August 13th, 2010
05:34 PM ET
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Napolitano: GOP congressman's claim is 'so off the mark'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday that the idea of 'terror babies' infiltrating the United States is 'off the mark.'
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday that the idea of 'terror babies' infiltrating the United States is 'off the mark.'

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Friday that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert "is so off the mark" in his assertion that terrorists are plotting to conceive babies in the United States so they can grow up to kill Americans.

The Republican congressman first made the claim on June 24, while discussing on the House floor what he felt were serious gaps in our border enforcement.

"They [terrorists] would have young women who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby-they wouldn't even have to pay anything for the baby-and then they would return back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists," Gohmert said. "And then one day, 20, 30 years down the road, they could be sent in to help destroy our way of life."

Related video: Anderson Cooper and Louie Gohmert debate 'terror babies'

Napolitano, in a Friday interview on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, said that she has seen no evidence of such a plot.

Watch the full interview after the jump

"This president has put, really, unprecedented amounts of resources at this border," Napolitano said.

"We've been moving agents, material, aircraft and other things to the border. Even more now is coming and being made permanent by the bill he [Obama] just signed," she added.

Napolitano also said that by statistical measurements, the United States border with Mexico is secure.

'The border is safe and secure in the sense of every statistic that needs to go up is going up and every statistic that needs to go down is going down," the homeland security secretary said. "The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border is way down; the number of drug seizures, gun seizures, money seizures is way up."

Prior to her appointment to homeland security secretary, Napolitano served as the governor of Arizona as well as the state's attorney general and the U.S. attorney for the state.


Filed under: Immigration • issues • Janet Napolitano • Louie Gohmert • Terrorism
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. IEK

    If it's so easy to sneak a pregnant woman into the country to give birth, wouldn't it be easier to just sneak people who are already terrorists into the country? Then you don't have to wait 20-30 years.

    August 13, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Augsbee

    This coming from the woman who is afraid to use the word "Terrorists", Terrorism and changed it to some ridiculous new label like 'bad things that bad people do'. Poor woman.

    August 13, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Tim from Tampa

    What's so unusual about a Texas Republican fear mongering?

    August 13, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Dan

    It is off mark, as much as Napolitano's refusal to acknowledge extreme fanatic Islamic terror is! So, it is a tie between Napolitano and the republicans in Texas (let politicians be politicians). And given her own reaction to the Christmes bomber attempt, she should not be in the business of commenting on comments on terrorists! She just reminded us how detached and political she was, this homland (in)security secretary!

    August 13, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Future expat

    It doesn't matter that there is no evidence to support this ludicrous claim. In today's facts-optional GOP, as soon as a raging ideologue – whether it's Beck, Gohmert, Palin, Breitbart, etc.- yells something, no matter how divorced from reality, it immediately becomes true forever and ever in the average Teabagger's mind.

    I'm afraid that terror babies, like death panels, are here to stay.

    August 13, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Lunacy is a better term for it. First we have jerk-wad Rove trying to bait-n-switch us into believing Iraq was about fighting terror when we found no WMD.

    Now this buffoon in TX is trying to spin the argument on changing the Constitution based on babies being raised as terrorists? Last time I checked the only ones practicing hatred and terror were the lunatics on the right.

    August 13, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Len

    The GOP's campaign stratergy that Americans seem to listen too, why I do not know, FEAR!!! Here we go again. Instead of helping with America's problems, GOP deals in FEAR!

    Oh, the conservative and Republican election slogan, "Take our country back" really means "White America, take our country back".

    August 13, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Gohmert, like so many other members and mouthpieces of the GOP (Palin, Hannity, Bill, Rush, Boehner, Bachmann, Angle, the rest) all suffer from the same affliction - Pickled Brain Syndrome (PBS, not to be confused with your local Public Broadcasting Stations that are there to help and educate). It's a degenerative disease that begins when someone decides to become a member of the GOP or even the Tea Party movement. A sudden and irreversible transformation in the brain begins, and within hours, a full blown case of PBS has infiltrated all the few brain cells (one must have few brain cells to join the GOP or the Tea Party).

    It is not contagious except on the weak-minded.

    August 13, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. mrhapiguy

    Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Republicans in general –>

    ter-ror-ist
    -noun

    a person who employs terror or terrorism, esp as a political weapon.

    August 13, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. BillE

    Yet another GOP scare tactic. First it was 9/11 and then death panels etc, etc etc. Now this. They preach the constitution and then they want to have it changed to help them in in their immigration folley. What a pile of BS'ers.

    August 13, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Rickster

    Absolutely frightful that Janet Napolitano is the head of Homeland Security. I wouldn't let that imbecile run a yard sale.

    August 13, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. JonDie

    Ms. Napolitano,

    You can't argue with a crazy man. This is just more of the Republican-Tea Party spreading hatred in order to foment anarchy and violence.

    August 13, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    "GOP Congressman's claims off the mark"? Grossly misleading and negligent of fact is the Repub standard.
    This is a joke. Why are the right-wing GOPers so afraid of everything??!!
    Afraid of two or three black guys in a run-down black neighborhood stumbling around claiming to be the Black Panthers and they go completely nuts.
    Then Fox media hacks build it up like it's a whole movement. Then the corporate media follows along like the lame clowns we've come to know. But I guess since fox did the same thing with the small crowds of un-employed teabaggers roaming around a park or town square with rascist signs – they know it works on their sheeple.
    Sad little people afraid of their shadow.
    Through the right wingers and their fear – the terrorists of 911 have achieved much.

