Gov. Napolitano can impact healthcare immigration in two ways:
1. She may help the President-elect shape immigration policy, including, perhaps, a future Comprehensive Immigration Reform. No CIR bill (heavy or lite) is going to pass without the President-electís overt endorsement. His office will help shape any CIR bill, just as previous CIR efforts largely have been shaped by the Executive branch. Odds are that if the President-elect thinks that CIR is a wise idea, he will look to the Governor for advice on how to compose a new CIR.
2. Administrative processing. Gov. Napolitanoís leadership could pave the way for wider readings of statute and law, a consistent product of opinion, and a reduction of processing timelines.
Here are several recent articles that discuss the Governor and her background:
USA Today: Napolitano shuns ideologies, welcomes practicality
Arizona Republic: Article that summarizes some of her Immigration stances