Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oh the Irony, Napolitano Supports the Trust Act!

From Huffington Post:

Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this week urged California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign the Trust Act, a California bill that would limit a key immigration enforcement program of the agency she headed until last month.

It was reported on Tuesday that Napolitano, now president of the University of California system, told students during a meeting that she supports the bill. Dianne Klein, a spokeswoman for the university president's office, confirmed to HuffPost that Napolitano had endorsed the bill and discussed it during a dinner on Monday with Brown.

The Trust Act has passed California's legislature and awaits a signature from Brown, who vetoed a previous version of the bill last year. Supporters made a number of changes this year at the governor's behest, and said they hope he'll sign it before the Oct. 13 deadline.

Napolitano's support is surprising, because the bill repudiates Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "Secure Communities" program. Under that program, local law enforcement agencies share fingerprints of those they arrest with the federal government, which screens them for unauthorized immigrants. The law enforcement agencies are then asked to hold those individuals for 48 hours so federal agents can fetch them for possible deportation. Read more...


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