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Phoenix, Tucson losing homeland security money

Phoenix is losing $3 million in federal grant money designed to help urban areas respond to and prevent terrorist attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security’s funding for the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant has been reduced as part of a larger budget cut that eliminated more than $780 million in grant money from the latest federal budget.

Dozens of cities nationwide, including Phoenix and Tucson, will either see reduced funding from the grant or be cut off from receiving any money at all.

Tucson officials say the $4.5 million the region had been receiving was partly used for training and exercises.

Last year, Phoenix received nearly $11 million from the grant. A spokeswoman for Phoenix’s Office of Emergency Management tells The Arizona Republic the city’s allocation will fall to $7.7 million.

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  1. Of course Obama. Allow all the illegals to swarm over the border so they become voting Democrats.

    The problem is that over 129 different nationalities were caught last year and one of them is going to turn into a suicide bomber-in Tucson or Phoenix.

    Hey, taxpayers! Let’s all renounce our citizenship on one day….move temporarily to Nogales (only takes one in family) or Algodones, etc. then return over the border. Free housing forever (Section 8 is forever), free education and state tutition (locals have to pay for us), free medical care. Obama’s federal guidelines give priority to hispanics (and blacks) for construction, real estate (bulk REO’s), and state, local, and federal jobs. Don’t have to pay taxes. Sweet!

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