Thursday, August 20, 2009

Obama Administration moves towards amnesty, alienates anti-amnesty groups

Janet Napolitano head of Department of Homeland Security chaired a White House meeting today on immigration reform. However, a large chunk of organizations that do not want amnesty were missing from the table.

Following through with a promise for comprehensive immigration reform, The White House invited more than 100 Union and amnesty advocacy groups to meet and discuss immigration reform.

In a statement to the press, Napolitano said, “Today’s meeting on comprehensive immigration reform was an important opportunity to hear from stakeholders and build on the significant time I’ve spent on the Hill meeting with members of Congress on this critical subject.”

She continues, “I look forward to working with President Obama, my colleagues in Congress and representatives from law enforcement, business, labor organizations, interfaith community, advocacy groups and others as we work on this important issue.”

The Center for Immigration Studies was not happy about being excluded from this meeting.

“The administration has made the unfortunate decision to exclude significant expertise from these meetings,” says Janice Kephart National Security Policy Advisor for CIS.

Kephart goes on to explain there is another DHS meeting planned next week for immigration enforcement as required by law under Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, P.L. 110-53 (Act). “I was a counsel to the 9/11 Commission, and I have testified 10 times on these types of issues. I was not invited to next week’s meeting.”

“A reality check is clearly not their purpose,” Kephart finishes.

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