Indeed, open-borders hispanics are now the recipients of extreme fawning as the mid-term elections approach (and may look like Godzilla meets Bambi to fearful Democrats). Senator Harry Reid is fighting to keep his seat in Nevada, and as Senate majority leader, he can manipulate legislation by adding generally unpopular items to vital bills for specific pandering purposes:
Immigration Measure May Get Senate Vote, CBS News, September 14, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today he is planning to attach an immigration reform measure that would help undocumented students to the Defense authorization bill slated to hit the Senate floor next week, CBS News Capitol Hill producer John Nolen reports.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who came to the United States as minors and attended college or joined the military. Reid said a vote on the bill is long overdue.
We are going to match our policy with our principles and finally say that in our country everyone who steps up to serve our country should be welcomed, Reid told reporters today. If they go into the military, serve for two years, they can get a green card. Thats what the DREAM Act is all about.
Actually, the DREAM Act is a treasure trove of amnesty goodies pretending to be a pro-student measure, as documented in a helpful NumbersUSA Fact Sheet.
Back to Napolitano, who had a hopeful audience in the Hispanic Caucus
Napolitano: Its Congress turn to act on immigration, San Antonio Express-News, September 13, 2010
WASHINGTON â€” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that an unprecedented amount of manpower and technology has secured the Southwest border and clears the way for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Napolitano said the Obama administration has met every benchmark set by Congress on border security and called on lawmakers to quit moving the goal posts.
We need Congress to fix our broken immigration system, Napolitano told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institutes public policy conference.
Napolitano is one of six Cabinet secretaries to address the two-day conference, which is being held during Hispanic heritage month.
In addition to immigration reform, Obama administration officials, lawmakers and experts will discuss policy initiatives dealing with the economy, education, financial services and international relations.
Napolitano said the administration has reduced a yearlong backlog for legal immigrants applying for visas and citizenship and that it has stepped up enforcement of laws against employers who hire and exploit illegal workers.
The president also has sent 1,200 National Guardsmen to the border until additional Border Patrol and customs agents are hired and trained to bolster security.
Napolitano said it is time for lawmakers in both major political parties to negotiate not just a bill, but a fair system that addresses the 11 million immigrants in this country illegally with earned citizenship.
President Barack Obama has called on Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, but he has acknowledged that he lacks the votes to get the contentious bill through the Senate.
Of course the idea that the border is secure is a political fiction.