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Updated Feb 20, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Arizona wants new border intelligence center

PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers want to erect a new border intelligence center
in the state’s latest foray into the national immigration debate.

A House committee advanced a bill Wednesday that seeks to establish a joint
operations intelligence unit to coordinate state and federal law enforcement
agencies working along the border.

The center would work closely with U.S. Border Patrol agents and local law
enforcement officials.

Proponents say they want to create a drug-free zone along the border that would
also target human trafficking.

They say the center would be based on the Rangers, the top criminal
investigators in Texas. Texas recently sent small teams of Rangers to remote
border locations to deter drug traffickers.

Arizona already has an illegal immigration prevention team that assists in
crimes associated with human smuggling.

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