    August 13, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. DC Johnny

    Explain how he is wrong? He provides a rather clear example of exactly how terrorists can infiltrate our soil with legal ease.

    Leave it to today's Liberals to ridicule a thought because it "hasn't happened yet".

    Lots of things haven't happened yet. Just check Obama's campaign promises. Oh wait, those were ludicrous as well. I guess I just proved myself wrong.

    August 13, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. jim germann

    What a weak,partisan,liberal hack interview with napolitano. A first yr journalism student would have asked, "is 350,000 illegal immigrants born in the us in 2008,is that accceptable"? Didnt ask her about the illegal immigrant who got 2 dui"s was released by her,and killed a black girl? didnt ask her about the illegal immigrant,who was released,after 3 arrests,who killed a nun? didnt ask her if PRES.OBAMA SUPPORTS THE MOSQUE 2 BLOCKS FROM GROUND ZERO? Instead, he asks her, "do you find any security risks at the ground zero mosque? If your a moron,you dont get it, but if your not a partisan,you can see right thru this lame interview. That was embarrasing.By the way, the bogus claim that CNN was pushing about the serial stabber was racially motivated. Check cbs,check ap,this guy just stabbed someone in Israel,2 months. ago, CNN forgot to tell you folks.Just like they spin almost every issue. Also, forgot to tell you that the afghan missionary that was released by the missionary murderers, told the afghan chief of police, I was yelling and screaming passages from the quron, and said(direct quote)
    "dont kill me, I'm Muslim". Why do you think they left that out? (also confirmed by cbs & ap,reuteres). You are getting intentionally slanted news stories, and you dont know it. Its okay to pick and choose storylines,its not okay to change "facts", to fit your agenda. SAD!!

    August 13, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. DC Johnny

    Victim of GOP Taliban - "Last time I checked the only ones practicing hatred and terror were the lunatics on the right."

    Check the mirror, pal. Everything you ever say on these boards is neck-high in hatred and intolerance.

    August 13, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Mark

    This is a joke, right? Has he had a mental competency test because he is delusional. I think he should be checked out right away because he may be a danger to himself or others.

    August 13, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Freddy

    And now, from the folks that brought you 'death panels," kill Grandma," "anchor babies," Afganistan is Obama's war," "and "I'm qualified to be POTUS because I can see Russia from my house!" get ready for the worst threat yet: TERRORIST BABIES!!

    Check their Pampers!

    Listen to their rattles!

    Watch for hidden code in their lullabys.

    And whatever you do, DON'T LET THEM BECOME CITIZENS, because 20 or 30 years from now, they will destroy our way of life by becoming terrorists or worse: DEMOCRATS!!!!

    August 13, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Kahuna

    This is just another example of the GOP using the fear card. They have been successfully using it for more than a decade. It's how they passed the Patriot act, sold the Iraq war, created the dept. of homeland security, got Bush II a second tem in office, etc., etc.,etc..

    WHen you don't have any ideas on how to actually solve problems, whip out the FEAR card.

    August 13, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "you may want to direct your questions to the UK Telegraph. What I posted came straight from their pages."

    This answer is the epitome of the conservataive mindset in America. let me paraphrase: "Huh? What are you talking about? I didn't think criically about what I was reading...it was saying what I wanted to hear so I accepted it at face value without a bit of ciritical thought."

    August 13, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Jon Hale

    Secretary Napolitano actually said that the US / Mexico border was "safe and secure" because statictacally things are better. Honestly, would any police official in Chicago say the streets there are safe and secure? Would the commander of a military base say his base was secure because there were fewer incursions this year than last? Would the family of the rancher in Arizona who was killed recently by drug runners say their home was secure? One shouild never use the term secure when quoting statistics. I have a serious concern for our country's security if it is the hands of leaders that make such assertions!

    August 13, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. mike l

    What have republicans been drinking at their meetings the last couple of years. They can't even be smoking anything, Maybe acid. Where else can they get all these paranoid conspiracy theories they are espousing. Hollywood screenwriters would not even come up with this stuff. If the Dems were smart they would just make commercials showing all these repubs making these insane comments and ask, "Do you really want them in charge of your government?" I am a Democrat, but I used to respect the GOP when it had real politicians, real people who cared about America. There is not one repub now that I could seriously consider voting for. They can try to deride liberals all they want, but they are only showing what a joke the gop has become. If, however, they regain control of Congress, the joke will be on us.

    August 13, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. mrhapiguy

    Um, wouldn't the baby still look the same, have a muslim name, and thus get racially profiled at the airport anyway? This is a really stupid plot for a terrist group.

    August 13, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "If it's so easy to sneak a pregnant woman into the country to give birth, wouldn't it be easier to just sneak people who are already terrorists into the country? Then you don't have to wait 20-30 years."

    Ssssshhhhhh, spreading common sense like that will ruin the media's and conservatives' fun.

    Edit:

    Actually, I should note that this question reveals the real problem GOPers are indicating they have: they DO NOT want to respect anyone's human rights who they don't have to. A terrorist who enjoys citizenship would be entitled to a trial, representation, a chance to face the accuser, etc etc etc. That is unacceptable to them. In their minds, these people should be hanged based solely on the accusation.

    August 13, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. DC Johnny

    I am sorry for ranting against President Obama. He really is trying his best. Upon reflection I realize that Rep. Gomert is wrong.

    August 13, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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