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. Augsbee

    These Republicans try to scare everybody into fearing President Obama. This simply is not true.

    August 13, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. LouAz

    And as soon as you're convinced that this guy has a "reasonable" story, then get ready for the next story about an alien invasion, brought to you by the same Flat Earth Party that brought you Iraq WMDs. As a people and a Country are supposed to get smarter, but true clowns like Gohmert keep draging us back to the Dark Ages.

    August 13, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. It's not so much that Gomer-ert is a zenophobic . . .

    It's his bed-wetting hysteria that makes me want to vomit.

    August 13, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Shari from Madison WI

    Of course she has no proof. The idea is ludicrous and fear mongering. If this senator has his way America will become totally isolated from the rest of the world. We will become a fear based society that will be so paranoid that any person who cannot prove that their family have been American Citizens for generations will be forcibly removed from the country. Any women tourists coming into the country will be forced to undergo a pregnancy test and if they are pregnant will be immediately sent back to wherever they came from.

    August 13, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. JES

    Why don't you just enforce the laws we have now.

    Keep illegals out and find them send them home.

    August 13, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Charlie in Maine

    Yep that's right. Cause Tim McVeih, Lee- Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, James Earl Ray and Jeffry Dalmer all had foreign Parents don't ya know.

    I swear these GOPers get more ridiculous every day.

    August 13, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Slider

    "...off the mark.", huh?

    So says the ex-governor who took 19 days blaming the Arizona Corporation Commission; the gas stations, the company that installed the pipeline and inspected it; the distributors; the wholesalers, and finally, the people of the state she represented, before she ended up taking the solution the ACC offered to fix the gas leak to begin with.

    Nappy is incompetent. We knew it in AZ, now the entire country knows.

    August 13, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Brandon

    What is really scary. That the GOP could come back into power. VOTE PEOPLE, VOTE, WE DON'T WANT THESE LOONS IN CHARGE AGAIN!!!!

    August 13, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Michael Groome

    Maybe, just maybe, terrorists are not the dolts a lot of Americans think they are. Study our open society, have internet access, and possess some English reading skills and that will allow anyone the capability to note the divisiveness and rifts in our do-nothing government, no matter which party possesses the majority.

    The real issue, however, is our divorce rate and impoverished single mothers that would perhaps jump at the chance to escape their living hell. Think about it. A handsome Middle Easterner with a seemingly inexhaustible source of cash need not bring a pregnant woman to the U.S.. We have plenty of women that have been betrayed and neglected by society that would gladly take a chance at finding happiness, financial security, and a future for their children. The concept doesn't seem so ridiculous now does it?

    As a nation we've been asleep at the wheel for decades.

    August 13, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Allen, Texas

    This just geos to show that the right – wing has gone coockoo. They are desperate that they will do and say anything to get power back. What they are betting on is that most people in this country still harbor racist senti-ments. What they are finding out is that the gound has shifted from under their feet. Rep. Gohmert is embarking on his own version of McCarthyism.
    What he failed to understand is that thanks to George Bush and people of his ilk, the terrorists have already won. As long as we've become so paranoid to the point where we undress ourselves before boarding a plane, we conceded the so-called war on terror. I was so happy to see Anderson Cooper challenge the idiot to produce any evidence. This is the same way McCarthy was exposed in the 60s. We are not going to allow these alarmists to scare the rest of us into giving up our way of life.

    August 13, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. La Piovra

    Why does the argument for the repeal of the 14th Amendment remind me of the ones made (successfully) for the Nuremberg Laws? Why does the howl about "anchor babies" remind me of the one that convinced "good Germans" that babies born on German soil should be deported? Why does this present agitation about "terror babies" remind me of the arguments Himmler made to convince nice German boys to convince them there was no higher calling than braining racially subversive babies or throwing them alive into crematorium fires? Why do the spittle-mouthed roars from some of the people right in this column sound so much like, "Siegheil!" Folks, what's on YOUR lampshades?

    August 13, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Steve in North Carolina

    This is the same woman who sat around and closed her eyes to the swarm of illegal aliens invading the State of Arizona while she was supposed to be protecting it. She has zero credibility!

    August 13, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Willa

    Fear mongering is nothing new for the Republican Tea Party. Foxs News give the GOP a platform to grow this fever. America is smarter than fear. That's why we elected President Obama to show americans no matter who you are "The only thing to fear, is fear itself".

    "Eagle fly chicken don't!

    August 13, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    This is paranoid lunacy at its best. Thanks to the likes of Louie Gohmert, Debbie Riddle, and Jan Brewer, the talking heads and right-wing redneck republican radio people will have more fodder for their fear-mongering crusade against the American people.

    This is the same dufus who was holding up signs (yes, HOMEMADE SIGNS) during the president's State of the Union speech.

    Get this: This guy ran UNOPPOSED last cycle! This is the BEST Texas has to offer! Are they all deluded, or just unaware that they sent a paranoid idiot to Congress?

    I lay the fault for this at the feet of the votors in Texas. Jeez!

    August 13, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. YY

    Hey GOP.... BOO! Sometimes it just isn't a fair fight. Bravery isn't their strong suit. Afraid of babies now!!! ROTLMAO. Living in a free society ain't for the faint at heart. Land of the Free. Home of the scared.

    August 13, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Independent One

    It's hard to believe that Congressman Louie was once a judge

    August 13, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    This is just sad. From Gohmert's terror babies (it makes me giggle just to type this), to that idiot woman in Florida suggesting illegals be put in internment camps. Whatever happened to the GOP? And what in the hell are you who vote for them thinking? They scare you into voting for them (no matter how ridiculous), and pick your pockets (and mine) to boot. Get a clue!

    August 13, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Kate

    Unbelievable. Not just this guy's terrorist baby fantasy, but also all the posts supporting him. Do these people have no grip on reality?

    August 13, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. John Bernard

    Gohmert is another member of the lunatic fringe, extreme right wing, fear mongering Texas Republican party. She is the perfect example of what happens when one combines dim wit plus with bad makeup.

    August 13, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. B. Bear

    Just watched a clip of AC's interview with Ghomert, I was instantly reminded of Rep. Frank's retort to a similar right-wing whackjob last summer, "Debating you is like trying to debate a table." Unfortunately, the Republican party has been hijacked by these rude, rigid, mindliess, fear-mongering, and bigoted Borg drones.

    August 13, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. John Black Hills/SD

    We need to install a "stupidity filter" onto each and every member of the US Congress because this is nothing short of embarrassing. The GOP a party of flakes.

    August 13, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    And the crazy GOP finds even more ways to be crazy. Really?!? These fruit cakes are the same ones who brought the phony death panels. The entire GOP has no problem telling Americans out right lies. Why does the GOP hate America?

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 13, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Djinn

    If anyone is destroying our "way of life" it is the radical, redneck, southern, bigoted, bagger-kissing, mindless government wanna-bes like Gomer. Get a grip, people. It is time for this summer diversion to come to a screeching halt so America can get back to finishing the clean-up from the last eight year administration's attempt to put our children in political and economic servitude.

    August 13, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Someone watched The Manchurian Candidate one time too many!

    August 13, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Bill in CA.

    Wait until it happens...

    August 13, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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