Napolitano to talk immigration before Senate panel

Erica Werner, Associated Press
Associated Press
Napolitano to talk immigration before Senate panel

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, questions a panel of witnesses during the committee's hearing on immigration reform after a bipartisan group of senators agreed last week on legislation that would dramatically remake the U.S. immigration system, Monday, April 22, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee's ranking member; Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and Schumer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican senators skeptical of new immigration legislation and of the Obama administration's record on border security are getting a chance to question Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (neh-pahl-ih-TAN'-oh).

Napolitano was appearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its third hearing on a bipartisan immigration bill that aims to strengthen border security, improve legal immigration and create a path to citizenship for some 11 million people here illegally.

She originally was scheduled to appear last Friday but that was canceled because of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Napolitano's appearance comes after a daylong hearing Monday that exposed deep divisions on the immigration bill, with Republicans arguing it does too little on border security and some also saying the measure should be re-examined in light of the events in Boston.