Chris Strohm
National Journal
April 1, 2011

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday criticized those who argue the nation’s border with Mexico is being overrun with violence, saying some are trying to score “political points” but their rhetoric is damaging economic development in border towns.

Apparently frustrated over continued criticism of the Obama administration, Napolitano gave one of her most forceful defenses of federal efforts to beef up border security and help communities straddling Mexico during an event hosted by NDN, a Washington-based think tank. Indeed, she said, part of the purpose of the event was to encourage people to think anew about what’s happening along the border.

“I think the amount of resources we’ve put at the border with Mexico shows how serious this administration is,” Napolitano said. “So, given the deployment of resources, given the statistical framework, it is simply inaccurate to state — as too many have — that the border with Mexico is overrun or out of control. This statement, I think, sometimes it’s made to score some political points, you know. But it’s wrong. It’s just plain wrong.”

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