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  • Napolitano: Illegal Immigration NOT a Crime?

    On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Secretary Napolitano went on CNN’s “State of the Union” and proclaimed that crossing the border illegally is not a crime. This statement left a lot of folks scratching their heads given that U.S. law—the law Napolitano is sworn to uphold—says quite the opposite. Section 8, Title 1325 of the U.S. code clearly states that those who enter the U.S. illegally are committing a crime.

    This ‘interpretation’ of the law by Secretary Napolitano seems to be the latest in an effort by the Obama Administration to scale back interior immigration enforcement efforts in the United States. As recently as March 28th, Napolitano made the decision to delay a series of immigration raids and other workplace actions aimed at finding illegal workers. At the same time, both President Obama and Secretary Napolitano have announced new initiatives intending to send the message that they take the issues at the southern border seriously. But the Administration cannot fight cartels while ignoring illegal immigration—people smuggling is part of the problem, not a separate issue. Legalization will only make matters worse. Granting the people here illegally asylum will only encourage more illegal border crossing. Likewise, failing to enforce workplace and immigration laws will only encourage more to ignore the law.

    The fight has to go beyond the border. Just adding inspections on people heading south is not going to work. Homeland Security will inconvenience everyone but the smugglers who don’t care if some of their loads get caught and will seek alternative routes. On the U.S. side, there has to be a robust integrated response of federal, state, and local law enforcement at the regional level (meshing with is going on in California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico) that targets the cartel and transnational gang networks. At the local level, the U.S. needs more community policing that targets criminal elements in the border community. That means more support and assistance for border county sheriff departments.

    Secretary Napolitano’s job is to follow and enforce the law—not to use her authority to undermine it.

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    94 Responses to Napolitano: Illegal Immigration NOT a Crime?

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      So this just proves that another of President Obama's Administration is one point above idiot! Secretary Napolitano by making a statement like this shows the woman has no knowledge of anything that America or the Constitution stands for. The People elected an idiot and he appoints those of lesser intelligance!

    2. Voxprivat, Californi says:

      Why has DHS Napolitano singled out veterans? For an interesting take read this article: http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/99107

    3. Chris Hopf, Seattle says:

      Seems it may be appropriate to have some basic requirements to participate in any government office :

      (1) must have worked in private sector, for profit employment for at least 300 business days

      (2) pass (80% or greater) a 220 question exam that covers our nation's history, our constitution, history of civilized societies, current affairs (social, economic, religious, health, science) that cover every nation in existence today and basic economics . . . at a minimum.

      Absence of such basic standards / awareness / understanding poses significant risks and delays progress towards relevant and sustainable advances to our society.

      If there is a link to any explanation that Napolitano provides for such a statement, please let me know . . . it will be unfortunately interesting to observe a defense to such a statement.

    4. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Napolitano must be fired or impeached for breaching her oath of office. Failing to uphold the US law and saying that illegal activity of crossing our border is not illegal must be enough to get rid of Napolitano.

    5. Deport Deport says:

      Obama's administration seems to come up daily with new ways or words to cover up the things they don't like. War on terror? Nope. Enemy combatants?? Nope. Illegal aliens? Now called unauthorized immigrants. Give me a break. These people are crazy. Nappy should be recalled since she won't do her job, which is to protect our homeland. How can she do this when she refuses to arrest and prosecute law breakers or even admit that they are crimes. I hope Americans will stand up when the loonies try to give 20 million lawbreakers the ultimate prize of citizenship. If so, there will no longer be pride in being a citizen since any foreigner can cross our border will become one. Our politicians are the saddest people around and bringing down our once proud country.

    6. Brittancus says:

      Americans must be prepared to do battle against another IMMIGRATION REFORM–ANOTHER AMNESTY BILL?

