U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says Republican lawmakers' insistence that the border be secured before there is immigration reform is a flawed argument.
At a stop to inspect border security in El Paso on Tuesday, Napolitano said the argument ignores gains made in illegal immigrant captures as well as seizures of drugs, weapons and currency.
She also says the argument's fundamental flaw is contending that border security is unrelated to interior enforcement such as verification of legal residence of job applicants.
Napolitano's remarks came after the second leg of a Southwest border tour in which she inspected security in San Diego and El Paso. President Barack Obama and a bipartisan U.S. Senate group have separate immigration reform proposals.