Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today unveiled the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) $57.0 billion fiscal year 2012 budget request – prioritizing efforts to protect the Nation from terrorism and other threats while making an unprecedented commitment to fiscal discipline, including the identification of over $800 million in efficiency and administrative savings.
Napolitano identified the six budget priorities: preventing terrorism, securing and managing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws, security cyberspace and ensuring resilience to natural disasters.
This budget request continues the Administration’s historic border security efforts by supporting 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 21,186 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at our ports of entry – both all time highs. This budget also funds the continued deployment of proven, effective surveillance technology along the highest trafficked areas of the Southwest Border.
DHS is focused on smart and effective enforcement of U.S. immigration laws while streamlining and facilitating the legal immigration process. In FY 2012, the Department will continue prioritizing the identification and removal of criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety and targeting employers who knowingly and repeatedly break the law.
This budget request enables U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to fund 33,400 detention beds, remove more than 200,000 criminal aliens, and deploy Secure Communities to 96% of all jurisdictions nationally in FY 2012, while promoting adherence to worksite-related laws through criminal prosecutions of egregious employers, Form I-9 inspections, and continued expansion of E-Verify, focusing on monitoring and compliance.