POSTED: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 10:23am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 10:28am
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Three members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to increase the Border Patrol's presence in the Boot Heel of New Mexico.
The area is about 10 miles from an Arizona ranch where a rancher was shot to death over the weekend.
U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Rep. Harry Teague, say Napolitano's agency needs to take more security steps. They urged a forward operating station for the Border Patrol in the Boot Heel. Such outposts put agents closer to the international border. Teague - whose district includes the border area - says a station in the Antelope Wells area would better protect people and property.
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