New Homeland Security Secretary to Visit Montana

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The incoming secretary of homeland security has agreed to visit Montana’s northern border at the urging of Sen. Jon Tester.

Janet Napolitano is currently the governor of Arizona. During a confirmation hearing Thursday in Washington, she told Tester she will visit the northern border.

Democrat Tester is a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Last year, he asked the Department of Homeland Security to examine weaknesses and vulnerabilities along the nation’s nearly 4,000-mile border with Canada. But the Government Accountability Office later said the DHS report was insufficient.

Tester pressed Napolitano about the issue during Thursday’s confirmation hearing. Napolitano replied by saying she plans to visit the border.