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Janet Napolitano's Replacement, Jeh Johnson, to Tour the Border in Arizona



While Janet Napolitano is doing whatever it is that she does now as president of the University of California system, her replacement as secretary of Homeland Security is taking a trip to Arizona.

Jeh Johnson, who was confirmed as secretary last month, is taking a tour of the border starting Tuesday.

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"On January 21-22, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will travel to McAllen, Texas, and Douglas and Tucson, Arizona to tour border operations, receive briefings on the department's efforts to secure the border while facilitating lawful travel and trade, and meet with state and local law enforcement officials and other stakeholders," a DHS statement says. "More details on the trip will be released once they are finalized."

What exactly Johnson's deal is on the immigration front isn't exactly clear. (With record numbers of deportations, it wasn't difficult to find out what Napo's deal was.)

He did make some vague comments in a letter to Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, obtained by the Huffington Post, wherein Johnson says he's not a fan of goals or quotas for deportations -- such as the quotas utilized under Napolitano's reign.

Johnson also said he favors immigration-reform legislation.

No other details have been released on his trip to Arizona and Texas.

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