February 7, 2006

FORTUNATELY, WE'RE CHEAPER THAN WE ARE NATIVIST:

Border plan swells budget: Bush wants billions more to secure crossing (Mike Madden, Feb. 7, 2006 , Arizona Republic)

Spending on the two main border and immigration agencies, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would go up by $1.3 billion, an increase of nearly 14 percent.

That includes $317 million to hire, train and equip 1,500 new Border Patrol agents, as well as $41 million for about 200 new ICE agents to investigate employers who break laws against hiring undocumented workers.

The budget would devote almost $300 million to construction of 6,700 new detention beds, allowing officials to process 100,000 more immigrants caught entering the country illegally, and $94 million to return them to their home countries quickly.

An additional $135 million would expand the databases used by local law enforcement, social service agencies and employers to check whether immigrants are authorized to be in the United States. That could help enforce state laws like Proposition 200 intended to prevent undocumented immigrants from getting state benefits or voting.

Bush wants to spend $100 million on new sensors, cameras and surveillance equipment deployed on the border. In western Arizona, an additional $51 million would go to build 39 miles of vehicle barriers designed to stop people from driving over the border illegally. Two ports of entry, in Nogales and San Luis, would get a total of $51 million for upgrades and new construction.


We aren't ever going to spend the money or requisition the manpower that just pretending to close the borders would require.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2006 2:35 PM
Comments

Get the Senate to agree on building the 700 mi fence that the House approved last year.

Posted by: Gideon at February 7, 2006 4:57 PM

$1.3 billion is "swelling" the budget???

In whose world?

Posted by: Sandy P at February 7, 2006 5:12 PM
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