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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Visit to New York

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Location: New York, NY

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to New York where she met with business community leaders to discuss the need for commonsense immigration reform, which is critical to our nation's economic health and prosperity.

"Over the past few months, I have heard from many business leaders about how critical immigration is to businesses. We all recognize our current immigration system is broken--it isn't working for businesses, workers, or our economy--and we all agree that it is time to fix it," said Secretary Napolitano. "We need a 21st century immigration system--one that helps businesses continue to grow our economy."

During the meeting with leaders from the business community, Secretary Napolitano discussed the need for critical changes to the legal immigration in order to help business grow our economy by providing the skilled workers this country needs.

Secretary Napolitano also highlighted this Administration's dedication of historic levels of personnel, technology, and resources to the Southwest border, noting that while challenges will always remain, every metric used to measure border security shows significant progress and improved quality of life in border communities. Commonsense immigration reform will build on this historic progress, enhancing border security, facilitating lawful trade and travel, reuniting families and promoting economic growth.

While in New York, Secretary Napolitano also joined Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan to tour the ongoing rebuilding and recovery efforts, in response to Hurricane Sandy.

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