Feb 1, 2011
The Obama administration’s approach to U.S.-Mexico border security “is working,¯ Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday, and anyone who suggests otherwise is “misstating the facts and unfairly politicizing border issues.¯
Speaking at the University of Texas at El Paso, Napolitano hailed the administration’s Southwest Border Initiative for strengthening the border “in a way that many would not have thought possible.¯ She also described in detail the administration’s “smart and effective approach¯ to enforcing immigration laws throughout the country.
At the same time, Napolitano admitted the administration is “deeply concerned¯ about the violent Mexican drug cartels that are trying to undermine the rule of law in northern Mexico.
“So today I say to the cartels: Don’t even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response. And we’re going to continue to work with our partners in Mexico to dismantle and defeat you.¯