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.
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.