DENVER — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says Arizona's law to get tough on immigration is the wrong way to get local police involved in enforcement.
Napolitano says she agrees with a district court ruling that blocked some of the most controversial parts of the law in July and that "we cannot have 50 different immigration enforcement teams across the country." Arizona is appealing the judge's ruling.
Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona, said in a Denver speech Thursday that there are better ways to involve local law enforcement in fighting illegal immigration, including the federal Secure Communities program that has been implemented in several hundred jurisdictions nationwide.
Immigrant advocates across the country have criticized the fingerprint-sharing program as too broad.