Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet A. Napolitano says the southern border is safe and secure. After she related this, she was unable to provide and definitive measurable proof that her statement is factual.
Ms. Napolitano said her department has not developed the “border condition index” that it planned to put in place after it tossed out the previous yardstick – miles of the border under “operational control” – three years ago.
“That is a very difficult thing to do in any kind of statistically significant way,” Ms. Napolitano told reporters at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.
The lack of a clear measuring stick could trip up the bipartisan coalitions in each chamber that are working to come up with bills that would give a legal status to some or all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S. and reshape the rest of the immigration system.