Napolitano visits Tucson Border Patrol, press not invited
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with Border Patrol agents in Tucson on Monday in a series of events to which the media were not invited.
Napolitano attended a series of briefings on the recently established Joint Field Command at the Tucson Border Patrol Station.
Although Napolitano's visit to a Border Patrol station in Texas on Tuesday received press coverage, reporters were not told of her Tucson trip until after it had taken place.
A Homeland Security spokeswoman wouldn't comment over the phone, and the agency did not reply to emailed questions on why the press was not invited to cover Napolitano's Tucson visit.
Local officials weren't told to contact the press, said Agent Mario Escalante, a Border Patrol spokesman.
"She was in and out," he said. "She does a lot of events along the Southwest border."
According to an after-the-fact press release by Customs and Border Protection, Napolitano and Acting CBP Commissioner David Aguilar were briefed on joint border enforcement operations and intelligence gathering, and toured the post's surveillance camera and radar command center.
The former Arizona governor also addressed a muster of Border Patrol agents, CBP officers and Air interdiction agents, the press release said.