Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar and Acting Director of Detention and Removal Operations John Torres at an Operational Briefing on the Secure Border Initiative [February 9, 2006] [open pdf - 39KB]
This briefing reviews the Secure Border Initiative, how it has progressed, things that the Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol are pleased with, and things that need improvement. The President's Fiscal Year '07 Budget underscores the President's commitment to securing the borders and that involves not only apprehensions at the border, but detention, removal, and more vigorous worksite enforcement. The Budget, as a whole, reflects a six percent increase in funding for the Department of Homeland Security and a 36 percent increase in gross discretionary funding for DHS since 2003. More particularly, as it relates to the issue of the border, we're proposing to add over $458 million to add 1500 additional border patrol agents in Fiscal Year '07.
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