Remarks by Secretary Napolitano at the Border Security Conference [August 11, 2009]   [open pdf - 64KB]

This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Release presents the remarks of Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Border Security Conference which took place at the University of Texas at El Paso. Secretary Napolitano mentions the following in her remarks at the Conference: "So let me be very clear with you here today. I am here to tell you that in this Administration in the eight months, almost eight months now since President Obama's inaugural, we too have changed, we too have involved, and we are meeting the full range of challenges and opportunities of this border area. We have a strong partner in President Calderón and my colleague, Secretary Gómez-Mont, and the entire Mexican government. We have embraced that partnership. We have strengthened it, and we are building upon it. And we are fighting together this fight, together with the government of Mexico and also along with agencies across the United States federal government and our state, local, tribal and territorial partners. And we're not just fighting a fight. And when I say a fight, let me describe what I mean. What I mean is that we have a unique opportunity now with Mexico to really break up these cartels, and shame on us if we don't take full advantage of that opportunity and go through that window together, and that is one of the fights that we are fighting."

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