July 12, 2013
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced her resignation to become effective in September. She will be accepting a position as president of the University of California system.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has recommended that President Obama replace Napolitano with Ray Kelly, Commissioner of the New York Police Department. He was the former head of Customs and Border Patrol.
"The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most important agencies in the federal government. It’s leader needs to be someone who knows law enforcement, understands anti-terrorism efforts, and is a top-notch administrator, and at the NYPD, Ray Kelly has proven that he excels in all three."Hopefully, Napolitano's replacement will push for a just guest worker program in the CNMI and the U.S. that provides a provision for a pathway to citizenship for legal, longterm immigrant workers.
G.O.P.'s Anti-Democrat Agenda Halts Immigration Reform
The Republican House members remind us every day that any person with enough money and party backing can get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. If some of the current members are examples, then intelligence, ethics, and common sense are not necessarily qualities or requirements for the office.
The Republican House leadership's decision to hold immigration reform hostage in the House is angering many, even people within their own party. Conservative New York Times Columnist David Brooks is one. In a recent column, he attacked the Republicans for their baseless arguments and said that Republicans "don't have a hint of an agenda."
His closing remarks sum it up best:
If Republicans reject immigration reform, that will be a giant sign of disrespect, and nothing else Republicans say will even be heard.
Whether this bill passes or not, this country is heading toward a multiethnic future. Republicans can either shape that future in a conservative direction or, as I’ve tried to argue, they can become the receding roar of a white America that is never coming back.Read the entire column here.
Karl Rove, Abramoff ally and former deputy chief of staff to President Geroge W. Bush supports immigration reform. In a Fox Radio interview he said:
“I believe we have to get this issue resolved. We have de facto amnesty. We have people in our country who are enjoying the benefits of living in our great country and being able to be here because we [have] a system that’s [broken].”The Republicans are sealing the demise of their divided party by failing to act on immigration reform. The majority of the American people support it, the business community and religious leaders are lobbying for it, and a bi-partisan Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill. That does not matter to Republican House members. They have one agenda item and one only –to oppose anything that Democrats and President Obama support. Their divisive, polarizing agenda is holding democracy hostage. The House will kill comprehensive immigration reform. If the legal, longterm nonresidents of the CNMI are to receive permanent residency status, as they have earned and deserve then a stand alone bill must be introduced.