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Winston Salem-Journal
September 10, 2013

Ruben Navarrette says Janet Napolitano is a spin machine
By Ruben Navarrette

Janet Napolitano must be following the script. As the outgoing secretary of the Department of Homeland Security says her goodbyes to Washington, and prepares to start a new job as president of the University of California, she is busy rewriting history. Napolitano reworked several chapters during a recent speech at the National Press Club, where she took credit for everything that went right with immigration during her nearly five-year tenure -- and blamed Congress for the rest. She claimed that 55 percent of the folks who were deported in fiscal 2011 were "criminal aliens" (i.e., after the civil infraction of overstaying a visa or entering the country illegally, they broke other laws). Yet, according to researchers with the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, only about 14.9 percent of the people deported that year were charged with a criminal offense. The other 85.1 percent were folks who were trying to earn a living, working as nannies, gardeners or housekeepers.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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