AILA Doc. No. 06092663 | Dated September 25, 2006 | File Size: 315 KDownload the Document
House and Senate negotiators, on 9/25/06, agreed on a $34.8 billion conference report to fund the DHS in FY 2007 (H.R. 5441). This sum is an increase of $2.3 billion above fiscal year 2006 and $2.7 billion above the President’s request (includes $1.8 in emergency spending). The conference agreement is expected to be cleared by both chambers by the end of the week. Thanks in part to the work of AILA members, a group of Senate appropriators prevented the inclusion in the conference report of harsh immigration enforcement measures that House Republicans attempted to attach to it.
The agreement provides $21.3 billion for border protection, immigration enforcement, and related activities—a $2.1 billion increase over FY 2006. This figure includes $5.2 billion for the Secure Border Initiative which, the appropriations committee explains, will provide DHS “with the appropriate mix of technology, personnel, and infrastructure to prevent terrorists and other criminals from exploiting our borders and immigration system.” Highlights include:
Appropriators also agreed to add language criminalizing the construction of cross-border tunnels, and extending the deadline for implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) from January 1, 2008, to June 1, 2009.
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