Obama Budget Would Reduce Some Border Security Programs


The Obama administration is proposing to scale back some border security programs set up after the 9/11 attacks and step up aviation security after the attempted Christmas bombing, reports USA Today. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), the top Republican on the House panel handling the Homeland Security Department budget, says border security funding in Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget is “woefully inadequate” and “as dangerous as it is indefensible.”

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says her department’s $56.3 billion budget for next year, up 2 percent, increases security across the board. The Border Patrol, which doubled to 20,000 agents during the Bush years, would lose 180 through attrition. A “virtual” fence of pole cameras and sensors aimed at illegal immigrants, drug smugglers, and terrorists on the U.S.-Mexican border, faces a $225 million cut from $800 million.

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