Napolitano Decries Politicians “Misstating the Facts” on Border Issues

A border fence in San Ysidro, California.

In a January 31 speech, Janet Napolitano called out anti-immigrant politicians for spreading myths that depict the border as out of control and describe the Southwest as awash in immigrant-caused crime. Speaking at the University of Texas at El Paso, she accused politicians of “misstating the facts and unfairly politicizing border issues.”

Two years ago, the Obama administration embarked on a program of massive immigration enforcement designed to silence those who argue that immigration reform can only come after the border is secured. What the administration apparently did not anticipate was that claims about border violence would still be made irrespective of facts to the contrary.

Image courtesy of The Holy Hand Grenade! via Flickr.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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