The buzz has Barack Obama tapping Arizona Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano for DHS Secretary.
On the surface, it may seem a promising pick. Napolitano made a few pro-immigration enforcement moves in her state — including declaring a border security emergency and backing some employer sanctions. She riled the open-borders lobby by signing a bill banning public funding of day labor centers.
But Napolitano’s heart lies with the shamnesty crowd. She vetoed a bill cracking down on phony matricula consular cards for illegal aliens and rejected efforts allowing more cooperation between local law enforcement and the feds. She opposes assimilationist measures on English language and ID requirements to prevent voter fraud; she supports in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens.
In short, she’s a double-talker and double-doer who will ensure the immigration chaos status quo.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), whose handling of immigration issues brought her accolades from fellow governors, is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to serve as secretary of homeland security, Democratic sources said late Wednesday.
Napolitano, 50, was an early supporter of Obama and was the only elected official tapped to serve on his transition team. She was reelected in 2006 to a second term as governor of Arizona, the home state of Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in the race against Obama. Napolitano previously served as U.S. attorney and state attorney general for Arizona; she was the first woman in both of those posts.
Napolitano’s selection was made pending vetting, sources said, and was first reported by CNN.