Security Secretary Tom Ridge Thursday announced a major
restructuring of agencies protecting the nation's borders,
according to press reports.
also announced President Bush would seek $41.3 billion
for homeland defense in his fiscal 2004 budget, up from
$37.7 billion in 2003.
would merge five existing Department of Homeland Security
agencies into two new bureaus focusing on border inspection
bureau, known as the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection,
will include 30,000 employees, including 17,000 inspectors
from the Customs Service and employees of the Border Patrol,
the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service. Customs Commissioner
Robert Bonner will head this bureau.
officers at Customs, INS and the Federal Protective Service
will make up the new Bureau of Immigration and Customs
Enforcement. The organization will have about 14,000 employees
and will be led by Michael Garcia, currently the INS' acting
bureaus will be part of the department's Border and Transportation
Security Directorate, headed by Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson.
Neither the Coast Guard nor the Transportation Security
Administration will join the new bureaus.