Thursday, April 28, 2005

Security is Job 2!

Right after making sure the budget is a reasonable size, and we don't have to consider repealing the Bush Tax cuts. At least that's what I get from Joel Mowbray's latest article on border security.
DHS, in fact, has little control over the overall number of people who can be physically held pending removal or deportation hearings — because it has very few places to hold them: Only 19,400 beds for the entire country (down from 23,000 just last year).

Congress thought it had solved this problem. Last year’s intelligence bill called for 40,000 new beds — 8,000 per year from 2006 through 2010. Lawmakers also authorized adding 800 agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the DHS agency with the sole authority for detaining illegals.

When President Bush put forward his budget this year, however, both items got the shaft. Bush’s spending blueprint calls for only 1,920 new beds and just 143 additional ICE agents — a fifth of what Congress dictated.
Well, there it is. I guess protecting his wealthy supporters wallets is more important than protecting America's borders.

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