      Since the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli Immigration and Control act, Americans have observed the relentless pursuit of our lawmakers to stamp out any law that would remove illegal aliens from our nation? This is very blatantly obvious because unlike other countries, entering America is a civil offense and not criminal? We have seen this with a sham border fence, not the original plan of a two-tier barrier envisioned by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)? That this country is drowning in people who have never been processed, because of years of absolute neglect by previous administrations. The scourge will be OVERPOPULATION in the very near future, that will devastate our agriculture, water supplies, energy and oil resources Homeland Security has the key to sever illegal labor in the workplace since the 70's. Immigration and Social Security finally merged on this very efficient tool, to extract non-legal from your office, factory, road construction, school janitor, tree-trimmer, federal, state and municipal worker. As we all know —E-verify was secretly kidnapped from the Stimulus/Omnibus President Obama spending bill, thus leaving the door open for illegal alien workers in mainly the construction industry.

      E-verify have now a firm foundation of 100.000's of honest businesses, showing extraordinary devotion to the US working man and women. However those contractors and employers who have used a fraudulent advantage by hiring illegal nationals, should be held accountable and be fined and imprisoned. E-Verify will not fade away as our corrupt politicians would like to believe. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) must have questionable reasons for de-funding its use. All those involved in the tabling of this important method, should be made an example of in future incumbent elections? For more of the truth and not propaganda, read details at VDARE, FAIRUS, JUDICIALWATCH, NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL, CAPSWEB & ALIPAC.

    7. Lee Bennett Jonesbor says:

      Secretary Napolitano statements are the norm for a card carying communist with an agenda to destory our form govetment and our constitution, with the approval of obama. My question is …why are they not both being removed from office by the congress, or the senate. I guess it is because the republican party has sold out to the communist democrates and are just as liberal as obama and the other communist democrates. Lord help us……… I am praying for the rapture and that is the only event that is about to happen that will remove the born again beliver from the evil the that is to come .

    8. Barb -mn says:

      What Obama and his administration does is answer any question with a broad spectrum. That way, no matter what happens, Obama's right. Listen to his or his obamakins answers on anything. No substance. No absolutes. NOTHING DEFINITE.

      Except the fact that we have NO FUTURE.

      Time for constitutional enforcement to remove Napolitano immediately. Inability to know what the laws mean, failure to hold or enforce, provoking and inviting danger to American citizens.

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    11. endingo in NJ says:

      Deer in the headlights

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    15. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      The actual CRIME is the Fact that Obama and his

      CULT have put her in Office! She can be removed

      for not doing what we the Employer is Paying for!

      This can be said for all Federal Employees! Our

      Government needs to be accountable on all fronts

      and this is one of the most blatant!Senators and

      Congress need to order the Laws of the Land to be

      Enforced!"We the People"are not interested in her

      misguided Judgement!

    16. Jim@Redding,CA says:

      Typical of this administration (and lib-

      erals in general), the attitude of "say it

      often enough and they will believe the lie", is the new "BUSINESS AS USUAL" in

      Washington, DC. The ONLY SOLUTION is to

      see these people for who they are:TRAITORS

      against every constitutional value, and

      the only natural thing to do is to file

      ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT against each and

      every one of them for their crimes against

      the entire population of this country!

    17. StewartIII says:
    18. JMP, St Augustine, F says:

      I have great concerns about the direction this administration and DHS will take on immigration but lets be fair about her comments. She did not say illegal crossings were not crimes. She said it was not a criminal violation, it is a civil violation. The US Codes define it as a civil crime not the DHS Secretary. If there is a problem with that classification then the US Congress is at fault.

    19. Maggie says:

      Obama is anything but an idiot, unless you judge his actions rather than his IQ. This man managed to get and stay in the Senate without really voting or proposing anything. He managed to get into the white house with technology and telling 40% of the country he would ensure their ability not to have to pay any federal taxes and in fact wanted to take from the success of others to continue their lives of welfare. He's using the Mexican drug war to inch into a ban on guns, or at least in the beginning particular types of guns and is using Homeland Security to pave the way to open borders. He apologizes for the US rather than stand for it and has now set up anyone that does not agree with him as a potential terror suspect, including the military people who offer their lives to defend this country. Anti-abortion, anti-illegal immigration, military personnel, etc. All seen as potential terrorist to Obama and his administration. His true colors few when he shook the hands of communist and blew off the tea parties and "nothing to be concerned about."

