Monday, February 4, 2013
On the heels of President Barack Obama's push for immigration reform, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is scheduled to visit San Diego today as part of a two-day Southwest border inspection tour that will end in El Paso, Texas.
Napolitano will meet this afternoon with state and local officials at the U.S. Coast Guard District Maritime Unified Command about how to secure the border without hindering lawful trade and travel, according to a statement by the Department of Homeland Security.
Some key Congressional Republicans want confirmation that the border is entirely secure before opening a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
After her two-day trip, Napolitano and White House policy director Cecilia Munoz will meet with law enforcement officials from around the country to talk about Obama's plan, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Border Patrol says border arrests in the San Diego region last year fell by about one-third to its lowest level in more than four decades.