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  • Questions for Secretary Napolitano: Is Canada Different Than Mexico?

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is tentatively scheduled to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee about DHS immigration enforcement policies, tomorrow, May 6, 2009. Given Secretary Napolitano’s novel interpretations of federal law, the Heritage Foundation has posted a series of questions (and suggested answers) for the Secretary on issues including: Real ID, no-match data, detention and removal, citizenship services, work visas, drug cartels, workplace enforcement, E-Verify, and state and local cooperation.

    While these questions have focused on immigration enforcement issues, Secretary Napolitano’s recent statements on the Canadian border should not be ignored. She recently emphasized to Canadian press that she thought both borders, the northern and the southern border with Mexico, should be treated the same in terms of security measures. But treating the borders the same doesn’t recognize the realities: that these borders are drastically different, with different challenges, different threats, and different political environments.

    A good answer to the question of the Canadian border would not focus on the border itself—it is too much of an economic engine to harden it with security measures. A great idea would be to start with a U.S./Canadian joint threat assessment. Heritage’s Jim Carafano and scholars Sharon Cardash and Frank Cilluffo from the Homeland Security Policy Institute got together and suggested this idea last month. They point out that a joint threat assessment, conducted and published by both countries, could be a powerful protective tool. And since Canada and the U.S. already share information and intelligence, cooperate extensively on law enforcement issues, and work together to thwart potential air and sea threats—this type of information could be used effectively to ward off threats facing both countries.

    The Senate needs to ask the right questions in tomorrow’s hearing. Let’s hope the hearing focuses on policy, not politics, and that the Secretary’s answer to Canada does not start with the border itself.

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    6 Responses to Questions for Secretary Napolitano: Is Canada Different Than Mexico?

    1. WJ, New Jersey says:

      This woman is an absolute disgrace to all of the many capable Men & Women serving to protect our nation. Every time she opens her mouth, it's another negative about our great country. I can't wait to see her performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hopefully, they ask her why she is not for E-verify or other means to prevent illegal aliens …oops there's that politically incorrect phrase… from crossing our borders.

      I'm glad they have the new HHS secretary so we do not have to watch & listen to Napolitano’s explanations about the Swine Flu.

    2. E Kend says:

      Sorry about this over-sight, but, in the 3rd paragraph, the 2nd paragraph near the end, I say 'We speak the same tongue' <– well, we somewhat do… after 6 yrs of French, and obviously I speak English, I suppose I was pointing a finger at myself. And the former tongue is spoken fluently in Quebec. Felt I should clarify that over-sight. But hopefully you, again, get the point. We should be treating the Canadians as buddies, not the same as we do the Mexicans. Both Countries are about as different as night and day. To put them both in the same bucket just isn't right.

    3. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Janet Napolitanl is an idiot, but then again Mr. Obamalamloo seems to surround himself with this type of mentality.

      How many drugs, pound per pound come out of Canada compared to Mexico? How many Gangs come out of Canada comared to Mexico? How many Canadians are willing to be paid less , with no benifits, than Mexicans, when replacing American Workers? How many Canadians become Drug Dealers and Prostitutes in America when compared to Mexicans?

      If you answered all these questions honestly, I rest my case!


    4. Richard, Spring, TX says:

      What do you expect from a person who can't tell a returning soldier from a terrorist.

    5. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      If the dems and obama have their way we will no longer have a border to worry about, as they want to create the North America Union with Mexico and Canada. Then the borders go away, as does the illegals that keep coming in.

    6. Craig J Klima Baltim says:

      Secretary Napolitano should be fired if she is as dumb as she sounds! There is a big difference between the borders. On the northern border we don't have people being killed on a daily basis. We do have on the southern border tons of drugs entering our country along with 3,000 to 8,000 illegal aliens daily. We need military troops on the southern border to stop the drug cartels from killing everyone who gets in their way! Sec. Napolitano needs to go now before she allows this country to fall into bankruptcy!

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