resident-elect Barack Obama's selection of Democrat Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to become Secretary of Homeland Security is another unmistakable signal that the Obama administration intends to keep America's borders open to penetration by illegal aliens.
The announcement came on the heels of earlier news that Obama has named Hispanic activist and free speech opponent Cecilia Munoz to serve as director of intergovernmental affairs. Munoz is an officer of the openly racist National Council of La Raza, which advocates amnesty for illegal aliens and open borders. Munoz has also called for banning immigration critics from television and radio appearances.
Napolitano, too, is longtime supporter of amnesty for illegals, and a strong opponent of building secure border fencing, even though Arizona is a hard-hit border state reeling under the impact of illegal immigration. Her long record of opposition to common sense security measures even includes cutting funds for special police operations aimed at human smuggling operations.
Last summer, Napolitano dramatically slashed the funds available to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's task force operations against smugglers. Under an agreement with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, Arpaio and his deputies were trained and authorized to enforce immigration laws in the heavily alien-impacted county. But after complaints from big business groups and Hispanic ethnic activists that Arpaio's enforcement activity hurt the feelings of Hispanic immigrants, Napolitano cut $1.6 million from Arpaio's budget, gutting the task force. Napolitano's cuts left 15 of Arpaio's staff without money for salaries.
Two years ago, Napolitano responded to public outrage over illegal immigration by declaring a "state of emergency" in Arizona. The move was mostly aimed at getting federal financial assistance for state medical services overwhelmed by illegals seeking free health care, and it was not accompanied by increased law enforcement.
Napolitano talked tough on immigration to get publicity for the declaration of emergency, but opponents of mass immigration say her words were not matched by action.
"She issued in 2005 a declaration of emergency, yet she has nothing to really secure the border," said Arizona State Rep. Russell Pearce, a Republican. "The governor has done everything she can to be an open borders governor," he said.
The announcement of her nomination by Obama was met with cheers by big business groups who profit from cheap immigrant labor.
"It is our belief that she shares our concerns about allowing enough legal immigrants to meet the needs of employers," said Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business.
Napolitano has been a big help to business groups and Hispanic activists in promoting mass immigration. As governor, she vetoed legislation that would have barred state and local government agencies from accepting the "matricula consular" issued by Mexican consulates as identification. Illegal aliens use the matricula consular because they lack legal U.S.-issued immigration documents. Napolitano has sad that federal law enforcement raids that arrest illegals are "troublesome."
She also vetoed legislation to deny cut-rate college tuition to illegal aliens, and a bill that would have declared English as Arizona's official language.
As a result of her support for Hispanic immigration, amnesty for illegals, and opposition to border fencing, the nation's corporate news media describe her as a "moderate."