Appropriator says Obama budget puts border at risk


He said, "with rising fuel prices, cuts to Coast Guard assets and aging aircrafts already flying reduced flight hours, this proposal could seriously jeopardize our Nation’s border security capabilities.”

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher defended Obama's border record in written testimony.

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He said that over the last three years, DHS has seized 74 percent more currency, 41 percent more drugs and 159 percent more weapons along the southwest border compared to the last three years of the Bush administration.

According to a Hill staffer, when the fact the US-Visit program has been transfered to Customs and Border Patrol is factored in, CBP is receiving its first real cut in the 2013 budget. The aide noted $55 million less for mission support and $35 million less for information technology.

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