Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described security on the U.S.-Mexico border as more secure than ever before.
Napolitano, who is resigning her post to take become president of the University of California system, credited the unprecedented investment of manpower, technology and infrastructure over her four year-tenure leading the department.
“Our borders are now better staffed and better protected than in any time in our nation’s history. And illegal crossings have dropped to near-40 year lows,” she told the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
Napolitano has led the department since the beginning of the Obama administration, just the third person to hold this post.
She will become the first female president of UC system, which includes UCLA, the University of California, Berkeley and UC San Diego among other campuses.