      This man is one of a kind I assure you. Not an idiot at all in fact a genuis of sorts. Kinda like Hitler. Has the ability to suggest and enforce unthinkable policies on the masses.

    20. Maggie says:

      I forgot, according to our President we are no longer a Christan country, bt one of citizens with values. I don't have a problem not identifying one religion over another but the way he phrased it – well, we sound like a gathering of people at a part of sorts who agreed to designated drivers. He totally wiped out our founding fathers vision for the US, stomped all over those with religious views and pandered to the non-believers whom he included in his first address as President. This guy is revising America in his for 100 days and everyone is so dazed they really don't know what hit them.

    21. Maggie says:

      Obama said during his campaign we can't afford four more years of Bush, but you know Bush is looking pretty good and I'm not a Bush supporter. I'm not sure we can afford 2 more years of Obama. No more war on terror, no more detainees, no more Christan country, no more illegal immigration (Janet says crossing the border illegally is not illegal) oh yeah, now they are "unauthorized" immigrants. Nope not sure we can afford 2 more years of Obama.

    22. Sean, Orlando Fl says:

      President Obama's Cabinet continues to impress me.

    23. bobruss, TX says:

      An informed electorate…….

      ENTRY WITHOUT INSPECTION IS A CRIME: In fact, pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1325, crossing the border illegally is a crime–a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for the second and subsequent offenses. But of course, ignoring or mischaracterizing the law is a very convenient way for those in power to avoid the laws they find most inconvenient. Sadly, statements such as these are also a signal that Americans will have to wait a long time before their government articulates any credible immigration enforcement policy.

      E-verify is the only way to verify that someone is in the US legally without racial discrimination. The Dem's reaction when anyone wants to support E-verify is to yell racist. The problem has been created during the last several administrations, by not enforcing the law. Now comes DHS refusing to recognize the law they are sworn to enforce.

    24. bobruss, TX says:

      My apologies: I failed to give credit for my first paragraph above — it is copied and pasted from the material in Malkins' blog linked by StewartIII above, prompted by the false assurance by JMP that Napolitano actually said it is a civic violation.

      She did say that, but it is misleading at best, and disingenuous (means a lie) that she would make such a claim. I fear that Nappie will not equal the record of the Bush administration in keeping the country safe from further terrorism, since she probably does not have the integrity, guts, or intellect to perform at the needed level.

    25. Sandy says:

      If these illegals tried to get into the country at any port of entry airport, they would be on the first plane out of town.

      Illegal immigration is an inconvenient crime, so it is skewed into a trivial matter.

      Hasn't this buffoon done enough to be impeached yet?

    26. Jerome Zacny says:

      It is most unfortunate that many liberals feel the same way about U.S. immigration laws as Ms. Napolitano. One wonders what part of illegal they don't understand. If they don't like a particular law, they feel comfortable not enforceing it and then defending their inaction by saying "it really isn't a law".

      This action by Ms. Napolitan is as reprehensible as the report issued from her office to law enforcement officials across the country saying that returning veterans, "pro life" supporters and supporters of the Second Amendment are potentially dangerous persons to be watched.

      Take a position contrary to one of Mr. Obama's and you can count on hearing from one of his minions. Consider the treatment received by participants of the recent Tea Parties around the country by Mr. Obama's government and his pit bulls in the liberal media (NBC, CBS and CNN). Those taking to the streets in peaceful protest of Mr. Obama's policies, being labeled "red-necked racists" and "right-wing extremists".

      Ms. Pelosi quickly denouncing the movement as not grass roots but a "high-end astroturf" put up job by rich Republicans, looking to excape higher taxes. Funny, if Ms. Pelosi is so concerned about millionaires not paying their taxes, she has only to look at Mr. Obama's failed Cabinet

      appointees, or at Mr. Geithner.

      Disagree with Mr. Obama, his policies or his actions and this is the kind of treatment the American people can expect from his henchmen his liberal media lobbyists. What was it that Mr. Obama's lap dog, Mr. Wolfson, had to say about the Tea Parties? Was it that such demonstrations were "unhealthy"? Sounds like a veiled threat.

