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With border in chaos, J-Nap proclaims “environmental justice” a priority

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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 17, 2010 10:09 AM


Photoshop credit: Another Black Conservative

It is now day three of the hunt for one of the suspects in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The Arizona Republic reports:

As the manhunt for a fifth individual in the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry stretched into its third day, local law enforcement continued to scour the rugged terrain in Santa Cruz County while federal officials provided few details on the crime or suspects in custody.

…Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said the FBI has custody of the suspects.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited border areas Thursday as part of a previously scheduled visit to the region.

Napolitano’s team referred requests for comment to the FBI.

Napolitano met with Estrada Thursday afternoon.

Before the meeting, Estrada said he planned to ask Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, to continue providing federal support for local law-enforcement agencies fighting illegal immigration.

Estrada said his message to Napolitano would be clear: “Obviously she’s concerned about what happened, and obviously she’s committed to make things safe for the people who work here along the border and the residents as well.”

That wasn’t obvious to several law enforcement officials in Arizona whom J-Nap refused to meet.

Nor is it obvious given the warped priorities she laid out a recent White House environmental justice conference. Yes, environmental justice.

Here’s the White House press release trumpeting the shindig.

Carter Wood at Shopfloor has the scoop. Be sure to click on the link for access to the full, nausea-inducing transcript:

This isn’t necessarily surprising rhetoric to have come the “environmental justice” crowd, but it’s alarming to hear at the White House. And it’s just weird to hear Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, describe her department’s focus on environmental justice and climate adaptation. (Audio, our transcript):

So as we look at climate change, the climate change that we are in, and think about the environmental phenomenon that is happening in the course of our own lives, we translate that into increased drought. We translate that into increased likelihood of wildfires, particularly catastrophic fires in the West, we translate that into more category four and five hurricanes, and that affects communities around the gulf but also up and down the Atlantic seaboard and the Pacific as well, and other natural occurrences that are affected by changes in climate.

Changes in climate really translate into huge environmental changes that have impacts on communities and also on national security, because they raise not only the issues of making sure that we are taking into account and caring for the most at-risk populations, but that we are also looking at and planning for the potentiality of mass migrations, demographic changes, patterns, concentrations of economic assets, population growth in different areas, deteriorating infrastructure. All of this gets knit together under this umbrella of climate change and environmental adaptation.

That’s an expansive, expensive agenda, isn’t it? We thought Congress formed the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively address imminent threats to the American people, priorities like fighting terrorism, controlling our borders, and handling security at our ports and airports. Turns out the Department is instead working on EVERYTHING!

And remember that this is all happening as Democrats try to push through a land grab that would undermine the already imperiled enforcement efforts at the border and an illegal alien student bailout that would encourage more illegal immigration.

Heckuva job, J-Nap. Heckuva job.

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