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ICE Priorities Key Part of Spending Bill

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The House Appropriations Committee approved the FY09 Homeland Security spending bill yesterday, which would provide the Homeland Security Department $39.9 billion in discretionary spending, including $800 million for the bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Under the direction of Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Price (D-N.C) the bill would direct ICE to spend the $800 million to identify and deport illegal immigrants in U.S. communities or jails who have committed serious crimes.  Overall, the bill would provide ICE with $4.8 billion – only $60 million above the administration’s request.

"We're serving notice that this is to be ICE's priority," Price said Monday during a speech at the Center for American Progress.  "In other words, while we have been using scarce resources to detain and deport laborers at meatpacking plants, we have allowed tens of thousands of dangerous criminal aliens to be released back into our communities after serving their sentences, with no awareness on our part of their immigration status," he said.

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