Skip to comments.Bush budget scraps 9,790 border patrol agents
Posted on 02/09/2005 2:07:18 PM PST by 4.1O dana super trac pak
Washington - The law signed by President Bush less than two months ago to add thousands of border patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border has crashed into the reality of Bush's austere federal budget proposal, officials said Tuesday.
Officialy approved by Bush on Dec. 17 after extensive bickering in Congress, the National Intelligence Reform Act included the requirement to add 10,000 border patrol agents in the five years beginning with 2006. Roughly 80 percent of the agents were to patrol the southern U.S. border from Texas to California, along which thousands of people cross into the United States illegally each year.
But Bush's proposed 2006 budget, revealed Monday, funds only 210 new border agents.
The shrunken increase reflects the lack of money for an army of border guards and the capacity to train them, officials said.
The law signed by Bush had a caveat that went virtually unreported at the time. A summary, published by the Senate Government Affairs Committee, required the government to increase the number of border agents by at least 2,00 per year, "subject to available appropiations."
Democrats were unhappy that the proposed budget used the escape clause so soon after the president approved the huge boost in border agents.
Some Republicans were also displeased.
"This is an area of homeland security that needs to be ramped up in order to increase surveillance and patrols of our nation's vast and often remote borders," said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, chair of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
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Well, I know what Michael Savage will be talking about tonight.
My thoughts, exactly!
I thought is was 2ooo, not 10000, besides, it's not FY2008 yet. And since when has the congress approved a Presidential budget, not that I can remember.
We could compensate for this loss by letting the civilian groups pick up the slack, won't happen.
Is there also a lack of money for an army of able-bodied welfare spongers?
100 million for the Polish army, squat for Americans on the border.
If they want cheap, pay volunteer per diem to patrol and watch the border.
Volunteers with airplanes or Pilots Licenses.
Libs are trying to create a split between people like Rush limbuagh and Buchanon crowd and the rest of us.
I think it is more then clear that the socialization of America is the greatest threat to liberty. Tax relief, school choice, abolition of SS and Medicaid are all much , much, much more important.
You don't have to add agents if youuse the military already on the payroll.
We sure don't want them unhappy, now do we?
why do you say the libs are trying to split us?....seems like Bush's immigration reform is spliting many of us on it's own......I'm betting he will bend to stronger border control enforcement before this is over
maybe it is time for a "We are Doomed" thread"
Look on the bright side, a head of Lettuce should get below a dollar again.
Bush didn't cut anything. The federal government uses a 5 year budget plan. My calender says it's still 2005. More deceitful and deceptive media reporting.
"Tax relief, school choice, abolition of SS and Medicaid are all much , much, much more important."
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