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Janet Napolitano Talk At University Of Georgia School of Law

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Janet Napolitano speaking to UGA law students in Athens, Georgia.
Janet Napolitano speaking to UGA law students in Athens, Georgia.

"We neither could nor would ever tell immigration enforcement agents that they should stop enforcing immigration laws."

Atlanta, Georgia -- Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen attended The 112th John A. Sibley Lecture presented by Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, at The Chapel on the University of Georgia (UGA) campus on October 27, 2014.

About the Lecture:

Napolitano was introduced by Lonnie T. Brown, Jr., Associate Dean and Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism at the UGA School of Law. He said that Sibley was instrumental in UGA obtaining accreditation in the 1930s. The report issued by the Sibley Commission in the 1960s laid the foundation for the end of massive resistance to desegregation in Georgia and helped avoid a showdown between then Governor Vandiver and the federal government. The Sibley Lecture series began in 1964.

Napolitano explained to the law students the decision making process in the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, when she was the secretary of the department of homeland security (DHS).

Napolitano gave credit to President Bush who initially took the issue head on along with Senators Kennedy and McCain. She said the early momentum stalled and was later picked up by the Obama administration.

The issue centers around children of parents who came into the U.S. illegally. The children had lived in the U.S. for years, most were brought up speaking English and not knowing their native county. She spoke of the “dreamers,” meaning children who did well in school but were not allowed driver’s licenses, college and other privileges that U.S. citizens enjoy as well as living with constant fear they would be found out an deported.

DHS had previously expanded its use of prosecutorial discretion more generally, telling officers to focus on “bad actors” rather than “military veterans; long-time, law-abiding residents; nursing mothers; people with certain family ties; the severely ill; and individuals who might be called Dreamers.” Napolitano described “bad actors” as being felons, gang associates and people who are a threat to national security.

Janet Napolitano:

Janet Napolitano became the 20th president of the University of California in September 2013. Napolitano served as the U.S. secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, as the governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009 and as the attorney general of Arizona from 1998 to 2003. Forbes magazine has named her one of the world’s most powerful women.

About Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant:

Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC assists Atlanta attorneys with the medical aspects of their legal cases. For more information view, email or call 770-725-2997 today.

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