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UPDATE 10:00 AM EST: We’ll have a recap of the event up soon. For now, here are a couple of (cleaned up) tweets from the event:
Napolitano: we can fix this, immigration is a fixable problem, we look forward to honestly dealing with it
Napolitano: need new laws 2 go after smugglers, be sure employers aren’t creating constant demand 4 workers 2 cross dangerously thru desert
Napolitano gets Q on US jobs vs. H1b visas – A: need better US edu. programs 4math&science, get past notion that it’s 1 or other; it’s both
Napolitano: immigration has been debated since 1912 (crowd at CAP laughs)
Napolitano: hopes for immigration reform legislation in 2010, says Congress sees need to get it done
Napolitano: US companies need legal workers so they don’t have to move oversees
Napolitano: best way to uphold our laws is to make sure they’re rational and enforceable; we need immigration reform
Napolitano: b/c of economy and enforcement illegal flow of workers cut in half
Napolitano: landcape has changed since 07- reform is far more attainable.
Napolitano talks about mtgs with faith, business, law enforcement- same conclusion; need CIR
Napolitano: illegal immigration is wrong, status quo is unacceptable
Napolitano takes stage, after intro from John Podesta detailing our broken immigration system
Here are the event details, from CAP:
November 13, 2009, 9:00am – 10:00am
As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano brings to her job a deep understanding of immigration and border issues from her experience as Governor, Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney in the State of Arizona.
President Barack Obama has asked Secretary Napolitano to play a lead role on immigration reform. As the United States looks to fix its broken immigration system, Secretary Napolitano has been speaking with congressional leaders, law enforcement officials, business, labor, and faith leaders, and advocates from across the country—and across the political spectrum. At CAP, Secretary Napolitano will make a case why immigration reform is more needed—and more realistic—than ever before.
Join us to hear Secretary Napolitano discuss the work her department has been doing to prepare for broader immigration reform, and her unique perspective on this matter of vital importance to America’s future. A Q & A session will follow her remarks.
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress
Angela M. Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress