On Friday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, resigned from her position. Napolitano announced that she intends to head the University of California System. Many have expressed relief over the decision because of her controversial background as the leader of DHS. Yet, before celebrating, it makes sense to consider Napolitano’s choice to take this action now.
Napolitano’s resignation comes at a time when the Immigration Reform Bill (S744) is a hot topic. The issue has divided the nation with some Americans supporting amnesty for more than 11 million illegal aliens and others asking for more border security. The Bill gave the Secretary of DHS explicit powers to implement and enforce border security. Many Americans found this troublesome and notified their respective senators leading to some friction in the Senate. Indeed, the Bill passed the Senate only after the addition of the Corker-Hoeven Amendment that emphasized border security to appease the pro-border patrol senators. Unfortunately, the Corker-Hoeven Amendment still left the DHS Secretary in control of making decisions related to securing the border.
Napolitano’s position on border security is hardly unknown to most Americans who are following this issue. She has argued that border security has, “never been stronger.” Quite a statement considering more than 11 million illegal aliens live in the U.S. today compared to 3 million in 1986. Critics have pointed out Napolitano’s blatant disregard of the broken security system and this criticism has increased following the introduction and passage from Senate of S744. The Bill, now in the House, must pass with passages intact (especially those related to amnesty for illegal aliens) to become law and guarantee the Progressives a victory.
Indeed, Napolitano decision to quit her position at the DHS comes at a most opportune moment for the Progressives. By removing her as the Secretary of DHS, Progressives have a chance to kill the criticism against DHS and argue for the passage of the Amnesty Bill. It gives Obama an opportunity to appoint yet another one of his “moderate” cronies to appease Americans for the moment. Undoubtedly, it will be easy to make any necessary “switches” after the Bill becomes law…more Obamacare anyone?