With all due respect Gov. Janet Napolitano’s column she needs to get her facts straight, her priorities in order and lose her political ambiguities.
First, just because there are 12 million illegal aliens here doesn’t mean that they are ALL--”people who work, who have settled their families and who have raised their children here.” Our jails and prisons are bursting with “Illegals”, when we even bother to arrest or prosecute them. Forget that Washington dodges reimbursement to the States, for these Federal offenders like Rosie O’Donnell dodges the salad bar.
Second, I recall NO statute of limitations on being an Illegal Alien, ergo offenders should expect to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulders. Just because I snuck into Disneyland ten years ago, and have lived there ever since, doesn’t mean I get to stay there if I’m caught in “Pirates of the Caribbean” without a ticket.
The Governor’s “cherry picking” a few anecdotal events involving Illegals is not relevant. And as a U.S. Attorney, Ms. Napolitano should know it. If we’re going to get all anecdotal, we could assemble an encyclopedia of weird, twisted and seemingly unfair situations involving “citizens” of the U.S.. And as a former U.S. Attorney, now State Governor, nobody knows this better than Napolitano.
As for “State Measures” Governor Napolitano is in a perfect position to discourage illegal immigration. Her State Constitution allows for all sorts of “Measures” that would provide sufficient incentive to not enter or live in Arizona illegally. For instance they could impose severe penalties for employing Illegals, catching Illegals driving without licenses and/or insurance, or Illegals possessing falsified Arizona identification.
But NO, Napolitano chooses to just say that the system is broken and needs fixing, a great bumper sticker, but a lousy way to run a government. Better that she should utilize, exercise and execute the laws she already has on the books than to wait for the next “negotiated, pulverized and puréed “compromise” regurgitated by the U.S. Congress.
Napolitano needs to start acting more like a Governor and less like Cindy Sheehan.