BIG SIS SAYS BIG BORDER: ‘You’re Never Going to Totally Seal It’…

June 29, 2010

By Adam Cassandra,

Washington ( – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, whose agency is charged with securing America’s borders, told an audience in Washington, D.C., in reference to the U.S.-Mexico border, “You’re never going to totally seal that border.”

Napolitano spoke and answered questions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on “Securing the Border: A Smarter Law Enforcement Approach,” on Wednesday.

When asked if she could give a timeline on when the border would be secured, Napolitano said, “The plain fact of the matter is the border is as secure now as it has ever been, but we know we can always do more. And that will always be the case.

“It’s a big border,” she said. “It’s 1,960 miles across that Southwest border. It’s some of the roughest, toughest geographical terrain in the world across that border. And so, the notion that you’re going to seal that border somehow is something that anybody who’s been involved in the actual doing of law enforcement–the front office work or the front line work of the law enforcement–would say, ‘You’re never going to totally seal that border.’”

Napolitano was also asked if she thought that Republicans withholding support for comprehensive immigration reform until the border is secured was political posturing.

“The notion that you’re gonna’ somehow seal the border, and only at that point will you discuss immigration reform, that is not an answer to the problem,” she said.

At a town hall meeting recently, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl told a group of constituents that in a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama, the president told him, “The problem is … if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.”

“In other words,” Kyl said, “they’re holding it hostage. They don’t wanna’ secure the border unless and until it is combined with comprehensive immigration reform.”

The White House responded to Kyl’s claim with Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer both saying that Kyl “knows” President Obama never made such remarks.

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Patrick Gomez says:

    So, going with “Big Sis’s” logic… since I am never going to be the best and most perfect human being I should not even try and just ‘do what I have always been doing’. Thanks for doing your job Sis.

  • henry says:

    A win-win solution is to outsource our border control to the North Korean government and their border guards should be easily keep anything from crossing our borders without proper authorization. This outsourcing deal not only will help to control our borders effectively, it will save the US government billions of dollars, and build a better relation with the North Korean government…we can transform them to be a better world citizen.

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