In the November elections, will the Secretary of Homeland Security or the President (or others) be blamed for the border security issue of illegal immigration?


The Los Angeles “Immigration March”  (picture and story/L.A. Times on Saturday May 1), reportedly the largest of the immigration marches across the land, took place in the largest city west of New York and one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River…  The illegal immigrant community specifically and its supporters in general are upset at the passage of the Arizona immigration state law, but upset also because the belief from their end is that President Obama promised that once he became president (with the support and votes of citizens of Latino heritage), during his first year in office he would get a law passed that would resolve the illegal immigrant problem…  The year has passed …

When Janet Napolitano was governor of Arizona and George W. Bush was president, she continually harped that federal troops be placed on the Arizona-Mexico border because of the danger from intrusions there, but once she became head of national security as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and had the authority and responsibility to recommend that the troops be placed there, she became unresponsive on the issue…  Awhile back when she was asked if she considered the Arizona-Mexico border to be secure, she stated something to the effect that that was an unfair question, and declined to answer:

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From — “C-SPAN — April 27  

Napolitano: I know that border as well as anyone. Every marker, every milepost that has been laid down by the congress in terms of number of agents, deployment of technology, construction of fencing and the like, has already been completed or is within a hair’s breath of being completed. And one of the questions I think we need to talk about is whether security the border is every going to be reached before the congress – in the sense of the congress – or whether that goal post is just going to keep moving. And I also believe that we need to better communicate with the American people. […]
Sen. Lindsey Graham: Knowing what you know about Arizona, would you say, would you certify that the Arizona border is secure?
Napolitano: …First of all, it’s an unfair question….
Sen. Graham: If that is an unfair question, then it would be news to the people of the United States and Arizona. If it is unfair to ask a simple question — is the border secure — then we’re never going to have the consequence to get it secure ’cause it is a fair question — and I’ll give you my answer: I don’t think it is.”

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Furthermore, at other times when she has been asked about the border problem, the Secretary has indicated that the previous administration did not solve the problem either, or that she is doing the best she can and doing everything that is humanly possible to seal the border…  Not surprisingly, some say that her best is not good enough for the job… 

Through the years, national politicians have allowed the illegal immigration problem to get out of hand and are still vacillating, while the border states, primarily, suffer the consequences…

 (Additionally, some have posted to this page and else where that the federal response to the disastrous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has been quite slow…  By the way, just below the president, Secretary Napolitano is responsible for responding to that major problem as well.)…

An Arizona newspaper, the Arizona Republic, in an editorial has chastised the two Republican senators from the state for in effect not solving the border problem ( definitely there is enough blame to go around to all political parties), but ultimately it is not the individual states who are responsible for securing the international border or solving the illegal immigration problem, it is the Federal Government’s — right now the buck stops with Secretary Napolitano and President Obama because they are the ones who constitutionally are responsible for national security and who have the military and police powers to protect the borders…  The press sometimes confuses pertinent issues and responsibilities…

Even Bill Maher, (story and video clip – from Real Clear Politics site — strong language used) who never disguised his dislike for President Bush, recently indicated strongly on his HBO show that the press is giving President Obama a free pass on the slow response to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, suggesting that if Bush had been president, the press would have been hammering and hammering nonstop at him…  The oil slick problem is more a Federal Government matter, than evidently the Hurricane Katrina problem initially was…

Will these states’ rights issues and federal responsibilities play a major role in the November elections?… Nobody knows for sure, of course…  People’s memories are often quiet short and in politics a month could seem like a year, depending on what the political climate is at that time and how it is portrayed in the press…  A lot could change between now and then…

Saying that it will be an especially interesting off year election, though, will probably be a gross understatement…

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  1. Napolitano is nothing less than a boot liker IMO. I thought that nobody could, or would be as ineffective as Carter was, but obama is rapidly heading toward that status.

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