      Maybe those who support Mr. Obama's decision to spread the wealth have so much money themselves that even if they were all taxed at 90%, they would still have millions left to live on. UNfortunately, the rest of aren't movie stars or politicians. We can't live on 10% of what we make, even if we get to keep our jobs.

    27. Mark, Texas says:

      The vast majority of Americans don't realize what is happening to our country. I fear we are in very deep trouble. Obama is one of the worst things that has ever happened to this great nation.People need to wake up.

    28. w tobias says:

      the thing i like is the fact that we get blamed for splinting up the illegal immigrant family's but isn't that's what the government of Mexico is doing driving family's apart and obama does not say a word the corrupt Mexican mistreats its citizens drives them to leave there homes slitting family s and we get the blame

    29. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      When will obama just give this country away???? He has surrounded himself with a bunch of idiots that have no concept of the law and what will happen to this country if their agenda is kept up. The American people better wake up and see what is happening to our freedoms that so many gave so much to protect. These freedoms are being taken each day and soon we will loose all that was so hard fought and won by so many.


    30. Ross, Bradenton, Flo says:

      What mushroom is she eating? I guess we'll have to go ask "Alice"… Or did she have a frontal abodomy to be get rid of all commonsense so that she would fit into national politics?…Or she just another world socialist hiding in Arizona politics wanting to do away with borders?

    31. T. Handyside, Belfai says:

      I think Governor Perry of Texas would be in his own right to order Texas National Guard to augment the border security instead of sending them overseas as there doesn't seem to be a Federal Agency capable of protecting the State from invasion. Just like Anita Hill’s defense there seems to be some falsehoods with the outspoken word of our anointed and appointed Homeland Defense Secretary. Maybe our current administration should not support this Department by stimulating home invasion tactics. I'm proud of the honorable folks doing the hard jobs as Border Patrol Agents and Coast Guard members and emphasis with them for having to be aligned with a Secretary that apparently wants to be a World Citizen instead of a protector of the World's greatest sovereign State. After saying the things lately I would be afraid of the Vets too.

    32. Ireland says:

      Janet Napolitano is really an idiot. She makes Bush and Cheney look like Mensa candidates. Unless this Democratic Congress has changed the law while we slept, it's still a crime. We cannot keep these people in Office. 3 and half years of this regime will be dangerous for those who are proud to be an American. I couldn't care less what the rest of the world thinks of us. Their opinion doesn't really matter; they are probably jealous that they gave up their rights to socialism and have buyer's remorse. The longer Congress ignores the voices of their constituents, the more likely won’t be able to keep their seats in Congress. Last Wednesday, It was just a small group of people who were all FoxNews watchers and their opinions doesn’t matter. They are going to find out in 2010 just how large that small group is. We need to vote most of these people out of Office if we want to continue to live in a Capitalist Republic, if we don’t there won’t be much to save. What would Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington do? They were the ones that created this Country and I don’t believe they would have signed up for this.

      To Obama and friends need to start listening to us and in what direction we want this Country to be heading. It just appears that they feel it is easier to cave in to the other Socialist or Communist Country’s in the World; then keep this Country a capitalist Republic. But, a question to ask this liberal Congress as well as the President; if capitalism is so bad, then how did you all become millionaires? We didn’t see you turn away the millionaire from those “evil” Corporation’s and their CEO’s? It cannot be too bad if you accepted their “donations” to seek re-election, we didn’t see you turn that money down. You all became millionaires from the laws and policies that were created by the Republican Congress and Presidents and now it appears that you want to stop the rest of us from becoming wealthy all under the guise of “fairness.’

    33. TopAssistant, Garner says:

      American's must wake up to the facts about illegal immigration, terrorism, federal, state, and local debt/spending, environment, law enforcement, education K-12; they are all interconnected. AMERICA IS BROKE but yet our useless politicians refuse to face the long-term debt in favor of bring home the bacon to voters.

