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. RSB

    Have the Republicans lost their collective mind? Do they have a collective mind?

    August 13, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Don in WI

    Where are the members getting their statistics? A good number of Muslim people truly peace-loving, God-fearing, law abiding people. And the last time that I checked, a large percentage of people from Mexico are Catholic! Let's get our facts straight; then, we must start loving one another like brothers and sisters should! Maybe, we should look out for whatever violent crap the Christian right-wing is concocting!

    August 13, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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