New head of Homeland Security to visit Southern Arizona - Tucson News Now

New head of Homeland Security to visit Southern Arizona

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Recent violence along the Arizona – Mexico border has forced the U.S. Consulate to send out a warning, stating there could be further violence in the area, just ahead of a visit from the head of Homeland Security.

The most recent shootout, just across the border in Agua Prieta, Mexico happened on the evening of January 20. 

Today the head of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson will be in both Douglas and Tucson to understand more on what the situation along the border really is.

Secretary Johnson will begin his day in Douglas with a tour of the border, then he will head to Tucson for a round of meetings at the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol. 

On Tuesday Johnson was visiting McAllen, Texas to find out more on their Homeland Security operations, he toured their facilities, as well as traveled with agents patrolling the Rio Grande and visited a local detention center. 

Secretary Johnson will discuss in his Arizona visits the problem of illegal border crossings and how to better protect the border.  He stated a continuing need to evaluate whether more resources are needed for security. 

As part of his visit to the Tucson area, Secretary Johnson is expected to hold a press conference later this afternoon to discuss his tour of Douglas and border security. 

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