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    35. Lucas Sharpton, Atla says:

      The link provided as "proof" that crossing the border is a crime only applies to illegal aliens that are caught crossing the border illegally. It doesn't say anything about illegal aliens already here. wink wink

    36. Sandra, Texas says:

      What in heaven's name is going on. Has the entire Obama administration been smoking whacky tobacky. It is a crime to enter this country illegally. Mexico also cites entry into their country as illegal. Just when I think this administration can't be that stupid, they prove me wrong again.

    37. NLH says:

      The Obama administration had two yrs. while campaigning to make these plans. And someone has been grooming Obama his whole life. I would say by Sept. 1st the US, as we all knew it, will be gone. I can't believe money and power is more important than protecting our country and our laws. We all had better be very afraid. No one is listening. Where is John Wayne when you need him? The previous commentors call her an idiot – - she and this administration are no idiots they are smart and have planned very well. This is just the beginning.

    38. Sad but True, Texas says:

      She may have minced words, but the sentiment is true, check the statute – I'm not joking. It's more difficult follow w/o a legal background, but here goes…. Illegal presence brings civil penalties, not criminal penalties. Only those that have a prior record of illegal entry or some other criminal priors are subject to criminal penalties. What she should have mentioned at the same time is that the gov't is now formally arresting everyone that crosses now – instead of just turning them back with being processed. This is the first step to getting CRIMINAL convictions in the future. This is because reentry is criminal – and these folks CAN be locked away on the second attempt.

    39. Ian, PA says:

      I would agree that it isn't listed in the criminal code. Remember, crimes are a very specific subset of legal code that involve injury, victims, an act and a guilty mind. Criminal conduct is limited to those falling under offenses that proscribe punishment of the misdemeanor (up to one year in jail), felony (more than one year in prison), and capital (death penalty). Anything less is a violation of civil law. I.E. Civil penalty (Think speeding, which is a violation not a crime…usually). It is clearly enumerated that it is a civil offense in the code section you cited. However, this just means that the Secretary is playing with words. The fact remains that he isn't enforcing the law. Perhaps, crossing the border illegally should be a crime…now where are our congressmen on this one?

    40. Sam Deakins, Richmon says:

      Can I pick and choose which laws are legal for me? No more speeding tickets.

    41. Joseph Cottrell, Too says:

      Napolitano is the Ultimate liberal poster child – she spouts out these nonsensical bumper sticker talking points without even thinking about what the drivel leaking from her face sounds like and expects her word to be taken as gospel, without anyone noticing. It's almost as much fun as Joyceline Elders all over again.

      What is truly revealing – and depressing – is how our s0-called leaders think we're all as stupid as they. At least I can get my taxes done on time! (Hey, Geithner – next time try TurboTax Online – it's so easy even a Democrat can do it! Yes you can!)

    42. Richard, San Diego says:

      this is another example of the law ministration run amuck.Secretary Napolitano is simply not following the existing law on border security.

    43. Paul, Wisconsin says:

      It is time to call for Napolitano's resignation. she has proven herself unfit for the job of protecting our homeland security. Further, doesn't her oath of office require her to uphold the laws of this land? She has abused the considerable resources at her disposal to label those who have served their country honorably or disagree with her boss as potential security threats while turning a blind eye to the obvious threat posed by an unsecure border. Did Rome have kooks like Janet right before its fall?

    44. Barb -mn says:

      How can illegal presence bring civil penalties when they're not civilians of this country?

    45. Claudia, Idaho says:

      I am a legal resident and I came to this country walking through the front door, this means…legally! I honestly think that the Obama administration are showing their poor and bad lack of knowledge and judgement. This is not more than a way to get the latino votes for next elections.

      I feel really frustrated in thinking that Obama wants to give away free citinzeship to people that obviously have broken the law. I think is disrespectful for all those in my situation that have applied for residency and PAY the money to get our legal status here.

      This speaks so bad about the brains that are unfortunately leading Washington.

      I wish somebody would stand for us and defend us because it's quite scary to have a man like Obama with no brain, values, ethic as a president.

    46. Illegal, Miami says:

      What do you expect from a president who is essentially an illegal alien and who has relatives in the U.S. that are convicted illegal aliens? Do you think he is going to deport his own relatives?

