Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano was talking immigration reform and border security during a stop in Houston Thursday.
Despite claims by Governor Rick Perry and others that the federal government has failed to secure the border, Napolitano insists the numbers don't lie.
"Having worked that border for 20 years, it is more secure now than it has ever been," she told reporters. "Illegal apprehensions are at 40-year lows, drug seizures are at highs."
Texas Senator John Cornyn meanwhile issued a response to Napolitano's visit arguing wide gaps in security still remain, allowing scores of individuals to cross into the U.S. illegally.
"We have a huge operation going on now in the south Rio Grande Valley and in Texas overall, just as we do along the entire southwest border," Napolitano said. "When you actually look at the numbers, its record numbers of manpower and technology, and by the way, total air coverage which we never had before."
Napolitano's visit comes as President Obama pushes Congress to take up the issues of border security and immigration reform in Washington. She'll travel to Arizona Friday.