Photo: Janet Napolitano
In a speech at the Atlanta Press Club Saturday, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the federal government, not states, should write immigration laws.
“This is what (President Barack Obama) has said and I’ve been saying, state by state won’t cut it,” Napolitano said. “It’s got to be a federal reform of immigration laws.”
Napolitano believes that states are drafting their own immigration legislation because an “underlying frustration that this has not yet been dealt with at the national level, which is really where it should be dealt with so that there is national consistency where immigration is concerned.”
Napolitano would not comment on Georgia’s Arizona like anti immigration bill HB 87. Georgia governor Nathan Deal has said he will sign the new bill into law. The bill creates new requirements to ensure workers are eligible to be employed in the US and also gives police authority to investigate the immigration status of some suspects.