    47. Mike Austin,TX says:

      It looks more and more like a violent revolution may be the only answer if they pass any form of amnesty. Too bad they are not listening. All this could be avoided by following the laws.

      If this happens, no one needs to obey any law because later, you may be not "actually" breaking any laws at all….

    48. Arizonaindian - Mesa says:

      In somewhat of a rock and a hard place! Definitly want her Kicked out of Washington But Scared ,to death, she will come back to Arizona ! See What I Mean ?

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    51. chuck0410 says:

      Sad but True,

      You are failing to understand the differentiation between sections A and B of the Code.

      Read Section A.

      Now read Section B.

      In Secion B:

      Civil penalties under this subsection are in ADDITION TO, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

      (a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts

      Any alien who

      (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or

      (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or

      (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

      (b) Improper time or place; civil penalties

      Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of—

      (1) at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or

      (2) twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection.

      Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

    52. chuck0410 says:

      This woman should be FIRED. PERIOD…

      My Grandparents on my Mother's side immigrated to this country from Ireland.

      On my Fathers side from Switzerland.

      Both LEGALLY – and they worked their tail off.

      I have nothing but emphathy for many of the people trying to escape poverty and misery in Mexico; however huge numbers of these illegals are criminals and gang members.

      It amounts to an invasion, and in 30 years the Hispanic population will be the majority – and instead of learning the english language and trying to understand our Constitution and our struggle for freedom and it's cost, they reject our values and beliefs and import theirs and demand we intergrate their values and beliefs into our nation's fabric.

      I'm sick of pressing 1 for English and 2 for Spanish.

    53. Obama is not my Pres says:

      What the hell is she talking about? I had to get citizenship status. I am an ex-Canadian. You mean I could just show up and stay and its not a crime. Where the hell are Abdul and Aribe. Did they sneak in too? This Obama admin just keeps on getting worse and worse, even the libs are scratching their heads. (Except CNN & MSNBC of course)

    54. Peter Dee, Florida says:

      Soros is the puppet master, BHO is the puppet – hence the change on prosecuting the interrogation lawyers and everything else inhernet in all the policies – what do you expect from someone who has never had a 'real job' – you get what you vote for!!

    55. Tucano Fulano, Big B says:

      There is no such thing as an illegal immigrant.

      Immigrants are those who legally disavow alligience to their former country and espouse alligience to the USA as part of their process towards becoming a naturalized citizen.

      Aliens are foreign nationals in the USA.

      Illegal aliens are foreign nationals illegally in the USA. By definition they are criminals.

      Teddy wrote in 1907 about what is what:

      "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against such a man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

      But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegience here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all.

      We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."


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    58. D. Vernon, NC says:

      All of us whether Democrats, Republicans, liberals or conservatives need to write their Congress Rep or Senator Stress to them how important it is for them to realize what is happening to our USA. It is not too late to reverse decisions being made. Yes in 2 years there will be a new election but we all need to act now . Get involved in your local politics , it starts with grassroots, let your local politicians know where you stand on these policies being implemented by our so-called leaders.

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    60. norma, mo. says:

      Neapolitano's views and positions were well known before Obama appointed her head of our so-called "national security", so one can only conclude that they are buddies in their objectives.

    61. H. Budman, NM says:

      Janet Napolitano, "What a disgrace to the America I once knew stood for".

      Seems this new Administration has contracted a serious disease referred to as "Administrative Diarrhea". Simply explained, "We as legal American citizens have no idea on a daily basis whether or not there will be any regularity or consistancy in the new administrations current or future policities. "May God Bless and help America"!.

    62. H. Budman, NM says:

      Correction: I was in a big hurry and didn't spell check. Please correct spelling on consistency and policies. Thank you.

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    64. Mary Howard, Indiana says:

      What is the real motavation for non-inforcment of our immigration laws? The real purpose to all this is to develop a Democrat voting block….another class of dependent voters..the Blacks have fallen for it for 40 years and now they need the Mexicans to continue the Democrats powerhold over us….As Rush says, "Follow the money trail".

      I am sick to death of press 1 for English and 2 for Spanish,as well!

