Sequester Already Screwing Up Airports: Napolitano
Furlough announcements go out today
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2013 2:10 PM CST
In this Feb. 25, 2013, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano briefs reporters at the White House.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – It may take a while for the full impact of the sequester to hit Americans, but some people are already feeling the pain, Janet Napolitano told Politico today, namely the sad souls in line at airport security. "We are having to reduce or eliminate basically overtime both for TSA and for customs" and "will begin today sending out furlough notices," the Homeland Security secretary said. "We are already seeing the effects" including lines "150% to 200% as long as we would normally expect."

"I don't mean to scare, I mean to inform," she added. "Get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would." The change hasn't been lost on passengers, who were already bracing for the worst, USA Today reports. Napolitano also said that Homeland Security had released "hundreds" of immigrant detainees rather than the thousands reported in the media, and said they were all low-risk offenders. She added that securing the borders "would be a heck of a lot easier" if Congress would pass an immigration plan.

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Daniel-from-TN
Mar 5, 2013 6:20 PM CST
1. Napolitano's comments are perfectly understandable. She will say whatever obama instructs her to say, even if it IS a bold face lie. 2. The USA already has an immigration plan. obama just won't enforce it because it doesn't favor Liberals. ("Compassion" for the illegals is just a front.) 3. Securing the borders is not dependant on sequestration or any specific immigration plan. The borders will not be secured until some administration WANTS the borders secured.
1freeusa
Mar 5, 2013 5:22 AM CST
eleminate "homeland security" (a civilian terrorist department that has not captured one terrorist at the airport). reduce the military and black opps spending by half.(make it an american defense force to protect america and not a offensive force that invades other countries)
hog_one
Mar 5, 2013 4:05 AM CST
Napolitano, "I don't want to scare people", but the sky is falling, the sky is falling. Janet, that's just rain. No, the sky is falling, the sky is falling.