Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is expected to inspect border security operations in San Diego today as part of a two-day tour that will end in El Paso, Texas.
In both cities, Napolitano will meet with state and local officials to discuss efforts to secure the border while facilitating lawful trade and travel, according to a Department of Homeland Security statement.
The visits come on the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will push for immigration reform to create a pathway to citizenship for people currently living in the country illegally.
In response to the Obama’s plan, Republicans have said they want the government to certify that the border is fully secure before any reform takes place.
After her two-day trip, which ends Tuesday, Napolitano will join White House policy director Cecilia Munoz and law enforcement officials from around the country to talk about Obama’s plan, the Los Angeles Times reported.