Thursday, January 29, 2009

Getting Tough With Illegal Aliens

For those who were concerned that the Obama administration would be soft on illegal aliens, this bit of news will come as a shock.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she wants any undocumented alien who is involved in criminal activity to be removed from the United States.

Nearly half a million illegal aliens accused of criminal activity are in jails and prisons in the United States. There's increasing disquiet in the nation over those who are here without permission who commit criminal acts.

Napolitano wants to improve the electronic information system in the nation so that the Department of Homeland Security is immediately alerted when a person who is in the country illegally is arrested and booked anywhere in the nation.

This should come as welcome news to advocates who want to stem the tide of undocumented people into the United States. But Napolitano's stated goals, and putting them into effect, are two different things. Still, her comments should allay the concerns of those who predicted the new administration would be soft on immigration.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well well well, now this is a turn up for the books!! I have to say that I am impressed. The issue of illegal aliens is something that dogs many Western nations, so maybe this is something Obama et al can take the lead on. I sincerely hope so.