Continuing her full-court press for her boss’ immigration agenda — including the “gang of eight” immigration bill — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday visited New York City where she held a meeting with selected members of businesses and community groups in order to sell the proposed immigration reform, which the Obama administration is anxious to pass as part of President Barack Obama’s legacy, according to a former NYPD detective.
Retired detective and now a security supervisor Iris Aquino said that attendees believed the meeting with Napolitano would encourage constructive discussion. “Unfortunately, all those attending the highly-anticipated get together received a mere rehash of the talking points so often heard from Democrat and Republican supporters of amnesty,” said Aquino, a Hispanic New Yorker.
“Over the past few months, I have heard from many business leaders about how critical immigration is to businesses. We all recognize our current immigration system is broken — it isn’t working for businesses, workers, or our economy — and we all agree that it is time to fix it,” said Secretary Napolitano.
“We need a 21st century immigration system — one that helps businesses continue to grow our economy,” she added.
“I’m shocked…flabbergasted that not one attendee jumped up and reminded Napolitano about the already high number of unemployed American citizens,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
“The unemployment rate for legal American residents is hovering at about 7.6 percent in Obama’s fifth year as president. And he wants to have citizens compete with cheap labor for jobs? It’s a sham,” said an angry union construction worker, Dom Pagona, who claims illegal aliens have caused widespread unemployment in the construction industry.
During Napolitano’s meeting with leaders from the Big Apple’s businesses, the DHS chief discussed “the need for critical changes to the legal immigration in order to help business grow our economy by providing the skilled workers this country needs.”
Then Secretary Napolitano highlighted the Obama Administration’s “dedication of historic levels” of human and technological resources devoted to securing the Southwest border.
She told the participants that challenges will always remain, but that “every metric used to measure border security shows significant progress and improved quality of life in border communities.”
Commonsense immigration reform will build on this historic progress, enhancing border security, facilitating lawful trade and travel, reuniting families and promoting economic growth, she claimed.
However, the National Border Patrol Council has noted that President Obama’s 2014 budget request, which was submitted to Congress in April, proposes to cut Border Patrol agents’ overtime by $46 million from the current 2013 allocation. www.nbpc.net/index.php
“This proposal would guarantee that we would never again see [administratively uncontrollable overtime] AUO at the 25% level despite the fact that proper border security mandates this level of overtime,” said the NBPC Local 2544 officials.
The Border Patrol union also stated:
“When the President’s proposal is combined with the Budget Control Act of 2011 (“Sequestration”), the FY14 overtime cuts would jump – in the best case scenario – from $46 million to $65 million or – in the worst case scenario – to $90 million. A $65 million cut could decrease AUO to 15%, which would be disastrous on our personal family budgets and border security.