Trump Budget Beefs Up DHS, Border Security Priorities

 President Donald Trump;  Photo: Joe Raedle

President Donald Trump; Photo: Joe Raedle

On Thursday morning President Donald Trump released his Fiscal Year 2017 budget appropriations request and it included significant spending increases for defense and homeland security.

Specifically, the president's budget request adds an additional $3 billion toward "implementation of my [Trump's] executive orders on border security and immigration enforcement."

That represents a 6.8 percent increase in the DHS budget.

Of the $3 billion requested, $1.4 billion will be used for "CBP Procurement, Construction, and Improvements, including $999 million for planning, design, and construction of the first installment of the border wall..."

An additional $1.15 billion will be used "to pay for detention, transportation, and removal of illegal aliens, and for alternatives to detention."

Other funding would be used to provide for the hiring of additional Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) officers as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. 

Additionally, $5 million is added "to support the expansion of the Section 287(g) Program;" a program designed to provide collaboration between state and local law enforcement and their federal counterparts to allow for state and local law enforcement participation in the enforcement of federal immigration law.

President Trump's budget request indicates a desire to immediately move forward with his campaign pledge to implement a stronger, more secure border.


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