Napolitano to visit S Texas for border briefing

February 16, 2012 8:19:49 AM PST
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit South Texas next week to review Customs and Border Protection operations.

Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler says Napolitano will be in McAllen on Monday and Tuesday. She will receive briefings and observe efforts to secure the border.

The former Arizona governor also will meet with state and local law enforcement officials. Acting CBP Commissioner David Aguilar will join Napolitano.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been a vocal critic of the commitment to border security from President Barack Obama's administration, saying more needs to be done.

On Monday, a coalition of Texas border mayors, county administrators and economic development agencies criticized Obama's latest budget proposal for not including enough money to upgrade operations at ports of entry on the border.