    65. Arnold L. Morin,Paye says:

      Let me see if the mexican army or some other power decides to cross our border it's not a crime ,sure I'll lay down my arms so you can protect me and mine,and i promise i won't defend my country, GoodLuck with that!Homeland security the 2 amendent!

    66. Arnold L. Morin,Paye says:

      Just so I make myself clear I'm not for shooting illegals just believe our soverinty should'nt be a potical matter for someones votes and we have laws that are being volitated and a constituional impertavie to defend our borders and our homes.

    67. J. Hale, TX says:

      This is just dandy. Now terrorists can simply sneak into our country (illegally) and not have to worry about pesky problems like being apprehended and deported. Sounds like somebody is drunk on power. What's to become of the thousands of border security folks who are not longer needed.

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    69. Paul Blair, CA says:

      Napolitano did not say that crossing the border illegally is not a crime. She said the following "….because crossing the border is not a crime per se…"

      Per se means "by itself", and indeed, crossing the border, by itself, is not a crime. Believe it or not, not every Mexican citizen is a dirt poor and desperate to leave their country behind. Every year, thousands of Mexican citizens cross our border legally to do things like shop, vacation and visit family, and when they are done, they go back home.

    70. Thomas, Chicago says:

      Keep expectations low in the battle against illegal immigration. Common sense and the will of most Americans is clearly not guiding the discussion of this most vexing problem. Armed with the truth about the costs (financial and otherwise) we bear because of the ongoing invasion, it's impossible for any intelligent person to support it, unless, of course, there's a hidden agenda at play. Either we enforce our immigration laws or we don't; the consequences must be crystal clear.

    71. C Hatcher, Tx. says:

      I find it amazing that Mr. Obama said this week that it was the new attorney generals decision as to whether to persue charges against the Bush administration, if any laws were broken in reference to our policies against torture. It seems this administration gets to pick and choose which laws it will or will not enforce. Living near the border, I can see illegals crossing the river on any given day and there is no real enforcement of the laws. I am begining to believe that in Mexico, they are passing out brochures to inform the illegal aliens where they can get services in the United States, and where to sign up to vote and who to vote for, where to obtain free housing food stamps, and medical care. Just like Mr Obama's aunt who is in this country illegally, is taking advantage of free services, yet probably still voted for her nephew. I am sure ACORN made sure to get her registered in time for the election. Nothing like taking your right to vote seriously. Folks, it's time to stand up and be counted.

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    74. Hunter22, California says:

      It should be obvious that any pretense of Constitutional government in the United States is pretense only.

      Constitutional safeguards have been breached, have failed. There will be no going back.

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    76. Brian,WI says:

      Here in Arcadia,WI the illegals have taken over with the help of Gold-n-Plump Poultry and Ashley Furniture, I see it every day. At first I was outraged, but that didnt change anything. If Americans are concerned they MUST TAKE ACTION and do it now. Check out NUMBERS USA they have free petitions to send to Obama and his cronies, but you have to act fast!

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    81. Pissed says:

      If we get rid of ILLEGAL immigration we can save 2 trillion dollars a year. I think we(LEGAL PEOPLE) should be able break into illegal immigrants homes and take their money, clothes and electronics . If they are ILLEGAL why cant we commit illegal acts upon them. Same thing right?

    82. Pissed says:

      IF YOU NOTICE ALSO, LOOK AT MEXCIO AND THEIR ECONOMY. Notice, the more illegals we get here the more our economy takes a dive.

    83. Judith Petty says:

      Aliens who are in the act of crossing the border into the United States are committing a crime. However, living in this country without proper documentation is not a crime, it is a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1325 : US Code – Section 1325: Improper entry by an alien.

    84. Judith Petty New Yor says:

      Aliens in the act of crossing the border into the United States are committing a crime. However, living in this country without proper documentation is a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1325 : US Code – Section 1325: Improper entry by alien; not a crime.

    85. JB, Georgia says:

      I am not a lawyer but a simple search of US Code revealed this:

      TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1325

      Improper entry by alien

      (a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts

      Any alien who

      (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or

      (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or

      (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

      (b) Improper time or place; civil penalties

      Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of—

      (1) at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or

      (2) twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection.

      Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

      (c) Marriage fraud

      Any individual who knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or fined not more than $250,000, or both.

      (d) Immigration-related entrepreneurship fraud

      Any individual who knowingly establishes a commercial enterprise for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, fined in accordance with title 18, or both.

      To me, it seems pretty clear that improper entry carries both a criminal and civil penalty.

      I would love to see an explanation from our top federal law enforcement officials explain who this is not a clear violation of the laws they are sworn to uphold.

    86. GJ Pantaleo says:

      Federal law clearly states that illegal entry to the U.S. is a crime and subject to federal incarceration. If J. Napolitano does not want to abide by the law(s) on the books, then she should resign her position or face impeachment.

      The job of the federal government is to protect American citizens and uphold the law, not pander to groups that are not citizens AND are working and residing in the U.S. iIlegally.

    87. Daniel, California says:

      Another side of immigration none of you have yet talked about or seem willing to discuss is the side of those who actually immigrate here w/o a choice.

      What about the children who grow up here their whole lives, not understanding that because they don't have certain papers(yes your whole life can be taken away because you don't have a certain piece paper) they are stigmatized and discriminated against as "illegals" Do you even know what you do to these innocent (by all definitions because they did not willfully enter this country) children when you tell them 'you are a criminal'? It is psychological and emotional abuse that you get to deem yourself worthy of bestowing upon them because you have NEVER thought about anything other then getting on your high horse and judging who you think deserves to have the kind of life you get to enjoy.

      Immigration in the real world is about more then who gets what monies, it's about the choices this country has made without regards to anything but it's own greedy "dog eat dog", to each his own, and if we can get more by giving you less we will- even if it means I get take your right to happiness and justice mentality.

    88. Eric, Richmond, Va. says:

      USC Title 8 is not part of the criminal code. It is civil regulatory code. Mere illegal undocumented presence, while a civil violation under Title 8, does not violate in criminal code under Title 18 of the US Code. The phrase "Illegal Immigration NOT a Crime" is true, because Illegal immigration itself is not a violation of criminal statutes unless done in addition to other aspects (such as forged entry papers, providing false information, etc).

    89. Earl, Dallas,Texas says:

      What a bunch of hypocrites. You are intelligent and perfectly well know that Section 8, Title 1325 of the U.S. code refers to Civil Offenses. You know that entry into the U.S. without proper documents is not a criminal offense and therefore not defined as a crime.

      But your obvious goal is to misinform and confuse the American public. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      If you had any shred of integrity, you would publish a full retraction of the above hate mongering nonsense.

    90. kak, LA says:

      Do you people even know a fed lawyer? 8 U.S.C. § 1325 : US Code – Section 1325: Improper entry by alien defines 'improper entry". It does not state at any point that this improper entry is a crime. It defines punishment only for improper entry. Please stop pretending that it says what you would like the law to state.

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    92. Mick, Bakersfield, C says:

      It is with great interest that I reviewed all of the comments regarding this matter. If one reads 8 US Code-Section 1325, it outlines the elements constituting the improper entry and the penalties for said improper entry into the United States of America by any alien national of another country. American law identifies violations as civil, infraction, misdemeanor and felony. The penalties for civil or infractional violations are generally fines, A misdemeanor violation, upon conviction or plea, will involve a fine and/or up to one year in city or county jail. Felony violations, upon conviction, are punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment of one year or longer in either a state or federal facility. 8 U.S.C.-1325, subsection (a) (3), clearly identifies the first "improper entry" into the United States of America under the enumerated elements, as a MISDEMEANOR. Subsequent violations of the code are punishable as FELONIES. Like everything else, when someone with an agenda reads into, and omits inconvient points, nothing is illegal or immoral.

    93. Anthony Rosania says:

      You do understand the difference between illegal and criminal, right?

    94. Palermo says:

      Well, acording to Section 8, Title 1325 of the U.S. code illigal immigration is a civil offense and not a crime (please read the law before opening our mouth).

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