Homeland Security budget adds border agents and supports path to citizenship

The Department of Homeland Security would receive $38.2 billion in non-disaster funding under President Obama’s budget proposal, which would reduce spending for the organization by nearly 3 percent compared to the 2014 enacted level but roughly the same as it was in 2013.

(Ross D. Franklin/AP)
(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Obama’s fiscal plan calls for 4,000 additional Customs and Border Protection officers, as well as $549 million to protect federal computer networks from cybersecurity threats,  $1 billion in assistance to state and local governments for firefighters and emergency-management personnel and $10 million to help immigrants on the path to citizenship.

The budget blueprint also calls for $6.8 billion in disaster-relief funding, $3 billion for “major asset acquisitions” that would include a new Coast Guard cutter and $124 million to expand and bolster the government’s E-Verify system that allows employers to confirm the employment eligibility of job seekers.

The White House has estimated that the Transportation Security Administration could save $100 million next year with increased use of its Pre-Check program, which allows expedited screening for low-risk travelers. The Obama administration wants to invest those savings in other areas of Homeland Security.

More than 35 percent of the traveling public currently use the Pre-Check program, according to the White House.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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