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Gov. Napolitano Misses Opportunity to Highlight Need for Immigration Reform

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Nominee for Secretary of DHS Fails to Challenge Congress On Need for Comprehensive Legislation to Fix Broken Immigration System

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today hosted a confirmation hearing for President-elect Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ).  Below is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

“Governor Napolitano knows that ending illegal immigration will only be possible if Congress enacts common-sense comprehensive immigration reform, but at today’s hearing she missed a golden opportunity to make the case.  She failed to underscore President-elect Obama’s commitment to moving reform legislation in 2009.   Though she made the case for smarter policy at the border and in the workplace, she failed to highlight the glaring need for an earned citizenship program and reforms of the legal immigration system. 

“For years, she has been a vocal leader pressuring Washington to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.  As DHS Secretary, she has the opportunity and the obligation to use her new position to help lead the effort.  We hope she does so, and soon.”

Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, and Paco Fabián, Communications Director of America’s Voice, will be available for comment on today’s hearing and the prospects for immigration reform in the new Administration. To schedule an interview, please contact Paco Fabián at 202-412-9969.

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