DHS secretary touts agency’s proposed budget allocations

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US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas recently released a statement regarding the $97.3 billion allocated to the agency through President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget.

Mayorkas said ownership ensures DHS personnel are equipped with the tools necessary to protect Americans, the homeland and the nation’s values.

“Throughout the past year, I have traveled across the country meeting with DHS personnel, and hearing directly from them about the resources they need to accomplish their critical mission,” Mayorkas said. . “The budget will support our work to protect communities from today’s complex threats by doubling funding for the nonprofit Security Grants Program and investing in DHS’s anti-human trafficking efforts. This will reinforce our essential work to protect the traveling public by ensuring that TSA’s workforce will be paid equally with other federal government employees.

Mayorkas said the budget also makes smart investments in technology to keep the country’s borders secure and includes funding for the department to increase the efficiency of asylum processing efforts.

DHS said the budget would protect American communities from complex threats; doubling funding for the nonprofit security grant program to $360 million; increase funding for ICE’s Victim Assistance Program by $12 million; fund the hiring of 300 new Border Patrol Agents and 300 new Border Patrol Processing Coordinators responding to migration along the southwestern border.

James V. Hayes