ByÂ Adam Cassandra, CNSNEWS.com
Washington (CNSNews.com) â€“ Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, whose agency is charged with securing Americaâ€™s borders, told an audience in Washington, D.C., in reference to the U.S.-Mexico border, â€œYouâ€™re never going to totally seal that border.â€
Napolitano spoke and answered questions at the Center for Strategic andÂ International Studies (CSIS) on â€œSecuring the Border: A Smarter Law Enforcement Approach,â€ on Wednesday.
When asked if she could give a timeline on when the border would be secured, Napolitano said, â€œThe 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.
â€œItâ€™s a big border,â€ she said.Â â€œItâ€™s 1,960 miles across that Southwest border.Â Itâ€™s some of the roughest, toughest geographical terrain in the world across that border.Â And so, the notion that youâ€™re going to seal that border somehow is something that anybody whoâ€™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, â€˜Youâ€™re never going to totally seal that border.â€™â€
Napolitano was also asked if she thought that Republicans withholding support for comprehensive immigration reform until the border is secured was political posturing.
â€œThe notion that youâ€™re gonnaâ€™ somehow seal the border, and only at that point will you discuss immigration reform, that is not an answer to the problem,â€ 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, â€œThe problem is â€¦ if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.â€
â€œIn other words,â€ Kyl said, â€œthey’re holding it hostage.Â They donâ€™t wannaâ€™ secure the border unless and until it is combined with comprehensive immigration reform.â€
The White House responded to Kylâ€™s claim with Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer both saying that Kyl â€œknowsâ€ President Obama never made such remarks.
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