Secretary Napolitano tours U.S.-Mexico border

April 05, 2013

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says federal budget cuts may not hit border security as hard as she previously thought. 

Napolitano met with law enforcement and business leaders in Houston Thursday. She said a new budget from Congress should reduce the need to cut overtime or furlough agents working on the U.S.-Mexico border -- and that the number of border agents should be back to normal when the 2014 fiscal year budget goes into effect.

Napolitano previously warned sequestration would mean the equivalent of losing about 5,000 border agents.

Today, the Secretary’s set to visit Douglas and Tucson, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski and National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, who met with a group of Arizona mayors yesterday.

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