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Fox News "Fox & Friends" Interview With Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano - Homeland Security Issues

Interviewer: Gretchen Carlson

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MS. CARLSON: After taking office, President Obama has signed executive orders to close Gitmo and eliminate harsh interrogation techniques, but will these changes help keep America safe?

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano joins me live now.

Good to see you, Secretary.

SEC. NAPOLITANO: Good morning.

MS. CARLSON: So let's talk a little bit about these things.

Obama, the first thing he did -- the president -- was to sign that executive order to close Gitmo. How will this administration handle issues like homeland security differently from President Bush?

SEC. NAPOLITANO: Our number one goal is to keep America safe and we do that through a variety of means. It's protection of our borders; it's protection of our infrastructure; protection of our people. And we literally have thousands of people across the United States at the federal, state and local level training to do just that.

MS. CARLSON: So many people want to know what your policies will be about illegal immigration as well when it comes to homeland security. Of course, you hail from the great state of Arizona where this issue was in the forefront. What will you tell the American public right now about what your role will be with illegal immigration?

SEC. NAPOLITANO: Well, I think on illegal immigration our goal is to make sure that illegal immigrants are not entering the country. And there's a variety of ways to do that. Some, I think, are effective; some, I think, are just political window dressing. I want to help eliminate the window dressing and really focus on what's effective.

At the same time, we want to look at the processes that are available under law for those who are entitled to be in the country; who are entitled to become citizens. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants and we want to be open to the world on that score as well.

So we really have both sides of the immigration equation: the enforcement of the law to keep illegal immigrants out; but the enforcement of the law as well to help those who are in our country legally become citizens.

MS. CARLSON: Secretary Napolitano, I do have to ask you about the Super Bowl, because obviously, you're rooting for the Cardinals -- being from Arizona -- I think.

SEC. NAPOLITANO: Obviously.

MS. CARLSON: But what about the security there? We don't know of any specific threats, but no doubt since 9/11 we always pay extra close attention to big events like this.

SEC. NAPOLITANO: Well, we do. And actually, last year Arizona hosted a Super Bowl while I was governor, so I'm very, very familiar with all of the security precautions taken at such a large event. All of those things are happening in Florida now in preparation for the big game.

And as we look forward to a great Cardinals victory -- which we are -- we're also making sure that the security precautions are taken.

MS. CARLSON: All right. Well, congratulations on your new role as secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, former governor the Cardinal state. We'll see how they do on Sunday. Thanks so much.

SEC. NAPOLITANO: All right. Thank you a lot.


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