Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Thursday, April 21, 2005

CRAIG SUPPORTS INCREASED BORDER SECURITY

Senate adopts amendment to increase funds by nearly $400 million

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate adopted a measure today to increase border security funding by $389 million. Idaho Senator Larry Craig, a cosponsor of the original amendment with Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), was joined by 64 of his colleagues in approving the amendment to the Fiscal Year 2005 Supplemental Appropriations bill.

The Byrd-Craig amendment transfers funds from overseas Diplomatic and Consular Programs to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Detention and Removal Operations (DRO), and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), with the following breakdown:

Border Patrol - 650 Agents $237,183,000
ICE - 250 immigration investigators $ 42,000,000
ICE - 168 enforcement agents
and detention officers $ 20,000,000
DRO – 2,000 detention beds $ 66,000,000
UAVs (operated by the Border Patrol) $ 10,000,000
Federal Law Enforcement Training $ 14,430,000
$389,613,000

Craig stated, “This vote reflects Congress’ commitment to increase border security without busting our budget. 9/11 taught us a valuable lesson – we can’t leave our borders exposed. We also must be vigilant to ensure we don’t squander tax dollars, and these increases represent the best use of our limited resources.

“Immigration reform involves three important goals – identifying undocumented workers in the country, improving our guest worker programs, and increasing border security. Today’s vote is one step toward further securing our border.”

For more information on Senator Craig’s immigration reform proposals, please visit http://craig.senate.gov.

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