The nation’s southern border is much more secure than the American people think it is, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a gathering in Washington on Thursday.

“Not enough has been said publicly by our government in a clear, concise way, about our border security efforts on behalf of the American people. And in the absence of facts, the American public is susceptible to claims that we have an open, porous border, through which unaccompanied minors and members of terrorist organizations such as ISIL may pass.”

Johnson addressed several areas of concern, beginning with the recent flood of illegal immigrants from Central America:

“In late June and July, millions of Americans saw the images of the processing centers filled with kids. Far fewer Americans know that by early June the spike in illegal migration by unaccompanied kids had turned a corner, and now, it’s, in fact, at its lowest number since January, 2013.

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