The National Day Laborer Organizing Network announced Friday that they are “pleased” to see Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leave the Obama administration. “While Napolitano largely avoided political blame for her disastrous policies by seeking a contrast between her and the very extremists like Joe Arpaio who she empowered, she ultimately will be remembered as the Secretary who brought Arizona’s repugnant policies to the rest of the country,” Chris Newman, the organization’s Legal Director, said in a statement. Newman said that the Department’s Se Communities deportation program, a strategy to target felons in the country illegally for deportation, bears a strong resemblance to Arizona’s hard line policies. The Se Communities program has come under fire for establishing a deportation quota and ensnaring those who either committed lesser offenses or no crimes at all.
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