WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Bush's Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 budget recognizes that securing America's borders is a top priority. U.S. Customs and Border Protection budget request for FY 2008 represents an increase of $2.43 billion, a 31.4 percent increase over FY 2007, excluding funds provided in FY 2007 as emergency appropriations. CBP's FY 2008 budget reflects $8.79 billion in appropriated resources and $1.38 billion in funding acquired through user fees, for a total of $10.2 billion.
Within the Department of Homeland Security, CBP is the agency responsible for securing our nation's borders, while facilitating global trade. The FY 2008 budget allows CBP to fulfill its priority mission of preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the U.S., while simultaneously facilitating the flow of lawful people and trade across our borders. The FY 2008 budget also provides the necessary resources to ensure that CBP continues to fulfill its traditional missions that include: combating the flow of illegal drugs and other contraband, protecting our agricultural and economic interests from harmful pests and diseases, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. trade laws.
The FY 2008 budget supports the DHS Secure Border Initiative, a comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration. Effective control of our borders cannot be obtained without a comprehensive and integrated border security and enforcement system, which leverages investment in agents, technology, infrastructure and facilities.
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