Bush Budget Short On Border Patrol

Washington Times

The Bush administration sent a ‘hollow’ budget to Capitol Hill that does not fulfill its funding commitment to add 1,500 law-enforcement officers to guard the borders against illegal aliens, key Senate appropriators said yesterday.

‘This is a situation of showing a proposal and then hiding the funds, and so we end up with a budget that we’ve got a $1.6 billion hole in,’ said Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican and chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

Facing off against Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff during a budget hearing yesterday, Mr. Gregg said the funding priorities of the Bush administration treat border protection like ‘a stepchild of national defense.’

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