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For more than two years, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials have been warning that the dramatic rise in violence along the southwest border could spread and eventually target U.S. citizens. The violence posed what the officials called a “serious threat” to law enforcement officers, first responders and residents along the 1,951-mile border.

Ms. Napolitano said the security of the border communities “strengthens the prosperity of the region.”

“We all agree that the challenges at the border are real but so is the progress we’ve made over the last two years,” she said. “I’m proud to join with our border communities in spreading the word that the Southwest border is, indeed, open for business.”

But the NBPC, in its statement, said, “The U.S.-Mexico border is unsafe and to say anything else is not true.”