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Asking for Trust, Evading Verification

April 1, 2013
By Jerry Kammer

In this Backgrounder for CIS, Krammer notes that in a March 26 meeting with reporters, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Congress should not include border security metrics as a prerequisite or "trigger" in immigration reform legislation

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In this Backgrounder for CIS, Krammer notes that in a March 26 meeting with reporters, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Congress should not include border security metrics as a prerequisite or "trigger" in immigration reform legislation to grant legal status to about 11 million people living in the country illegally.

Napolitano repeated an assurance that she had issued many times before: "We're confident that the border is as secure as it's ever been." Explaining why DHS had not fulfilled its long-standing promise to develop metrics for border security, she said, "That is a very — it turns out — a very difficult thing to do in any kind of statistically significant way."

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