Immigration

Janet Napolitano Defends Immigration Reform Bill as "Important First Step"

An 844-page first step

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Homeland Secretary Secretary Janet Napolitano mounted a vigorous defense of the Senate Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration plan Tuesday, calling the legislation an "important first step" to reforming the nation's immigration laws.

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Napolitano said the 844-page bill would improve the current immigration system in several ways: it would improve border security, implement stricter accountability measures for employers, and modernize the current legal immigration system.