Sunday, January 18, 2009

Napolitano and the DREAM Act

The WaPo's coverage of  Napolitano's confirmation hearing doesn't mention the DREAM Act.  I haven't seen the complete video, maybe it was mentioned somewhere...  

What she did stress was how employers would be the new target of DHS.  Well, at least the workers will be (sort of) off the hook.  But as many of us know, that is not the answer.  If employers hire the workers its not just to pay lower wages.  Its such a complicated situation...

Now that unemployment is high, it will be a good time to see if all those people without jobs will want to take the jobs left by immigrants who have been deported.  How many of you would want to wash dishes at restaurant?  How many of you want to be roofers?  How many would want to change the really dirty sheets in a hotel room? 

Back to Napolitano - 
Maybe Napolitano is keeping the DREAM Act under her belt, waiting for the moment to move forward.

The silence is interesting.

Looking in the Lexis-Nexis Database, the only mention of the DREAM Act in recent weeks was about five days ago in the LA Times, when Hector Tobar mentioned that Hilda Solis was a strong supporter of the DREAM Act.  

I am hoping that the DREAM Act's low profile is a good sign. It may be a strategic move to keep guys like Krikorian off-track.

Napolitano Pledges Shift In Immigration Focus

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 16, 2009; Page A08

Janet Napolitano, President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, vowed yesterday at her Senate confirmation hearing to shift the focus of U.S. immigration enforcement from illegal workers to the prosecution of employers who hire those workers, signaling a clear break with the outgoing Bush administration... more

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