Napolitano: U.S. border towns with Mexico are safe.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Thursday that…

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Thursday that security on the southern U.S. border “is better now than it ever has been” and that violence from neighboring Mexico hasn’t spilled over in a serious way.

Napolitano spoke at the Bridge of The Americas border crossing, after a meeting with the mayors of the border towns of El Paso, Nogales, Ariz., and Yuma, Ariz. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin also were present.

Napolitano said the Department of Homeland Security will deploy 250 more border agents and expects to have 300 more under their next budget if it’s approved. She stated that Homeland Security is investing “millions of dollars in the side of commerce and trade” to improve infrastructure and technology along the border.

However, she added that there is a need to correct wrong impressions about the border region. Napolitano said border towns are safe for travel, trade and commerce. She noted that the total value of imports crossing the Southwest border was up 22 percent in fiscal year 2010, she said.

“There is a perception that the border is worse now than it ever has been. That is wrong. The border is better now than it ever has been,” she said.

The perception that the violence in Mexico has spilled over to bordering U.S. cities is “wrong again,” Napolitano said. Violent crime rates have remained flat or decreased in border communities in the Southwest, she said. However, she recognized that “there is much to do with (their) colleagues in Mexico in respect to the drug cartels” that are largely responsible for the unprecedented wave of violence in that country.

Source: Juan Carlos Llorca for the Associated Press.

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  • General Jim M

    The best way to invade a country is to deploy all of it’s forces overseas while waves of peaceful illegal alien invaders cross the border and MULTIPLY,when their numbers are great enough,they exert themselves and take power.this is originally,historically a muslim tactic to conquer foreign peoples.the Mexicans fancy themselves to be Aztecs reconquering their land,the muslims are busy building mosques around America as forward bases.The petrobillions bribe American leaders to betray America.this corruption goes to the very top.The US is confronting three enemies,but no one acknowledges this,the globalist so-called New World Order,the muslims who seek to conquer the world for allah and the Mexicans who would bring back pagan sacrifice to the sun god so they can rule the world in “brown” darkness as they exterminate white people.America faces three determined,well connected and funded enemies whom the US governmental and buisness elites treat as friends.You cannot win a war unless you know who the enemy is and you cannot win a war if your leaders ARE the enemy.They will keep our troops overseas while they consolidate their gains in CONUS.

  • JD

    If U.S. bordertowns are safe the taliban in Afghanistan good friends to our troops and and alqaeda is good for the American way of life! What a joke!

  • Jim

    Ms. Napolitano, what are you drinking or smoking woman? Do you really fear facts? Does the White House order you to make these statements?
    OR, is ALL of the above true?
    We, The American People do not beleive you.

  • DB

    What a LYING Sack of SH*T. I worked on the border for 6 months on a security contract. We watched EVERY DAY the smugglers going back and forth on the Mex side with truck loads of people, and more than likely drugs, while spotters with radios sat on hill tops giving away BP’s location. We were attacked on several occasions. Closest Ive ever come to shooting anyone. We were allowed handguns, but BP suggested we break the rules of our company for our own safety, so we brought AR’s and shotguns. I personally watched BP apprehend a bunch of Chinese being smuggled across. One night we were getting “rocked” so we called BP for some help. When they arrived THEY started getting rocked. I’m sure Brian Terry would agree with Napolitano. :/ The media doesnt report 1/100th of what goes on at the border.

  • Tom

    I think the operative statement is, “wrong again” Nopilatano.
    As for un leadership, I never want my brothers in arms to be subject to officers other than US.

  • Delusional….at best.. a Pathetic LIE at worst.
    30,000 dead just across the Rio Grand. Spillover violence from Illegal Alien Smuggling (Democrats call them new voters) and the Illegal Drug Trade is rampant from one end of the US Mexican Border to the other. This is almost as big a prevarication as the so called transfer of the Libyan WAR…from US to the US Lead NATO Command Struture announced by another of the Obama Regime’s Liars…Hillary Clinton. US AFRICOM is headed by a US 4 Star General…the NATO Command Element is headed by a 4 Star US Admiral…the forces conducting the war in Libya are the same..Predominately US.