Bush said Jan. 25 he will ask Congress to spend about $11 billion
next year on securing the nation's borders to keep out terrorists
who would try to attack the United States. The money will be used
to hire border patrol agents, and track foreign nationals, especially
those who enter the country on student visas.
plans were announced in a speech delivered when the president
visited Portland, ME, on Friday to announce plans to seek $10.7
billion in next year's budget for border security, an increase
of $2.1 billion over this year.
security funds are part of a $38 billion homeland security package
that Bush announced Thursday. The money will be used to create
"a seamless air, land and sea border" that weeds out
terrorist threats without clogging the free flow of goods and
people between countries, the White House said.
will seek a $1.2 billion increase for the Immigration and Naturalization
Service for more agents and inspectors on the border with Canada.
Customs services said Thursday it may change the way it inspects
vehicles at borders. The changes might include a pre-inspection
at the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel. The INS
also may launch a high-tech tracking system to monitor arrivals
and departures by non-U.S. citizens.