February 21, 2013
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Tom Carper (D-DE) toured U.S. border facilities in Nogales, AZ, on Feb. 19, touting its increased security.
“Today, we traveled to Nogales, Arizona to see the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) border security operations at the Southwest border and on-going efforts to secure the border, while facilitating lawful travel and trade,” said Napolitano and Carper in a joint statement. “We participated in an aerial tour of the U.S.-Mexico border, visited the Mariposa Port of Entry, and met with the men and women who serve on the frontlines to protect our nation’s borders.”
The tour, which was closed to the media, included behind-closed-doors meetings with local officials. Local media reporters who tracked Napolitano’s visit, said the secretary and Carper met with about 30 people, including, Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino, the city’s manager, deputy city manager, police chief, as well as a member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. U.S. Rep. Ron Barber was also part of the meeting, said reports. Discussions apparently centered around ways to improve trade and bolster security.