Napolitano trumpets border security on 2-day tour

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 11:04 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in San Diego to trumpet what she calls dramatic improvements in border security.

Napolitano told reporters after touring the border Monday that the difference from 20 years ago is like comparing a rocket ship to a horse and buggy. She urged Congress to embrace a broad overhaul of immigration laws.

Napolitano travels to El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, which was second only to San Diego as the most popular corridor for illegal border crossings 20 years ago.

A bipartisan group of senators wants assurances on border security before beginning a path to citizenship.

Napolitano says the border is secure, though not 100 percent sealed. She cited 40-year lows in illegal immigration flows, lack of violence in major border cities and big investments in enforcement.

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