Napolitano says nation's immigration laws sorely outdated

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 30 at 4:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the nation's immigration laws need an overhaul.

In her second annual Address on the State of the Nation's Homeland Security, Napolitano said they're "sorely outdated and in need of revision."

Asked by an audience member at the National Press Club what she sees as most in need of change, Napolitano said she couldn't narrow it down. But she specifically criticized Congress for failing to pass the so-called DREAM Act last year. The legislation would have allowed illegal immigrant children who were brought to the U.S. at a young age and grew up here to become citizens if they went to college or joined the military.

Napolitano said "they've played the rules" and Congress needs to act.

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