Local members of Congress have mixed feelings about the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is leaving after five years on the job to become the President of the University of California.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board the Texas-Mexico border is a lot safer than it was when Napolitano joined the Obama Administration in 2009. She was previously the Democratic Governor of Arizona.
"We certainty have more Border Patrol than any time," Cuellar said. "We certainly have more technology than any time."
U.S Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) disagreed.
"She has not made it more secure, because under this administration, worksite enforcement is down 75%, those are jobs that should be going to American unemployed workers, not to people who are here illegally," Smith said.
Smith said under Napolitano, the Administration has a 'mixed report card.'
"She has gotten more Border Patrol agents, but in other areas, they have either ignored immigration laws or not enforced them."
Both Smith and Cuellar said the person who is appointed by President Obama to succeed Napolitano will focus on border security.
"The Secretary has said the border is more secure than it's ever been, although we have had witnesses who say that is not the case," Smith said. "I hope her successor will be realistic in the need to secure the border."
Smith gave Napolitano credit for 'trying to secure the border,' but said there are still a half million people entering the country illegally each year.
Cuellar said he hopes Napolitano's successor does a better job in working with Republicans. Cuellar faulted her for not being more bipartisan.
"Once she got rebuffed by the Republicans, her attitude was, the Republicans don't want to work with us, so that's it," he said.