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US Senate panel to focus on border security

A U.S. Senate committee will hold a hearing Tuesday morning in Washington that will focus on the government’s plans for securing the Southwest border and the potential for spillover violence from Mexico’s drug war.

In the past, state and local officials have said the federal government hasn’t done enough to combat smuggling and related violence, leaving communities vulnerable to a litany of crimes committed by traffickers and a heavy bill from the social costs of a porous border.

Speakers at the hearing will include Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, Mayor Octavio Garcia Van-Borstel of Nogales, Ariz., and Mayor Jose Angel Hernandez Barajas of the Mexico border town of Nogales.

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