OK, so first I must give credit to Jackie at America’s Voice for coining the term “J-Nap attack”. Second, let me just say that this is exactly the type of ridiculous political power play that we are trying to do away with in the immigration debate.
Apparently, anti’s and conservatives are up in arms over comments made by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano during a recent appearance on John King’s State of the Union at CNN. Specifically, they are apoplectic over J Nap’s assertion that crossing the border is not a criminal offense, rather a civil one. Well guess what folks, she is RIGHT.
From Joshua Holland at Alternet:
But Napolitano had said that “crossing the border is not a crime per se,” and she’s 100% correct. She simply understands that around half of the “illegal immigrants” in this country (the exact number varies by study) entered legally and stayed when their visas expired. Being here without papers is a civil violation, not a criminal offense.
Napolitano, unlike many of the oh-so-enthusiastic anti-mmigrant advocates out there, understands that a simplistic approach to the current immigration debate is not based in reality. There is no cut-and-dry, right-and-wrong here. For those who continually shout “illegal is illegal”, try doing a bit of research and you will see that its not so simple.
And while these folks were busy spouting out that Napolitano should be ousted from her post, J Nap was busy getting down to business in a sensible way, laying out how DHS should approach immigration under her watch.
As Seth at Immigration Impact put it:
Secretary Napolitano could have clarified her statement with an explanation about the difference between criminal and civil offenses as applies to immigration law, but the fact of the matter is that it’s intellectually dishonest to parse her words in order to tarnish her credibility. People are allowed to disagree with her politics and policies, but not fold her up into a rhetorical punching bag for something she didn’t say.