LatinaLista — True immigration reform may be several months away but there are signs that there is a new attitude in Washington about federal immigration enforcement procedures.
It comes as a result of Tuesday’s worksite raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at an engine plant in Bellingham, Washington. The raid netted the arrest of 28 people suspected of being undocumented.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appears before House Homeland Security Committee.
On Wednesday, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, was questioned by the House Homeland Security Committee about the raid.
To the surprise of the committee, Secretary Napolitano revealed that she had not been informed about the raid beforehand and was immediately ordering a review about the planning and scope of the procedure.
“She was not happy about it because it’s inconsistent with her position, and the president’s position on these matters,” said the official, who agreed to discuss the matter on condition of anonymity because the secretary had not authorized the conversation.
Secretary Napolitano’s actions in ordering a review is a good sign that the Obama administration is beginning to deliver on the promise that illegal immigration is a human rights issues as much as it is a legal issue.
There is nothing to say that both objectives cannot be attained but the arbitrary implementation of a questionable immigration policy of a failed administration is not an example to follow.
There are better ways and it’s refreshing to see that, in this respect, true change has arrived in Washington.