Napolitano: The Border Is More Secure Than Ever
And crime is down in border states, too
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 24, 2010 9:13 AM CDT
In an Oct. 25, 2007 file photo a Predator drone unmanned aerial vehicle takes off on a US Customs Border Patrol mission from Fort Huachuca, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin/file)

(Newser) – Janet Napolitano pushed back against immigration alarmists yesterday, even as she touted the the White House's latest efforts to secure the border. The Obama administration will deploy an unmanned aerial drone in Texas, and allow local police communities to temporarily “deploy” to assist the National Guard along the border, the Washington Post reports. But Napolitano said there was no crisis, asserting that the “border is as secure now as it has ever been," despite the people "looking to score political points" by suggesting otherwise.

"The numbers tell the story, and they do not lie,” she said: violent crime is down on the US side of the border, while seizures of illegal weapons, drugs, and cash are up. The new measures should only improve things. The UAV in Texas, incidentally, ends a showdown with Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who had blocked the confirmation of the FAA’s deputy director until his state got a drone. He now says he'll allow a vote.

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Jun 25, 2010 9:22 AM CDT
What an idiot. Obama sure can pick em
Jun 25, 2010 2:58 AM CDT
Napolitano should be fired for incompetency. "The border is as secure now as it has ever been"? What has this dolt been drinking? Is the rest of BO's cabinet as dumb as Napolitano?
Jun 24, 2010 10:16 PM CDT
Yeah, the numbers do not lie. How about if you take the bajillion people in the border states that are illegal -- hence the word, "illegal" -- and you remove them from the crime stats? Then do the numbers change at all? And if you re-define the word "illegal" to mean "legal" then, yeah, the numbers suddenly get a lot lower, and of course, numbers don't lie. I would recommend this woman read a book titled, "How to Lie With Statistics", to see if "numbers don't lie." And btw, isn't this the same woman who said, "The system worked", followed by a news conference the next day in which she said, "The system didn't work"? Does this sound like someone qualified to know whether something is true or not? Doesn't really sound like it.