February 26, 2017

Janet Napolitano at Sanford School of Public Policy

PERM Ad PlacementSecretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appeared before a large audience at the Sanford School of Public Policy to discuss the subject of security.

Basically, because there hasn’t been much focus on implementing immigration reform,her leadership of the DHS has had to focus on enforcing existing laws.

The discussion centered around operational facets of DHS, as well as various internal policies and how they relate to new and existing security concerns.

She did stat:

“I am a strong believer in the Dream Act,”

which seems to conflict with an item listed here linking to a report by ex-generals that the US Border is a veritable lawless zone.

Especially since she noted that:

“I have never seen the borders more secure,”

So which is it? The boss says they are secure, POTUS says they’re secure.

The Duke University article on the subject goes into more detail about how her department works in the context of day-to-day operations:

The department operates in an “evolving threat environment” and seeks to “maximize our ability to minimize risk,” she said. The paradigm for terrorism has changed, from a complex conspiracy created abroad and coming here, to a growing threat from homegrown, “lone wolf” actors.  She pointed to the Fort Hood shooting and the bomb planted along a parade route in Spokane, Wash., as examples of domestic terrorism.

“Homeland security is really hometown security,” and is a shared responsibility, she said.

The article also quoted Janet Napolitano on her response to a question about the DREAM Act:

During a question-and-answer session, an audience member identified herself as “an undocumented dreamer,” while her companion asked if President Obama would enact Dream Act provisions via executive order.

“The president will not do it through executive fiat. Only Congress can address this,” Napolitano said, but she stressed the importance of Obama’s support for the reform, which until recently had bipartisan support.

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