Photo: DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
Wanting lawmakers to see for themselves the White House’s latest efforts to curb and ultimately eliminate drug, weapon, and human trafficking, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has invited House and Senate legislators to the U.S.-Mexico border.
DHS and President Obama’s administration have been under immense scrutiny as they are accused of not doing enough to secure the border. Napolitano wishes to show the lawmakers how much more secure DHS has made the southwest border, and to show that it is now safer than it has been in years.
In her letter to the officials Napolitano wrote that despite the confiscation of illegal products and the steps the administration has taken, “ the situation on the border continues to be mischaracterized, and I am concerned that this is hurting the morale of our law enforcement personnel and the local economies of border towns. To be sure, challenges remain, and it is my hope that we can work together on a nonpartisan basis to address remaining challenges.”
According to The Hill, the letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
The trip has been proposed for some time in the spring.