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Napolitano to Mexican Cartels: 'Don't Even Think About It'

PHoto Courtesy - Getty Images(EL PASO, Texas) -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was talking tough about border security issues in a speech she delivered Monday at the University of Texas at El Paso.

She sent a clear message to Mexican drug cartels: "Don't even think about bringing your violence....across this border," she said.

While Napolitano says American border communities are safe, she has a clear warning for cartels on the other side of the border.

"You will be met by an overwhelming response. And we’re going to continue to work with our partners in Mexico to dismantle and defeat you," she said.

“We are deeply concerned about the drug cartel violence taking place in Mexico. We know that these drug organizations are seeking to undermine the rule of law in Northern Mexico and that we must guard against spillover effects into the United States. Nonetheless, it is inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control. This statement -- often made only to score political points -- is just plain wrong,” Napolitano said in the speech.

In her speech Napolitano also briefly addressed her decision to scrap the "virtual fence" that was announced earlier this month.

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