Great Falls Tribune: Homeland Security Secretary plans visit to Havre, Great Falls

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to Great Falls, Sunburst and Havre next week to visit with Montana senators and law enforcement officials about Homeland Security’s efforts to secure the northern border.

Specific details of the trip haven’t been finalized, but a department news release said Napolitano will be in Montana Tuesday and Wednesday before flying to Chicago.

She will join Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Montana Democrats, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin in touring Customs and Border Protection operations. She also will meet with state, local and law enforcement officials and private stakeholders, the release states.

The suspended $8.5 million project to upgrade the Port of Whitetail border crossing in northeastern Montana will probably be a topic of conversation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agreed in early August to temporarily stop the project, which has been cited by some people as an example of a wasteful use of federal stimulus money.

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