Department of Homeland Security Appropriations For Fiscal Year 2008, Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, March 8, 2007
United States. Government Printing Office
From the opening statement of Robert C. Byrd. "You manage a department that employs over 192,000 dedicated men and women. These workers serve on the front lines. The front lines, securing our ports and waterways, securing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws, protecting the 600 million flyers who use our airports each year, and responding to disasters. I commend them for their dedication, and their service to preserving our freedoms and securing our homeland. Two years ago, Senator Craig and I, with support from Chairman Gregg offered an amendment to begin the process of hiring and training a significant number of border patrol agents, and immigration investigators. Despite opposition from the White House, the funds for enhanced border security were enacted into law. Since 2004, on a bipartisan basis, we have increased the number of border patrol agents by 4,000, the number of immigration enforcement personnel by 1,373, and the number of detention beds by 9,150. So, Mr. Secretary, I'm pleased that the President's budget for fiscal year 2008 includes significant additional resources for improving security at our borders. Regrettably, the President's budget did not commit significant resources to other known vulnerabilities in this country. The administration continues to attempt to secure the Nation on the cheap. In every State of the Union address since the attacks on 9/11, the President has raised the specter of another attack." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. Byrd, Michael Chertoff, Thad Cochran, Pete V. Domenici, Mary L. Landrieu, Frank R. Lautenberg, Barbara A. Mikulski, Patty Murray, Ben Nelson, and Richard C. Shelby.

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