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Napolitano to visit southern Arizona on Friday

TUCSON, Ariz. — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other
federal officials will be in southern Arizona on Friday to inspect security
operations along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Homeland Security Department says Napolitano, National Drug Control Policy
Director Gil Kerlikowske and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting
Commission Thomas Winkowski plan to visit Douglas and Tucson.

During the visit, the officials will be meeting with state and local law
enforcement.

Earlier this week, the Homeland Security Department said it was re-evaluating
plans to furlough border agents and cut overtime because of the automatic
federal government spending cuts.

Napolitano had previously said the forced budget cuts would mean the equivalent
of losing about 5,000 border patrol agents.

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