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Vice President Mike Pence to visit Border Patrol station in Arizona following DHS shakeup

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 4/10/2019 Ronald J. Hansen
Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Doug Ducey tour a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration facility in the Phoenix area on March 5, 2019. © Nick Oza/The Republic Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Doug Ducey tour a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration facility in the Phoenix area on March 5, 2019.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit the U.S. Border Patrol station in Nogales, Arizona, on Thursday, marking his second trip to the state in as many months.

The trip comes amid President Donald Trump's shakeup of the Department of Homeland Security and renewed interest in a crackdown on immigrants entering the U.S., even those seeking asylum.

Trump visited Calexico, California, last week to inspect a border fence that is being upgraded this year. 

Pence last visited Arizona in early March, first touting the economy to the National Association of Manufacturers, and later in an inspection of a Phoenix-area warehouse operated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Immigration and border security are expected to be central issues in Trump's reelection efforts, and Arizona is widely viewed as a state that both parties will be fighting for in 2020.

Pence will be briefed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and will tour the border wall, according to White House officials.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Vice President Mike Pence to visit Border Patrol station in Arizona following DHS shakeup

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