Homeland Security passes through AZ on tour of US-Mexico border

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Home Security Secretary John Kelly to the Grand Canyon State Thursday. (Source: @DougDucey via Twitter) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey welcomed Home Security Secretary John Kelly to the Grand Canyon State Thursday. (Source: @DougDucey via Twitter)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
New Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly smiles after he testified to a House committee on the Trump administration’s plans to secure the border and temporarily ban refugees to the U.S. (Source: Andres Guerra Luz/Cronkite News) New Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly smiles after he testified to a House committee on the Trump administration’s plans to secure the border and temporarily ban refugees to the U.S. (Source: Andres Guerra Luz/Cronkite News)
NOGALES, AZ (AP) -

A Southwest swing is taking Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to federal facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security said Kelly planned to discuss efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to improve security along the border while visiting Nogales, on Thursday and San Ysidro, CA on Friday.

[POWER OF 2 SPECIAL REPORT: 24 Hours on the Border]

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday posted on Twitter a photo of himself greeting Kelly before the visit to a Border Patrol station in Nogales.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton had a message for Kelly in a statement released Wednesday about the deportation of a Valley mother arrested for identity theft in 2008.

"Do much more than go to the border to stare at the fence and take photos," Stanton advised Kelly. "Take a much closer look around. Look at how immigration has benefited our state and our culture. Try to understand how closely our economy and that of Mexico are linked, and what will happen to our state if we lose 100,000 jobs tied to exports with Mexico and Latin America because of the President's antagonism. President Trump is tearing families apart, undermining public safety and will ultimately hurt our economy."

Kelly visited Texas last week.

[READ: Kelly vows to get local input as feds seek way to close southern border]

The retired Marine Corps general was confirmed by the Senate for his Cabinet position Jan. 20.

3TV and CBS 5 News contributed to this story

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