reply to post by DaddyBare
The claims in that blog article would, if true, be evidence of a total lack of political and common sense. Since nobody gets to be President without a
heaping amount of political sense, the story just doesn't have the ring of authenticity.
And Lo! and behold!: The claim is bogus.
In 2007, discretionary spending on border security was $6.3 billion. As (U.S. Rep. Mike) Pence (of Indiana) noted, that was the last year of full
Republican control. After that, while George W. Bush remained in the presidency, Congress was controlled by Democrats. But discretionary spending on
border security continued to rise year after year. It went to $7.9 billion in 2008; to $9.8 billion in 2009; and to $10.1 billion in fiscal year 2010.
President Barack Obama's proposed 2011 budget calls for a slight decrease in discretionary spending on border security, but even at the proposed
level of $9.8 billion, that's a 55 percent increase between 2007 and 2011
...Spending under the budget heading "border security, fencing, infrastructure and technology" has gone down -- from $1.2 billion in 2007 to $800
million this fiscal year. Obama's proposed 2011 budget calls for trimming the fence budget again, to $574 million.
Funding for new border fencing surged in 2007 and 2008 after Republicans passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which called for the construction of
hundreds of miles of new border fencing. Much of that fencing has been completed.
The other major piece of the fencing budget is the so-called "virtual border fence" championed by Bush. Earlier this year, the Department of
Homeland Security announced it was freezing funding for the "virtual border fence" along the U.S. Mexican border. The virtual fence -- which
includes cameras, radar and ground sensors to detect illegal border crossings -- has been plagued by cost overruns, missed deadlines and technical
bugs, such as the radar motion detector being unable to distinguish between humans and animals crossing the border. The program had gotten several
dreadful reviews from the Government Accountability Office.
...The 2011 proposed budget, for example, includes $94 million to expand the number of Customs and Border Patrol officers
-- putting the
country on target to reach Bush's goal of 20,000 officers. Between 2007 and 2011, the Border Patrol budget increased from $2.3 billion to $3.6
billion. The budget for inspections at ports of entry increased from $1.8 billion in 2007 to $2.9 billion in 2011
. In addition, Obama's
proposed 2011 budget calls for $1.6 billion for customs enforcement programs to identify and remove illegal aliens who commit crimes
$137 million to expand immigration-related verification programs
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
So yes, there is less money for the physical fence because it is almost complete and the virtual fence, which wasn't working, could not be made to
work, and was a complete waste of money, was scrapped. That is hardly a justification for a soft on border security charge.
And funding for more Border Patrol Officers and more validation and deportation of criminals doesn't equate to moving services to non-border cities
If you object to the Administration's policies, by all means express your problem with those policies. But please do some rudimentary fact checking
before you repeat rumors with no basis in reality.