Update: Napolitano Provides DACA Insider Story at University of Georgia.

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As foreshadowed in her interview with the Washington Post this past weekend, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, addressed a University of Georgia School of Law symposium on Monday, October 27, 2014.  Her remarks constituted the 112th Sibley Lecture at the campus and was titled “Anatomy of a Legal Decision”.

The address is a fascinating read and provides a detailed insight into the complicated and heated debate within the administration that took place in the summer of 2012 and ultimately culminated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The complete address can be downloaded by clicking here: President Napolitano Sibley Lecture UGA School of Law 10.27.14.

Nepollitano observes very early in her remarks:

The story of immigration policy in this land, including the development of DACA, is a story of shadows and shades of gray – it’s no area for absolutists.

She continues to observe that in the effort to address our broken immigration system:

.     .     .      all too often immigration policy, and the debate that envelops it, resemble a washing machine at work – load, inject soap and water, churn, (also known, interestingly, as agitate,) , rinse, drain, spin, repeat. The main difference is that in the immigration realm, we never seem to graduate to the dryer—we just do it all over again.

Napolitano goes on to provide a thoughtful account of the nuanced and intertwined issues of policy and law that affect not just the debate that ultimately coalesced into the DACA program but the broader immigration debate in this country.  The remarks are a great read and go a long way to explain why we have the disastrous immigration system we have.