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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 1:35 pm | Updated: 2:14 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

EL PASO, Texas — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she will increase enforcement along the border to prevent drug-fueled violence from spilling in from Mexico.

Speaking Tuesday at a conference in El Paso, Texas, she announced $30 million for the Operation Stonegarden program to fight border violence in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. That's in addition to $60 million announced in June.

Drug violence has killed more than 11,000 people in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006. Yet the mayors of San Diego and Tucson, Ariz., told the secretary that crime is down in their cities.

The mayor of McAllen, Texas, Richard Cortez, says violent crime has escalated in small, rural areas. Napolitano says she will follow up with him.

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