Lawmakers say Trump’s DHS staffing boosts are unrealistic
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 03, 2018
Both the House and Senate agree that the administration’s request to boost Homeland Security staffing is ill-advised, Government Executive reports.
The administration in its fiscal 2019 budget requested funding for 900 Customs and Border Protection new hires and 2,000 new agents and 1,300 support personnel at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the report, which notes that larger plans include hiring 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 10,000 ICE agents.
However, in a measure approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, lawmakers attached a report stating that a “portion of these personnel cannot feasibly be hired or retained in fiscal year 2019, even under the most optimistic projections,” so they instead recommend funding levels for salaries and benefits that are ”more realistic,” according to the article.