"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have called for a
“reality check” of the country’s debate over immigration enforcement. Napolitano,
speaking at American University on Wednesday, defended the Obama
administration’s immigration enforcement policies as being “smart and
effective” while stipulating that the policies under President George W.
Bush’s administration “made no sense” because it did not prioritize the
government’s limited resources. She also pressured Congress to tackle a reform measure and blasted Republican criticism of the Obama administration’s policies."
The Hill, Oct. 5, 2011.
Law Enforcement 101
Any Chief of Police who announced his/her intention to prioritize resources on the "worst of the worst" (lets say - murder, rape and armed robbery) at the cost of sacrificing a sense of rule of law by openly stating that drunk driving, speeding, drugs, disorderly conduct, family disputes, shoplifting, and simple assault cases would be ignored . . . would be looking for work the next day.
I wonder if the Administration is prepared to do the same with another politically challenging enforcement obligation by declaring that they will divert all enforcement resources away from marijuana and cocaine and prioritize Heroin and Meth? I am sure Mexico would endorse this effort as well.
Calling your predecessor's policies bad doesn't make your policies good. The current immigration law is quite good, but it needs to be enforced. I can only hope that the "Reality Check" will be a learning experience for the government and not just an exercise in defending current policies. Listen to the people!