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President Obama congratulates Ensign Patrick George Bennett III, grandson of Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon (second from right), chief White House usher, as Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security, looks on at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London, Conn., on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano tells a Senate hearing on Southwest border security progress that she has asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection to come up with another way to measure the true state of security along the border.

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** FILE ** Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano speaks in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Napolitano says security on the southern U.S. border is better than ever and that violence from neighbor Mexico hasn't spilled over in a serious way. Secretary Napolitano was joined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin and Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez. (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Ruben R. Ramirez)

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When a Republican lawmaker took issue Wednesday with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's assessment of proposed funding levels, she noted the "strong difference of opinion." (Associated Press)

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"Many kinds of violent motivations threaten our security," said Janet Napolitano, defending her department's actions to Republicans on the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, listens to a reporter's question during an NFL Super Bowl Security news conference, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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First lady Michelle Obama watches as astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, hugs Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., at a memorial service for victims of Saturday's shootings. (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric Holder, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, speaks Thursday at the Justice Department in Washington following an U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting. (Associated Press)

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Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security

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In this Nov. 15, 2010, photo, Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole, right, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left, speaks to the media during a press conference to kick off the holiday travel season at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Nov. 15, 2010, photo, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole, right, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left, speaks to the media during a news conference to kick off the holiday travel season at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. Pistole told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 16, that passengers who refuse to go through a whole-body scanner machine and get a pat-down won't be allowed on planes, even if they turned down the in-depth screening for religious reasons.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW FOCUS: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says her department is trying to use its limited resources to deport illegal immigrants with long criminal records.

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Barack Obama prepare to leave the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, after Obama signed the Southwest Border Security Bill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano watches as President Barack Obama signs the Southwest Border Security Bill, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano shakes hands with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, after he signed the Southwest Border Security Bill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano watches as President Barack Obama signs the Southwest Border Security Bill on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano leaves a private meeting with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer at the annual meeting of the National Governors Association on Sunday, July 11, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks with a reporter about her meeting with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at the annual meeting of the National Governors Association on Sunday, July 11, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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From left, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Intelligence Reform. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. is creating contingency plans to respond to a border threat should Mexico fail in its war against drug cartels. (Associated Press)