was studiously evasive Sunday about whether she coveted an appointment to the Supreme Court, as Republicans and Democrats sparred over the next justice.

“I’ve got my hands full with the (swine) flu right now, and I’m going to stick with that (answer),” the former governor and attorney-general of Arizona said on Fox News Sunday.

Napolitano has been floated as a possible name for President Barack Obama to name to the highest US court, after the liberal-leaning Justice David Souter announced Friday that he plans to retire in June.

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Homeland to Crack Down on Employers Who Hire Illegal Immigrants

This new policy should be more effective than focusing on the illegal immigrants. But can  ICE  pull this off effectively?  That is the real question.

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Ginger Thompson
New York Times
WASHINGTON – In an effort to crack down on illegal labor, the Department of Homeland Security intends to step up enforcement efforts against employers who knowingly hire such workers.

Under guidelines to be issued Thursday to Immigration and Customs Enforcement field offices, agents will be instructed to take aim at employers and supervisors for prosecution “through the use of carefully planned criminal investigations.”

Senior officials of the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday that illegal workers would continue to be detained in raids on workplaces. But the officials said they hoped to mark an abrupt departure from past practices by making those arrests as part of an effort to build criminal and civil cases against employers.

Under the Bush administration, the officials said, most raids were conducted largely on the basis of tips that an employer was hiring illegal workers, rather than on information gleaned from audits of employer records or undercover investigations. As a result, agents rounded up thousands of illegal immigrants but rarely developed the evidence necessary to show whether businesses were knowingly using illegal labor.

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Homeland Sec. Napolitano Declares “Public Health Emergency” But Says Swine Flu Situation NOT Dire

Texas Congressman John Carter Wants Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Fired

congressman-john-carter2There’s nothing wrong expressing displeasure over something. But there’s a point, particularly on an issue like this, where it’s time to move on. Belaboring the point only smells of partisan politics. And guess what? The country is still in big trouble. It’s best to suspend politics as usual and address the problems that matter to the American people.

By MARIA RECIO
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, doesn’t just want Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign: “I called for her to be fired.”

Carter and a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, are complaining about a recent Homeland Security memorandum to law enforcement that warns of homegrown terrorism from conservatives and military veterans.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s controversial report released last week listed, among others, many of our nation’s veterans as possible domestic terrorists or assassins,” Burgess said. “I find this astonishingly insensitive.”

Carter, Burgess and several other conservative members took to the House floor Wednesday evening to rail against Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, who was sworn in as Homeland Security secretary Jan. 21.

“Singling out political opponents for working against the ruling party is precisely the tactic of every tyrannical government from Red China to Venezuela,” Carter said.

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Homeland Chief Janet Napolitano Tours Southern Calif. Bustling Ports and Biggest Airport

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

The western U.S. has more than its fair share of needs when it comes to security. Newly minted Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will have her hands full prioritizing and distributing money in the western states to make the country safer. 

By Teresa Watanabe
Los Angles Times
The nation’s top domestic security official toured Southern California’s bustling ports and biggest airport Monday as local officials plied her with requests for financial help to upgrade potentially vulnerable facilities.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano took a flyover of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and surveyed recent security improvements at Los Angeles International Airport, including better fencing, systems to screen passenger vehicles and concrete barriers to prevent vehicles from crashing into airline terminals.
“It would be hard to identify a more critical area of the country in terms of the impact on infrastructure and on commerce than this area of Southern California,” Napolitano said in a news conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station on Terminal Island.

U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), who accompanied Napolitano on the tour, said she and other local officials outlined other critical security upgrades in need of federal financial aid, including $60 million to complete the airport’s border fence. Harman said officials urged Napolitano to waive federal rules requiring local governments to kick in 25% of project financing.

 

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Homeland Chief Puts the Brakes on Immigration Raids

The new Homeland Security is putting the brakes on business as usual on Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. That’s a good thing. It was needed. But now let’s see what changes ultimately come about. Hopefully it leads to a smarter policy.

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Janet Napolitano/gov photo

Janet Napolitano/gov photo

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids, federal officials said.
A senior department official said the delays signal a pending change in whom agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement choose to prosecute — increasing the focus on businesses and executives instead of ordinary workers.

“ICE is now scrutinizing these cases more thoroughly to ensure that [targets] are being taken down when they should be taken down, and that the employer is being targeted and the surveillance and the investigation is being done how it should be done,” said the official, discussing Napolitano’s views about sensitive law enforcement matters on the condition of anonymity.

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BIO: Homeland Sec. Napolitano Rose to Prominence As Anita Hill’s Lawyer

Janet Napolitano/gov photo

Janet Napolitano/gov photo

Read the stats on the new Secretary of Homeland Security and it comes as  no surprise she’s risen to top.

By AllGov
Janet Napolitano does not shy away from tough fights, having first risen to prominence as Anita Hill’s attorney during the Clarence Thomas controversy, and later as a Democratic governor of a very Republican state.

Napolitano was born on November 19, 1957, in New York City to Jane Marie Winer and Leonard Michael Napolitano, an anatomy professor who was the dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

She was raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and Albuquerque, NM, and she enjoyed her time so much as a Girl Scout that she became a lifetime member. She graduated from Sandia High School in 1975 and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”

Napolitano attended college in California, earning a Truman Scholarship and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Santa Clara University in 1979.

She was valedictorian of her graduating class, the first female to earn the honor in the school’s history. Napolitano then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983.

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Obama to Send Federal Agents, Equipment and Other Resources to Mexico Border

This is a good first step in the battle against the growing menace of the violent Mexican drug cartels. But in all likelihood, this is just a start. More will bborder-fence-photo3e needed.

By Spencer S. Hsu and Mary Beth Sheridan
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — President Obama is finalizing plans to move federal agents, equipment and other resources to the border with Mexico to support Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s campaign against violent drug cartels, according to U.S. security officials.

In Obama’s first major domestic security initiative, administration officials are expected to announce as early as this week a crackdown on the supply of weapons and cash moving from the United States into Mexico that helps sustain that country’s narco-traffickers, officials said.

The announcement sets the stage for Mexico City visits by three Cabinet members, beginning Wednesday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and followed next week by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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