Obama administration plans an “index” of southwest border security

From Chron.com

The Obama administration is taking a new tack in an effort to blunt GOP criticism of security along the southwestern border and lay the groundwork for yet another bid for comprehensive immigration reform in time for the 2012 election.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled plans to develop an objective yardstick to “comprehensively and systematically” measure enforcement progress along the U.S. border with Mexico during testimony Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.

The planned “border security index” would help combat “false and unsupported claims” that the southwest border is “wracked by violence” and inundated by waves of so-called “spill over violence” from Mexico’s drug wars, said Napolitano, a former governor of the border state of Arizona.

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