President Obama's proposed FY2013 budget includes a very modest (0.5%) reduction of funds dedicated to immigration enforcement, or $191 million fewer dollars to spread around.
Here is what is proposed:
- Continuing current enforcement priorities against undocumented immigrants;
- Maintaining the number of Customs and Border Protection officers (21,186) and Border Patrol agents (21,370);
- Streamlining collection data from international travelers;
- Continuing E-Verify, and Systematic Alien Verification Entitlements (SAVE);
- Reducing the number of immigrant detainees; and
- Consolidating the US-Visit program with Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A coalition of Texas-border mayors, county judges and economic development association aren't happy about it.
Here is what Ramsey Cantu, Eagle Pass mayor and chairman of the Texas Boarder Coalition has to say: "we are extremely disappointed that the federal budget does not include additional resources for the Southern border crossings, and that security at these facilities remains a low priority for this Administration in the year to come.”
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