As Illegal Immigrant Encounters Rise, Customs and Border Protection Funding Set to Be Cut

House Republicans had some harsh words for President Joe Biden as they tried to understand why his FY 2024 budget proposal for Customs and Border Protection is less than the previous year.
According to the Congressional Budget Justification for the Department of Homeland Security, the FY 2024 CBP budget is $19.5 billion. This is down from $20.8 billion in FY 2023.
Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.) said the president’s proposal was full of “gimmicks” that indicated he is not serious about border security.
“If we funded the CBP at the requested levels, the border would be less secure,” Rutherford said.
The Florida Congressman was speaking to Troy Miller, Acting CBP Commissioner, who was testifying before the Subcommittee on Homeland Security on the “Fiscal Year 2024 Request for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.”…

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