Napolitano to meet with Hispanic Caucus

Feb. 25, 2009 at 9:14 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is to meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Thursday to discuss immigration reform, sources say.

The Hill reported Wednesday that at the closed-door Capitol Hill meeting Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, is expected to be peppered with questions about changes to strict immigration policies that existed under former President George W. Bush's administration.

Critics say they were opposed to the Bush administration's "criminalization" of illegal immigration, The Hill reported.

The newspaper also said caucus members also want to talk to Napolitano about Obama's choice of her deputy secretary to lead the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton.

A Homeland Security news release said Morton has "lengthy experience in immigration enforcement and criminal prosecution," having been responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases and the development of Justice Department immigration crime policy.

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