Napolitano believes SB1070 won't hurt intel

Napolitano believes SB1070 won't hurt intel

CREATED Apr 4, 2012

Web Producer: Adriana Desiderio

PHOENIX (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she doesn't believe tough state immigration laws will prevent federal and state officials from gathering information they need to discover terrorism or other threats.


The former Arizona governor made the remarks at a press briefing in Phoenix Wednesday. She was in town to give a speech to law enforcement officials attending an intelligence training event.


Among the concerns raised by opponents of state enforcement laws like Arizona's SB1070 is that illegal immigrants will be afraid to contact law enforcement when they're victims of crimes or when they have information that police need to know.


Napolitano says she believes outreach efforts by local officials and the availability of special federal visas for crime victims and witnesses will keep the information flowing.

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