Thursday, November 20, 2008

Arizona Governor Expected to be Secretary of Homeland Security

The Democratic governor of Arizona, Janet Nepolitano, is reported by a number of news services to be Barack Obama's choice to be new Secretary of Homeland Security. As a governor of a border state, she is well versed in immigration issues. Yet she was the first to ask for the use of the National Guard to help the Border Patrol police the border. She also has extensive experience as a federal prosecutor and so is aware of the criminal justice issues related to the border. Despite her support of stepped-up border security, she generally supports immigration reform similar to the Kennedy-McCain Bill . (See Washington Post article.)

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