President George W. Bush and Senate backers of the bill said they had failed to convince Americans the border would be secure, and said that must happen before Congress tried again.
Asked Wednesday when the border might finally be secure, Miss Napolitano did not answer directly, instead saying officials will never completely “seal” the border from all activity, including trade.
“The notion that you’re going to somehow seal the border and only at that point are you going to discuss immigration reform — that is not an answer,” she said.
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