Napolitano to visit southern Arizona on Friday

Napolitano to visit southern Arizona on Friday

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - 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.

Related story: Napolitano tours Arizona border near Mexico (Feb. 19)

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