Friday, February 27, 2009

President Obama Releases Top Line Budget Numbers for FY2010

Yesterday, President Obama released his top line budget numbers for fiscal year 2010.

While it's too early to offer a full analysis of how these figures will be allocated to individual programs/agencies that affect immigration, this is what we know as of now:

  • The overall budget request by the president for the Department of Homeland Security's discretionary spending is $42.7 billion. This is a 6.4% increase over last year's $40.1 billion appropriation.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will receive $1.4 billion for programs that focus on apprehending and deporting criminal aliens. It is not clear yet how this figure plays into ICE's overall discretionary spending. I will be watching these numbers, in particular, closely over the next couple of weeks to see how ICE funds are being allocated.
  • Customs and Border Patrol will receive $368 million within their existing funds to support 20,000 Border Patrol agents
  • The budget also includes $110 million to continue the expansion of the (problematic) E-Verify program.
The Department of Homeland Security's Funding Highlights report also states that "the Budget... supports strengthening the delivery of immigration services by streamlining and modernizing immigration application processes." However, the budget does not include a number of how much money will be dedicated to this process.

So, as I said, it's too early to make many judgments, comparisons, or analyzes with these numbers. But as I get more information, I will let you know.

1 comment:

  1. Taxing the rich at 100% won't pay for Obama's budget. The Wall Street Journal has reported that taxing the rich at 100% won't pay for Obama's budget. Barack Obama promised not to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000 per year. Where is he going to get the money? The numbers indicate Obama will need to take 100% of the income of everyone making over $75,000.