The White House this past week released their budget proposal titled, “A Foundation for New American Greatness,” in which the current administration highlights areas that they believe deserve to be reformed. One of the largest sectors that will be impacted is the Department of Homeland Security, which would see an increase of seven percent in funding. Many of the funds allocated for the Department would go towards a border wall as well as subtle strikes in removing funds for sanctuary cities.
In the budget, the Trump administration has asked for a $2.7 billion increase in border security and immigration enforcement, along with $100 million to increase support for Border Patrol agents. The $100 million also includes funds to train and recruit 500 more Border Patrol agents. Along with Trump’s intention to bellicosely pursuing the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the new budget allots $185.9 million to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, which is responsible for the deportation of “criminal immigrants,” as stated in the budget proposal. Those funds would allow for the hiring of around 850 new immigration officers, 805 support staff members, 150 criminal investigators, and 125 new ICE lawyers. To support ICE even further, the White House suggests nearly $500 million to pay for transportation costs to deport immigrants back to their home counties.
One of the largest changes to the budget is the enhancement of certain programs that ensure the background checks of employees supported through the government. The system, E-Verify, would see a $131 million expansion, in which employers can see person’s eligibility from matching information across many government databases. Currently this system is only voluntary; however, Trump hopes to make it mandatory, and legislation is just starting to be developed.
OUR VERDICT: Although Trump’s budget is simply a request for resources, and must be voted on in Congress, its unpopularity is extremely large. Over the past week, bipartisan talk of the faults in the budget has caused much of the White House staff to rethink the budget proposal. However, there is much support from the Republican House and Senate on the immigration plans. Recognize, however, that this is just a part of the larger budget that is highly unpopular.