Homeland Security Secretary Janet NaNapolitano warned federal judges and court officials Monday of the urgency of national immigration reform, “an increasing cascade” of cyber-terrorism attacks and a renewed flu pandemic that could severely strain government institutions this fall.
Napolitano made her remarks at the opening of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, an annual gathering of federal judges and court officials from the Western U.S., held this week at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey.
Immigration reform topped her list of pressing issues, the former Arizona governor said, “because for the last 16 years, I’ve seen how flaws in our underlying legislation … need to be corrected.”
Napolitano has been a longtime proponent of emphasizing enforcement of immigration laws in the workplace.
“The demand for cheap labor is such a primary driver of illegal immigration into our country,” she said.
She urged new thinking on “what immigration means and how it should work. And that includes, by the way, not just picking up people at the border. It means all the way through the system, including through the legal and the judicial system so heavily impacted by immigration.”