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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, shown here in a file photo, defended local-federal “fusion centers” against a critical Senate report that she called “wrong and misleading by omission.” Napolitano said the centers provide a real boost to counterterrorism efforts.

Arizona police agencies were among those singled out in a two-year Senate committee investigation that found “widespread deficiencies” in a Homeland Security Department program that officials have touted for years as a centerpiece in U.S. counterterrorism efforts. Read more»

People wait to cross the border at the Nogales Port of Entry in fall 2010.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce laid out a coordinated border plan Wednesday that calls for combined improvements in infrastructure, security, immigration policies and trade, instead of the current piecemeal approach. Read more»